Plexiglas is one of those wonderful materials that almost defy description. It’s a brand name for acrylic plastic that is lightweight but with a lot of strength. Known by various names throughout the construction industry, such as Acrylite or Lucite or sometimes Lexan, lots of people use the word to simply mean any kind of see through plastic.
You see it in showers that are clear but not made out of real glass and in doors sometimes or maybe even some kitchen cabinets. Plexiglas has a lot of desirable characteristics to make it very useful, and the biggest one of those is its strength to weight ratio.
Pretty Strong Stuff
It’s a really strong and very durable and can last almost forever. And truth be told, when you need a construction material with those characteristics, then Plexiglas is just the ticket for you. As long as you take care to clean it the right way and not use one of those ammonia based spray cleaners in a bottle that will make turn Plexiglas cloudy looking, this material will deliver a lifetime of excellent service. Cool.
Yes, Plexiglas works great in construction. But the idea of Plexiglas does not work so well in regular life. And can actually cause some folks a lot of heartache; a lot of years spent in soul searching turmoil and create a virtual plethora of problems that don’t need to be created in the first place.
Just One Place
The Universe is one place. Altogether, whole and indivisible. It’s kind of like the ocean. We give various names to different geographic parts of the body of water that covers most of our planet, but the truth is, if you look at a globe, you can see that its really just one big body of water.
Yes, sometimes, it’s called the Pacific, or the Atlantic or the Caribbean or the Gulf Of Mexico or lots and lots of other names depending on where you live, but in fact, those are just names. There is really only one big, really big) body of water.
Like the Universe, everywhere at one time.
And the Universe consists of everything that there is. Trees, plants, kittens, emotions like love and gratitude, ourselves, sidewalks, all our thoughts, candles, candy canes; really everything that is, is part of the Universe. And just like the ocean that is really all connected in one big body of water, the Universe is all connected to.
Now, truthfully this is a little bit hard to see sometimes, but for all intents and purposes, it sure does look like everything is separate. It looks like the mailbox in front of your neighbor’s house is different from the hummingbird feeder in your backyard and those certainly seem to be different things than the emotion of gratitude you feel when your lost puppy returns home again.
But in fact, because everything, everywhere at its most basic level is made up out of energy, including what looks like empty space in between various things and everything is in the Universe because that is what makes it be the Universe, nothing is really separate for anything else. And if we could see the energy fields that make up everything there is, this would be a lot easier to see.
But for now, let’s just say that everything is connected and nothing is separate.
At some points in our lives, we understand this idea at a very simple level. We know when we are born that we are completely connected to the Universe, that we really didn’t go anywhere when we were born, we just kind of shifted focus. And we get to see everything in kind of the same way, when we pass on.
Uni = One
At these times in our lives, we see nothing out of the ordinary about being one with the Universe, because well, that’s what Universe means – one.
But at other times, we get this kind of odd idea that things are separate from each other.
- That our dog is separate from us, even though he can sit at the door whining for you when you are still 3 miles a way in the car coming home from work
- That our children are separate from us, even though they were formed from parts of our own bodies and spirits
- And that somehow, by living here on the physical world, we have become separate from the supreme being of the Universe, from our spirit, from God.
Now, since we weren’t born believing this to be the truth about our reality, somewhere along the way we must have learned it. Somehow along the way to growing up, we took our metaphorical selves on a trip to Home Depot or Lowes and picked up a giant sheet of Plexiglas that we proceeded to install around our lives. A sheet of plastic that we decided was important to keep ourselves believing that we are separate.
And lots of times, just like with Plexiglas, we think that the barrier between us and the Universe is much too strong and much too durable to break through. And we just go around living our lives forgetting that we are the ones who installed that barrier in the first place.
There is good news about this kind of barrier, though. This kind of wall between us and the Universe is not made out of real Plexiglas; it is in fact, a barrier of belief.
And this means that we are free to change those beliefs, anytime we want to.
On occasion, this presents a bit of a difficult choice for some people.
A. We can keep the barrier in place, spending our days and nights trying to make it clean with a big spray bottle of an ammonia based cleaner, but really only making the Plexiglas cloudy so that it becomes difficult to see through
B. we can pack our sheet of Plexiglas into the truck, drive ourselves over to the home improvement store and exchange our belief in separateness for one of inclusion.
Pickup truck’s all gassed up and ready to go. Want to take a ride?