Within The Oneness
Within The Oneness
There is an ancient Syrian proverb which states, “Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.” I already knew my body was made of earth, wind, rain, and sunshine; and had heard that there is stardust in our bones. However, it would be more than a decade before I learned that four of the ingredients necessary for human life (one for all known life on Earth − carbon) only come from the death of stars. Should we mourn the loss of those celestial powerhouses, or celebrate the magnificent life that is only possible because of that loss?
Every time you touch a simple piece of paper, you touch not only all of the elements from earth to stars, but you touch the people who felled the tree and milled the pulp and processed the ingredients to make that paper − and you touch all of their ancestors. You touch the thoughts of the very first people to conceive the possibility of paper. In essence, you are touching the whole cosmos as you read this article.
As a little boy in school I was shocked and horrified by how heartlessly cruel some children could be to others. Wasn’t it enough to win or take something from somebody else without tormenting and humiliating that person also? Why take or destroy another person’s treasured possession, or work of pride? Why go to so much effort to make another feel bad? I could never understand how one person could look into another’s eyes and still hurt them. Don’t tears mean anything? Didn’t they know that everything we do returns to us? Didn’t my classmates understand karma? Being raised by hippies, I had known about karma since I was six years old. That doesn’t mean I was always a perfect angel (I’m still not), but I was nicer than most. I used to befriend the loneliest looking kid, often at the peril of whatever level of “cool” I had attained. I did not do this for some heavenly reward, but because I knew what it felt like to be alone in a crowded room.
I found the adult world more mature than the playground, but not much. Yes, most have matured and mellowed out, but how many adult bullies have you known? How much fear, greed, or the need to make others wrong or feel bad? If nobody ever finds out, have you really gotten away with something? As adults, many of us have gotten smoother at being who we were in school. Some of us have really blossomed, and others not so much. One of the great things about being human is we don’t have just one season to bloom. Early or late makes little difference. Now is a really good time to start.
Random information and insights supporting Oneness: You probably know that the human body is mostly water, but were you aware that our blood is nearly identical (98%) to sea water? We took the ocean with us when we crawled out of it. Our heart pumps it through our veins like waves on the sea. Chimpanzees have more than a 90% genetic similarity to humans and yet there is still no evidence of a “missing link.” This tells me that no matter how grossly different we may be one from another, we remain within that 10% difference. Native American tribes have known the web of life since the first song. We and everything else are all strands in that web, each and every one of us. When one strand is tickled, the whole web moves. Quantum Entanglement is very similar to the Web of Life. The Hindu teachings of Vedanta say, among other things, at no time are you ever simply a “passive observer.” The observed is incomplete without your observation of it. The Uncertainty Principle in quantum physics states that the observer affects the observed. Reality changes as soon as it is seen. Teachers in the Consciousness Movement say we live in a participatory Universe.
It has been said that music is just as much about the silence between the notes as it is about the notes themselves. Things have use because of their emptiness. A cup, a vase, a pot, a door, a store, a window, and wherever you are reading this, all have use because of the empty space within. Even “solid matter” is mostly empty. With the exception of 0.0000000000001%, solid matter itself is empty space. If one were to take a boulder the size of a major stadium and collapse all the space between the atoms, and all the space within the atoms, that boulder would be the size of a single grain of sand. Know what? That tiny remaining one trillionth of one percent is blinking in and out of existence at ten-to-the-twenty-second-power times every second (100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 per second). We are clouds of electrons buzzing at phenomenal speed. Deepak Chopra said we are “invisible vibrations taking place in a void.”
Interesting how profound an effect empty stuff can have on us. When I stubbed my toe in the middle of the night, I assure you that there was nothing empty about that sensation. In his book “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” Deepak Chopra informs his readers that a good neurologist will tell you that the human brain offers no evidence that the outside world exists, and some evidence that it might not. Not unlike the movie The Matrix. I reminded myself of this after stubbing my ill fated toe, but it didn’t make the pain go away. Knowing that it was incomplete without my experience of it, did little to help. I did learn the valuable lesson of being more careful. These pages which you hold and this ink on them are made of mostly nothing, and yet my words have changed you for all time. Regardless of whether you agree or not, remember or not. The ripples from the pebble will fade in time, but the pond will hold that pebble for a long time.
One of the quotes attributed to Jesus says, “Is it not written that you are Gods?” When I first read that, I thought, “Funny, I don’t feel like a God. Not when I’m sober and straight, anyway.” Working at a yogic ashram I learned that we all have a spark of The Divine, each and every one. The common salutation Namaste means, “The Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you.” The less common Jai Bhagwan is also an acknowledgement of the other’s Divinity. The Bhagavad Gita says, among other things, that we are constantly God interacting with God. From the holy one to the dog-eater, it is all Divine. This brought a new clarity to my understanding of the biblical claim that we are made in the likeness and image of God. Since we all look and act so very different, who of us is most like Mom or Dad? Pick your word for It; Allah, Vishnu, Great Spirit, Krishna, or whatever works for you. What name could truly contain such All-ness?
Whatever likeness there is has to be much deeper than what my eyes see or ears hear. I just have to know The Divine is there. There is no place that It is not. What if this is true? What would it look like, sound like, feel like, taste and/or smell like if every little thing were made of The Divine, Itself? Imagine, pretend this is the deepest absolute Truth.
Those of us who have spent time doing shadow work (recently popularized by Debbie Ford’s “Shadow Effect”) know that on some level the things that bother us most are aspects of ourselves. You give away your power to things you “hate.” Harsh opinions do not define the thing being judged, but the person who is judging. Soften your heart to people around you and everything in general. Love and forgiveness isn’t about being a doormat. It is about reclaiming your Power. Mark Twain said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds of the heel that has crushed it.” If you look at your “enemy” just right, what you see is you. The Emerald Tablet of ancient Hermetic fame says, “As above, so below. As within, so without.” Hindu sages have long said that one of the greatest mistakes people make is to think of themselves as “in here” and everything else as “out there.” By helping others we are helped. Edgar Cayce said “You cannot enter heaven except on the arm of somebody you have helped.” I have noticed that when one candle is used to light another, the first is not diminished, but multiplied. In some scientific circles the cliché goes, “It takes X amount of poison to kill one fish alone, but more than double to kill two fish together.” We keep each other going. We lift each other up. I know that even witnessing an act of kindness releases the joyful chemical of dopamine in our brains. Look at the support and compassion the world pours upon the survivors of calamities such as Japan’s tidal wave, Hurricane Katrina, September 11th, and so many others. We see strangers helping strangers, and becoming brothers and sisters (again). The movie, “I AM,” is a great teacher of who we really are.
Some of my friends in the consciousness movement will complain about dualism, but I remind them that everything exists in relation to everything else. How could you ever truly appreciate the warm sunshine if you never felt the cold rain? How would you know a sage if you had never known a fool? We have peaks and valleys, day and night, winter and summer, sleeping and wakefulness, joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, masculine and feminine, dog and cat, hot and cold, wet and dry, good and evil, but these are just different sides of the same coin as are heads and tails. Notice in the Taoist symbol for yin and yang that there is balance and motion, and each contains a seed of the other. Wayne Dyer once offered his class an automatic “A” to the first student who could bring him only one pole from a magnet. We seem to live in a dualistic world, but it is only contrast and texture of One thing. It is all God stuff. It has been said that the deepest truth is: there is really only one of us here. I have come to believe that we are as facets of a spectacular diamond.
In eighth grade we had a misguided substitute science teacher who told us that the human race is an astronomical accident. With billions of galaxies each containing billions of stars simmering for billions of years it was inevitable that something such as us would emerge somewhere, he said. When the human race finally dies off, the Universe will not have changed one iota for our having been here, according to him. Furthermore, he stated that in the long run we are totally insignificant. I was repulsed by classmates who raised hands wanting to know more. I knew better than to argue or stand my ground with teachers, but I felt in the core of my being that this guy was way off base. At 13 years old I decided to just let his karma play itself out. It wasn’t my place to change him, but it got me talking about the way I see IT with my peers.
Accidents, we are not. In fact, we are all walking miracles. We have a responsibility to each other because we are inseparably intertwined. Everything we do has a far greater effect than most people realize. I have come to believe that we are the whole purpose and reason from the beginning. We are within the body of God, made of God stuff. We are how the Divine experiences itself. The birds sing for you. The flowers bloom for you. That sweet scent is for you. It has taken 13.7 billion years and astronomical cosmic forces to get your playground just perfect, and bring us to this moment right. . . . . NOW! You are a force of nature, an act of God. Yes, you. Now, you know. Go and Be More.
Eric Wallander has been a student of Life & Spirit since early childhood. A potter, an actor, yoga teacher, and gourmet chef, Eric is a student of the Science of Mind at the Center for Spiritual Living in Asheville. He is a teacher in The Consciousness Movement. He can be reached at: