The underlying oneness of all is recognized by quantum physicists, pop stars and gurus alike…
Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.
…the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Russell Brand
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. Swami Vivekananda
Yet we do not experience ourselves as one. We see ourselves as separate from each another, the world and God. The separate self is the I, the me. We cherish and nurture it but it is actually an illusion created to mask our reality. You Are Not Who You Think You Are
Though you may feel that your ego is something great, all-inclusive, you will find it is an illusion. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Since our reality is One, the essence of the illusion must be the opposite – separation.
To sustain separateness, we strive to stand apart from the crowd, to be different, special. It is as if one ray of the sun pretended to be composed of something other than light and energy.
Specialization is death, the lack of infinite pliability.
In the act of differentiating ourselves, we lose ourselves. We lose our essence, our power, our Reality. Instead of life and love and creativity flowing freely, everything becomes a struggle. With separation comes conflict, turmoil and hate.
The separate “I” casts a veil over vision and breeds insecurity and insufficiency. On our own, we are never enough. We can never be sure of ourselves. That is why there is ceaseless striving – to do more, have more, be more.
In ourselves, whether we admit it or not, consciously or unconsciously, there is a state of poverty, an emptiness.
What is it, this separate “I”, the me?
It is a composition of physical and psychological attributes, a bank of memories that compose one’s story. As the memories change, the stories change. As the body and brain and experiences change, personalities change. Self-images change. Everything changes except that which is the very essence of life within – the One Unified Self that is the source and substance of our being.
We cannot experience Love and the fullness of life we long for until we stop identifying with the image, the limited, personal “I.” As we disengage from that, a higher state of consciousness emerges. We realize that we are but different waves on one ocean.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. – Alan Watts
When our vision expands and we recognize that we are indeed one with all that is, then compassion and kindness for all are easy. All that we give is given to ourSelf. Love your neighbor as yourself takes on new meaning. Our neighbor is our Self. Not in form, not in behavior or intellect. But in the deepest core of our being, we are of one light and spirit.
Our egos and intellects will never agree. They are designed to maintain the separation. But we can have a common experience. Compassion, kindness, forgiveness elevate and unify us.
To go from a sense of separation to an experience of oneness, stop focusing on differences. See past the form to the part of each of us that is the same – the part that comes from Love and yearns to return to it.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
DWELL ON THESE THOUGHTS
I am one with all that is.
Love is my identity and reality.
The Light that I am illumines my way.
The Indian word Namaste is a greeting that has several interpretations. They mean essentially the same thing. Choose one of the following or create your own with similar words:
I behold the Light in you.
I bow to the God within you.
The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you.
Practice saying Namaste (or Peace if you prefer) aloud or to yourself whenever you see another person. Hold that thought in your mind and you will look with honor upon your fellow being. It will help you see past the frame to the universal essence of Light and Love we all share.