Oneness

"You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean, in a drop.

Rumi, You Are



Author
Unitive Consciousness Living in the Supersensible Realm Triumph of Goodness
Dialectical Communication Locating Consciousness in the Higher Self Platonic Dialectic
Contact With Higher Beings Communing With Kindred Souls Displace Capitalism



"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe;' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison."
Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)



   In this essay, we review two connotations of the concept of Oneness which we've previously explored and conclude by focusing on several new meanings of Oneness which contain both physical and metaphysical implications:
  1. The mystical state of unity with
    deity 1 (We earlier explored this concept in the essay entitled "Unitive Consciousness")

  2. The higher state of consciousness in which we realize our identity with All Being, (We earlier explored this concept in the essay entitled "Locating Consciousness In the Higher Self")

  3. Perfect harmony or accord, identity of interests, unison, agreement.

    In the linkouts below we examine the concept and reality of oneness and the view of reality as a hologram.

    The hologram

Reality as a hologram: 1  2

"The nature of reality and of consciousness is a coherent whole, which is never static or complete but which is an unending process of movement and unfoldment. . . Particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the same fundamental something. . . Elementary particles are actually systems of extremely complicated internal structure, acting essentially as amplifiers of information contained in a quantum wave."

David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980


   We'll next examine the concept of social unity or oneness as the necessary basis for a community, a culture, or a civilization.


    Though the United States was primarily created by American plutocrats, the nation was somewhat unified through its adherence to common values and principles: individualism, liberalism, constitutionalism, human rights, liberty, the rule of law, democracy, and the separation of church and state. However, with the increasing power of the capitalist cabal over American life, all these common values have been and are being destroyed utterly. When the prevailing ideology is one of disunity, cut-throat competition, materialism, and greed--as we now suffer under in this capitalist-dominated culture--the movement of history is toward barbarism.

"Well, maybe it's like Casy says. A fella aint got a soul of his own, just a little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to ever'body. I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere, wherever you can look. Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad and I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise, livin' in the house they build, I'll be there too."

Tom Joad in the movie, Grapes of Wrath


    To understand how America is quickly degenerating into barbarism, we can examine the maleficent dogma currently espoused and institutionalized by the capitalist cabal. Part of their dogma has been stated in an article by Samuel Huntington that first appeared in their major journal, Foreign Affairs, in the summer of 1993: "The Clash of Civilizations?" Huntington describes one aspect of the current capitalist dogma: warfare between Western and Islamic cultures. The purpose of this propaganda onslaught was to prepare the world for the capitalist creation of the "never-ending war on terror," an interminible world conflict between capitalist (western) culture and Islamic (deemed terrorist) culture. This war on terror was contrived by the capitalists perpetrating a false-flag 9/11 [2001] attack on the twin-tower buildings in New York City and continuing with "war on terror" imperialist wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Gaza, Libya, Henderson, MO racial riots, the Charley Hebdo attack, etc).

    The only way to defeat this barbaric capitalist onslaught against civilization and the working class is to realize--become aware of and actualize--our primordial Oneness through:

  1. Actualizing Communion (Oneness) with higher beings

  2. Developing cooperative commonwealth communities.

"There is a faculty of the human mind which is superior to all which is born or begotten. Through it we are enabled to attain union with the superior intelligences, of being transported beyond the scenes and arrangements of this world, and of partaking in the higher life and peculiar powers of the heavenly ones. By this faculty we are made free from the domination of Fate, and are made, so to speak, the arbiters of our own destinies. For, when the more excellent parts of us become filled with energy, and the soul is elevated to natures loftier than itself, it becomes separated from those conditions which keep it under the dominion of the present every-day life of the world, exchanges the present for another life, and abandons the conventional habits belonging to the external order of things, to give and mingle itself with the order which pertains to the higher life."

Iamblichus


Actualizing Communion (Oneness) With Higher Beings

    We must approach life in the same frame of mind as Plato, conceiving that the end for which humans were created is to achieve communion with Higher Powers in the celestial domain, through "the light and spirit of the Divine, the wings of the soul. That ought to be the aim of all humans in acquiring knowledge."

     An essential aspect of the Mystic Path is developing the ability to experience the Higher Spiritual Realm. Each seeker discovers for herself the means whereby she gains an awareness of and a participation in that realm.

      One of the most rewarding aspects of that experience is communing with other souls seeking--or having found--higher understanding: those in physical existence and those beyond. Kindred souls commune not only psychically as souls but also through their inspired artistic creations: writings, art, and shared acts of kindness.


     "A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."
John Milton, Areopagitica

     What a marvel it is to read the sublime philosophy of Plato or Iamblichus and thus be able to commune with these great souls over time and place (in a realm where there is no time or place).

     The very act of reading and meditating on the inspired words of an ancient sage such as Hermes, Plato, Jesus, Iamblichus, Plotinus, or Tauler, helps us understand the reality of a Higher World of Ideas in which kindred souls commune. Jacob Boehme speaks of how the Higher Selves of the like-minded, whether near or far from each other, become "fellow-members, friends and relations."

Jacob Boehme The man who "standest still from the thinking of Self, and the willing of Self . . . gets the very hearts and souls of all [like-minded] to be his brethren, and the members of his own very life. . .  He gets them all to be his fellow-members . . . as the branches of a tree in one and the same root . . . spring all from one and the same source of life in them. So that he can have no want of spiritual friends and relations . . . who are cherished all by the same quickening sap and spirit diffusing itself through them universally from the one true Vine, which is the tree of life and love.

These are friends worth having; and though here they may be unknown to him, will abide his friends beyond doubt to all eternity. . .  So, in like manner, those who love truth and righteousness will love that man, and will associate themselves unto him, yea, though they may perhaps be outwardly at some distance or seeming disagreement, from the situation of their worldly affairs, or from other reasons, yet in their hearts they cannot but cleave to him. For though they be not actually incorporated into one body with him, yet they cannot resist being of one mind with him, . . . for the great regard they bear to the truth, which shines forth in his words and in his life. By this they are made either his declared or his secret friends; and he doth so get their hearts that they will be delighted above all things in his company, for the sake thereof, and will court his friendship and will come unto him by stealth, if openly they dare not, for the benefit of his conversation and advice. . .  And thus thou shalt have many friends that are not known to thee; and some known to thee, who may not appear so before the World.

Jacob Boehme, The Supersensual Life


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Wallace Stevens

IV
      A man and a woman
      Are one.
      A man and a woman and a blackbird
      Are one.


"Your brother is he who agrees with you in character and possesses what you possess by way of illumination so that he can be with you in the presence of subsistence and the regions of happiness through meeting."

al-Mawahib al-Shadhili, Articles of the
Maxims of Illumination
, 1450 C.E.

     As the initiate in the Mystic Way learns to travel to the Spiritual Realm, she moves beyond intellect or "pleasure" to Higher feelings of peace, joy, and rapture--heart-filling, aching wonderment as beauty, truth, justice, and goodness take her into complete communion with themselves in their supernatural essence.

"This sympathetic assumption of kinship empowers the developed being with the attributes of the higher consciousness. And one result of this is that he is no longer, while living as other men, restricted by their limitations of position--position in the geometrical sense--because anything he turns his attention to ardently, anything he loves, he becomes in this greater entity. It gives him the ability to broadcast himself, to travel to it sympathetically, as it were, on its individual wave length."

Stewart Edward White, Across the Unknown

     Our ordinary, earthly experiences of rapture in our delight with a beloved person, sympathy with the suffering of others, or the feeling of oneness with all humankind constitute a training ground for--a parable of--the higher feeling of love for the One who creates all the people and all the experiences in our lives.

Building Cooperative Commonwealth Communities

Hermes, Rumi, Francis of Assisi, Diotima, Boethius, Hypatia, Martin Luther King, Betty White, Stewart Edward White, Shakespeare, Socrates, Plato, Jesus, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt



      Communing with the immortal wisdom of savants such as those depicted above, a small group of knowledgeable persons is currently working to institute cooperative commonwealth communities. Their long-range strategy is to create successful small cooperative communities and gradually leaven the larger society, helping to raise the intellectual and spiritual level of people worldwide. As persons gain intellectual acuity, they can be included in cooperative communities which the cognoscenti create, spreading these new political-economic configurations over the entire culture.

"Once one is one,
no more, no less:
error begins with duality;
unity knows no error."

Hakim Sanai,
The Walled Garden of Truth






Notes

1 In the ancient Greek language, the concept of oneness with Deity was denoted by three separate terms:

  • henosis: èνôσισ -- the deification of the human being

  • theosis: θεοσις -- living a divine mode of existence

  • homoiosis theou: òμοιωσις θεου -- assimilation to God


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