All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because Oneness is the secret of everything.-Swami Vivekananda
So often we think of Oneness as an abstract concept or a goal to be achieved sometime down the road. Oneness is a state of being our hearts long for beyond duality- a lofty spiritual aspiration of unity many of us know about with our intellect and pray for as a future condition. It is a way to experience life that would be wonderful- if only, when I....
What if Oneness were more than a far off destination? What if we all were able to live in Oneness right here, right now? Would you awaken to that ever evolving state of one becoming all becoming one? You can through living a life of practical Oneness™.
Oneness sounds like a lofty metaphysical state of being- a holy grail of consciousness and awakening. Indeed, the realization of Oneness underlies spiritual traditions globally. Many of us on our journeys of personal evolution have encountered glimpses of Oneness that have whacked the kaleidoscopes of our lives to a new perspective and we have been forever changed.
Here's the secret to live in Oneness no matter what, every moment of every day. Know that you truly are, as Alan Watts so profoundly stated, "...as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean." Each of us is offering essential contributions to the collective field of consciousness, the noosphere, the Universe, God, Goddess, and the Divine under every name, regardless of our daily experiences. That's a big deal. Each of us is a significant contributor through our individual lives to the condition of the whole. What do you want to contribute to that energy? How do you want to influence life? If you think that you are not important since you are just one person, start embracing that you are essential to the creation of a better world for us all.
Practical Oneness is living your life knowing that you are not perfect, yet honoring the sacred opportunity to offer your way of being as a gift to us all. Once you start to think from this perspective, how does getting mad while driving in traffic seem like a good idea? Would you rather contribute a sense of calm to the Universe? Perhaps consider that you accommodate what is- that you drive in traffic and go from there. Find ways to make that act a pleasant, enlivening experience in the privacy of your vehicle with something like music you love or an audio program or book to enhance your life. Sense the difference in how those two options feel. The act is the same, driving in traffic. The energy of your choice of approach to the experience is entirely different. Which would you like to contribute to the Divine?
Another facet of practical Oneness is to intentionally select how you act knowing that you are powerful to influence and encourage the collective. What you choose to bring into your life really does makes a difference. What if you decide to only purchase non-GMO food for a month? Or take a break from watching violent media from news to movies for a month? Remember, just like a small mosquito in a large room, your individual choices influence the whole greatly.
Finally, remember that you are a unique part of the whole, just like every being on this planet. When you consider that everyone is a star, each with their own orbit, it becomes obvious that we need to honor each other's individual path and not interfere with another's journey, whether we agree with them or not. The greatest way to influence the Universe is to be the highest and best you possible through living a life of practical Oneness.
The time is upon us to help raise consciousness to the next level. We are the ones who chose to be here now. As the Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca said a millennia ago, "We are members of one great body, planted by nature…. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole."
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