Common sense is what tells us that there is a purpose to creation. Creation is the power that operates to, thru, and as everything and everyone. If you know Creation by another name, that is as it should be for you. However, as we learn to stop fighting creation and learn to cooperate with it, we come into harmony with others and life in general. We each must have our own experience. But when we look for the similarities and let the differences go, we all want the same things. We have the same basic needs.
Each of us have the same five senses but even though the senses are the same, our experience of them is different. I don’t believe there are any two people that experience the senses exactly the same way. On their own, the physical senses separate us. They make us self-centered as we try to satisfy them. Yet somehow, we 'Know' we are connected.
I heard that the Buddha said: ‘there’s no enlightenment until everyone is enlightened’. So how do we go about getting everyone enlightened? I used to think, well, I’ll get enlightened and then help you. I mean that’s the way it works, right? Well, maybe not… With 7.5 billion of us here, just maybe, we aren’t supposed to be doing this alone. Maybe we’re supposed to be doing this together! Maybe, we’re all just pieces of the puzzle and every piece is necessary, not later on, but right from the get go. All hands on deck, so to speak.
There are a lot of great teachers, workshop leaders, and organizations that really care and they are making a difference in the world, but there’s nothing connecting them to each other in any meaningful way. There was no way to link them together, as each group had 'their people', which unintentionally separated them from others who 'weren't'. Not to mention our various religions which many practice faithfully. Where was the connection to others in our day to day Life?
Here was the answer to the question, ‘how come we don't live what "we know" is true, why can’t we stay centered?’.
We're still trying to change based on the old paradigm... Tuesday nights from 7 to 8... or Sunday 9 to noon. The paradigm of segments, compartmentalizing ourselves into ‘time’ compartments and then 'hoping' we can remember what we heard days ago, isn't working. Yesterdays best information doesn't do any good unless we live it today. The new way of life is a living presence, going on all the time, Small groups of people talking about what works. Re-presenting to each other our highest ideals on a daily basis and re-minding each other of what we already know... the common sense we're born with. Listening to each other and looking for the similarities, although our faiths may be different. We may use different words but the principles underneath the words are common to all of us. As we re-mind each other of our common sense we come into harmony with Life.
What was needed was a symbol. An easily identified symbol, so that wherever you are in the world, you could see the symbol, in the middle of your day, and know; ‘here is a place to connect', get centered in your being, remember our common sense and connect with others based on principles, but talked about from many perspectives. Maybe the reason we weren’t staying centered was, we were never meant to do this alone. We need each other, but not because we are incomplete but because in order to grow as a community of human beings, we need to have all the pieces involved.
Did you ever wake up and just feel great. Life was good, you recognized how blessed you are, grateful for your life and everything in it, but by noon life sucked and you found yourself hating life and, well maybe not everyone, but some people...what happened?
You forgot who you are. You lost your center. You believed the story your mind was telling you. So, how do you get it back? Or worse yet, did you even recognize you're off? If not maybe you hurt the ones you love because you're 'off'? What if there was a place you could go to remind yourself life is good... to re-member...get centered?
Small groups, connecting for even a few minutes during lunch, at the coffee shop, or wherever, and the pieces start to fit. Our individual and collective centers get stronger. Anywhere in the world you find yourself, any time of day, someone puts out that symbol and it becomes an open invitation to connect with others in a meaningful way. Join in or just listen to others, sharing; what is it that unites us... what do we have in common... what works for you... how do you stay connected? Connecting on the internet is great, but there is nothing like face to face, to make it real. Real people connecting. Just carry the symbol, a piece of paper… you have a half hour between meetings… put it out at Starbucks or in the park. Others will see it and join you, meet new people that care and want the same thing, a loving, healthy world, living in harmony with each other. We need to make this conversation real, an everyday thing. Not that you need to do it every day but it should be available every day. Eventually, can you imagine, this becomes a common occurrence, everywhere you look the symbol is out, new ideas are coming to the surface, the sharing of all the great teachers out there available, accessible to everyone, and new ideas based on common sense.
Common sense is the sense we forgot to develop, it’s the one that we all share, the knowing of who we are individually and collectively, allowing others their own perspective, respecting each other and sharing what works.
These ideas brought me to www.conversationcafe.org . I took their ‘agreements’ for a conversation and utilized them as a guide to a conversation about common sense. These agreements, I believe, will work for any conversation and I thank them for sharing their ideas. Again, there are many great organizations working for positive, sane dialog. Their idea is small groups with a particular time frame and set time. Common sense needs to be available all the time, as the lack of it has gotten us in all the trouble our world is in.
The new paradigm is life is going on NOW, now is the time I need to listen to life flowing through me. All I need to do is put out a symbol, so people can get familiar with it and just ask one person… what do you think common sense is? Invite someone else and the conversation starts… no agenda, no right or wrong, just ideas, and people sharing who they are… remembering their Common Sense!
Guidelines for a sane conversation (listed in the heart image also)
1. Open mind: listen and respect all points of view.
2. Accept: suspend all judgement as best as you can.
3. Be curious: seek to understand rather than persuade.
4. Discover: question your assumptions, look for new insights.
5. Be brief: go for depth, don't go on and on.
6. Sincerity: speak from your heart and personal experience.
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We are the metronomes, each fighting from our point of view. When we get on the platform of common sense, we come into sync with each other. If we listen to our head we are in disharmony. Listen to your heart instead, it's where our common sense is. You already know this, it requires no thinking. Cooperate rather than contend. The head contends and heart connects... simple... as creation intended it.
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