In the Universe, it is the same fundamental laws that govern every process. Once we understand its uniformity, we easily recognize it in every manifestation of the human experience. For example, consider the close relationship between human behavior and the periodic table of elements, thus spirituality and science.
Everything in our physical world is comprised of three things: Subatomatic particles, elements, and compounds. Subatomic particles (protons, electrons, and neutrons) are the smallest unit. When they combine in different ways and quantities, they form the different elements in the periodic table. Next, the combination of different elements, in turn, makes up the complex compounds that form every object in our universe.
Similarly, human activity is comprised of three things: motive (volition), thoughts, deeds. The motive (volition), is the subatomic power of the spirit. Next, this motive (volition) forms into the substances of human thought-forms, the vast web of which comprises the mind. Then, the gathered energy of thoughts is what forms into the complex compounds of human deeds!
The synchronicity of universal law:
Subatomatic particles –> elements –> compounds
Motive (volition) –> thoughts –> deeds
Consequently, human beings are only different when they are superficially examined at the level of outward deeds. But when we examine ourselves and trace the origin, we recognize it is the same fundamental motives driving people and that we are not as different from others as we think. The more we fix ourselves in central simplicity of the spirit, the more uniform and steady is our recognition of life’s principles. However, it is only as we travel outward from motives to thoughts to deeds that central simplicity becomes outward complexity, and the great variations and apparent differences are introduced. But at their root only a limited range of motives drive all human behavior.
It is when we truly experience this, i.e. when through constant and honest self-examination of all things we learn to see our own heart in the deeds of our neighbor, that real compassion, mercy, and forgiveness for others set in. We will see our neighbor as a mirror of our own inner life, and through this we recognize ourselves and understand our neighbor. Through the crucible of this continuous self-reflection, humility and gentleness will define our dealings with others, for our conduct would then increasingly reflect the apothegm “In me I see you; in you I see me.”
Onward and upward.
~Dr. Ikenna Q. Ezealah