Almost a year after this post was first published, I realize that the term 'illusion of separation' no longer serves. It is more useful to see it rather as 'disconnection.'
From connection with ourselves, such as feeling our emotions, to connecting with others, to a longing for connection with 'something greater,' something whole, I'd say we all feel disconnected in some way — or are so disconnected we don't even feel that.
What prevents connection is contraction. What causes contraction is resistance. What underlies resistance is often anxiety. What generates anxiety, some say, is the primitive brain.
Raphael Cushnir, a respected author and facilitator, says,
'I think of anxiety as fear of feeling, stemming from the primitive brain, a way to distract from an underlying emotion that seems more dangerous. Being with anxiety takes us through it to that deeper emotion which then can let go of us.'
The deeper emotion may be the fear of annihilation, vulnerability or disconnection, for example.
Emotional Connection is integrated into the design of Heart Breathing — a simple, powerful way to support such inner work and make Connection more deeply felt and effective 24/7. I am re-publishing this now because the subject of the One Being came up in a conversation about Applied Magic.
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The illusion of separation is a key topic especially during these times. It is a well-covered subject, but here is a new angle - dispelling the illusion with a four word greeting - 'we are one being.'
Dispelling the illusion is about effectively dis-empowering the spell of the 'illusion of separation' by thinking, feeling and acting upon a potent four word combination which can also be used as a greeting or a closing (and perhaps one day, for anyone who takes it up, as artistically-embellished songs, signs and image quotes.)
While 'the illusion of separation' is a commonly heard term, do we know what it is 'really' hiding? In this case, 'the illusion of separation' has been hiding the actuality that 'we are one being.' O.B. is my familiar term for the One Being.
The great illusion is not referring just to our living separated (in our minds) from our source and each other. The illusion has distanced our human awareness from knowing the one true self and identity of every human and that 'we' have never been separated. Revealing the actuality veiled by the illusion of separation, that O.B. is the True Self of all that is, answers a big question for every person, 'who am I really?'
It also can answer, 'why am I here?' for every person who accepts that everything exists to be the vehicle of O.B.'s expression. For me, that translates to knowing my deepest purpose is to unfold the unique center of awareness designed by my original blueprint, to be O.B. in the Gary expression. The fullness of unfolding is to consciously be the defined human and the undefined totality in the same moment.
'We are one being' means much more than being inter-connected. It means more than 'we are one people' or 'we are one family,' or 'the brotherhood of Man.' In nature we see some examples. Certain mushrooms cover enormous areas beneath the ground yet above ground are seen as individual units. The mushroom organism below surface level is a metaphor of the one being of pure consciousness, while the stalks and caps correspond to individual humans. The illusion of separation which has kept us from knowing we are one being has prevented us from knowing who we really are and what we are capable of manifesting as human beings.
The Illusion of Separation, then, is the false impression that you are separate from everyone and everything else in the known universe. Our five senses naturally lead us to adopt this objective frame of mind and therefore to our own misunderstanding of the world. - Brandon Cook
Our separation from each other is an optical illusion. - Albert Einstein
Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time, but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time – past and future – the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. – Eckhart Tolle
And when you focus on the Separated, you miss the magnificence of the One Being we are.
Relax. It's a lamp. Image credit: www.overentertainment.com
An illusion is a deceptive appearance or impression, a false idea or belief. It hides the actual with a believable replacement. While 'the illusion of separation' is a commonly heard term, do we know what it is 'really' hiding? In this case, 'the illusion of separation' has been hiding the actuality that 'we are one being.'
The great illusion is not just referring to our living separated (in our minds) from our source and each other. The illusion has distanced our human awareness from knowing the one true self and identity of every human and that 'we' have never been separated. Revealing the actuality veiled by the illusion of separation, that O.B. is the True Self of all that is, answers a big question for every person, 'who am I really?'
Words which precisely convey the intended meaning in this case is critical. 'We are one being' means much more than being inter-connected. It is not 'I am the one being,' though it could be said 'I am a center of awareness within the one being.' The words 'we are one being' mean more than 'we are one people' or 'we are one family,' or 'the brotherhood of Man.' The illusion of separation which has kept us from knowing w.a.o.b., has prevented us from knowing who we really are and what we are capable of manifesting as human beings.
Though the sentiment expressed in the letter attributed to Chief Seattle is beautiful, moving and contains truth, it also does not convey the deeper meaning of the four words, 'We are one being.'
"This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself....
"One thing we know - there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all."
Identifying with 'we are one being' consciousness does not annihilate the persona. It enhances, evolves and empowers the persona as a servant of the whole of life. It means living as the border-less one being and the defined 'upgraded' persona in the same moment. It means to be 'God in the flesh,' emanating border-less love, creatively expressing and neutrally observing, and fulfilling the pattern of our unique original design as centers of awareness within the one being we are.
Writing can be self-revelatory in many ways. Writing posts on 'The Impersonal Life,' is the process which revealed to me what is being hidden by the illusion of separation — that in actuality we are one being:
We - all that is are - in the present moment one - single, self-existent being - of pure consciousness
The greeting which, when felt and acted upon, dispels the illusion of separation, is: 'We are one being.'
An example of greeters reminding each other of their true nature is namasté, which goes in the same direction but not the distance. Although the meanings seems similar, the distinction is clear.
The Meaning of Namaste: Many Translations, One Universal Intention
by Stephanie Lucas, Guest, Waking Times
Simplistic Gestures of Universal Oneness
Often used by Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, and other religions, Namaste is also revered within spiritual circles and meditation and yoga classes, and it’s being embraced far beyond its South Asian origins. You’ll often hear it spoken in combination with a slight bow and the Anjali Mudra – the placement of the hands together pulled close to the heart in a fashion similar to a prayer pose.
Use of the Mudra position to the heart and raised to the forehead is most often utilized in North and South India where formal versions of Namaste called Namaskar and Namaskara are common. Along with Namaste, these gestures represent surrendering ego to the spirit – recognizing that the life force within us as individuals is the same as that within everything and everyone.
It’s a Spiritual Connection
The literal translation of this greeting varies with each language; however, they are all pretty much saying the same thing. In Sanskrit, the word ‘namah’ means bow, ‘as’ means I,, and ‘te’ means you, translating into “I bow to you.” A Hindi friend once explained that Namaskar is translated from ‘namoh’ and ‘sanskar’ translating loosely into English as “I bow to godly/good qualities within you,’ as her culture always tries to see the good in all things.
Some other popular translations and meanings of the word Namaste I hear frequently include:
The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you. The God in me greets and meets the God in you. I honor the spirit in you that is also in me. The Diving wisdom in me recognizes and acknowledges the Divine wisdom in you.
Regardless of the language you speak, the word simply invokes a sense of sharing a spiritual connection and creates a sense and feeling of oneness and balance. Essentially, it’s a way that all humans can connect.
ONENESS – A KEY TO HAPPINESS & WORLD CHANGE
by Giovanni, Live and Dare
The Need For Oneness
The understanding and experience of oneness can help stop wars, exploitation, injustice, violence, abuse, and environmental damage, among other problems. These actions would hardly have any reason to arise, just like it makes no sense for the left hand to want to hurt the right hand, or for blood-cells to wish the destruction of bone-cells, just so their “way of life” can prevail.
Oneness can improve our social, political, and professional environments, helping create a more “enlightened society” – a society where we recognise that, as human beings, we are all cells of a larger organism.
This may sound highly utopian, because we will probably never live in a world where everyone understands and behaves in accordance with the truth of oneness. However, this change is possible, and any small progress in this direction has the potential to create much good.
Spirituality – in all its approaches and traditions- offers both the perspective and the tools for this transformation.
The Philosophy of Oneness
Some traditions speak of oneness based on an idea of a common origin. For instance, Christianity says we all come from God, and are children of God. In this context we are all brothers, and hurting each other would be less likely. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31)
In many Eastern traditions, oneness is more based on an idea of common nature, or common being.
Buddhism speaks of the interdependence of all things.
Zen invites you to move beyond individuality, to drop away body and mind so that you can see and live from the Big Mind (daishin).
Mahayana Buddhism emphasizes compassion as one of the highest teachings, personified in the ideal of the Bodhisattva.
Taoism also invites you to move beyond the attachments to yourself, so that you can live in harmony with the Tao. “Supreme good is like water. Water greatly benefits all things, without conflict. It flows through places that people loathe. Thereby it is close to the Tao.”
Advaita Vedanta teaches that the whole universe is only Pure Consciousness. Therefore, all is of the same substance and nature, and separation is a mistaken perception.
Yoga traditions emphasize non-violence (ahimsa) as the heart of the yogi’s way of life, the cornerstone of yogic ethics.
[Note: some of these philosophies clarify that even the idea of oneness is still conceptual/relative, and that ultimate truth is beyond that. However, they honor the fact that living by the principle of oneness develops a mind that is more ready to fully absorb the non-dual truth.]
... For more, see the link at the end of this blog post.
Expanding Consciousness - Dispelling the Illusion
I am suggesting to use 'We are one being' as a more potent alternative to Namasté and other greetings, to start breaking down the illusion of separation and speak a great truth that has been hidden from our awareness until now.
If you feel this has merit, please consider spreading the word by Liking it everywhere. Quote from it. Link to it. Write about it. Sing it. Use 'we are one being as a greeting. Use it as a closing at the end of articles, emails and letters. Bring 'we are one being' consciousness into human awareness.
Credit, though it brings a smile, does not need to be given. I've not seen or heard the phrase 'we are one being' anywhere else but that does not mean it is original with me. Anyway, I gladly relinquish the 'We are One Being' trademark <grin>. 'We are One Being' cannot be possessed.
In 'we are one being' consciousness, there is no motive of money-making, no individual profiting at the expense of another. There is sensitivity towards each other, appreciation, agreement, exchange and co-creation.
In human society today, hierarchies create divisions of inequality such as employer and employee, landowner and worker, teacher and student. Family members are often given preference over non-family, though in the deeper connections these distinctions do not exist.
Hierarchies, rank and social standing dissolve in w.a.o.b. consciousness where the same honor and respect is accorded to every person and everything. Until that consciousness fill human awareness and is lived more commonly, appropriate boundary setting is still needed at times. Yet in O.B., much of the energy that currently goes towards aggressively controlling, defending and dividing is diverted to inner work — and challenges that once triggered reactions are seen as opportunities to master one's own emotions rather than be ruled by them.
In the awareness that we are actually one being, each unique expression is lived out responsibly towards the Whole.
Much remains to be communicated, as it is experienced, about living as 'we are one being.'
Being the first of your friends is not 'we are one being' consciousness. But it is a common attitude in the media, and the sentence is built into the FB Like app. New consciousness = new apps.
An Unfolding Revelation
The following posts reveal the process by which I came to the 'we are one being' conclusion. O.B. is my familiar use of the term One Being, which I mean as pure consciousness, the creative source, the one true self.