Continuing with our exploration of the universe, and all its glory, I want to talk about Oneness. Now you may think that this is not something related to the existence of the universe, but it is its most fundamental aspect.
The universe is an isolated system. Which means all of the energy — and subsequently matter — is finite. Which means, no new energy can enter or leave the universe. It can only change forms, and it constantly does.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Oneness, let us talk about the fundamentals. Every atom in your body was created by a star. From the carbon that forms all the molecules that make up your cells, to the iron in your blood, to the hydrogen and oxygen that make up the water, to the gold in your wedding band. Every bit of it was created by a star. This means, that we are literally made up from the cinders of burning stars.
We gain our energy from sunlight. All of the energy that drives us in one form or another is derived by the sun directly or indirectly. We consume plants and animals that are nourished by the sun. And when they die or we die, we give up that energy for new life to be reborn, and the cycle continues until this planet is no more. We cannot escape this. And to think that any one of us is any better than another is plainly and simply wrong. We all come from the same thing — no matter how much money you have, or what color your skin, or what religion you believe. We are all connected physically this way.
But now, let us move onto the spiritual or energetic relationship we share. As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe that all the knowledge and experience we create is shared amongst ourselves. We are all teachers and students. We thrive when we are learning from one another and sharing what we know. This extends far into the past, as we learn from our collective histories, and into the future as we know what is to come. It is only when we recognize that we are all connected that we can truly shed our differences and embrace each other as kin.
In my last post, I mentioned the existence of a creator, and I wanted to take a moment to discuss that, because our individual perceptions of a creator are as varied as there are people on the planet. Since I cannot prove nor disprove God, I would never make a statement that there is no God. I spent most of my life as an application programmer and architect. I know that an application does not write itself, nor can a house design itself. The variables that define the universe are so exquisitely defined that if just one of them were changed infinitesimally, the universe would not exist at all. If gravity were just a little strong or a little weaker, nothing would be as it is now. All our atoms would fly apart, or the universe would crush in on itself. So, being a programmer, I am willing to say that in the beginning there was an architect, but I cannot tell you whether he is within or without of our system.
But now that the universe exists, and it has balance. We have become the stewards. There really is no need for a God figure because we have been given everything we need to exist. And now we all are collectively God, because we are in control of our reality whether we accept the responsibility or not. Accepting this responsibility is the most difficult thing we humans struggle with. Some of us accept it openly, while others want to believe that they need guidance by a supernatural entity. That is not necessary, because we have one another to admonish ourselves when we are wrong, and praise ourselves when we do amazing things.
The glue that makes us One, is that we are connected through a complex web of inter-relations, vis-a-vis, love, compassion. When we make a friendship, we become connected to the friends of our friends, ad infinitum. Social Media can show us that we all are connected at nth degrees of separation. And though I’m not a fan of Facebook, it has shown me that you can follow a trail from one of your friends to just about anyone else on the planet. It has exposed that we are all truly connected either directly or indirectly. But I will take a leap and say that we are connected a much more fundamental levels.
Last night, a friend of mine posted this reply in response to my last post. It is one of the most poignant observations I’ve read and I wanted to share it with you all.
It’s hard for Me – that is, everyone that I am, anyone that I am – to come to terms with being God…but once I know Myself, well, then, I know I am old and young, good and evil, man and woman, sick and healthy, straight and gay, and so on – how could I not have compassion, acceptance, love, and understanding of Myself? – Dr. Erik Andrulis
I urge you to check his blog, because he is on the same path as I am. And his insights might give you further food for thought.
So today, I will end this post with another question, and I ask you to step out of yourself before answering. Look at your friendships, your relationships, your family: Do you believe that every human on this planet is connected at a spiritual level or are we just islands in the sea?