“All seems beautiful to me” (Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” Section 5).
And so you are to me, at least when I’m functioning in the spirit of the heart and not of the ego. I have written much of the ego and the heart over the last few months.
Why? The ego tries to insulate our core Self, but we are creatures of infinite love who deeply desired to be connected to others, to this natural world, to the Universe itself because infinity dwells in us. We embody infinite love.
Not everyone thinks about this or feels this. What causes anyone to shun acknowledging infinite love as being their essential composition? Ego — which is why I have referred to it so much.
And in Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” so does he. Oh, he doesn’t use the word ego, but it is clearly there, as is the concept of walking in the reality of an intimate knowledge of his heart, which puts him in touch with himself and infinite love.
Where does this occur in the poem? I will share a few places that show we can accept and connect with one another; we can share in infinite love wherever and whenever we are. “I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go, / I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them, / I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return” (1). All are accepted, embraced.
How do you and I measure up to that concept? Do we accept and embrace others for who and what they are? That does not mean we condone or even agree with all that makes up others, but it means we understand and value and love one another. Ego would put up walls and limits to that, but the poet says (yes, English teachers, I know it’s the narrator), “From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of all limits and imaginary lines” (5).
He recognizes that those to whom he feels closest may well be walking within the self-imposed constructs of the ego. At one point, he almost orders his fellow travelers on the road to leave those ego walls behind: “Out of the dark confinement! out from behind the screen!/ It is useless to protest, I know all and expose it. … Another self, a duplicate of every one, skulking and hiding it goes…speaking of anything else but never itself.”
Oh, how good are we at speaking of everything else but our true self? I would accept you. Will you accept me? Will you accept one another?
Yes, I will be idealistic for myself, but I wish it for you, because I want you to realize “None but are accepted, none but shall be dear to me” (2). You may think I’m odd, and that is okay because “Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me, / Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me” (5).
Why have I written this? “Here is realization, / Here is a man tallied — he realizes here what he has in him, / The past, the future, majesty, love…” (6). You say you have all sorts of troubles? Here is what you need to know: your soul is eternal; you are beautiful and dignified; you are love. The only solution to all the sucky crap going on in the world and with us personally can’t be fixed by government, education, money, or anything else BEFORE we come to this self-awareness.
“All seems beautiful to me.” Each of you.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!