Background checks come in various shapes and sizes, superficiality and depth, contexts and reliability. They include employment background checks, criminal background checks, home loan and credit background checks, federal housing background checks, Veteran Affairs and agricultural loans background checks, identity verification background checks, law enforcement background checks, and medical background checks, to name a few.
Generally speaking, background checks have quite a history. They are used to discover and/or confirm information about someone for a multiplicity of purposes. Basically, they bring information about a person from the background into the foreground.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate blocked a compromise bill that would have expanded background checks to gun shows and Internet sales, but left an exception for private gun sales. The whole issue of enforcing stricter gun control by adding legitimate background checks remains one of the most surprisingly controversial attempts to police gun purchases.
Add to that the mindless failure to ban assault weapons, limit the size of ammunition magazines, and make it impossible for straw buyers to evade background checks by purchasing guns for friends who wouldn’t be able to legally buy guns – pretty much describes the moral dilemmas we create for ourselves because we have failed to acknowledge the most important background check in the world. And it is that background check which is the topic of this blogcast.
The most important – and neglected – background check in the world is checking, and then honoring, our own true background: our innate divinity. We believe it is a background check that would render all of the other types of background checks as unnecessary.
Imagine all of the people in the world honoring their own innate divinity and honoring the innate divinity in everyone else. We would find that we all have the same background – we are all spiritual beings who have chosen a human experience. We would also realize that we are all human expressions of the same Source, the Eternal Presence we call God.
We would no doubt realize that being the best divine being in human ‘clothing’ that we can be is our shared purpose. Taking care of one another while we’re here and seeing that everyone gets back ‘home’ would be our chief calling.
Policing ourselves using background checks like the ones mentioned at the beginning of this blogcast would be unwarranted and irrelevant. We would all have an inner radiance that would shine through the layers of our human beingness without being repressed, ignored, or neglected.
Perfunctory background checks will remain a common practice until we awaken from our sleep. As long as we continue to be God repressing instead of God expressing, we will need formal background checks to uncover what our egocentrism is covering up.
What if, at some time in the future, say April 16 (you fill in the year), the following news flash would appear:
Billions of people all over the world have expanded their background checks and have found that they are human expressions of the Eternal Presence. The checks were so widespread and riveting that the peace on earth we’ve all talked about so long is now a reality.
Two Things for You to Do—Immediately
- Claim Your Inner Divinity. We invite you to look into your own background – not your ethnicity or genealogy – but your divine connection. Check out your spiritual DNA. There is an extraordinary you inside of you. It is the you psychologists call your Authentic Self. Neuroscientists refer to it as your Deeper Self. Philosophers call it your transcendent self. Theologians tell us it’s our Divine Nature. We call it the Extraordinary You.
- Use the “Namaste” technique. “Namaste” is a Sanskrit term derived from the root Nam, which carries meanings of bending, bowing, humbly submitting and becoming silent. Te means to you. Thus namaste means I bow to you. We aren’t necessarily advocating that yo walk around bowing to everyone you see! But try this: as you experience any feeling of anger, irritation, patronizing, or even hatred toward another person, take a deep breath and consciously repeat to yourself, Namaste – I behold the Divine in you. This creates a mental and emotional SHIFTING on your part, which can literally transform the situation. Essentially, you are doing a background check on the other person, and claiming their divinity.