The paradox is that the more of an individual a person perceives themselves to be, the less of an individual they actually are.
Eastern spirituality always talks about “oneness”- that things are not actually separate. Everything is interconnected and interdependent on everything else, and nothing and no one can exist in isolation. Every individual object depends on its relationship with everything else to exist. The boundary between where you end, and the rest of the world begins, does not actually exist.
Without rain, water, wind and sun, a tree couldn’t exist. So isn’t the thing we call “tree,” actually the combination of all of these things put together, and not just the wood, bark and leaves?
In our culture, we see ourselves as independent individuals. People believe themselves to be autonomous, but really they are products of their culture, environment and social conditioning. Behavior, thoughts and beliefs are standardized by culture.
Realizing your interconnectedness paradoxically makes you more of an individual, because you become less of a product of environmental circumstances. Realizing how un-autonomous you are paradoxically makes you more autonomous because you are no longer a slave to culture.
It’s a misconception to think that by realizing “oneness,” that you give up your individuality. It’s actually a prerequisite for individuality in the first place.
A growing worldwide trend I see is the bastardization of “oneness.” There is a growing singular belief system, a hive mind. A one-world monoculture based on the standardization of the individual into the collective due to our technological interconnectedness.
True interconnectedness doesn’t come from the internet or technology. True interconnectedness also leads to true individuality, not a global hivemind.
These concepts are being co-opted to serve the opposite purpose of their true intent.
Nice read thanks. Oneness should mean no rules, or living in the moment. According to me :-) Yet if you ask a girl who is in a relationship to be with you she says no. And both people the question and the answer comes usually from a sticking to identity or believe. A lot of people who say they are in the flow, abandon experiment and negative. Though it’s understandable. It gives indeed a mono culture.
To accept I am this and I am that too, seems more difficult than many people who believe in Oneness or experience it such as, are pretending it to be.
At the end we become particles instead of the whole.
I have no clue for options other than be in the heart and brake down walls