One beautiful afternoon I put on my radio headset and went for a run through the hills behind our neighborhood. As I passed by houses and fields, I marveled at how the bright sun illumined flowers and accented the landscape, and how the pine trees, scattered high up along a ridge, looked like sentinels silhouetted against an azure sky.
I was enjoying my run when all of a sudden some of the lyrics from a song made me stop. The phrase "living separate lives" Stephen Bishop, "Separate Lives." Copyright 1985 Gold Horizon Music Corp. Used by permission. stood out to me as distinctly as the trees along the ridgeline, for earlier that day I had been feeling isolated from my family and friends.
Just as I was about to continue on my way, sympathetically agreeing with this, the words "life in God" came to thought. I felt a deep sense of oneness with God, divine Mind, and following this came the quiet conviction that I and everyone else were really God's ideas. At that instant the spiritual perception that we are all included in one divine realm totally obliterated fear of being separated from anyone. I then realized that the song had caught my attention not because it was true about my life or anyone else's, but because it blatantly contradicted the truth of God and man. It denied the spiritual unity of life in God. Every time I heard the song after that, it became a simple reminder to reverse the human picture of people living separate lives and to claim joyfully the spiritual oneness of being. This took away the sorrow and loneliness.