Article by Andrew Martin also posted on Collective Evolution
“A person experiences life as something separated from the rest -a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.” – Albert Einstein
Our Obsession With Meaning
I want to start by asking YOU a question. What if, you and I were connected, one? How would we treat each other then?
What is it with the human fascination about what others are doing? Is it because we yearn to be a part of everything in this human world? Have you ever met someone and felt like you have known them forever? Have you ever been alone and yet felt so much apart of everything and everyone? Have you ever walked in a pristine forest and felt the calming, tranquil nature of everything around you and an overpowering sense of love? If you have, then you have experienced what many may call oneness.
The great German mathematician Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Cantor pushed mathematics to new frontiers in the late eighteenth century as he tried to solve the mathematical equation of infinity. His peers ridiculed him in his quest to explain infinity, using mathematical equations. The more Cantor looked at the model, the more he realised that there were different levels of infinity within infinity itself. In fact, during the many years Cantor devoted to finding the answer to this elusive question the more it drove him to insanity. The complexity and immensity of infinity and the nature of the universe eluded him. He did see glimpses of what lay on the other side during his studies which he described as ‘magnificent.’ The moral to this story is that Cantor, a religious man, wanted to prove something that is in itself vast and endless.
This obsession with his search for meaning led him to distraction and in the end his mental health. Humanity has a compulsion to prove that something exists or doesn’t exist, right or wrong, black and white. The dualistic thinking of wanting to have all the right answers can drive us to distraction. Some things are unexplainable, they just are. Oneness is present everywhere, it cannot be expressed as a mathematical equation, for maths cannot describe a feeling, a touch, taste or vision. The more we let go of the needing to be right and understand that everything is in a constant state of change, the sooner we will realise our full potential.
Oneness Is Not A New Idea of Philosophy
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”
Oneness is not a new idea or philosophy, it has been with humanity for many thousands of years. The word universe comes from the Latin, universus which relates to the whole, one, or totality of all things. All matter, energy, stars and galaxies have come from the one source. In Buddhism the presence of an underlying oneness that permeates humanity, is called ‘suchness.’ Suchness is the essential nature of reality, it is the common thread of consciousness that connects everything. In Confucianism and Taoism, the underlying philosophies are of interconnectedness of all things. Taoism is about helping individuals understand and realize that oneness exists in everything throughout nature, that nature itself and all that exist within the universe are one. Many of the North American Indians to Australian Aboriginals understood that oneness and inter-connectedness existed in nature and in everything they did. The Australian Aboriginals believed that there was no separation between nature and a higher presence. They therefore had no reason for organized religion. Many of the Native American cultures believed in co-dependency, connection and unity, while early settlers from the west tried to convert these indigenous people to beliefs of separation, non-tolerance and dependency. The teachings of the great master’s show there are underlying threads of oneness everywhere and nothing exists in isolation. Unconditional love for all living creatures is the cornerstone for a harmonious and prosperous society. Through developing our consciousness and focusing on oneness we become open to the global consciousness that exists. This will ultimately lead us to a more sustainable and prosperous existence. This is a difficult concept for the conditioned mind to grasp.
Nature and Oneness
“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”
Henry David Thoreau
Do you remember that place where peace and serenity, love and compassion exist? Have you experienced the feeling of connection? There are no boundaries between the universe, nature and sentient beings; we are all undeniably connected through a web of consciousness. As human beings, we are an extension of nature. We unfortunately sometimes see ourselves above and separate from nature. Here lies our problem. Until we recognise that we are all formed from the same matter and come from the one source we will always be in a state of separation. Through understanding this connection between all things we can awaken to the realities that exist. We can move to develop strategies and alternatives to better serve all beings, nature and the biosphere. Natural cycles exist that we must understand and align with. All things have been created by the source of divine energy, there is no escaping this. From one seed a giant tree can grow that can produce fruit in abundance. From the fruit produced other seeds are born. This cycle of abundance is continuous and can go on indefinitely. Without the bee to pollinate the flowers though, the tree will not bear fruit. Everything is connected in a wonderful synchronization of natural knowledge. Nature is our grandest teacher yet for many it is merely a resource to be used and exploited for the benefit of humanity.
Many of the ancient Chinese and eastern religions such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism view nature as something to connect with, to become one with. Only by experiencing nature can we experience our true natural and spiritual state of being. Nature allows us to experience states of existentialism and take us to places of beauty, serenity and awe. That sunset over the ocean, the silence and beauty of falling snow, the rustle of the leaves in the autumn trees, are experiences that are uplifting to the heart and soul. Why? We are reminded of our true nature, that of oneness. When we experience nature we experience stillness, a stillness that is the divine state of nature…
Source: Excerpts from One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future…