We Are One
We see it everywhere we look. It’s on television, radio, newspapers, social media, and the internet in general. It’s on bumperstickers, t-shirts, billboards, and signs people carry in the streets (you know, when they’re angry and marching against the latest thing that has them outraged.) It’s in videos that go viral, and it’s in the tone of people’s voices when they think no one is listening.
I’m talking about all the ways in which we are divided…as a world, as a nation, and as people. Political divisiveness, the #Me too movement, racial hostility and discrimination, gender inequality, a growing dichotomy between the rich and poor, LGBTQ injustice, religious intolerance, and many more polarizing issues are plaguing our nation.
It seems we are believing in our separateness more and more everyday. But our belief in our separateness is just that…a belief. We know limiting beliefs can be acknowledged, released, and (this is the hard part…) CHANGED.
The challenge, I think, is that the ways in which we are united we often can’t see. Perhaps you've seen the meme with the skeletons called ‘We’re All the Same.’ (I post it here, but have no idea to whom to give credit. I am not the creator!)
Under each skeleton it lists a description: White, Black, Gay, Straight, Religious, Atheist… and then the last one says Pirate. That skeleton is missing a leg bone, har har! It’s a funny joke, but it demonstrates for us that deep down at our core, in our bones, we really are all the same. We really are one. (Okay, except for those pesky Pirates.)
But there’s something bigger connecting us than just bones on the inside. It’s the truth of who we are, the truth of where we come from. The truth of our spiritual oneness isn’t something we can see. It’s something we have to know. While it seems unlikely to learn about oneness from a book, I’ve found some great nuggets of wisdom that help chip away at the myth of separateness...
Stuart Wilde wrote in The Whispering Winds of Change that, “We are interconnected because we come from the same place. Your body exists in the modern day, but its components are very ancient…Every human came from that first compressed place as did every galaxy and all of the stars. We are one.”
A similar message appears in a quote frequently attributed to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings have a human experience.” When we harmonize with this idea that we are all spiritual beings, coming from Spirit, consisting of Spirit, expressing as Spirit, a true state of peace comes over us.
Wayne Dyer reminds us in his book, Your Sacred Self, "The same intelligence that flows through you, flows through all other human beings. Forget about what nationalist interests want you to believe. We are all one, each of us a single cell in this body called humanity.” The spiritual truth of our oneness must supersede our ego’s attachment to being Democrat, Republican, black, white, American, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, rich, poor, male, female, etc! We are all a part of one humanity.
We need look no further than the Christian Bible which teaches us, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)
Ernest Holmes expounds on that Ephesians bible passage in The Science of Mind, commenting that, “It would be impossible to make a clearer statement of Truth: One Life behind all that lives! One, One, One…never two. The unity of all life. To learn this is to know a secret of the ages.”
The unity of all life truly is a secret of the ages, and it is one we can make a conscious effort to know, remember, and trust. At Spirit on the Spot, we are excited to launch our We Are ONE magnet to call attention to this Spiritual Truth. We know, we know... it’s just a little magnet. An inspirational magnet on your refrigerator, whiteboard, or file cabinet probably won’t change the world—but it might remind you to.
Our true power lies in our oneness. Let’s change the world together.
Blessings, Rev. Cynthia