Our Oneness Solution
Oneness has been called by many names: yoga (which means "to join" or "to unite"), Tao (union of Yin and Yang), inclusive-consciousness, Christ-consciousness, unity-consciousness, non-dualism, integration, synthesis, samadhi (which means "bring together" and "union with the divine"), unpolarization, etc. Whatever the label, they all point to the same thing.
Teachings and teachers of Oneness abound in all major religions and cultures, attesting to its universality. The message has been repeated countless times and symbolized countless ways through the ages. Although it's pure meaning has been largely misinterpreted and misunderstood, it's essence hasn't been forgotten because, at the end of the day, all hearts ache for union. All souls yearn for it. So why isn't there enough of it going around? Why can't humans get a grip on it?
Obstacle #1: The Paradox
The world of DUALITY has it's own culture. So too does the world of NON-DUALITY (or Oneness). Making sense of both cultures can be a challenge because they have antithetical values, antithetical languages, antithetical viewpoints, antithetical terrain, antithetical practices. The two cultures are polar opposites locked in a paradox of seemingly irreconcilable differences.
When you choose the path of Oneness, you are opening yourself up to bizarro worlds: DUALITY and NON-DUALITY. The dualistic world is POLARIZED. The non-dualistic world is UNPOLARIZED. Reconciling these two bizarro worlds is a head-scratcher.
The dualistic mind grieves over it's mistakes. To the non-dualistic mind, there are no mistakes. How can both be true (scratch head)? From the polarized viewpoint, there is good and evil. From the unpolarized viewpoint, it's all good. How can both be true (scratch head again)? In the world of duality, there are angels and demons. In the world of non-duality, Lucifer is the light bringer. How can both be true (another head scratcher)? Without an answer to these questions, or a knowledgeable guide, head-scratchers will often not cross from the world of DUALITY to NON-DUALITY (or Oneness).
Obstacle #2: Schisms of Inequality
Oneness is the Self-realized state of being equal with God: "To be one with the Father is to be equal with the Father.” － Edgar Cayce (900-331)
Jesus Christ taught that Oneness with God is being equal with God: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." (Philippians 2:5-6)
The incongruity of Christian followers is that they do not heed their own Savior's advice. Jesus Christ's message of Oneness (as equal with God) was largely ignored, misunderstood and disavowed, then and now:
"I and my Father are ONE." Then they took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of these do you stone me?" They answered him, saying, "For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, Ye are gods.' " (John 10:30-34)
Christianity and Catholicism maintain a schism of inequality between God and Man. Followers of the faith remain blind to the fact that this schism of inequality is what got Jesus Christ stoned and crucified. Hinduism does not have the same spiritual affliction. I once asked a Hindu preacher, "What prevents your religious followers from crucifying your Christ and your fellow men?" His reply: "In Hinduism, we believe that we (humanity) are all gods."
Tibetan Buddhism does not have the same spiritual affliction. His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje, 17th Gyalwa Karmapa of the Karma Kagyu lineage (equal in stature to the Catholic Pope), believed to be an emanation of Buddha, once remarked, "The only difference between you and me is that I know you are buddhas."
The Kahuna religion of Hawaii does not have the same spiritual affliction. Its priests and shamans consider humanity as gods equal to the Most High. Equality with a Supreme Power is what allows them to easily connect with the One Great Spirit and manifest the supernatural powers of deity.
Have you noticed that peaceful religions believe in equality with deity, whereas religions with a history of violence do not? Inequality breeds schism, unfair treatment, contempt, power plays, violence, wars (and crucifixions, I might add). Inequality with deity is a human prejudice that prevents truth-seekers from realizing their Oneness with God. If humans were awake to the reality of our integral oneness, that we are all gods equal with God, would humans be treating each other so sacrilegiously? Of course not.
Obstacle #3: Unconscious Separations
(also "Unconscious Otherizing" and "Separation-consciousness")
Unconscious separations will turn any personality into a Jekyll and Hyde. Unconscious separation is the common denominator at the root of all inequality, wounding, pain, suffering, misdeeds, misguidedness, and all man-made evil in the world. It damages life rather than creates new life.
Examples of unconscious separations are:
living as if Divine Source is an “Other,” a supreme externality above you (inequality)
living as if you are the only god and everybody else isn’t
living as if others are gods (false idols) and you aren't
Self-righteousness is another form of unconscious separation. Self-righteous people are quick on the trigger when it comes to the faults of others, but blind to their own. They create an "I'm right, you're wrong" schism in order to morally elevate themselves. Behind their guise of "speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil" is the unconscious behavior of a fallen angel, or a false god.
If humanity were awake to the reality of our integral oneness, that we are all gods equal with God, would they treat their fellowmen so sacrilegiously? Rather than awaken to their sacrilege so they can stop it, they hit the SNOOZE button. It's a form of unconscious separation.
The natural, healthy state is Oneness (Union). In contrast, unconscious separations are unhealthy. Unconscious separations in the psyche manifest as pain, illness, disease and deformation of the physical body, alerting the individual to an unnatural state. When the burden of internal schisms becomes too great to bear, the body resorts to the ultimate union: death (union with our Maker).
1st Solution: Seek the Possibilities of Union
Through cross-pollination, Mother Nature teaches that polar opposites are not diametrical opponents but rather each other's mates. Opposites, such as Light and Dark, exist to be guardians of each other－to keep each other honest, to keep each other in check, and to prevent each other from becoming irretrievably corrupt. This check-and-balance establishes the safe environ necessary for co-creation (fertilization) to occur. The error humans often commit－and where they depart from Nature－is bringing their xenophobia (fear of differences) into the coupling. Fear of differences causes humans to unconsciously create an "other," often with regrettable consequences. Elizabeth Lesser calls this "otherizing" (Fig. 1). "Otherizing" is done blindly－unconsciously rejecting the "other" rather than "loving thy neighbor as thyself"－hence, it is a form of unconscious separation.
Fig. 1: Elizabeth Lesser on "Otherizing."
As cross-pollination teaches, polar opposites (e.g., angel and demon) are mates that belong to each other in love's embrace. The "Other," who came into your life as "Judas," is simply a catalyst mirroring the inner chasm between your internal Esmeralda and Quasimodo, and the scarcity of love between them. Mending the separation involves the inner and outer work of self-unification－i.e., seeking the possibilities of union even when there seems to be none－in order to move from "unconscious otherizing" to "conscious coupling."
If you follow the simple principle of "Seek the possibilities of union even when there seems to be none," and you commit to applying it in everything you do, it will lead you to solve Obstacle #1, Obstacle #2 and Obstacle #3. It will lead you to wholeness. It will lead you to a prosperous, healthy and joyful life. It will lead you to enlightenment, Christ-consciousness, Self-realization, and God-realization. It will lead you to experience the wonders of being One and equal with God. As long as you are committed to Union, Providence becomes your servant and will bring you the resources, solutions and whatever else you need for a prosperous, successful, divine life on earth.
When we seek the possibilities of union even when there seems to be none, we end up uniting our horizontal polarities and vertical periodicities at the heart in unconditional love, then Sacred Union occurs and the Christ-consciousness within is re-membered (see Fig. 2). Sacred Union is the Oneness of Christ－the cross Jesus had to bear as the "freak" in a divided world.
In the pursuit of happiness and companionship with God, Oneness is the golden key, the WHAT. Seeking the possibilities of union even when there seems to be none is the HOW.
Fig. 2: Sacred Union (Cross of the Christ).
ONENESS in a Nutshell
"There is only One Being in the Universe manifesting itself as the many."
“Not so much self-development, but rather developing the Christ-consciousness in self, being selfless, that He may have His way with thee, that… the Christ… may direct thy ways, that He will guide thee in the things thou doest, thou sayest.” (Edgar Cayce 281-20)
It is not just "doing good" but also "doing God." Christ-consciousness is a non-dualistic consciousness of our Oneness with All.
As you seek the possibilities of union, does that mean there should be no room in your life for separations at all? Of course not.
In the beginning, God consciously separated into 2 polar opposites in order to birth His entire Creation. He consciously separated into Masculine (El) and Feminine (Shekinah), respectively called Mercy and Severity in Kabbalah, Yang and Yin in Taoism. So what we learn from God's example is this:
Conscious Separation is the precursor to co-creation.
Conscious Separation leads to birthing new life, not wounding.
Conscious Separation is also a form of "birth control" (without it, you'd be a baby factory).
An example of conscious separation by God is the Douglas Fir and Alligator Juniper tree in Fig. 3.
Fig. 3 is a truly unique situation－a Douglas Fir and an Alligator Juniper tree growing together. It's not that they don't like each other, but rather, both trees have very different climate requirements. The Douglas Fir on your left likes cool, damp climates and higher elevations, while the Alligator Juniper prefers hotter, drier temperatures. To see the two of them growing together under the same conditions is very rare. As of now, both appear to be healthy and will live together for many years to come. (Pinetop-Lakeside Forest, Arizona)
For internal schism to be healthy, and to maintain our wholeness, the separation must be CONSCIOUS, i.e., you must know WHAT you are doing and WHY, and you are taking full responsibility for the consequences.
As you practice Oneness in daily life, you'll occasionally need to make some conscious separations. An example of conscious separation is telling a lie at gunpoint in order to save one's life, or the lives of your family. It is a conscious decision to be two-faced in order to preserve lives. This kind of conscious deceit does not corrupt and split the soul.
Another example of healthy, conscious separation would be keeping toxic, harmful people out of your space. Assign them to the last row of your stadium, so to speak. Consciously segregate disruptive, toxic people to the "naughty corner" with LOVE until they are ready to re-unite with you on safe, peaceful, egalitarian terms.
It is the unconscious separations that you will want to eliminate from your life because they harm you. Committing unconscious separations, e.g., self-righteousness, is like sipping poisoned tea and expecting the "other" to die from it.
From "Unconscious Otherizing" to "Conscious Coupling"
"There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious ... Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." －Carl Jung
Hidden in our darkness are our unconscious separations: how and why we give our power away to others, how and why we give our freedoms away to others, how and why we unconsciously commit "otherizing," etc. Hidden in that same darkness is our perfection, and an unconscious dividing line stands in the way of that perfection. Mending our separations in the spirit of One Love liberates the inner healer and frees us to participate in the perfections of God.
Unconscious separation is The Wound at the the core of one's onion. The process of becoming conscious of your separations to initiate "conscious coupling" is known as "peeling the onion," aptly named because it brings tears. The pain of discovering one's separations evokes tears of heartbreak. The joy of reuniting the separated selves moves you to tears.
There are many approaches to "conscious coupling" one can avail of.
Elizabeth Lesser suggests a simple, practical approach to end "Otherizing" and bridge chasms of disagreement (Fig. 4) :
For stubborn, deep-seated splits complicated by internal saboteurs, Jungian Shadow Work, can help. A process of deeper soul work popularized by Connie Zweig and Steven Wolf, called Romancing the Shadow (Fig. 6), is a Jungian-based effective approach. See also the Shadow of Spirituality by Connie Zweig.
the heart of
"I want both of us to start talking about this great love as if You and I, and God were all married and living in a tiny room, helping each other to cook, do the wash, weave and sew, and care for our beautiful animals. We all leave each morning to labor on the earth's field. No one does not lift a great pack. I want both of us to start singing like two traveling minstrels about this extraordinary existence we share. As if you, I and God were all married and living in a tiny room." －Hafiz
6 Signs of One Love
One Love is knowing oneself to be unique and, therefore, incomplete, and yet one with the whole, hence, complete.
Unlike the love which needs an "Other" to ignite and fan the flames, One Love is self-igniting and self-sustaining.
In One Love, THERE IS NO "Other." No unconscious "other-izing." Instead, there is Conscious Coupling.
One Love has no SNOOZE button, no unconscious separation.
Unlike the love that is polarized, One Love is unpolarized. Unlike the love that is dualistic, One Love is non-dualistic. It is a marriage of one's polarities and periodicities, in a perpetual state of Sacred Union.
One Love is the Self-realized state of being a god equal with other gods, loving them as equal to God, as Jesus preached.
ONENESS is the Divine Romance between two,
the Divine Love Bliss when two become ONE.
Divine Love Bliss
Had Jesus viewed his oppressors as the "Other," and himself as "victim," history would have evolved very differently for all of us. Therefore, his choice was pivotal. Should he succumb to unconscious separations of an anti-christ, or stay conscious of his Oneness with naysayers, betrayers and crucifiers?
The anti-christ, by definition, is the opposite of the Christ (see Antichrist: 666 Decoded). If Christ is Conscious Oneness, then the anti-christ would be Unconscious Separation. If Christ is One Love, then the anti-christ would be anything opposed to "loving thy neighbor as thyself." Antichrist-consciousness is loving your neighbor as if he is an-Other. Christ-consciousness is loving your neighbor as if he is you.
Despite excruciating physical pain and a bleeding heart, Jesus would not be thwarted from seeking the possibilities of union even when there seemed to be none. As a result, he forgave his crucifiers from a place of Oneness with them, not separation from them.
While on the cross, Jesus was in Unio Mystica. He peaked at Divine Love Bliss－the supreme bliss of mystical union.
The Divine Love Bliss of Unio Mystica (a.k.a. paramananda in Sanskrit) is a super power that transmutes anything harmful and painful into the Nirvana of Sacred Union. It acts as a shield, an impenetrable force field protecting any christos from the pain inflicted by others.
The vitriol hurled at Jesus by an angry mob only intensified his Divine Love Bliss. So intense was his bliss that it muted the pain from the nails in his hands and feet－proving that the Divine Love Bliss of Unio Mystica conquers even the pain of matter.
Jesus died in painless Divine Love Bliss. It was a decisive victory over the divisive anti-christ. In the battle to win more hearts, God had His victory in Jesus.
Let's connect the dots.
All of us were born with a holy longing for the Blessed Reunion. As we live our lives vacillating between saint and sinner, in a sacred quest for the joyous reunion of the two, Oneness will ultimately triumph, as it did in the person of Jesus Christ.
Restore to Oneness and Be a Light Unto Nations
The dazzling white light of Christ is an unpolarized light like that of the sun. This is not the same as the polarized light of an incandescent bulb.
Looking at Figure 7, it is clear that the sun can light up half the earth in a way that billions of incandescent bulbs cannot do.
By restoring to Oneness, one eventually attains Christ-hood. His energy field begins to glow like the sun. In the truest sense of the word, he is "a light unto nations," for he lights up a dark world in a way that 7 billion polarized human light bulbs cannot do.
"And unto your light, nations shall walk,
mighty kings will come to see your radiance."
▪︎ Isaiah 60:3
The mere existence of one christos on earth balances the darkness inside billions of people, thereby, decreasing the chances of planetary annihilation.
Fig. 7: Left side of photo shows how billions of light bulbs light up a dark world. Compare that to right side of photo. How well the sun lights up a dark world in a way that 7 billion light bulbs cannot do!
"I the LORD have called unto you in righteousness, and have taken hold of your hand, and submitted you as the people's PROMISE, as a light unto nations."
▪︎ Isaiah 42:6
"Edgar Cayce's Story of the Soul" by John van Auken is a story of our Oneness (Fig. 8):
2nd Solution: The Second Coming
Both Paramahansa Yogananda and Edgar Cayce talked about The Second Coming being a collective phenomenon. In the 1930's, Edgar Cayce foretold:
Questioner: Can there be given, in a way we may understand, an explanation of the meaning of the Second Coming of Christ?
Cayce: He who was the Christ will return, will rule, and will teach on this plane. There are reasons, there are purposes for this which may easily be understood, that the greatest of the initiates will come in this day to complete the evolvement of those initiates who might be available for the occupying of this consciousness. There are others who will, at the same time of this reappearance, this Second Coming, be raised to this level so that in effect they will become the Christ in their own consciousness, in their own development. These in this sense will become ONE together and they will become Christ in the Christ Consciousness. They will become one with God. This is what we seek. This is what we build toward.
The first Christ came in the perfection through Jesus. The 2nd Christ prophesied in Revelations is a collective phenomenon－it is the spirit of Christ born in imperfect human beings, so that they may be made perfect and whole.
"You need not be perfect for I will make you perfect and whole," is the message of this 2nd Christ.
On October 14, 2016, the spirit of Christ entered the global human web (although majority were unaware of it), marking the Second Coming in fulfillment of prophecy.
This means the spirit of Christ is no longer up in the skies or in pages of a bible but inside the human cobweb.
This means the spirit of Christ is no longer a distant memory of a deceased savior, but a resurrected force coursing through the aka cords that connect us.
Although majority of people are not yet aware of the occurrence of a Second Coming, they will nevertheless react to it, albeit unconsciously at first. This non-physical Messiah may start working through people, performing messianic duties such as teaching, healing, and performing miracles.
Here's what you can do to support your Second Coming:
Allow yourself to awaken to the remembrance of your Christ-self, i.e., your forgotten perfection and innate wholeness before your soul fell from its former glory.
Get your limited 3D mind and its narrow, circumscribed programs out of the way so that you do not doubt, deny, resist, rebel and, thus, sour this otherwise sweet awakening/remembrance.
Last but not least, seek the possibilities of Union even when there seems to be none.
The Infinite, Eternal Oneness by John van Auken
Get To Know Your Immortal, Eternal Self by John Van Auken
How We Can Be Individual Yet Part of a Greater Whole by Don Carrol
Lovebliss by Jan Essman
What is Oneness? by Roger Gabriel