Siblings commonly experience life as though connected by an invisible thread. At the early stage of growing up together, the senses function at a heightened state of receptivity to shared experiences. This strengthens the bond which often characterises the sibling relationship. Naturally, the relationships vary significantly, with age difference being a significant factor. But where the life experiences overlap and blend together, a unified vision of the world can develop.
As a consequence of the polarising effects of existence, brothers and sisters can mirror the finest aspects of love as well as the most negative elements of self. Through having shared climacteric points in their lives, such as the death of a family member or other life-changing events, there’s often the reflection of worldly fears and insecurities from one sibling which can deeply affect the other. Sometimes a psychic energy is transferred from one to another that develops as a personality trait of dominance or subservience. This can continue throughout the entire life, sometimes with even a role reversal later in the living process, until any negativity is harmonised by love.
There’s another level of intensified relationship that’s much deeper than normal sibling rivalry and the other behavioural patterns which are an offshoot of family life. This is a consequence of having been conceived within the same womb. The womb is woman’s sacred place and, with a fertilised egg, becomes a highly energised space receptive to psychic energies beyond rational understanding. During the gestation period the incipient life form is not only nourished by the mother’s body but also impregnated with unresolved issues of the family bloodlines of both parents. This personal aspect of karma merges at birth with a portion of the impersonal karma of the totality of the human race, which each of us must live out as the circumstances and challenges of life.
From an inner perspective, any relationship that touches us deeply serves as an opportunity for a greater self-knowledge. This seems to be accentuated in the relationships between brothers and sisters. The depth of the emotional attachments can create intense confrontations as well as moments of deep tenderness and joy. Where the relationship between siblings is highly volatile to an extreme and not consciously examined in the light of self-knowledge, any altercation is merely an outlet for a release of force, and so perpetuates the cycle of animosity and unresolved karma of the family bloodline.
The true value of siblings can only be realised when personal love and sentimentality have been transcended with a sense of higher purpose to serve the greater good. It’s only later when the time comes to detach from the personal element of the relationship that it’s most painful and distressing. This is inevitable in the spiritual process where emotional attachments bind an individual to the ignorance of the past. Unless one of the siblings is prepared to be true to life and love by refusing to compromise with the emotional demands of another, little is accomplished in terms of a deeper understanding of the workings of the self. However, when supported by love to soften the intensity of feelings, there can be a profound connection through the invisible thread to the spiritual being in the unconscious.
The sibling relationship is but one way devised by cosmic intelligence to enable humanity to transcend the limitations of personal attachments to existence. All relationships are symbolic of an individual’s life experience, either yet to be lived or partially realised in the present. We are deeply profound as spiritual beings beyond the comprehension of any mind. At the extremity of the human psyche, space purified of any trace of existence is transmuted to a cosmic octave of being. Here in the higher realms of mind, everything is stationary as an unalterable state of reality. Within the stillness of the void is our true spiritual identity, which endeavours to direct the life’s path from within.
It’s a privilege to have a sibling, regardless of the trials and tribulations that often have to be faced. Ultimately it’s the opportunity to be disabused of a personal love, so as to become more spontaneous and alert to the needs of any brother or sister in the broader family of the human race. It only takes one sibling or family member to make a stand for love and truth. This can penetrate the nucleus of the family centre and have the effect of a chain reaction to assist others in becoming more responsible human beings. With sufficient consciousness, it’s even possible to negate unresolved karma from generations past and so ease the burden of those yet to be born.
At the pinnacle of love, existence is negated as a need; and what remains is a purity of vision and the wisdom to perceive all life forms with infinite compassion. Thus does love serve through an invisible thread that connects us all, not in subservience or conflict but in unity through divine harmony and grace.