We had a really good time during the “Lightness of Spirit – Blessing of Gravity” retreat in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. One of the amazing things that we experienced was the number of “we’s” to which we belonged. There was the we that formed our group and the we that formed either the leaders, participants, and retreat staff.
Surprising was the automatic formation of a we as we rode the bus to various parts of the community. Ajijic has approximately twelve thousand residents. Of those twelve thousand, around four thousand are American or Canadian citizens. On almost every bus ride, walk down the street, or shopping experience conversations would break out between and among the we that were English speaking. Conversations that would never have happened, had we been in the states. We were easy to spot and, at the very least, there was a nod of recognition of our we-ness.
We-ness is a rather remarkable thing. Our diverse group, mostly strangers to each other, chose to become a we. One participant said, “Who knew this would be a heart opening experience?” The act of coming together with hearts open was a part of the spiritual experience. The more we develop spiritually, the larger the we becomes.
Early on in our development we consists of only “me and mine”, perhaps the immediate or even extended family. The process of maturing widens the boundaries of we. We begins to include my school, or of all those who are in school. We may include my colleagues at work, or the entirety of those who work for a company, in an industry or all the business in a community. As Red Green says, “I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together.”
One way of monitoring one’s spiritual development is to ask who are those that make up my we? How close can we come to moving from thinking just of “us” to thinking of “all of us”? The maturing process is one of transcend and include. One does not quit thinking about what’s good for me and mine, but progressively includes more and more diversity within the we.
All the great spiritual leaders indicate that ultimately there will be no them, there is only us. Our thoughts and anticipation is that, in the words of Star Trek’s Jean Luke Picard, “Make it so.”