You as ‘God’ or your Self hold the world in your arms and hands.
See this for yourself by doing this short experiment:
Hold your arms wide open and a little bit in front of your body so you can see your hands in the ‘corners’ of your vision as you look forward. You field of vision may be the room you are in, the view from your window, the open sea, a view of a city in the distance. Whatever the view you are holding it in your arms.
Your arms, depending on your view, are as wide as the room or as wide as the distant city. You are embracing the world with your arms.
The beautiful truth in that exercise for me is that I am wide open to the world. After the exercise I can return to pretending that I am a separate individual, closed off from the world but I that will not alter the truth: I am always wide open for the world.
For me, my connection with the world changes when I see my true relationship with it. When I hold the room, the city or the images I see on the laptop in my arms then I am no longer separate from what I see. Does experiencing union in this way make a difference? Try the exercise and see what changes for you. You may find this a peak experience or a valley experience. We all experience the truth in different ways.
When writing this blog, I had a picture enter my mind of people sitting in front of their televisions or laptops with their arms wide open, no longer thinking they are independent observers of the images on the screen but intimately receiving what is given.
Also, when thinking about this blog the song from my childhood came to my mind: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand”. One source says it was written in World War II by Obie Philpot, a Cherokee Indian. Normally the lyrics at taken to mean that some male identity, God, is the protector of the world. My experience is that “I’ve got the whole world in my hands” and so the “he” in the lyrics for me refers to anyone, male or female, who is open to see what is true for themselves.
I invite you to stop imagining you are cut off and separated from the world. Let what is true for you sink in and you may see that you are always holding the world in your loving arms, especially when it is suffering.
By James Kelly