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The Perpetual Delusion of Separation

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We think we are separate from others and the world around us. We think when we are separate from the rest of the world, we can be unattached and objective. With this illusion of separation and being objective, we believe we can manipulate and control ourselves without external influence. We make everything else objects that can be observed, manipulated and controlled. We think we can control other people, animals and nature around us and even God to meet our wishes.

This separation is an illusion. This is a view that arises from within the mind of an individual. We are essentially connected to our environment. Our environment exists the way it does only because we observe it the way we do. How we, as society, have chosen to view and perceive the world is an illusion that we have created. How we as an individual have chosen to view the world from within our society is another illusion. There are a variety of other ways to view reality and our role in reality to create alternative ways of living and being in the world. Some views cause us to live in separation and other allows us to live in wholeness. To move past the illusion of separation, we must adopt beliefs which will allow us to move past it. This separation scatters and fragments our creative life energy. It does not allow us to connect with all that is around us and draw from it power into our own being. It is more like we starve ourselves rather than feed on what is readily available.

There are three conditions that force us to be in the illusion of separation. One is that we think we are a separate entity unconnected to any other aspect of the environment. The second is that we believe there is a past, present and future. Rather than living in the present moment and being open to what the moment presents, we hold to the past and project it into the future. The third is that we separate and compartmentalize our life experience to be confined to different aspects of our life and keep them bound as separate from the other aspects.

Pain, in one form or another, is what ultimately keeps us in the illusion of separation and does not allow us to experience the oneness of how everything is interconnected. We can adopt new beliefs so we can sit in the present moment and create wholeness within our being, but often in oneness we feel pain for many of us are in pain. If we are unable to face the pain we feel, ours or that of another, we will continue to keep ourselves in the illusion of separation.

The key to facing the pain we experience is to understand pain and the origins of pain. Then, when we experience pain, before we mitigate it or look to alleviate it, we need to ask our intuitive guidance, from where does this pain arise and what do I need to do or become to address it at its root and then be open to honor the guidance we get.

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Red Spotlight by PelicanPete

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Saturday Night Sunset ~ Florida Everglades

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everglades

The Grand ~ Quarta Sunset 75 by PelicanPete

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Grand Tetons ~ #93 in Explore 8/2/11
Beaver Creek, Wyoming U.S.A.

Handsome Mr. Brown by PelicanPete

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Brown Pelican – in the wild on the shores of Florida Bay
South Florida ~ Tavernier, Florida ~ Florida Keys U.S.A.

(one more handsome brown-pelican photo in the comments)

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The Brown Pelican is a small pelican found in the Americas. It is one of the best known and most prominent birds found in the coastal areas of the southern and western United States. It is one of only 3 pelican species found in the Western Hemisphere. The Brown Pelican is one of the only two pelican species which feeds by diving into the water, and it is an amazing sight to see!

Through most of its range, the brown pelican is an unmistakable bird. Like all pelicans, this species has a very large bill (11 to 13.7 inches long) with a gular pouch on the bottom for draining water when it scoops out prey. The head is white but often gets a yellowish wash in adult birds. The bill is grayish overall in most birds, though breeding birds become reddish on the underside of the throat. The back, rump, and tail are streaked with gray and dark brown, sometimes with a rusty hue. In adult pelicans, the breast and belly are a blackish-brown and the legs and feet are black. Juveniles have brownish-gray necks & white underparts.

This bird is readily distinguished from the American White Pelican by its non-white plumage, smaller size and its habit of diving for fish from the air, as opposed to co-operative fishing from the surface. The Peruvian Pelican, previously considered a subspecies of Brown Pelican, is now considered to be a separate species. It has very similar plumage to the Brown, but it is noticeably larger. The Brown and Peruvian pelicans may overlap in some areas along the Pacific coast of South America.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Pelican

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Good Stewards of Nature

Stormy Skylight by PelicanPete

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Pink Flamingo ~ #78 in Explore 7/18/13
(click more comments to see 6-shot series)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flamingo_Gardens

Scarlet Passion by PelicanPete

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The vibrant Scarlet Passion Flower ~ Miami, Florida

(five more photos in the comments)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora_coccinea

Flicker of Hope by PelicanPete

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Sunset Saturday Night ~ Florida Everglades
(click more comments to see 8-shot sunset series)

update: This area is closed right now due to the the Government Shutdown, so for the first time in years I am unable to visit the area that I love, at the time that I love to visit it. This (above) was taken last weekend, a few days before. Such a shame. Life is too short.

follow up: After hearing of a looming Government Shutdown that was “on the cusp” I figured I’d go to my favorite spot one last time last weekend to catch the migrating flocks in the Autumn sunset light with a “flicker of hope” that this shutdown would be a short and “light fight”. We are all “feeling blue” as our leaders insist on living “on the wild side”. We are being dragged through this “Autumn cauldron” with so many people affected. I truly hope and pray that this senseless dispute ends as quickly as possible. My favorite National Wildlife Refuge is now closed…indefinitely. Such a shame. Life is too short.

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Update: The Government shutdown is over today 10/17/13 !
The National parks have re-opened. Hallelujah.

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