In a world where we constantly emphasise differences, we fail to see a simple truth that only oneness can survive. Oneness can be also called togetherness or unity and it is the situation where we see and accept that we are all on a journey together. This really is a very simple concept and can go a long way toward saving the world.
What is oneness?
It is the acknowledgement and acceptance that we are not independent. It’s pretty easy to see that all living things can’t live without each other. All of Nature forms a highly dependent system. One good example is that us humans couldn’t survive if it weren’t for the colonies of bacteria that exist in our bodies. If bees stop pollinating plants, we couldn’t survive. If the ecosystem stopped recycling water and rain stopped falling, we couldn’t survive. The list is endless.
We can even go beyond the simple thought of the natural system of plants and animals on this Earth and consider how we couldn’t survive without the energy radiated from the sun. In fact, the whole universe is a highly dependent system. We can even recall that (assuming the theory is true) at the time of the big-bang that started this universe, all the atoms that make up everything where all packed into a very small, single blob, of which there was only one.
It’s easy to see that we are one with everything. We cannot exist on our own. We need everything else in order to be. Acknowledging and accepting this fact of oneness is a huge step for our future.
What is the opposite of oneness?
The opposite of oneness is, unfortunately, a large proportion of what we see in our world today.
Oneness is a fact. Everything needs everything else. No arguments, it’s obvious, but people’s thoughts can be whatever they like. It’s possible for people to deny our inherent interdependency, and we do it all the time.
From very early ages we begin to classify people and we now have so many classifications that it’s hard to keep track. Gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, skin-colour, race, political allegiance, education, IQ, EQ, wealth, language, handicaps, and on and on. Starting from a very early age, we are encouraged to lose track that we are all one.
Even worse, we enforce competitions between individuals and groups from an early age. We have exams at school so that people can be shown to be different. We have sporting competitions that enforce one individual or team to “win” and another to “lose”. We create companies that “compete” in a market where some will “fail” and some will “win”. We form countries that want to create individual identities and “have” more than all other countries.
The truth is that we are all one, but we’ve lost track of this essential truth.
We instinctively know oneness is true
How can I say we instinctively know that oneness is true? It’s quite simple really as it boils down to our innate sense of right and wrong, good and bad. Think about that for a moment. We seem to have this sense of things that we know are right and wrong and I suggest this is highly correlated with the acceptance and denial of oneness.
For example, someone steals from another. That’s wrong and is a denial of the fact that we are one. Based on our oneness, it’s not really possible for one apparent individual to have more than another. We all have everything. Another example, somebody goes to the assistance of someone in need. That’s good, we can all feel that it’s good. It feels good because it’s an acknowledgment that we are all one. We’re not just helping someone else, we’re helping ourselves because we are all one. Another example is animal cruelty which we all feel is innately wrong. Again, this is because we feel it violates our oneness and the cruelty is really directed at ourselves.
Succeeding in oneness
Our folklore tends to be full of positive stories and anecdotes about how oneness is positive and tends to create successful outcomes. An example is the well known phrase “One for all and all for one!” that is commonly associated with Alexandre Dumas’ novel “The Three Musketeers” but was used earlier than that. The constitution of the United States of America is founded on unity and standing together (at least inside America) with phrases like “in order to form a more perfect union”, “insure domestic tranquility”, “promote the general welfare” and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves”. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech about a dream that “that all men are created equal” and all “will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood”. John Lennon’s song “Imagine” with these lyrics “imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too, imagine all the people, living life in peace”. And once more from John Lennon (a little more cryptically this time) in “Instant Karma” he wrote and sung “why on earth are you there, when you’re ev’rywhere”.
Real, tangible examples of succeeding in a strong state of being one come from families, corporations and countries (even though these are examples of denying oneness as well), as these groups have at least the solid unity of being in the same family, part of the same corporation or a citizen of the same country. We all want to be part of something good and act in ways for the betterment of our family, corporation or country. It’s our desire for oneness that pulls us together and creates actions at higher levels for the benefit of all.
In these cases of family groups, corporations and countries, there is a limit to the benefits that oneness can achieve because they represent only partial oneness which is not sustainable because every single thing needs everything else to survive.
Only oneness can survive
Strong families, corporations and countries will eventually see the difficulties created at the boundaries. If groups see oneness inside them but independence from others outside, then trouble starts brewing. Families start to fight against each other, corporations want to monopolise markets and bankrupt competitors, and countries wage war against each other to take their land and resources. This sounds a lot like the world we’ve been experiencing for the last hundred years or more.
However today, the world is moving rapidly towards oneness. Countries are becoming less important and global initiatives are on the increase. The world’s fight for limiting greenhouse gas emissions is a good example. Also, the fight against pollution of the world with plastic. Now we are beginning to see that it’s only through our oneness that we’ll survive. If we can understand that even the most apparently insignificant part of Nature is necessary for our survival, then our world has a very positive outlook.
Oneness is the only future. The opposite will certainly destroy itself eventually. Only oneness can survive.
Now I’ve left my favourite definition of oneness to last. Oneness is Love.
- Kiss Cam – Love Has No Labels
- A Table and the Universe
- The Miracle Of Mindfulness
- We have everything – unless we think we don’t
- Oneness University – http://onenessuniversity.org/oneness/
- Some nice quotes from Oneness University
- “We have a destiny to create, a state of consciousness that is oneness with all that is”
- “Oneness is a force in consciousness that transcends all religions, all cultures, class based and national barriers, thus unifying people in the experience of one divinity, one humanity, one suffering, one love and one consciousness”
- “Peace with oneself. Peace with all of life.”
- “The root cause of all human suffering is the sense of separation.”
- Some nice quotes from Oneness University
- From Roger Gabriel – http://www.chopra.com/article/what-oneness
- “Imagine that you’re the whole universe; you live in total joy and bliss. Imagine there is no past or future, only now. Imagine there is no space or time, just an unbounded eternity. Imagine endless peace, harmony, and unconditional love. Imagine no fear and equality in all things. This is Oneness.”
- Garret Kramer – The Oneness of Success – http://garretkramer.com/the-oneness-of-success/