The Emerging World of Oneness
The Desire for Oneness | The Richness of Nature | Some Important Terms | A World Based on Attack | Levels of Organization and Emergence | The New Paradigm of Love | The Importance of the Resurrection | Electromagnetic Energy and Communication | Separation Before Oneness | Characteristics of the World of Oneness | The Earth Is not the Ultimate Goal
The Desire for Oneness
But if tomorrow everybody under the sun
Was happy just to live as one
No borders or battles to be won
But if tomorrow everybody was your friend
Happiness would never end
Lord, don’t you wish it was true
Lord, don’t you wish it was true
–John Fogerty, from “Don’t You Wish It Was True”
The wish for everyone to live as one is not an idle wish or a powerless desire. This essay will attempt to show how a world of oneness will emerge.
The Richness of Nature
John Denver wrote “Annie’s Song” for his lover. In this song, he compares his lover’s presence to the experience of being in nature:
You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
–John Denver, from “Annie’s Song”
When I was a child, in the 1980s, I lived in an average American neighborhood. I lived in a small three-bedroom house lined up close to two neighboring houses on a straight, concrete street. Each house had a small backyard and front yard. In our front yard, my dad had mowed the grass around the small oak trees that had just started growing. By the time I had reached eight or ten years of age, the trees had grown to tower over our house.
At that time, we had put up some bird feeders and bird houses around our house. One bird house that we put up was about 10 feet (3 meters) above the ground on the side of one of the oak trees. We had cut the door hole of the bird house at just the right size so that the common house sparrows could not fit inside, but smaller birds could fit inside.
It happened that a pair of chickadees (small black-and-white birds) built a nest in the bird house. One day, after the baby birds had hatched from the eggs, I climbed a nearby tree to get a better look at the bird house. When the parent birds got used to my presence, they continued to feed their offspring. Chickadees, in my opinion, have a very cheerful song, and they sang this song while they worked to feed their young. This experience of observing the chickadees cheerfully feeding their young was one of the highlights of my experience of being in nature and I have never forgotten it.
Those who have always lived in a big city or in a skyscraper might never have had the experience of being immersed in nature and absorbing all of its amazing sensory inputs. One cannot adequately describe or transmit this experience in words, for you have to experience it yourself to understand it. John Denver’s song above might sound strange to you if you have never been immersed in nature. Could it really be a compliment to compare your lover to “a night in the forest”?
Some Important Terms
Love, oneness, God, and communication are related ideas that cannot be precisely differentiated or separated into different definitions. However, we can say that complete communication is necessary for love and oneness, and we can say that God is the intelligence of love or oneness. In this essay, you can substitute the word “oneness” for the word “God” if the word “God” makes you feel uncomfortable.
A World Based On Attack
In John Denver’s most famous song, “Rocky Mountain High,” he sings about the joy of being in nature, either alone or with friends. However, in this same song he says,
Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
–John Denver, from “Rocky Mountain High”
Why does he still feel fear? In nature, there is an undercurrent of fear, for different species attack and devour each other, and members of the same species attack and compete with each other for food, resources, and mates. For example, the chickadees in my experience had to kill insects so that their offspring could grow and survive.
My grandmother once told me about an experience she had at her house in Florida. She also had a bird house on a tree in her yard, and some type of birds had made a nest there. When the young birds were old enough to leave the nest, some of them came out of the bird house. However, an owl was patiently waiting for this event, and when the young birds left the safety of the bird house, the owl swooped down and snatched one of the baby birds for its meal. My grandmother said that she felt sad about this, but she decided that that was just how nature was.
The book A Course in Miracles agrees with this assessment of nature that my grandmother made. In fact, it claims that
The world was made as an attack on God [or oneness]. It symbolizes fear. And what is fear except love’s absence? Thus the world was meant to be a place where God could enter not, and where His Son [God’s creation] could be apart from Him. Here was perception born, for knowledge could not cause such insane thoughts. But eyes deceive, and ears hear falsely. Now mistakes become quite possible, for certainty has gone.
–A Course in Miracles
We attacked oneness because we wished for reality to be different. However, we could not destroy oneness. We simply became blind to oneness and our knowledge of oneness became subconscious. Now we consciously perceive separation and fragmentation in the world. In order to maintain the illusion of separation, we have to continue to attack each other and every part of the world. Thus, attack is the basis of the world we see.
Everywhere you look now, Murder Incorporated
–Bruce Springsteen, from “Murder Incorporated”
Attack is incorporated in the world as we know it. And attack can include a nasty look or a verbal insult, as well as a physical assault. All of these things serve to separate us and maintain the perception of the fragmentation of the world. However, on the subconscious level, we are all still one. We are like icebergs. We cannot see how we all are united by the water of energy that surrounds us. We can only see the tops of the icebergs, which appear separate from each other. We are also like sleepwalkers. We are not awake to–or aware of–oneness. We are asleep and dreaming of separation, fear, and attack.
Levels of Organization and Emergence
There are many levels of organization in the universe, from subatomic particles to atoms, molecules, cells, organs, organisms, ecosystems, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and so on. We have no idea how far down and how far up these levels of organization extend. Let’s start with an atom. Let’s imagine that we have an isolated individual atom (something impossible, except in our imagination). When the atom combines with other atoms, it can emerge as a mass of some type of substance in some phase (such as a solid, liquid, or gas). However, when one type of atom combines with (chemically reacts with and bonds with) another type of atom, the resulting molecule usually has characteristics and properties that are quite different that the properties of either of the component atoms. In fact, we cannot guess the properties of the resulting molecule merely by looking at the properties of the component atoms. The resulting molecule has properties and behaviors that are entirely new and different from the properties and behaviors of the component atoms. This emergence of new properties and behaviors occurs with every step up to higher levels of organization. We cannot tell how a human will behave merely by studying the cells that make up his body, for the human is a new level of organization with its own unique properties and behaviors.
The awareness of oneness is what we lost when we attacked reality. Now, oneness is only subconsciously part of us. Our bodies obviously work well when we do not attack them, for they are connected to oneness. We do not fully know how our bodies work, for only a small part of our body-awareness is conscious, and the subconscious workings of our bodies are taken care of by the so-called “autonomic nervous system.” The choice that we have to make is one of joining the rest of the universe in its oneness, or choosing to continue our illusory separate existence by attacking everything that we meet. Even if we choose attack, we cannot destroy ourselves or reality, for the reality of oneness continues to surround us.
God goes with me wherever I go.
–A Course in Miracles
A cell might find meaning in its life by being part of a human, while a human can find completion by nurturing each cell in his body. In the same way, a human can find meaning in life by doing the will of God, and God can find completion by loving and nurturing each human in His care.
God Himself is incomplete without me.
–A Course in Miracles
The New Paradigm of Love
The heart has got to open in a fundamental way
–Leonard Cohen, from “Democracy”
When Jesus lived on the earth about two thousand years ago, he “seeded” the world with a new idea. In place of the paradigm of attack, he introduced the paradigm of love (a paradigm is a framework with which we perceive the world):
[Jesus said,] “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
–John 13:34 NASB
How did Jesus love his followers? He laid down his life for them. As he said,
[Jesus said,] “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
–John 15:13 NASB
It is this self-giving and ego-denying love that Jesus embodied and taught:
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after [follow] Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
–Matthew 16:24-25 NASB
Many people think that they have to fight for their lives to survive (the attack paradigm), but those who hear Jesus’ message–and know that he conquered death by his return to life–have faith in eternal life, and self-giving love.
[Jesus] said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”
–Mark 4:30-32 NASB
Jesus nourished the seed of self-giving love, and that seed has been spreading throughout the world. Some people accept Jesus’ message of forgiveness and love, while others reject it. Some people are inclined to accept the new paradigm of love and oneness, while others are unable to accept the new paradigm, and they cling to the old, familiar paradigm of attack.
[Jesus said,] “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.”
–Matthew 24:14 NASB
Once everyone in the world has been exposed to Jesus’ idea of self-giving love, and has been given a definite choice, the end of the age will come. Those who believe in love will form a new organism, and a world with the property of oneness will emerge. Those who are unwilling or unable to adapt to the new energy of oneness will leave the earth. Those that still cherish the attack paradigm will be like cancer cells in the body. The body (the earth) will identify the cancer cells, separate them from the healthy cells, and flush them out.
Those who choose the love paradigm do not instantly and automatically cease to attack, for the transition from attack to love requires the process of forgiveness. The feeling of guilt is what makes us attack ourselves and others, and attack, in turn, makes us feel guilty. Forgiveness of ourselves and others is the way out of the cycle of guilt and attack. Forgiveness is the process of reversing the first decision to attack reality and reject oneness. Forgiveness is the willingness to choose the reality of oneness instead of the illusion of separation. This willingness to give up attack and embrace love grows stronger with practice.
One of Jesus’ followers, named Peter, apparently did not yet fully understand Jesus’ command of love, for when some men came to arrest Jesus, Peter attacked one of the men with a sword. (His mind was still in the attack paradigm.) But Jesus immediately healed the man’s wound. (Jesus continued to embody the paradigm of love, even when being arrested.)
The Importance of the Resurrection
It is important to understand and believe that Jesus, the Christ, died and came back to life. He was arrested (although he had done nothing wrong) and he was crucified (nailed to a wooden cross). He died on the cross and was put into a tomb. On the third day, he came back to life (a process called the resurrection) and came out of the tomb. He then appeared to his followers and his followers began to have a deeper understanding of eternal life and self-giving love. Without faith in eternal life, self-giving love becomes a joke, for who would give up his life for his friends if he didn’t believe in eternal life? As it is written in the Bible,
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. [Vain means empty or pointless.]
–1 Corinthians 15:13-14 NASB
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies…”
–John 11:25 NASB
Electromagnetic Energy and Communication
The experience of being in nature does not just involve the five usual senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste, for nature communicates in conscious and subconscious ways with the whole electromagnetic spectrum. The world is bathed in electromagnetic energy, and natural systems and organisms use this energy to communicate with meaningful signals.
However, if there is too much electromagnetic noise in the environment, it becomes very difficult for organisms to communicate internally and externally, inside and outside the apparent boundaries of their bodies. If the signal-to-noise ratio gets too low, then the signal gets lost in the noise and normal communication is blocked.
When we are in nature, we don’t just see the light shining through the trees, hear the birds singing, or feel the grass under our feet. We are bathed by a symphony of electromagnetic energy. This energy is what makes us feel alive and connected to the environment. With all of the manmade electromagnetic energy in the world now (produced by, among other things, radio and television towers, cell phone towers, cordless landline phones, power lines, and Wi-Fi routers), many bands of the electromagnetic spectrum are blocked or confused. On a personal level, I haven’t received “good vibrations” from nature for many years.
Separation Before Oneness
We can view the earth as an organism that is composed of component organisms (such as plants, rocks, animals, and humans). The world we now see was initially made as an attack upon oneness. However, Jesus initiated a new paradigm in the world that will restore love and oneness to our minds.
If you have built a house out of Legos, and you decide you want to make a hospital out of the same blocks, you have to take apart the pieces of your house first. In the same way, perhaps, the lack of communication between organisms, the jamming of their natural signals by manmade technology, has a secondary purpose. Perhaps, the old world of attack is being taken apart so that a new world of love can be assembled. Beings of attack are being electromagnetically decoupled from beings of love so that the beings of attack can be removed from the world-organism.
Love, as with electromagnetic communication, is also being jammed or blocked:
[Jesus said,] “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”
–Matthew 24:12 NASB
However, even if beings of love and beings of attack are being separated by the disruption of communication, all beings still have a subconscious connection to oneness that can never be severed, for life is eternal and it does not exist in isolation.
Characteristics of the World of Oneness
The characteristics of the new world-organism will be new and different from the characteristics of the old world-organism. However, the prophet Isaiah gives us a hint about what the world will be like when the paradigm of love is fulfilled in the world:
“The wolf and the lamb [natural enemies in the world of attack] will graze together [in oneness], and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They [and all of nature] will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.
–Isaiah 65:25 NASB
They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.
–Isaiah 11:9 NASB
In other words, oneness, love, and complete communication will return to the world.
The Earth Is not the Ultimate Goal
Life on earth is not the ultimate goal, for life on earth does not last forever. The faith in eternal life is the faith that allows one to overcome the fear of death and accept self-giving love. No one on earth is perfect yet, for if one were perfect, one wouldn’t need to learn the lessons of forgiveness available on earth. The emergence of oneness on earth provides a place for the last lessons that we need to learn before God takes the final step of bringing us into heaven, our true home.
When the body [and earthly, physical things] ceases to attract you, and when you place no value on it as a means of getting anything, then there will be no interference in communication and your thoughts will be as free as God’s. As you let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for purposes of communication, and renounce its use for separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you will learn you have no need of a body at all.
–A Course in Miracles