- Religion and Philosophy
Relating to Oneness
Our interactions and relationships with one another and the places or things we encounter in our lives to me can be described as a form of relationship to the oneness. How well these relationships are formed for me is mainly determined by our perception and understanding of that which we are forming relationships with.
At our deepest levels we are all of the same essence united in this oneness. However our vessels (the body) that house this essence is what make us unique in the manifest. For instance no two bodies are quite the same.
If our body is the most important thing to us, we can often lose the sense of our essence that is connected to the whole.
Our minds that we use as tools to communicate also make us unique. The shaping and the moulding of our personalities are greatly influenced by our conditioned upbringing, culture, and the many diverse experiences we have had throughout our lives. Our mind and the way it has been shaped can give us a false sense of separation from the oneness.
In forming our relationships we often use the two more apparent aspects of what we perceive is making us whole. Namely, the body and the mind and we can feel like we have no relationship to our essence.
However, there are those special moments where we sense our relationships not only with people but animals, trees, things of nature where we know without a doubt that we are part of the greater pulse of all of life, the oneness.
For me when this happens it is our essence that recognizes another’s essence that is part of the greater whole that we are a part of also, the oneness. In this moment, there exists a complete and total acceptance of our oneness to all things.
Insights on Oneness
The illusion of separation
The illusion of separation causes suffering. We suffer when in our discernment we separate that which is not separate except in our perceptions. We are often hard wired in this way from a young age and are unable to understand in its entirety that we are not.
In an instant the sudden realization of our connection to all things can come without warning and disappear just as fast as it appeared. Leaving us mystified, somehow longing, and surprisingly unfulfilled with the life we thought we knew. The experience however momentary brings forth a greater understanding of the illusion of separation.
In search of that connection experience we more often than not seek outside ourselves for the link. Although the internal and external are interlinked and intertwined the external is merely a reflection of what is within. It is far easy then to find the link within rather than from without.
Changes are made from within rather than without. Or it can be likened to trying to change the expression of your face from the reflection in the mirror instead of realizing you can smile and the reflection in the mirror will follow suit.
Joyful living in Oneness
An oneness experience illustrated
As she stands on the mountain top observing the glorious fruits of Mother Nature’s labour. She is enraptured by the picturesque glory of it all. Her entire being begins to resonate with a tranquil silence. A tranquillity that slowly dissolves the thin veil of illusion that once clung to the ‘I’ ness of that which she is. No longer clinging to the ‘I’ ness although it still remains, her awareness flows gently and immerses into the moistened earth. She can hear the melodic heartbeat of Mother Earth now in harmony with her own. Her awareness extends into the blade of grass that is gently plucked from its earthly abode and whisked away by a whisper of the summer breeze. The gentle breeze cradles her being with love as it somersaults and dances with delight at the long awaited reunion. Pausing to rest upon the tender clutches of the trees pine she is in awe of the strength of which is now becoming her own as these needles drink the awesome power of the sunlight and energy of the teal sky. A fusion then occurs as the sunlight dashes through the needles then through the veins of the tree to the roots. It spreads its almighty power and energy to that which surrounds it. The rolling hills lure in the wispy clouds as it submerges deep within in the experience of the awesome power and energy that now is pulsating throughout the entire stretch of land and the vastness of the earth. The beautiful rays of sunlight now saturating all that exists in love including her. She is no longer aware of where her I starts or stops because there is no separation. No beginning, no end. There is only connectedness. An oneness where peace and love dwell in the tranquil silence of being.