How do we define ourself as a human being?
Let us start with the word ‘person’. The definition of a person is ‘a human being that has been identified as an individual’. An individual is defined as ‘something that is single or separate’. So we have defined ourself as something that is separate from the rest of life. However we are not separate; we are connected in a way that transcends our definition of ourself as a person.
There was a scientific study published in 2013 titled ‘An Estimation of the Number of Cells in the Human Body’. This study concluded that human beings have roughly 37.2 trillion cells that make up our body. That is over four and a half thousand times the Earth’s human population!
The most profound part about being 37.2 trillion cells is that every action that we take, every thought that we make and every feeling that we cultivate in our body has a direct impact on each and every one of these cells. When I cut myself millions of cells experience that same pain, when I feel tension in my shoulders billions of cells experience that same tension and when I feel happy and free trillions of cells experience that same level of freedom.
You might say ‘I know, but they are only cells’ right? You are right and yet each cell, as a fragment of life, experiences the essence of life in the same way that we do. The only difference is how they express it. Just like you and I express what it is to be alive differently, so do our cells. This means that each cell, as a piece of life, is actually as important as a human being. Therefore we are responsible for over four and a half thousand times the Earth’s human population. This makes us more like a planet than a person.
Our power and influence does not stop when we look outside of ourself. Have you ever been in a room when another is yawning? When they do we tend to yawn also. Have you ever been in a room with another who is in turmoil? Most human beings in this situation, unless we are highly skilled, tend to go into turmoil also. Have you ever been in a room when another is laughing and happy? Regardless of whether we are skilled or not, all of us become happier and tend to laugh in this situation. So we become like those whom we share time with. Therefore we directly influence not only our cells but the human beings around us in a way that has been overlooked by our society for far too long.
What we really are is so much greater than just a person. What we really are is beautiful and powerful beyond measure. We all deserve to experience the happiness, freedom and fulfilment that is connection. Because when we do, we allow all of life to have this same experience.
We are more like a planet than a person, we are more like a god than an individual.