“The Big Picture”* is the basic tool for all our teachings. It is a roadmap to understand where I come from, where I am now and where I am going. It allows me to identify my level of consciousness in all circumstances.
It is used to transform my illusory unconsciousness into full consciousness of reality.
Read the lines horizontally, from left to right and top to bottom.
• Line 1: Four animals, one per level of consciousness. The sheep is unconscious of reality, the white sheep more so than the black. He lives in the illusion of being a sheep and has forgotten who he really is. The mare is conscious of reality and remembers who she really is. The sovereign mare is newly reborn; the winged mare has fully integrated her idessity.
• Line 2: Each animal thinks/talks/acts according to its level of consciousness. Sometimes inactive or reactive, the sheep survives for a while, but finally dies. Sometimes active or creative, the mare lives and remains boundless and limitless.
• Lines 3 and 4: The relation with authority varies with each animal. The sheep is unconscious of his internal idessity. Supreme authority remains external. The sheep is the creature of an external creator. He believes in a superior/inferior hierarchy. Sheep are created unequal. The sheep needs a herd to feel secure and a shepherd for protection. Sometimes submissive, sometimes rebellious, it obeys the orders of external authorities. The mare is conscious of her internal idessity. Supreme authority resides inside her. She is both the creatrix and the creature. She believes in the equality (Being) and equity (Having) of all individuals. She doesn’t belong to any herd. She is a loner (ONE). She is her own sovereign and acts according to her own conscience. She is idessic, she is ALL. She shows solidarity with the universe.
• Line 5: Scared to death or living on love? The sheep is scared. He becomes the slave of his superiors and obeys all their laws. When he’s obedient, he gets carrots. When he’s disobedient, he gets struck with a stick. The mare loves herself. She is free and obeys her conscience only. She lights up with love and shines on all others. Love is contagious.
TRANSFORMATION: The crux lies in our decision to die to our role of sheep and to be born as a mare.
• Lines 6 and 7: Powerless victim or all-powerful creatrix? The sheep is unconscious of his idessic nature and lives in powerlessness. He believes that the victim, the saviour, and the culprit are three different persons. He plays his role amidst suffering. He is trapped in survival and tragedy. The mare is conscious of her idessic nature and lives an all-powerful life. She knows she is the responsible and accountable creatrix of all events in her life. She lives joyfully amongst her creations. She laughs at the comedy that life really is.
• Line 8: Waging war or living in peace? The sheep is at war. He fights constantly, sometimes attacking, sometimes defending himself. The more he fights, the more violence he generates, and the more he fights. Disorder increases. The mare lives in peace internally and externally. Her Being and her Having are in harmony. She restores idessic order. She broadcasts the love within her and brings peace to the world.
• Line 9: All is vibration whose level depends on the level of consciousness. The sheep vibrates with the frequency of matter. He is in disharmony with his own idessity. The mare vibrates with the frequency of spirit. She is in harmony with her own idessity. Inside her, spirit merges with matter. She can walk or fly at will.
* “The Big Picture” is taken from the book What the Hell Am I Doing Here Anyway? Self-Fulfillment! by Ghislaine Saint-Pierre Lanctôt.