We are, slowly, slowly, opening (or re-opening the closed) understanding of the great mistake we made: thinking that anything is separate from any other thing – culminating in believing that we are separate from the Creator. This mistake underlies mainstream theology, economics and everything else in our culture, and wherever you look in our world and see human-enacted misery, you can see the underlying cause: believing that anything is separate from each other. This is the core difference between the indigenous world view, which sees the thousand invisible cords, and the western mind, which revels in the fantasy of individualism, culminating in many absurd notions and ways of being.
So instead of greeting someone by asking "how are you?" we might better greet them by asking "How's your Wyrd?" or "How's your interdependence with all life, seen and seen, going?" A simple version of this, and, a highly recommended way to greet one another: "What has Spirit taught you today?"
We seem to spend a lot of time asking ourselves "Who am I?" But instead of that question, perhaps we should be asking, "Who do I feed, who do I eat, who lives in me and off of me; who do I shelter and sing to, and bless with my presence?" That is who I am. Try it.
I leave with you with one of my favorite poems by the 13th century saint, mystic and poet Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, better known to modern Americans simply as Rumi. In it he puts an elegant voice to the drummer perspective:
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of springwater
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change,
let them sleep.
This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,
I've given up on my brain.
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.
If you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
--Translated by Coleman Barks, Like This (Maypop, 1990).