Here is an opportunity to notice two divergent mentalities: That of serving a process of communication, and that of asserting an identity.
I ask you to pause and consider that this divergence is so fundamental to our human sense of self, that we have almost forgotten what communication is - because we use it for another purpose than what it, in its nature is.
To dress or present a self assertiveness or a manipulativeness, as if it were a legitimate communication is not so different from any other scam or complex derivative instrument in that it makes a story seem actually real.
We do it to ourselves and we project it so as to gain validation - which we get from agreements as well as from opposition.
The 'self' that is seeking to validate itself or 'become real' is in all of us and yet it is not the true nature of the communication that we, in our nature, simply are. So polarized and embedded in our consciousness is this habit of identification and reaction, that it is very rare and indeed difficult to find even a moment's pause from it's programmed 'reality' in which to simply notice it is running - and that one does not have to identify with it.
Real communication listens and discerns the nature of what is being communicated - even amidst the smoke screen of a distorting filter of distractions.
In the flood of digital communications - comes the necessity for filtering and navigating information for meaning.
Although the gross end of existence lends itself to mechanical programs of sorting, the totality of it is thereby lost and the subtler is blocked.
Discernment is innate to consciousness, but while we run on auto pilot, we give the program the power to define and determine our reality - and therefore our reactions and identifications within what it provides.
Waking up, is to a capacity to feel and know and sense from a place that we have forgot or don't even realize is always with us. Or, we can persist in asserting the personal sense within what is essentially an illusion of mutual definitions that substitute for an authentic joy in living.
It doesn't take much to see that we are programmed or 'asleep' in our own thinking. But it often takes a significant crisis to awaken a commitment to true communication as a basis of integrity, sanity and joy.
Sleepwalking into ever more complex scams that exact a Faustian price in return for a false promise, is easy. It might seem that there are victims and victimizers, but everyone plays both sides of the fence.
Just sense for an instant, what shifts as a result of the joining in purpose from a commitment to the discernment of truth. Not the determination and definition of truth, but to the nature and process of true communication.
The mental 'identity' is blind to all that I invite you to consider. But you are not. You know when someone honours you with their presence and their trust, and this knowing is not 'secret' to your private little mind. It witnesses to the nature of love, whose nature, simply is you - the presence of you without the overlay of stories and identities in grandiosity or loss.
Thank you for your attention.