I am sure you have heard the New Agey term “we are all one”. At first glance, you may find it to be pretentious, not based on fact, and pseudo-scientific. Well, I am here to change that. I am here to explain this “oneness” as a very simple fact; a fact that will be hugely important to recognize and feel in these next few years.
Let’s do a little thought experiment, shall we?
Imagine a circle and nothing else. Okay, when you imagined that circle, you imagined a background around that circle, correct? Now get rid of that background because space too is something. So right now, you should only have a circle. Pretty hard to imagine. In fact, it’s impossible. In order for a circle you need space around that circle otherwise that circle would be everything and thus no edge to the circle, thus no circle.
Now add another circle. How? Add the space in-between. Now you have two circles and the space around it all. In order for something to exist, you need a background. This is a very observable fact. “In the Gesalt theory of perception this is known as the figure/ground relationship. This theory asserts, in brief, that no figure is ever perceived except in relation to a background.” – Alan Watts
Look around your room. Pick a table, a lamp, anything. There’s a background to it, yes? Now lift up your hand. Put it in front of your face. Background, yes? Move it. Background again, yes? Move it again. Background once again, yes?
“The thing-in-itself, whether animal, vegetable, mineral, is not only unknowable – it does not exist. This is important not only for sanity and peace of mind, but also for the most ‘practical’ reasons of economics, politics, and technology. This is not to say that things only exist only in relation to one another, but that what we call “things” are no more than glimpses of a unified process. Certainly this process has distinct features which catch our attention, but we must remember that distinction is not separation. In the Gesalt theory of perception this is known as the figure/ground relationship. This theory asserts, in brief, that no figure is ever perceived except in relation to a background. If, for example, you come so close to me that the outline of my body lies beyond your field of vision, the ‘thing’ you see will no longer be my body. Your attention will instead be ‘captured’ by a coat-button or a necktie, for the theory also asserts that, against any given background, our attention is almost automatically “won” by any moving shape (in contrast with the stationary background).” – Alan Watts
This realization and actual felt presence of “oneness” is, to me, our next huge step in evolution. It is part of our consciousness’ evolutionary process that will lead us hopefully out of this mess we have gotten ourselves into. We believe ourselves to be separate to this world. We feel as if we have popped up in the middle of history and are dealing with an alien world that will soon one day vanish into nothingness. We don’t trust our instincts, we second guess ourselves, get anxiety, and hurt our environment which in turn hurts ourselves.
“What we need is a sense of unity. Not an idea of unity. Not an ideology of unity… a feeling of unity. So it doesn’t come out of intellectual exhortation. It comes out of a personal act of courage…an act of courage which involves surrender…” – Terrence McKenna
The time to recognize and more importantly feel this is now. We don’t have much time. When someone says “we are all one”, it isn’t some crazy mystical fucking thing, it’s just a fact. Observe the mind. Recognize you are pure awareness, not the mind. Follow your instincts. Work with nature, not against it. Give, give, and give for you will only be helping “your”self. Everything you experience is you. You are all IT.
FOLLOW UP ARTICLE: http://ericsglobalconnection.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-feel-it.html
@blankey, unfortunately it seems like something extremely bad will need to happen before this type of thinking will occur globally.
My money is on either world war 3 or a horrific natural disaster, maybe even a global economic collapse. Everyone’s too comfy at the moment to care in a lot of western countries at least
Love your post.
Have you done much studying of non-dual traditions (which includes not just Zen, but Advaita, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen, amongst others)? The “oneness” spoken of there can be experienced in a very direct and profound way: it (roughly) is the recognition that what we take to be the world “out there” is not “out there” at all — it is a configuration, or manifestation, of “our” awareness (which is not “ours” at all, as their is no “I”).
The direct realization of this is what is known as Kensho in Zen (or Satori, aka enlightenment, when recognized uninterruptedly). When all sense of identity is erased, and there are not two — not even background and foreground — even the concept of “oneness” disappears. There simply… _is_. And even that’s saying too much :)
@monktastic, I have a bit yes. You stated that really well though. I am currently reading The Way of Zen by Alan Watts which touches on all of that and more. :)
Oh and I just put this up on my blog. Haven’t made a new post in a while so..
@blankey, Great stuff, man. Great post. Did you see the thread I posted a couple days ago? It’s from one of my favorite articles regarding this matter. Take a minute to read it when you have time: https://www.highexistence.com/topic/the-real-nothing/
I follow most of it and I am certainly devoted/tuned in with the oneness but there certain things that do not resonate with me. My process was of being in this place was slightly painstaking and very deep, meaningful.
I think you are doing a great thing by spreading the word because this is information fot someone to receive… but by saying “hurry we dont have time left for yall to lolly gag around!!” Is exactly a sort of flaw I find in the new age movement because it gives the sense that there is a time frame or a set amount of time for each step. We each have our own path and everything is always exactly how it should be and thats the way it always will be. The way of getting there is mostly through trust.
The point plane postulate theory of dimensions completely backs this up.
@blankey If our population were to be reduced significantly I feel like we could achieve “one-ness”. But with so many different ways of thinking across the world including religions and such state of minds as religion this could never happen. Like anonymous said, Those who survive world war 3 will be the success story. Population will be down and the horrific events that occur will turn any believer into an atheist and I believe that’s the first step to one-ness. Rid your life of meaning, and build it back up piece by piece
I believe it was Bono who said “we’re one, but we’re not the same.” Fewer people may allow us to be the same (or more similar, or whatever), but that sounds pretty boring. Another way of looking at is that we’re already one, and people are slowly waking up to that counterintuitive fact :) The conceptual mind can approximate but never fully grok it.