Seeing and hearing were not separate in this place where I now was. I could hear the visual beauty of the silvery bodies of those scintillating beings above, and I could see the surging, joyful perfection of what they sang.
“We are all one. All parts can be exhilarating. All can benefit from your love” The Theory of Dr Luke Gospeltell Aka The Love Theory Secret #1
One of my fellow writers recently read my article “16 Quotes from 100 Secrets that will help you live more from your Higher Self”. He said that he liked all my quotes except for one. I couldn’t write a reply fast enough, dying of curiosity to know what was the passage he didn’t like. It was the one above. He kindly explained why he didn’t like the quote: The reader didn’t understand what I meant by it. My friend added that if I explained it, he might change his mind; This was a great gift. I almost always assume that everyone understands what I mean when I say “We are one”.
It is a beautiful act of kindness, Henery X, to allow me to explain. I dug into the topic, to put into words my perception of “Oneness”. I wanted to get as many other people’s perspectives as possible. You sent me on quite the journey. I have been blessed with my discoveries. Better Believe it
“Every single thing is an aspect of One Field of Consciousness.”Deepak Chopram
The concept that we all derive from one Consciousness, and we are all different parts of the same Oneness has been deeply engraved in me for many years. I believe that in our purest form, we are light. This light, at times, decides to express itself in different and unique forms; a bird, a flower a baby.
According to the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said:
The Kingdom is within you, and it is outside of you”. “Split wood; I am there. Lift a rock, you will find me there.”Tweet
This idea is no new. It has been with us for as long as we exist. One of the earliest citations in English literature reads:
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesser, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” — John Donne, 1624
We might not get a full grasp of the whole, but we are it. A drop of seawater might not know that it is indeed the ocean. Humanity is all of us. One humanity. One Consciousness. Every person has a soul. The soul governs the being. It is accurate to believe that the soul is the light that we all are, infinite, pure and everlasting, before choosing a unique form of expression.
However, believes are always about perception. Most religions agree on the fact that there is one source of creation; on the other hand, science affirms that there is one energy field from which everyone and everything is made of or from.
When we begin to identify with our soul, we embark on a self-discovery journey. This journey starts with the understanding that we are more than a physical body living in a physical world. We are eternal light, connected with All. We are a spiritual entity submerged in physical experiences. We choose to “experience” so we can truly “know”.
We are all part of one whole, and we are connected with all, we have never been separate from each other and never will be. It’s simple to understand this when one tries separate light from light. It’s impossible. Paradoxically, some might say that it’s “impossible” that we are all one.
The concept is beautifully illustrated by Better Believe it
The Mirror Image of Whole
“So, this Being took itself and folded in on itself, making a mirror image from whence it could “see” (or “know” or “experience”) itself. It made a part of itself where there appeared to be no love so that it might experience itself, or know itself as love. And it did this folding over or making mirror images of itself countless times in countless ways. It was still all one being, but now it had countless forms and aspects with which to experience itself in myriad ways”.
Eben Alexander, M.D. who had a near-death experience, explains that he experienced Oneness in the other realm when he was clinically dead. In his book Proof of Heaven, pp. 45–46. He wrote:
The reason why Oneness can be challenging to understand is that to truly understand something we often need to compare it with something else this instantly brings us to duality. Oneness is, by definition, incomparable. Click To Tweet
“Seeing and hearing were not separate in this place where I now was. I could hear the visual beauty of the silvery bodies of those scintillating beings above, and I could see the surging, joyful perfection of what they sang. It seemed that you could not look at or listen to anything in this world without becoming a part of it — without joining with it in some mysterious way. You couldn’t look at anything in that world at all, for the word at itself implies a separation that did not exist there. Everything was distinct, yet everything was also a part of everything else, like the rich and intermingled designs on a Persian carpet or a butterfly’s wing.”
Quantum physics speaks of a field of energy from which everything originates and by which everything is connected. We are pure Consciousness, expressing ourselves in different and infinite forms so that we can truly know love. Our purest form of being is eternal and timeless. It’s Oneness — our manifestation, our chosen expression to experience love is what adds separation or duality.
“The origin of life forms is the differentiation of pure consciousness into multiple forms of life expressed as qualia conglomerates which create the relative world.” John Lennon
Author Damian Mark Smyth says:
“We’re One, we’ve always been One, we’ll always be One until we think we are not.”
Here is the challenge, we are one, but we think we are separate; we have forgotten our Oneness. As a result of forgetting our Oneness, we suffer. Separation is an illusion. All wars, disagreements, hatred, prejudice, conflict are based on this illusion — the mistaken belief of separation.
“On a cosmic level, two people fighting is as ridiculous as if your hands decided they didn’t like each other and started fighting.”
The Universal Mind is the single Intelligent Consciousness that pervades the entire Universe. The nature of the Universal Mind is Omniscience (all-knowing), Omnipotence (all-powerful), Omnificence (all creative) and Omnipresence (always present); This is your nature.
No Death, No Fear
Some of the most beautiful and profound perceptions of Oneness are illustrated by the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace.
Consider the following passages from his book “No Death, No Fear”.
“Looking deeply into the flower, we see that the flower is made of non-flower elements. We describe the flower as being full of everything. There is nothing that is not present in the flower. We see sunshine, we see the rain, we see clouds, we know the earth, and we also see time and space in the flower. A flower, like everything else, is made entirely of non-flower elements. The whole cosmos has come together in order to help the flower manifest herself. The flower is full of everything except one thing: a separate self, a separate identity.”
“When you look at the surface of the ocean, you can see waves coming up and going down. You can describe these waves in terms of high or low, big or small, more vigorous or less vigorous, more beautiful or less beautiful. You can describe a wave in terms of beginning and end, birth and death. That can be compared to the historical dimension. In the historical dimension, we are concerned with birth and death, more powerful, less powerful, more beautiful, less beautiful, beginning and end and so on. Looking deeply, we can also see that the waves are at the same time water. A wave may like to seek its own true nature. The wave might suffer from fear, from complexes. A wave may say, ‘I am not as big as the other waves,’ ‘I am oppressed,’ ‘I am not as beautiful as the other waves,’ ‘I have been born and I have to die.’ The wave may suffer from these things, these ideas. But if the wave bends down and touches her true nature she will realize that she is water. Then her fear and complexes will disappear.”
“If you look at a friend with the eyes of a meditator, you will see in him or her all generations of their ancestors. You will be very respectful to them and to your own body because you will see their body and your body as the sacred home of all our ancestors. You will also see that our bodies are the source of all future generations. We will not damage our bodies, because that wouldn’t be kind to our descendants. We do not use drugs and we do not eat or drink things that have toxins or that will harm our bodies. This is because our insight of manifestation helps us to live in a healthy way, with clarity and responsibility.”
“Walking slowly in the moonlight through the rows of tea plants, I noticed my mother was still with me. She was the moonlight caressing me as she had done so often, very tender, very sweet… wonderful! Each time my feet touched the earth I knew my mother was there with me. I knew this body was not mine alone but a living continuation of my mother and my father and my grandparents and great-grandparents. Of all my ancestors. These feet that I saw as ‘my’ feet were actually ‘our’ feet. Together my mother and I were leaving footprints in the damp soil.”
The Dalai Lama explains on a more fundamental level:
“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness, and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” ~ Dalai Lama
A small step towards remembering Oneness: Namaste
We can make an effort to consciously remember Oneness by using the Indian blessing Namaste (NAM as stay), which is accompanied by the gesture of bringing the palms together in front of the heart centre when meeting or leave someone.
The blessing means, “I recognize the Divinity in you which is also the Divinity in me” “We are the same Oneness.” It might not be easy or comfortable to start doing this when you meet people. But why not say it quietly in your head and put your hands together bowing with your heart. You will notice your Consciousness shifting towards a greater awareness of Oneness.
Further reading When People Say “We Are One”, What Are They Talking About? – About Meditation
I entered onto the spiritual path in earnest at a time when the profound esoteric wisdom of the East was being pursued…aboutmeditation.com