Ebola and Oneness
I’ve been following the unfolding of the most recent Ebola epidemic centered in West Africa with the persistent sense that Ebola is a teacher of oneness. A harsh teacher, to be sure. But what greater lesson would be heard by a student of A Course in Miracles about a virulent killer that refuses to be contained? The contagious disease Ebola knows no boundaries. Ebola plays dirty with boundaries of personal protective equipment. Ebola scoffs at political borders, ocean-wide continental separations and humanly-defined roles. Thanks to Ebola, the caregiver becomes the patient, the grief-stricken die, and those who wash, dress and bury the dead return to the earth themselves with distressing speed in the trail of yet another violent eruption of sickness. Anything so eager to be shared must come with a lesson about oneness.
We do not experience oneness because we are attached—to the level of addiction—to our own perceptions of separation, our separation-consciousness. We are also attached to the strategies we’ve come up with to deal with our perceptions of being cut off from All That Is. These strategies include everything from personal quirks and tastes to revered cultural and religious practices.
As the number of Ebola cases surpasses 10,000, with a death toll of nearly 50%, there are actually empty beds for treatment. A recent analysis of bed space at Ebola treatment units in Liberia showed that of 742 spaces, 351 were occupied and 391 were vacant. The beds are reportedly vacant due to a government order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims must be cremated to help prevent the spread of the disease. Cremation violates Liberian values and cultural practices. People are so disturbed by the prospect of having to cremate a loved one that the sick are often kept at home and, if they die, are secretly buried, increasing the transmission of infection. (Associated Press, “Beds at Ebola treatment units empty in Liberia,” October 24, 2014)
In oneness, you are me and I am you. This problem of not taking advantage of Ebola treatment in Liberia is just one form or example of the effects of our attachment to our perceptions and our unwillingness to think differently (let’s call it stubborn-mindedness). And oh, how we are ONE in attachment and unwillingness! We are literally willing to let our loved ones die to avoid opening and changing our minds.
This stubborn-mindedness is just a mistake, and it is transcendable. We simply have to learn the habits of openness and willingness. Openness—of mind and heart—being open to another way. Willingness—being willing to let go of all ideas equally, even those we hold most sacred, even those that the mere thought of disturbing shakes us to the very core. We need to cultivate being open and willing to understand that our identity is not the physical body in which we seem to live. We need to learn to be open and willing to apply the knowledge, “I am not a body, I am free,” to all situations. The body is intended as the ultimate demonstration of separation. Body identification equals the “death” of the experience of oneness—being whole and eternal. This is universal. Ebola demonstrates a nightmare of body identification, and makes very clear that none of us is immune.
The holiest of all the spots on earth
is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.
A Course in Miracles (ACIM)
The ancient hatred is separation consciousness. Separation consciousness (ego, fear) says, “I am not you. I catch bad stuff from you. You are the source of bad things. I oppose you.”
Oneness consciousness (Higher Self, True Self, Love, God’s Creation) says, “I AM you. What appears to be yours is also mine, both the good and the bad. I join with you. My forgiveness recognizes our oneness and forever cures the pain we feel and spread from believing in separation.”
Mind is the builder. Ebola is just another illness incubated by our choice for separation consciousness. Illness is designed to use the physical body to “prove” that the expression of Love God Created as eternal companion can be made to sicken and die.
We can change this—we just need miracles! Thank God miracles are simply changes in perception or habits of thought. Anyone can choose miracles.
I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.
My gratitude permits my love to be accepted without fear.
And thus am I restored to my Reality at last.
All that intruded on my holy sight forgiveness takes away.
And I draw near the end
of senseless journeys, mad careers, and artificial values.
I accept instead what God establishes as mine,
sure that in that alone I will be saved;
sure that I go through fear to meet my Love.
(ACIM Workbook Lesson 298)
Why is it not that God has visited Ebola on humanity as a lesson? Ebola, like any other illness, is not of God. God knows only It’s Creation because Creation is literally All That Is—timeless Love and extension/sharing. Love does not teach through suffering. Ebola is one form of humanity’s own collective dream of miscreation, meant to “prove” the reality of death through the vulnerable and impermanent body. Any illness will do for this—Ebola just looks scarier at the moment. But our miscreations always elicit a healing/corrective response. God, through the Holy Spirit, refashions our mistakes into lessons or maps to lead us back to oneness. The lesson of oneness in Ebola is God’s answer to our nightmare, calling us to awaken now and realize that we are already home.
I thank you, Father, knowing you will come to close each little gap
that lies between the broken pieces of Your holy Son.
Your holiness, complete and perfect, lies in every one of them.
And they are joined because what is in one is in them all.
How holy is the smallest grain of sand
when it is recognized as being part of the completed picture of God’s Son!
The forms the broken pieces seem to take mean nothing.
For the whole is in each one.
And every aspect of the Son of God is just the same as every other part.
(ACIM Chapter 28, The Undoing of Fear, IV. “The Greater Joining”)
Oneness. Oneness is the big lesson in Ebola.
With Peace and Love,
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