WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF ONENESS?
What is the philosophy of Oneness of God and what does Oneness really mean?
Many philosophers, scholars, spiritualists, and religious followers have at one time pondered the philosophy of Oneness or experienced the Oneness of God themselves, either spontaneously or self-induced by some means.
What exactly is Oneness however and what does it mean?
Trying to explain and understand Oneness is somewhat of a literal anomaly because Oneness cannot be completely explained using words.
Oneness is not a ‘thing’, an ‘idea’ or ‘concept’. Therefore Oneness is not something we can fully understand intellectually. Oneness, in part, is a relationship with The Source, or God in other words, and The Source cannot be defined.
The Source is every-’thing’, yet at the same time, It is no-’thing’. The moment you define The Source you make it a ‘thing’. And when you do that, this immediately brings The Source into duality. And The Source exists beyond duality.
As soon as we use language to define The Source, we have tainted our understanding of The Source. When it comes to Oneness, it is a similar story. Oneness cannot be defined with words because Oneness is a state of being that can only be realized.
As the word Oneness suggests, Oneness is realizing a unity that goes beyond the physical Universe. Therefore Oneness is beyond the ability of our brain and mind to understand it.
Oneness is realizing the wholeness of everything. Oneness is no-’thing’ in itself, but every-’thing’ is encompassed by it. Realizing Oneness is where our Consciousness expands so we realize separateness is an illusion that exists only within our brains and minds and everything is part of the same whole. All is One.
There are no words to describe Oneness fully. In Hindu philosophy, Oneness is referred to as ‘Tat’, which means ‘That’. ‘That’, is as close as we can get to defining Oneness using language.
WHAT IS THE ONENESS OF GOD?
What does Oneness have to do with God?
What does it mean exactly when we speak of the Oneness of God and how can this help our understanding of Oneness?
Religious text, holy books, esoteric teachings and ancient schools of thought, share that God is everything in existence, or God is One. In the Old Testament for example it quotes:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Deuteronomy 6: 4; 4: 35, 39; 32: 39)
“God is one” (Galatians 3: 20b; 1 Thessalonians 1: 9; James 2; 19; Ephesians 4: 6; Jude 1: 25)
“You alone are God” (Psalms 86: 10b; Malachi 2: 10)
What this small selection of passages are alluding to is that You and God are One. You both exist as part of the same Oneness, however, it is your human consciousness that perceives itself as being separate from everything.
While we humans have our individual human consciousness, God, The Source, is the highest Consciousness. That Higher Consciousness is not separate from us. We are a part of It and It is a part of us.
Everything in the Universe is part of this same field of Consciousness from which everything springs. All the people, beings, animals, fish, reptiles, insects, planets, galaxies, and everything else, are all an expression of One Consciousness.
In modern-day quantum physics, physicists speak of ‘The Unified Field’, which is One field of multi-dimensional energy that exists everywhere and which connects us all. Consciousness is all that there is and we are pure Consciousness, expressing Itself in many different forms throughout existence. In this sense, we are all One with the Oneness of God.
Max plank, the physicists who won the 1918 Nobel Prize in physics for the creation of quantum physics, once said:
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
Erwin Schrodinger, who also won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1933 for his role in founding quantum physics, once said:
“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”
According to quantum physicists, Consciousness is all there is and everything is created from Consciousness, however, Consciousness exists beyond our understanding of matter, time, and space. At the root of quantum physics and Quantum Mechanics is Consciousness. Without factoring Consciousness into the equation, quantum physics collapses. Because everything springs from Consciousness.
By realizing a higher state of Consciousness, we realize what the Oneness of God means.
WHAT DOES ONENESS FEEL LIKE?
“A sense of being one with all of creation, being one with the ocean, being one with the heavens...there’s a feeling of completeness.” - Anona Napoleon
Living spiritually and realizing Oneness is a way of being in the world, it’s developing an understanding of one’s place in the cosmos, and developing a relationship to ‘That’ which extends beyond ourselves.
Realizing Oneness transcends the physical world of duality and allows us to realize a connection we share with each other, the cosmos, and God. There is a part deep within all our hearts that yearns to once again experience a connection.
You may have felt this deep yearning for connection yourself yet not fully realized what you were yearning for. That yearning you may have felt deep within your heart is trying to guide your heart and Consciousness to re-connect with your Higher Self and the Higher Consciousness we know as god.
When you awaken and realize Oneness you experience everything that appears separate as a part of your Self.
Whether that’s another person, an animal, a tree, a flower, a bird, raindrops, or even a cloud, Oneness is experiencing and realizing these things as being You, which are being expressed in different forms.
Of course, one cannot fully explain Oneness in words, just as one cannot fully explain feelings in words, however, the connection one feels when they realize Oneness is what allows one to recognize it.
Realizing Oneness is not only important for those who may be interested in spiritual development. Simply having a perception of Oneness has been shown to improve people’s experience of life.
FEELING ONENESS IMPROVES YOUR LIFE
Research has shown feeling Oneness can improve life satisfaction, improve academic performance and boost health.
In a peer-reviewed study published in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, written by Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Ph.D., and documented by the American Psychological Association, Professor Edinger-Schons studied ‘Oneness Beliefs and Their Effect on Life Satisfaction’.
In this extensive study involving nearly 75,000 people in Germany, Professor Edinger-Schons asked participants to respond to several specific statements which, depending upon how they responded, would measure their belief in Oneness.
The statements provided measured a variety of concepts that are commonly associated with Oneness, such as social connectedness, connectedness to nature and empathy, and degree of life satisfaction.
Professor Edinger-Schons found a significant correlation between the scores of participants' and the concepts associated with Oneness, which suggested her means of measuring Oneness was a valid concept.
Professors Edinger-Schons found that the participants with higher Oneness scores reported significantly greater life satisfaction. Participants repeated this survey six weeks later and Edinger-Schons found that Oneness beliefs had not changed and therefore may be stable over time.
“Obviously, oneness beliefs are more than a situation-specific feeling or mood,” she said. “They rather seem to represent a general attitude toward life.” - https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2019/04/greater-life-satisfaction
Professor Edinger-Schons points out that those with higher life satisfaction experience increased academic performance in their younger years and better health in old age.
Professor Edinger-Schons also researched whether participants belief in Oneness was based upon their religious beliefs and included a variety of religious backgrounds in the survey including Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism and more than a quarter of those who identified with their beliefs were atheist.
It was found that while Oneness scores varied among different religions, it was shown that atheists had the lowest score for Oneness beliefs and lower life satisfaction.
Professor Edinger-Schons concluded that:
“The results of this study reveal a significant positive effect of Oneness beliefs on life satisfaction, even controlling for religious beliefs.”
So those who held a belief in Oneness appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who do not, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or not.
LOVE GUIDES US TO ONENESS
The path to Oneness is the path that takes you within your heart!
For people involved in spiritual development practices such as Reiki Solas, Reiki Tummo, Yoga and meditation, it becomes clear that the energy of Love is the most powerful force we can connect to. It is the love we feel within our hearts that connects us with each other, nature, and Higher Consciousness.
The Great Albert Einstein once said:
“A person experiences life as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.”
Without love, there is no compassion.
"The ignorant man asks for material possessions, the intelligent man asks for enlightenment, but the wise man just loves and receives everything." - The Vedas
It is through love we connect to The Source and that love penetrates all things and all hearts. Within that love, is the connection that brings us into a state of wholeness with all of creation and allows us to experience the Oneness of God.
Within that love, you will find the truth your heart yearns for.