Original Link : https://medium.com/@antondy93/there-are-no-boundaries-d4447e47837

Something we tend to forget

The capacity for abstract thinking was a seminal step in human evolution. It allowed us to communicate, to plan, to create and to thrive above all the other species. We inherited practical tools to secure our survival. Rational thoughts brought us beyond simplistic emotional behavior.

Yet, evermore in the 21st century, our practical reasoning also got us drowning in endless categories, borders, concepts, limits and prejudices. We tend to classify everything that comes through the senses to make sense of it. We separate useful from useless, this group from that group, and ourselves from nature. But, do any of these boundaries actually exist?

Our Bodies

If I am my body, where do I end and where does not-me begin? At my skin? Human skin is an ongoing process. Every day thousands of dead skin cells fall off from me and drift away into the word. Are they not me anymore?

What about hair? Close to a hundred of them leave me daily. They even carry my unique DNA. If I go to work but leave my comb at home, is there a tiny part of me that is always home?

What about food? When does the apple I just ate become me? It probably wasn’t me as it was sitting on the table, but now I ate it. Is it me now, or once it is fully digested? When is that moment? Almost nothing is ever 100% consumed, there is always some waste.

If I breathe in oxygen atoms released by the nearest tree — or some tree in the Amazon forest — when do they become me and stop being the tree? If I breathe out a minute dose of the carbon dioxide and that same tree takes it in, when does part of me become part of a tree?

What about my blood? If some of it exits the body after an injury, the cells within it will live for a while; does that mean there’s now a drop of me on the ground? What about blood transfusions? If my blood is compatible with yours and you need a transfusion of it into your body to save your life, will part of me become you?

Our bodies are a process, not a thing.

There are no boundaries.

Groups

Evolution endowed us with a desire to belong. Unfortunately, since there are over 7 billions of us, that feeling of small scale belonging turns into large scale fragmentation.

Where does our group end and their group begin? What is the last drop that turns a socialist into a communist? How little of the Bible do you have to believe in to still be a Christian? If someone supports lower taxes but opposes the abortion ban, are they a Democrat or a Republican?

If a half-Caucasian half-Indian father from South Africa and a half-Black half-Latino mother from Jamaica have a son born in New Zealand what is he? How should we categorize him? A mixed ¼ Caucasian, ¼ Indian, ¼ Black, ¼ Latino Caribbean African New Zealander? It’s scary to think of his children’s racial/national identity; we’ll have to break them down into eighths! When do all these categories become absurd? Are they absurd to begin with?

Imagining that we are part of a group makes us feel like we belong yet, by definition; it also separates us from most of our fellow humans. Unless we choose only one group: everyone. Thus, the purpose of groups will collapse on itself and their imaginary criteria will ooze back into the infancy of our species.

Groups are made up illusions.

There are no boundaries.

Worlds

The World we inhabit has no borders. Magma from the inside of the Earth makes its way to the surface. The oceans shape land and bits of land in their billions end up in the oceans. The continental crust shares its ingredients with the atmosphere through evaporation, wind, gas production and volcanic eruptions. Going back down, the atmosphere rains, storms and blows on the land and sea. Going up, the atmosphere and space blend into each other via gradually thinning layers of gases. Then, space goes on forever and encapsulates everything else in the Universe.

Our world is just a minuscule part of the ubiquitous cosmos.

There are no boundaries.

The Mind

Jumping back from macro to micro, we have the most puzzling entity we know of: the human brain. In it, billions of organic highways are carrying signals in fractions of a second. Somehow an arrangement of matter gives rise to consciousness. There is something that it is like to experience a world without boundaries. Yet, the mind is conditioned with rules, norms, expectations, distress, fear and doubt.

Then the mind gets to experience the world as it is: without boundaries. The mind looks into itself and realizes that boundaries absent in the world are also absent within itself, because there is no boundary between the world and it.

When all boundaries dissolve, the movement of a fully integrated experience remains.

So, if you ever feel stuck remember:

There are no boundaries.