The concept of oneness and being One is not a new concept at all. It is in perhaps in fact the single underlying concept in every major world religion that has survived to this day. This concept is something that has in recent times been dubbed The Golden Rule. The Golden Rule is simply saying that we are to treat others as you would like them to treat you because you are both part of the same Whole and any one thing you do to someone else, you are doing to yourself. This is where global consciousness becomes a relevant topic, which is the idea that each one of the 7 billion individual brains that have consciousness are in fact, One collective consciousness.
The feeling of separateness is not ultimately real. Non-locality is simply a manifestation of the ultimate unity underlying what we experience as separate physical objects.
Our material reality is but a filtered version of the ultimate unity which connects everything. This filtered version creates separateness because it only perceives bits and pieces of the whole at a time. If we could remove the filter, we would experience reality directly as an interference pattern where all information is distributed non-locally. Again, it should not be forgotten that we are this pattern.
Your hands, the device you’re reading this on, the trees outside the window, our solar system, the entire universe; it is all a seamless, unbroken extension of everything else. It is one thing. If this is true, then there can be no objective reality because the observer, the process of observing, and the observed become one thing.
Regardless of how many times existence dualizes, the underlying reality will always be that of unity and interconnectedness. Although we experience reality as seemingly separate pieces, the fundamental reality form which that perception arises is that of oneness, whereby nothing is separable from anything else. Each part of the structure, each reality cell, contains some of the existence of all the other reality cells. Thus, each part of the structure is a reflection of the whole.
Since any localized area of existence has the quality of a-where-ness, then a non-localized area of existence, which would be everywhere, would not have a-where-ness, but would have the quality of every-where-ness or no-where-ness. This unbordered every-where-ness is consciousness. Consciousness exists everywhere, and thus no-where. Absolute existence, as we have defined it, can be considered as existent nothingness, because it exists without the borders which define a thing. It is no-thing and no-where, because it is everywhere. Absolute existence is consciousness.
Any attempt to transcend the duality of existence inherent to our experience can seem hopeless until one realizes that they are an inseparable part of whatever it is that exists. Therefore, we have access to whatever it is that exists directly because of the inescapable fact that we are that. At the deeper “implicate” level of reality, you are infinitely connected to everything else that is.
You are connected to every other person, organism, and atom in the universe; thus, you are all these things. Similarly, your thoughts are infinitely connected to all thoughts. Being that the image of the whole is contained within each part, the whole universe is within you. The information of the whole is distributed non-locally, and therefore you have access to all of it. Your mind is the universal Mind.
All relative realities are created by consciousness existing in relation to itself. “We are that consciousness. We are that consciousness existing in relation to itself and interacting with itself.” There is nothing else. None of the things we perceive as separate have an independent existence, as all are in actuality relational extensions of the underlying unity of consciousness.
“Physical reality is a product of consciousness. Consciousness is not a product of physical reality. Physical reality does not interact with itself in some unknown fashion to cause consciousness to come into existence. Consciousness in the process of repeated and progressive self-relation becomes the awareness of experience, and thus creates physical reality.”
We have seen that we cannot directly experience the true texture of quantum reality because everything we look at crystallizes into matter. For the same reason, we can never experience consciousness as consciousness. When the unbordered, structureless-ness of consciousness attempts to look at itself, it creates a relational structure or frame of reference, experienced as a relative state of awareness.
Consciousness can only experience itself through its creation. This a wonderful thing because here we are, armed with the understanding that nothing is truly separable from anything else, and experiencing ourselves as all that is. Separateness is an illusion. Fundamentally, your true self is not other than the indestructible, unbordered, structureless-ness of consciousness.
The idea of oneness may perplex some. An individual may think to themselves, “What’s the point of our physical bodies and realities if we are all one, all the same?” The answer to such a question is that oneness is the level of context, not of physicality. The One emerges as the many. The oneness of life emerges through an infinite amount of expressions. Although multiple in their physicality, they are one in the Source of life itself. Form is one of multiplicity and diversity.
Examples of Oneness in Major Belief Systems
Here are all the ancient major religions that understood the simple yet profound realization of this reality:
“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.”
(From the Udanavarga 5.18)
“In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
(Matthew 7:12 – NRSV)
“Do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.”
(From the Mahabharata 5.1517)
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”
“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.”
(Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara)
“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow human beings. That is the law; all the rest is commentary.”
( Talmud, Shabbat 3 l a)
“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
Native American Spiritual Traditions (Chief Seattle)
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
“Be Charitable to all beings, love is the representation of the source.”
(KO-JI-KI Hachiman Kasuga)
“Don’t create enmity with anyone as the source is within everyone.”
(Guru Arjan Devji 259. Guru Granth Sahib)
“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain; and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”
(Tai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)
The same teaching concerning Oneness is found in many major belief systems and this implies that there is an underlying truth that resonates in all schools of thought.
Scientific Study Indicating Oneness
A study that took 20 years to complete, which was published in 2008 came to the conclusion that an individual’s mood is as affected by a next door neighbor, or even moreso, than a spouse living in the same house. The study found that a person does not even need to know a person, for that person to have an effect on them. An individual living in an apartment in New York could possibly intercept a stream of positive energy from a child in the forests of Siberia.
What this demonstrates, is the oneness and interconnected collective consciousness of humanity. Whatever affects a part, affects the whole. It is such a reality, which exemplifies how important it truly is to radiate positive energy from one’s being at all times. Not only does this directly affect and benefit the individual that has this positive mindset, but also each other human being.
Gregg Braden had once mentioned in a video that at the cellular level, our bodies respond to an electromagnetic pulse that the cells receive. In turn, this pulse from the brain receives its pulse from the heart. The heart receives its pulse from the earth, in what is called the Schumann Resonance. This earth pulse comes from the solar system, which comes from the center of our galaxy, which ultimately comes from the entire universe. If this is correct, then it is a definite indicator of the oneness of everything within the entire universe.