Oneness (quotes)

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A deep spiritual truth is that all is one

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Non-duality is the understanding that there is one, not two

  • ‘Non-duality’ is actually a translation of the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’, which simply means ‘not two’ and points to the essential oneness (wholeness, completeness, unity) of life, a wholeness which exists here and now, prior to any apparent separation. It’s a word that points to an intimacy, a love beyond words, right at the heart of present moment experience. It’s a word that points us back Home. And despite the compelling appearance of separation and diversity there is only one universal essence, one reality. Oneness is all there is – and we are included. Jeff Foster
  • The duality of positive and negative becomes subsumed in Oneness. There are no opposites in the totality and absolute perfection of the Oneness that we know as Divine. Peter Santos
  • Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray. Kabir
  • The implication of the story is that Brahman and the Primal Energy at first appear to be two. But after attaining the knowledge of Brahman, one does not see the two. Then there is no differentiation; it is One, without a second, Advaita-non-duality. Ramakrishna
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At the most basic level of reality, everything is one

  • “Truth is one,” one hymn proclaims, “though the wise call it by many names.” Eknath Easwaran
  • Wise men have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But, if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere. Charles Fort
  • Divining the One within and beyond the many, we find an intrinsic plausibility in any explanation of the diverse in terms of a single principle. Aldous Huxley
  • I have put duality away. I have seen the two worlds are one. Rumi
  • One Reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities. Aldous Huxley
  • Reality is all-encompassing: the absolute nature is one. Although we may feel separate from the original uncreated reality – whether we call it ‘God,’ ‘peak experience,’ or ‘enlightened mind’ – through awareness we can contact this essential part of ourselves. Tarthang Tulku
  • The nature of the world is inherently obvious, if you remain in a state of total psycho-physical oneness with whatever and all that presently arises. Adi Da
  • There is a point where in the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not losing its infinity. If this meeting is dissolved, then things become unreal. Rabindranath Tagore
  • There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself. Douglas Harding
  • Transcendence implies the surpassing of two things, and the consequent attainment of a third thing. But there are no ‘things’ in reality, of any kind whatever: there is only the thing-in-itself, its suchness, which is Reality, revealed when the illusory dualism of inexistent qualities is dissolved. Wei Wu Wei
  • All things are one. Tchuang Tzu
  • Even by the mind this truth is to be learned: There are not many, but only ONE. The Upanishads
  • I know nothing of two worlds, all I know is the One. I seek only One, I know only One, I find only One,and I sing of only One. Jalâl ud Dîn Rumi
  • One is the beginning Of number and the ultimate of things. All things are produced by the one and this is why it is the master of all. And all things achieve their completion because of the one. Wang Bi
  • That Reality is One; though, owing to illusion, It appears to be multiple names and forms, attributes and changes, It always remains unchanged. [It is] like gold which, while remaining one, is formed into various ornaments. You are that One, that Brahman. Meditate on this in your mind. (Adi Shankaracharya) Shankara
  • The five subtle elements that combine to compose this world Are as illusory as the water in a desert mirage; To whom, then, shall I bow my head? I, myself, am the stainless One! The Avadhuta Gita
  • With words, priests and poets make into many the hidden Reality which is but One. The Rig Veda
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The oneness of all things is an absolute truth to which all other truths point

  • Facts are many, but the truth is one. Rabindranath Tagore
  • From within, from the very most interior center of existence and consciousness, the fact of oneness evermore proves to be the overriding truth. Geoffrey Hodson
  • The truth of nonduality—that the many is the One and that the One is ultimately who we always are. Andrew Cohen
  • This is the world of One Taste, with no inside and no outside, no subject and no object, no in here versus out there, without means, without path and without goal. And this, as Ramana said, is the final truth. Ken Wilber
  • Unity Consciousness is the experience of the 7 billion plus people on the planet being moved by the same force, which is God. It is the awareness to see what we really are: One Living Being. However, this is a truth that really can’t be explained with words; the minute you say it, it is no longer truth. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • We are hidden in ourselves, like a truth hidden in isolated facts. When we know that this One in us is One in all, then our truth is revealed. Rabindranath Tagore
  • When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self. Words that proceed from the Source of Truth have real meaning. But when men speak these words as their own, the words become meaningless. Meher Baba
  • The Great Ultimate is the One. It produces the two (yin and yang) without engaging in activity. The two (in their wonderful changes and transformations) constitute the spirit. Spirit engenders number, number engenders form, and form engenders concrete things. Shao Yong
  • What, then, is the heart of the highest truth, The core of knowledge, the wisdom supreme? It is, “I am the Self, the formless One; By my very nature, I am pervading all.” The Avadhuta Gita
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Oneness of Being

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Each of us is the totality of being and there is no other

  • Everything is a unique expression of The All. Adyashanti
  • It does not matter what name you attach to it, but your consciousness must ascend to the point through which you view the universe with your God-centered nature. The feeling accompanying this experience is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole.  One merges into a euphoria of absolute unity with all life.  Peace Pilgrim
  • The Self is All and the All is Selfless. Tyler Zabel
  • When I say ‘I am’, I do not mean a separate entity with a body as its nucleus, I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe of all that is known. I have nothing to desire for I am complete forever. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • I am the oneness of being arising as all beings. Tim Freke
  • We’re One, we’ve always been One, we’ll always be One, until we think we are not. Damian Mark Smyth
  • All is one . . . and I am that oneness. Tim Freke
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We all share the same Inner Being

  • It seems as if my being is separate from the being of others, but actually every individual being is intrinsically one with the being of all. Tim Freke
  • My deepest being is the oneness of being. Tim Freke
  • At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is. Eckhart Tolle
  • According to Parmenides and Zeno, objects we see around us, along with their changing forms and motions, are but an appearance of a single eternal reality they called “Being.” Robert Lanza
  • My individual sense of being is one with the primal ground of being. Tim Freke
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At the depths of our Being, we are one with All

  • When you touch into the One within you, you,ve touch into the One within all things. It’s the same infinity. Adyashanti
  • If I become conscious of the deep self within myself, I also become conscious of the deep self within others. Then I can connect ‘I to I’ with the people I meet in my everyday life. Tim Freke
  • By penetrating to the core of our own being, we can make contact with the consciousness at the center of the universe. Richard Smoley
  • We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. William James
  • The formless presence of awareness you experience as the deep I is not separate from the formless presence of awareness that I experience as the deep I. At the depths of our being we are one.  Tim Freke
  • When asked Who I Am, the only answer possible is: I am the infinite, the vastness that is the substance of all things. I am no one and everyone, nothing and everything — just as you are. Suzanne Segal
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Oneness with Life

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We are one with life

  • Enlightenment is your realisation of your oneness with the Universal One Life. Eckhart Tolle
  • We are all connected in the great Circle of Life. The Lion King (movie)
  • We are all one – the web of life. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • We each have a sixth sense that is attuned to the oneness dimension in life, providing a means for us to guide our lives in accord with our ideas. Henry Reed
  • You are a temporary expression of the One Eternal Life. Eckhart Tolle
  • All living things share the same true nature. Bodhidharma
  • By discovering who you are, you will see the beauty, the holiness, and the eternity in others. In eternity, there is truly no other. There is only One Life in which everything is related to everything else. A Course in Miracles
  • Lives are only one with living. How dare we, in our egos, claim catastrophe in the rise and fall of the individual entity? There is only Life, and we are beads strung on its strong and endless thread. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe. Albert Schweitzer
  • The forest vision of life balances this love of diversity in living beings with an unwavering focus on the unity which is life’s center. Eknath Easwaran
  • The heart of the matter is always our oneness with divine spirit, our union with all life. Nhat Hanh
  • The impact of one encounter has the power to bring us to holy relationship with everyone in the world, because Life is One and Love, indivisible. A Course in Miracles
  • The origin of life forms is the differentiation of pure consciousness into multiple forms of life expressed as qualia conglomerates which create the relative world. Deepak Chopra
  • We are all in extension of the One Life, and we can see peace instead of separation. A Course in Miracles
  • You don’t ‘have’ a life, you ‘are’ life. The One Life, the one consciousness that pervades the entire universe and takes temporary form to experience itself as a stone or blade of grass, as an animal, a person, a star or a galaxy. Eckhart Tolle
  • The unity of life (Theodosius-Dobzhansky)
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In every living creature is the one indwelling spirit …

  • In every man is the one Spirt; hold Him therefore in reverent respect. Dadu Dayal
  • Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves. Until this happens, however, most humans see only the outer forms, unaware of the inner essence, just as they are unaware of their own essence and identify only with their own physical and psychological form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Beneath the surface level of conditioned thinking in every one of us there is a single living spirit. The still small voice whispering to me in the depths of my consciousness is saying exactly the same thing as the voice whispering to you in your consciousness. ‘I want an earth that is healthy, a world at peace, and a heart filled with love.’ It doesn’t matter if your skin is brown or white or black, or whether you speak English, Japanese, or Malayalam – the voice, says the Gita, is the same in every creature, and it comes from your true self. Eknath Easwaran
  • At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us. Black Elk
  • The secret of merging with Spirit and recognizing the oneness of the whole Universe cannot be learned in a lifetime, but can be revealed in a moment, for it has always lived within each and every one of us. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • We try to realize the essential unity of the world with the conscious soul of man; we learn to perceive the unity held together by the one Eternal Spirit, whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars, and at the same time irradiates our mind. Rabindranath Tagore
  • I Am the I Am of you. We are One.  There is but One Spirit permeating All.  It is I, who am joy, love and peace.  I am Creator and Creation – experiencing myself through you – my I Am.  I Am you.  We are One!  Peter O. Erbe
  • The Beloved is inside you and also inside me. You know the tree is hidden inside the seed. Kabir
  • The Realization of the Nondual traditions is uncompromising: There is only Spirit, there is only God, there is only Emptiness in all its radiant wonder. All the good and all the evil, the very best and the very worst, the upright and the degenerate- each and all are radically perfect manifestations of Spirit precisely as they are. There is nothing but God, nothing but the Goddess, nothing but Spirit in all directions, and not a grain of sand, not a speck of dust, is more or less Spirit than any other. Ken Wilber
  • Behind all creeds the spirit is One. Andrew Lang
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… the soul of the whole …

  • Know in thyself and All one self-same soul; banish the dream that sunders part from whole. old Hindu poem
  • We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web. Marcus Aurelius
  • Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose that they might work together spinning and weaving and knotting whatever comes to pass. Marcus Aurelius
  • Our bread and water are of one table: the progeny of Adam are as a single soul. Muhammad Iqbal
  • Beyond all the thoughts we have about ourselves, beyond all the concepts and ideas that shape our personal identity exists the core of who we really are. The formless and the timeless reality grounds itself in the soul of each person and every creature.  Christopher Renzo
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… the one universal Self

  • There is no dialogue in this universe. The entire universe is a monologue. The Self is talking to itself with the apparent sense of another. Mooji
  • The same Self radiates forth within everyone. David R. Hawkins
  • The Self is All and the All is Selfless. Tyler Zabel
  • ‘I’ is the name that we give to that alone which truly is, that knows no time nor any objects. It is not present in the now. It is the now, eternally. Rupert Spira
  • Brahman is all, and the Self is Brahman. The Upanishad
  • He who sees in every being his own Self is a sage. Swami Vivekananda
  • In the beginning was only Being, One without a second. Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos And entered into everything in it. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the inmost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that. The Upanishad
  • In the beginning, there was Existence alone – One only, without a second. It, the One, thought to itself.-“Let me be many, let me grow forth.” Thus, out of Itself, It entered into every being. All that is, has itself in It alone. Of all things it is the subtle essence. It is the truth. It is the Self. And you are That.  Ancient Vedantic texts
  • That through which one enjoys form, sound, smell, taste, touch, and sexual union is the Self. Can there be anything not known to one who is the One in all? . . . That which enjoys the honey [rasa] from the flowers of the senses is the Self. The Upanishad (Katha II. 1.3)
  • That which makes the eye see but cannot be Seen by the eye, that is the Self indeed. This Self is not someone other than you. The Upanishad
  • The river that flows in you also flows in me. Kabir
  • The Self in man and in the sun are one. The Upanishad
  • The Self is in all. Earth, air, fire, water, and space; all creatures, Great or small, born of eggs, of wombs, of heat, Of shoots, horses, cows, elephants, men, and women; And all that neither walk nor fly. The Upanishad
  • There is no one But the Self. Who sees multiplicity But not the one indivisible Self Must wander on and on from death to death. The Upanishads
  • There is only one Self in all creatures. The One appears many, just as the moon Appears many, reflected in water. The Upanishad
  • This Self is not someone other than you. The Upanishad
  • What is here is also there; what is there, Also here. Who sees multiplicity But not the one indivisible Self Must wander on and on from death to death. The Upanishads
  • In one sense the Reality is creatures; in another sense, It is not. … Whether you assert that It is undivided or divided, the Self is alone. The manifold [universe] exists and yet it does not exist. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • The world of form and the formless Void: Neither of these exists independently. In the One, there is neither separation nor union; Truly, there is nothing but Shiva alone. The Avadhuta Gita
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Oneness with Consciousness

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Consciousness is all there is …

  • All there is consciousness. That is the Source from which the manifestation has come. Ramesh Balsekar
  • The finite mind borrows the knowing with which it knows its experience from infinite consciousness, the only consciousness there is. Rupert Spira
  • Although each of us obviously inhabits a separate physical body, the laboratory data from a hundred years of parapsychology research strongly indicate that there is no separation in consciousness. Russell Targ
  • I Am., for I Am is All-There-Is. Peter O. Erbe
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… and we are that

  • Consciousness is all there is and you are that. Rick Linchitz
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Consciousness is a singular for which there is no plural

  • Deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum matter is one; and if we don’t see this, it’s because we are blinding ourselves to it. David Bohm
  • Consciousness is never experienced in the plural, only in the singular. Erwin Schrodinger
  • Consciousness is a singular for which there is no plural. Erwin Schrodinger
  • Consciousness is a coherent whole, which is never static or complete, but which is in an unending process of movement and unfoldment. David Bohm
  • Every single thing is an aspect of One Field of Consciousness. The Whole never loses contact with its parts, they are never lost or forgotten. Deepak Chopra
  • The two exist because of the One, But hold not even to this One; When the one Consciousness -is not disturbed, The ten thousand things offer no offence. Sengcan
  • There is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction… The only solution to this conflict insofar as any is available to us at all lies in the ancient wisdom of the Upanishad. Erwin Schrodinger
  • Deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. David Bohm
  • There is one unity, unified wholeness, total natural law, in the transcendental unified consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • When discussing the prevailing Western belief in multiple souls, he wrote, “The only possible alternative is to simply keep to the immediate experience that consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown.” Erwin Schrodinger
  • Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves. Erwin Schrodinger
  • There is no evidence in our experience to suggest that we have different Consciousnesses, or indeed that there is more than one Consciousness. Rupert Spira
  • There does not exist “another” except the one, pure, formless consciousness. Yoga Vasistha
  • Modern quantum physics talks about a unified field, which underlies and connects everything in creation. Who we are, is pure consciousness or Oneness, expressing itself in different forms at different times in our evolution. Pure Consciousness, which is eternal and timeless, is the Oneness; we are the separation or the duality. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
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Each individual is an expression of the one universal consciousness

  • Each individual is an expression of the collective consciousness of humanity, and the collective consciousness of humanity is an expression of the One universal consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is only one of us. One consciousness manifesting into different forms.  Ram Dass
  • Unity awareness is consciousness of the greater whole of which we are all a part and which we are now able to embody in human form. Jude Currivan
  • This core identity has none of the uniqueness of the individual self. Being beyond all attributes and identifying characteristics, your sense of I-ness is indistinguishable from mine. The light of consciousness shining in you, which you label as “I,” is the same light that I label as “I.” In this we are identical. I am the light. And so are you. Peter Russell
  • All that divides us from the sea of infinite consciousness at this point is a thin envelope of personal identity. Eknath Easwaran
  • By penetrating to the core of our own being, we can make contact with the consciousness at the center of the universe. Richard Smoley
  • There is only one I actually. That I is Consciousness. When you follow the personal I to the source, it turns into the universal I, which is Consciousness. Begin to catch yourself. begin to realize your divine nature. You do this by keeping quiet. The fastest way to realization is to keep quiet. Robert Adams’
  • When individuals are established in universal consciousness, they live the scientific reality of the unity of life spontaneously in accord with all the laws of nature. This experience alone will transform our collective reality – our human civilization to one of unity, peace, and harmony. John Hagelin
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Your consciousness and my consciousness are one

  • Those wise ones who see that the consciousness within themselves is the same consciousness within all conscious beings, attain eternal peace. The Katha Upanishad
  • When you wake up to the Divine Consciousness within you and your divine identity, you wake up simultaneously to the Divine Consciousness appearing as all other beings. And this is not poetry and this is not a feeling, this is a direct experience of the divine light living in and as all other beings. And until this realization is firm in you, you do not know who or where you are. Andrew Harvey
  • When you recognise yourself as Consciousness, you recognise it as others. Eckhart Tolle
  • The consciousness inhabiting your body is exactly the same as the consciousness inhabiting my body. We are one. The delusion that we are separate beings comes from identifying with the world of form—with our names, our bodies, our roles, our beliefs, our thoughts, and all of the mental constructs that we have created. Joseph P. Kauffman
  • If your consciousness is without form, without quality, and without characteristics of any kind, would that not imply that the consciousness in every other being is also formless? And if they are all without form, how can you distinguish their consciousness from your own? What forms would you use to compare them? Isn’t the observing you exactly the same as the observing them? Joseph P. Kauffman
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Consciousness connects us to each other

  • This new awareness has radical implications for each and every one of us. For it reveals a wholly interconnected, conscious and holographic universe, a Cosmos where consciousness is primary– and where we are therefore both creator and co- creator. Jude Currivan
  • Ultimately, there is no such thing as “my consciousness,” but just the one consciousness and to sense your connectedness with the one (I can sense that continuously, which is why I can say that I know this for sure) to sense that connectedness with the one consciousness that pervades the universe, which in some traditions is called God, to sense that frees you of fear, from anxiety, and takes you to a very deep place of peace, but also of heightened aliveness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Every being experiences themselves as the center of their experience. Consciousness is what lies at our very core, and connects us all to each other. We may appear to be separate and individual because of the various forms our Consciousness inhabits, but below the surface the substance of our being is one and the same. Joseph P. Kauffman
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The world is nothing but consciousness knowing consciousness

  • From the perspective of the vastness, the other does not exist. When the vastness sees everything out of itself to be made of itself, this is the ultimate intimacy.  the moment to moment flavour of the vastness undulating within itself as it perceives itself through every particle of itself everywhere brings a love that is limitless, far surpassing anything that the mind could construct as the ideal love itself.  Suzanne Segal
  • From the point of view of Consciousness (if Consciousness can be said to have a point of view) there is just ‘one thing.’ And what is that ‘one thing?’ Itself! It doesn’t see or know objects, others, the world etc. It sees or knows only itself. Rupert Spira
  • The beauty of creation and the awareness that appreciates it are both God –immanent yet transcendent –fully present in each moment, forever. James C. Wilhelm
  • There are no entities, parts, objects or others anywhere to be found in experience. There is simply experiencing – thinking-imagining-sensing-perceiving – whose entire substance is made out of the Consciousness that knows it, just as the entire substance of the image is made out of the screen on which it appears. Rupert Spira
  • Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness is that in which all experience appears, with which all experience is known and out of which all experience is made. Rupert Spira
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The multiplicity of separate objects and selves we perceive is an illusion arising in the one consciousness

  • Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. There is only one thing and that which seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing, produced by a deception, the Indian maya, as in a gallery of mirrors. Erwin Schrodinger
  • The plurality that we perceive is only an appearance; it is not real. Vedantic philosophy… has sought to clarify it by a number of analogies, one of the most attractive being the many-faceted crystal which, while showing hundreds of little pictures of what is in reality a single existent object, does not really multiply that object. Erwin Schrodinger
  • This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear; tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as “I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world. Erwin Schrodinger
  • The multiplicity is only apparent. This is the doctrine of the Upanishads. And not of the Upanishads only. The mystical experience of the union with God regularly leads to this view, unless strong prejudices stand in the way. Erwin Schrodinger
  • The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. Yasutani Roshi
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The experiencer (observer) and experience (observed) are one

  • Integral wisdom involves a direct participation in every moment: the observer and the observed are dissolved in the light of pure awareness, and no mental concepts or attitudes are present to dim that light. Lao Tzu
  • As soon as Consciousness remembers itself, so to speak, and knows itself again as the background and substance of all appearances, by ceasing to rise as the dualising thought that seems to obscure its own reality from itself, the apparent objectivity of the world and the apparent subjectivity of the person collapses, and experience is known for what it truly is, pure Consciousness alone. Rupert Spira
  • Everything is seen to be too intimate, too utterly one with my Self to admit of a watcher and a watched. Rupert Spira
  • Experience is always one and seamless. It is not possible for there to be two things such as Awareness and an object present together. Look at your experience. It is always one and seamless. Rupert Spira
  • Form exists simultaneously as that vastness and in that vastness. Everything that appears to be form is not separate from the vastness. Suzanne Segal
  • The way to eliminate ignorance is through steady, focused discrimination between the observer and the world. Patanjali
  • The Witness is a huge step forward, and it is a necessary and important step in meditation, but it is not ultimate. When the Witness or the soul is finally undone, then the Witness dissolves into everything that is witnessed.  The subject/object duality collapses and there is only pure nondual awareness, which is very simple, very obvious.  Ken Wilber
  • There is no ideal in observation. When you have an ideal, you cease to observe, you are then merely approximating the present to the idea, and therefore there is duality, conflict, and all the rest of it. The mind has to be in the state when it can see, observe. The experience of the observation is really an astonishing state. In that there is no duality. The mind is simply – aware. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Where conscious subjectivity is concerned, there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed. John Searle
  • Thou art I, I am Thou….Knowing, Knower, Known, as One! Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The dreamer is one with the dream. Tim Freke
  • Awareness is one with the flow of appearances, just as space is one with the objects it contains. Tim Freke
  • Logic presumes a separation of subject from object; therefore logic is not final wisdom.This is Zen. This is my motorcycle maintenance. Robert M. Pirsig
  • The spaces between the perceiver and the thing perceived can be closed with a shout of recognition. Timothy Findley
  • Oneness is the direct experiencing of reality as it is without an experiencer. You are the looking, not the objects being perceived. So any name, concept, emotion, sensation, body, self-image, personal identity, role, title, or historical fact that is perceived is an object in awareness. It is not who you are. This reveals that what is looking is not an object. You are not a separate person. The “separate person” is an object in awareness. You are no-thing — awareness itself. But no-thing or no self is really only half the story. When it is seen that there is not an experiencer, or that the experiencer is an object in awareness, a more mature understanding reveals itself. This understanding is not conceptual or intellectual (concepts and the intellect are merely objects appearing in awareness). It is not something that can be grasped by thinking about it because it is what you are. This understanding arises when it is seen that the nothingness that you are, the pure perceiving, is not separate from what it is perceiving, from the objects. The entire universe is the Self. Do not try to live from some conceptual idea of Oneness. A conceptual idea of Oneness is just another object in awareness. Through the direct experiencing of all this arising in this moment including any image of a separate self, Oneness is revealed to be your true nature. Scott Kiloby
  • When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist. When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes, as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish. Things are objects because of the subject; the mind is such because of things. Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness. In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable and each contains in itself the whole world. If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion. Sengcan
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The awareness you are is the same as the awareness I am

  • Look into the eyes of a stranger and say to yourself, ‘Divine Awareness, meet Divine Awareness.’ Will Wright
  • The awareness I am, free of content, is identical to the awareness you are. One awareness having two separate experiences. Anthony Lambert
  • The formless presence of awareness you experience as the deep I is not separate from the formless presence of awareness that I experience as the deep I. At the depths of our being we are one.  Tim Freke
  • The lamps are different, but the light is the same. Rumi
  • The spark of awareness in life, the spark of awareness in all, is the same before it finds a mode of observation. Deepak Chopra
  • There is one awareness imagining itself to be everything and everyone, and meeting itself in all its many different disguises. Tim Freke
  • Your apparent identity is distinct from my apparent identity, but is your essential identity as awareness distinct from my essential identity as awareness? Awareness can’t be touched, because it has no shape. Awareness can’t be seen, because it has no colour. Awareness can’t be heard, because it makes no noise. Awareness is a formless presence, which has no boundaries.  So how can your essential nature as awareness be separate from my essential nature as awareness?  You are formless awareness that exists outside of space and time … and so am I.  Can you get that? As awareness we are one, but what we are experiencing is different.  We are formless awareness dreaming itself to be many individuals with different experiences in the life-dream. We appear to be separate, but essentially, we are one.  Tim Freke
  • There is one awareness imagining itself to be everything and everyone, and meeting itself in all its many different disguises. Tim Freke
  • There is one awareness among all created beings. None have been created without this awareness. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear. Rumi
  • Spirituality takes the I-perspective. It looks at things subjectively and sees the primal oneness as unconscious awareness, which becomes conscious through the forms it dreams itself to be. Tim Freke
  • If I sink my attention deeply into the presence of awareness, it’s like sinking down into the depths of the ocean of being. The sense that I am an individual experiencing the world of separateness fades and I am immersed in a profound, undifferentiated oneness, beyond words to express. Tim Freke
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Together, we create one field of Awareness …

  • Awareness is one, perceptions are many. Deepak Chopra
  • Space is a unifying field of awareness in which you meet the other person without the separative barriers created by conceptual thinking. And now the other person is no longer ‘other.’ In that space, you are joined together as one awareness, one consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Suppose that mind is not some private power that each of us contains, but rather a field of awareness that contains us—and likewise encompasses birds, bees, ferns, trees, salamanders, spiders, dragonflies, and all living things, permeates mountains and rivers and galaxies, each kind offering its own degree and variety of awareness, even stars, even stones. Scott Russell Sanders
  • The arising of that unifying field of awareness between human beings is the most essential factor in relationships on the new earth. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your awareness has its source in unity. Instead of seeking outside yourself, go to the source to realize who you are. Deepak Chopra
  • The problem arose that the primal awareness identified with each of the separate forms it appeared to be and didn’t recognize its deeper identity as the oneness of being. And here we are… that’s you and me. Each one of us is the field of awareness believing itself to be just a separate individual.  Tim Freke
  • Awareness is one (William Samuel)
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… one collective field of experience

  • That which experiences, through the temporary form you take, is the same as that which experiences through the temporary form I take. Consciousness I am experiencing through me and experiencing through you. Anthony Lambert
  • There are not two things. There is only Consciousness, Presence, Oneness. Consciousness is the totality of our current experience, taking the shape of this current experience now and now and now. Rupert Spira
  • I am God having an experience. You are God having an experience. Anthony Lambert
  • The shaman’s capacity to transcend the parameters between self and non self afford him / her an ability to perceive the world through the prism of the other’s experience rather than solely through the lens of his / her own personal experience and belief system. Glenn Meuchie
  • As I become conscious of the deep self I feel a deep peace. As I plumb the depths of my being, there is an oceanic feeling of oneness.   I can see that my essential being doesn’t exist in time and space.   I am the primal field of awareness that is everywhere and nowhere.   I am conscious of the here and now, but I deep-know that my deepest being is the oneness of being.   I am unconscious awareness arising as a centre of consciousness, which is illuminating a ‘bubble’ of experiences within the unconscious field.   I am the field of awareness presencing a particular flow of experience that is arising right now.   I am the oneness of awareness ‘dreaming’ itself to be a particular individual.   My individual sense of being is one with the primal ground of being.   I am the oneness of being arising as all beings.   I am consciously individual and unconsciously one with all that is.   I am separate and not-separate from everything and everyone.   And this is an exquisite experience of all-embracing love.
  • Can you get that? As awareness we are one, but what we are experiencing is different. Tim Freke
  • We are formless awareness dreaming itself to be many individuals with different experiences in the life-dream. We appear to be separate, but essentially we are one. Tim Freke
  • I am the primal awareness imagining itself to be ‘Tim’. You are the primal awareness imagining itself to be ‘you’. We appear to be separate individuals, but essentially there is one of us. Tim Freke
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Our awareness is none other than God’s infinite being and knowing

  • If Spirit has any meaning, it must be omnipresent, or all-pervading and all-encompassing. There can’t be a place where Spirit is not, or it wouldn’t be infinite. Therefore, Spirit has to be completely present, right here, right now, in your own awareness. That is, your own present awareness, precisely as it is, without changing it or altering it in any way, is perfectly and completely permeated by Spirit. Ken Wilber
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One universal mind

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There is one universal mind …

  • The over-all number of minds is just one. Erwin Schröedinger
  • The total number of minds in the universe is one. Erwin Schrodinger
  • At the heart of all finite minds shines the same infinite, indivisible consciousness, of which all apparently separate selves are but partial reflections. Rupert Spira
  • The multiplicity is only apparent, in truth there is only one mind. Tim Freke
  • What I’ve found to be important is mainly just the realization that everyone has all knowledge and all humanity within themselves. Individual minds are connected to a universal mind. All people need to do is find out how to get it and reach it when they need it. Willie Nelson
  • God is the mind that imagines physical reality. We are each like a cell in that mind. Peter Shepherd
  • All is mind – one mind. We are that mind asleep – yet awakening, and God is that mind eternally aware. Jan Price
  • There is nothing but Mind; we are expressions of the One Mind; body is only a mortal belief; as a man thinketh so is he. William James
  • All experiences (perceptions, thoughts, emotions, sensations) are arising in and known by the same mind. It’s like a mind having a trillion separate dreams at once but all ultimately one dream.  Anthony Lambert
  • Mystics of all traditions claim that if we become conscious of our essential nature, we will realize that in reality, there is only one of us. There is one Self experiencing itself to be many individual selves. There is one Big Mind, as the Zen masters say, within which the dream of life is arising. Tim Freke
  • There is one divine Mind which keeps the universe in order and one providence which governs it. The names given to this supreme God differ; he is worshipped in different ways in different religions; the religious symbols used in them vary, and their qualities are different; sometimes they are rather vague, and sometimes more distinct. Plutarch
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… the mind of God

  • My sense of separation from the universe and my belief that I originate my own thoughts are due to the filtration system that removes most information generated by the universe from my individual individual conscious awareness. Because we see only a small part of what is going on, we believe that we are separate from everything else in the world and that our thoughts originate in our individual minds. However, what appears to be our individual mind is, in reality, the mind of God. James C Wilhelm
  • You are as much a part of the Mind of God as any prophet that ever lived. A Course in Miracles
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The universe is a thought in this universal mind

  • This unified oneness goes beyond the notion of a web of interconnected things or oneness of physical matter; it is indeed experienced and best described as thought. James C. Wilhelm
  • The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. Sir James Jeans
  • In the deep awake state, I realize that I’m the presence of awareness, and I see my waking persona as an expression of the primal imagination, which is one with all. Tim Freke
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The universe is one dream in this universal mind

  • But it is the nature of awareness to be aware, so within the primal awareness arose a great thought, which was the universe. The timeless possibility for everything imagined the flow of time through which everything comes into being. The oneness of being expressed its paralogical potentiality and appeared as the multiplicity of life. The primal being manifested as the evolutionary process of becoming. The oneness of unconscious awareness dreamed the story of life and progressively became more conscious through the evolving forms it imagined itself to be. And so the primal oneness of unconscious being arose as many centres of conscious being. So far so good … but this brings us to the twist that adds drama to our tale. You see the primal awareness identified with each of the separate forms it appeared to be and didn’t recognize its deeper identity as the oneness of being. And here we are … that’s you and me. Each one of us is the oneness of being believing itself to be just a separate individual. Tim Freke
  • When we dream, we appear to be one of many characters in the dream-drama. However, everyone and everything in the dream is being imagined by one dreaming awareness. I want to suggest it is the same right now. We appear to be many separate individuals. However, we are all different characters in the life-dream that is being dreamt by the one life-dreamer. Tim Freke
  • Life is like a dream and, although we appear to be separate individuals in the life-dream, in reality there is one awareness dreaming itself to be everyone and everything, and meeting itself in all its various forms. Tim Freke
  • When I live lucidly, it profoundly changes my understanding of who I am, since I see that essentially there is one primal awareness dreaming itself to be everyone and everything. Tim Freke
  • In a dream, I appear to be my dream persona, but really I’m the dreamer.  In the waking state, it’s the same: I appear to be Tim, but my deeper identity is awareness, within which the dream of life is arising.   When I dream lucidly, although I’m experiencing the dream from the perspective of my dream persona, I know that I’m really the dreamer, so I’m one with everything and everyone in the dream.  Tim Freke
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Oneness with the universe

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Physics reveals the Oneness of the universe

  • All science, is the reduction of multiplicities to unities. Aldous Huxley
  • I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. Robinson Jeffers
  • In modern physics, the universe is experienced as a dynamic inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way. Fritjof Capra
  • No longer in a relational universe can we study anything as separate from ourselves. Our acts of observation are part of the process that brings forth the manifestation of what we are observing. Margaret J. Wheatley
  • Although particles such as electrons appear to be separate from one another, on a deeper level of reality — a level analogous to the aquarium — they are actually just different aspects of a  deeper cosmic unity. David Bohm
  • This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around. Here, you discard all belief in barriers to understanding. You put aside understanding itself. This universe cannot be seen, cannot be heard, cannot be detected in any way by fixed perceptions. It is the ultimate void where no preordained screens occur upon which forms may be projected. You have only one awareness here—the screen of the magi: Imagination! Here, you learn what it is to be human. You are a creator of order, of beautiful shapes and systems, an organizer of chaos. Frank Herbert
  • Bohm believes an electron is not one thing but a totality or ensemble enfolded throughout the whole of space. Michael Talbot
  • Wave particle duality is a core feature of our world. Or rather, we should say, it is a core feature of our mathematical descriptions of our world. But what is critical to note here is that, however ambiguous our images, the universe itself remains whole and is manifestly not fracturing into schizophrenic shards. It is this tantalizing wholeness and the thing itself that drives physicists onward like an eternally beckoning light that seems so teasingly near. It is always out of reach. Margaret Wertheim
  • The essential characteristics of transpersonal experiences — the feeling that ail boundaries are illusory, the lack of distinction between part and whole, and the interconnectedness of all things — are all qualities one would expect to find in a holographic universe. Michael Talbot
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… especially quantum theory

  • Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated “building blocks,” but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object’s interaction with the observer. Fritjof Capra
  • Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. Erwin Schrodinger
  • Many of the mysteries of quantum mechanics, including the well-known “skeleton in the closet,” are answered. For example, what Einstein called “spooky action” at a distance is explained by the oneness of all things. There is no information being transmitted between photon or electron pairs. Information, photons, electrons and everything else in creation are all the same stuff (thought) so what one entangled entity “knows,” its twin “knows” in the same instant. Sir James Jeans
  • Through experiments over the past few decades physicists have discovered matter to be completely mutable into other particles or energy and vice-versa and on a subatomic level, matter does not exist with certainty in definite places, but rather shows ‘tendencies’ to exist. Quantum physics is beginning to realise that the Universe appears to be a dynamic web of interconnected and inseparable energy patterns. If the universe is indeed composed of such a web, there is logically no such thing as a part. This implies we are not separated parts of a whole but rather we are the Whole. Barbara Brennan
  • Dick: ‘But the universe isn’t some big oneness. It’s made up of lots of very little particles. Erwin Schröedinger: ‘Particles are but wave-crests, a sort of froth on the deep ocean of the universe.’  Tim Freke
  • The orthodox view in physics is that quantum waves act mechanically on a particle, controlling its movement in much the same way that the waves of the ocean might control a Ping-Pong ball floating on its surface. But Bohm does not feel that this view can explain, for example, the coordinated dance of electrons in a plasma any more than the wave motion of water could explain a similarly well-choreographed movement of Ping-Pong balls if such a movement were discovered on the ocean’s surface. He believes the relationship between particle and quantum wave is more like a ship on automatic pilot guided by radar waves. A quantum wave does not push an electron about any more than a radar wave pushes a ship. Rather, it provides the electron with information about its environment which the electron then uses to maneuver on its own. Michael Talbot
  • The Undivided Wholeness of All Things (David Bohm and Michael Talbot)
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In oneness, everything effects everything else

  • Science is all about cause. Now, if really everything is connected to everything, if there really is only a oneness, everything then affects everything, and the whole idea of causality has to be revised. Willis Harman
  • Seeking out causes is a pastime of the mind. There is no duality of cause and effect. Everything is its own cause. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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The universe is one being

  • The Universe is a communion of subjects rather than a collection of objects. Thomas Berry
  • The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Elif Safak
  • The universe is one being. Think about your own consciousness and then try to imagine that the universe is one infinite consciousness . A type of being that’s barely conceivable to us – one infinite, ever changing and expanding consciousness. This creator is known by many as ‘God’. Each of us is a point of individualized consciousness belonging to this whole. Each spirit is a focal point of energy within this infinite mind – each like the branch of a tree, part of the whole. We are each part of the universal creator, the infinite being of unending consciousness and love, that experiences itself through us.  Each of us is a unique individual, and this uniqueness is not removed by being part of one unified whole – far from it. Our purpose is to be individual and unique.  Nicky Sutton
  • …all things are one thing and that one thing is all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. John Steinbeck
  • Ultimately, the entire universe…has to be understood as a single undivided whole. David Bohm
  • The universe is truly Brahman, … for that which is superimposed (the universe) has no separate existence from its substratum (Brahman). …. The name, “universe,” is superimposed on Brahman, but what we call the “universe” is [really] nothing but Brahman. (Adi Shankaracharya) Shankara
  • Without It, the fairest universe is but a randomly scattered dust-heap. If we are to speak with intelligence, we must found our being on that which is common to all… For that Logos which governs man is born of the One, which is Divine. It [the Divine] governs the universe by Its will, and is more than sufficient to everyone. Heraclitus
  • You are the omniscient, omnipresent being of the universe. But of such beings can there be many? Can there be a hundred thousand millions of omnipresent beings? Certainly not. Then, what becomes of us all? You are only one; there is only one such Self, and that One Self is you. Standing behind this little nature is what we call the Soul. There is only One Being, One Existence, the ever-blessed, the omnipresent, the omniscient, the birthless, deathless. Vivekananda
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Each of us is one with the universe …

  • Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return. David Fontana
  • A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein
  • At the deepest level of ecological awareness you are talking about spiritual awareness. Spiritual awareness is an understanding of being imbedded in a larger whole, a cosmic whole, of belonging to the universe. Fritjof Capra
  • The unbroken realization that you are indivisible from the universe, from universal consciousness, from the source of everything – that you are that source, that there is no other, no second, nothing that is not part of that unity, except as transitory illusion. If you could maintain that realization at all times, through waking and sleeping states of consciousness, across the threshold of death itself, what would you be? Daniel Pinchbeck
  • I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me, That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea… There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute, except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters. D. H. Lawrence
  • I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe.  Everything beautiful in the world is within you.  Russell Brand
  • The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. Black Elk
  • The Truth is we are all one. Oneness. It’s not a tiny me in an vast universe, but the universe all in me. Adyashanti
  • When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. John Muir
  • You are a second world in miniature; the sun and moon are within you, and also the stars. Origen
  • The universe, all that is, exists only here, in me. My senses constantly generate an objective reality that appears outside myself, designed by me to show me who I am. It’s a beautiful story, all of this, woven by me and by you to describe the arc of a life that goes on without beginning or end. Everything we experience reveals to us our unified oneness with each other and our true identity as the creator gods that we are. That revelation is the ultimate purpose of the universe and our lives here on earth. Everything we’ve been told and all the stories we have made up about our jobs, our investments, and our eventual retirements are proximate fantasies designed to lead us to an understanding of our ultimate identities. This is a cooperative effort, created by all of us together, as we harmonize with each other on a level that remains hidden from our sight. When we tune our vision to the one vibration that we all are, we see with clarity that we are all in this together. Until we collectively realize this unity, we will continue to function separately, missing the peace available to us right now. And the tuning is so simple it would be a disgrace to miss it any longer.    James C Wilhelm
  • When everything is known as the Self, not even an atom is seen as other than the Self. Shankara
  • We didn’t arise from the universe. We don’t even merely express the cosmos. We are it. Its air and water is our being and we do not live without its inseparability with us. Robert Lanza
  • The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not. Upanishads
  • Say I Am You I am dust particles in sunlight. I am the round sun. To the bits of dust I say, Stay. To the sun, Keep moving. I am morning mist, and the breathing of evening. am wind in the top of a grove, and surf on the cliff. Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel, I am also the coral reef they founder on.  I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches. Silence, thought, and voice. The musical air coming through a flute, a spark of a stone, a flickering in metal. Both candle and the moth crazy around it. Rose, and the nightingale lost in the fragrance. I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy, the evolutionary intelligence, the lift, and the falling away. What is, and what isn’t. You who know Jelaluddin, You the one in all, say who I am. Say I am You.  Rumi
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep , I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow.  I am the diamond glints on snow.  I am the sunlight on ripened grain.  I am the gentle autumn rain.  When you awaken in the morning’s hush  I am the swift uplifting rush  Of quiet birds in circled flight.  I am the soft stars that shine at night.  Do not stand at my grave and cry;  I am not there. I did not die.  Mary Elizabeth Frye
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… and one with the world …

  • Are not the mountains, waves and skies, a part of me and of my soul, as I of them? Lord Byron
  • If you will think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, you see that we are the earth, we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the Earth. And this is the voice of the earth. Joseph Campbell
  • Standing alone on a mountain top, it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make–leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents of piled stone– we all dwell in a house of one room. John Muir
  • We all drink from one water. We all breathe from one air. We rise from one ocean. And we live under one sky. Anwar Fazal
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… one with all living things

  • We’re no different from the plants, we’re no better. We’re all part of the whole, and everything–a grain of sand, dirt, the birds and the animals–they are all part of us. Rolling Thunder
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We are all created from the same substance

  • All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order.  There is only one universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law, namely, common reason in all thinking creatures, and all truth is one- -if, as we believe, there is only one path of perfection for all beings who share the same mind.  Marcus Aurelius
  • I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. Walt Whitman
  • Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A hydrogen atom in a cell at the end of my nose was once part of an elephant’s trunk. A carbon atom in my cardiac muscle was once in the tail of a dinosaur. Jostein Gaarder
  • Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Bahá’u’lláh
  • The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff Carl Sagan
  • With the realisation that everything was made of the same substance, relationships ceased to exist, since there was no longer any experience of an other. Without an other, there was simply nothing separate to be related to. Of course, the relational function continued as before, and it always looked like relationships were proceeding unimpaired.  Suzanne Segal
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All comes from the same source …

  • All life, all energy comes from one source. We are all connected – period. It doesn’t merely extend to those we deem likeable or those who believe what we do etc. We all come from the same source and are living expressions of the divine. We must learn to recognize the divinity that is within all things and respect it. Christin Sander
  • Nobody has a heart with separate batteries- they all have the same source. Jesus Martinez
  • Within you lies the sun, the moon, the sky and all the wonders of this universe. The intelligence that created these wonders is the same force that created you. All things around you come from the same source. We are all one. Every being on this Earth, every object on this Earth has a soul. All souls flow into one, this is the Soul of the Universe.  Robin S. Sharma
  • We are all manifestations of The One Source. God is the formless essence of all life that you are. Eckhart Tolle
  • The unbroken realization that you are indivisible from the universe, from universal consciousness, from the source of everything – that you are that source, that there is no other, no second, nothing that is not part of that unity, except as transitory illusion. If you could maintain that realization at all times, through waking and sleeping states of consciousness, across the threshold of death itself, what would you be? Daniel Pinchbeck
  • All beings come from a mother’s womb. We should have a clear realization of the oneness of all humanity. The Dalai Lama
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… the one singularity

  • The universe is the singularity evolving into complex forms. Tim Freke
  • What is the singularity? We could say it’s the primal oneness that has evolved into the multifarious variety of life. The fundamental simplicity which is the source of the astonishing complexity of the universe. The nothing which contained the potential for everything. Tim Freke
  • If everything has come from the singularity, essentially everything is the singularity. Tim Freke
  • You and I are the singularity looking at itself… thinking about itself… confused about itself. Tim Freke
  • Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity we once were? Marie Howe
  • What is the singularity? We could say it’s the primal oneness that has evolved into the multifarious variety of life. The fundamental simplicity which is the source of the astonishing complexity of the universe. The nothing which contained the potential for everything. Tim Freke
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Space and distance are illusions

  • The shortest interval between two points is the awareness that they are not two. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  • Space and time are not the hard, cold walls we think. Our individual separateness is an illusion. Ultimately we are all melted together, parts of a single entity that transcends space and time.  Robert Lanza
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Through us, the universe is coming to know itself …

  • We are the universe pretending to be individuals. Deepak Chopra
  • I love to think of the whole universe together as one eternal fact. I love to think that everything is alive; that crystallization is itself a step toward joy. I love to think that when a bud bursts into blossom: it feels a thrill. I love to have the universe full of feeling and full of joy, and not full of simple dead, inert matter, managed by an old bachelor for all eternity. Robert Green Ingersoll
  • The Universe is a unity, an interacting and genetically-related community of beings bound together in an inseparable relationship in space and time… The human is that being in whom the Universe activates, reflects upon, and celebrates itself in conscious self-awareness. Thomas Berry
  • There, all around you and within you, is Life. Look and see what it is, look and see that beneath and beyond that small package of human fears and desires called you-the-person there lurks the splendor and magnificence of the cosmos itself, by whatever name you prefer to call IT. Each of these human lives that we so fearfully protect are simply another novel variation of the game of finding one’s Self over and over in countless disguises. Roger Stephens
  • Source not only resides in us, but is Us. Source, God, Universe, whatever your choice of Name is, it’s all the same. In the inception of the Universe, Source became curious and chose to make Itself vulnerable to the experiences of Its choosing. Whether it was living in pure energy, or living as solid matter as we see It, plant, animal, insect, human, and yes even inanimate objects. Hillis Pugh
  • The fundamental motif at the heart of many ancient myths is that the primal oneness of being is manifesting as the multiplicity of life, so that it can come to know itself. As the Gnostic sage Simon Magus says in ‘The Great Announcement’: There is one power… begetting itself, increasing itself, seeking itself, finding itself… One root of the All.   Tim Freke
  • The scientific story of the evolving cosmos is a new version of this ancient myth. It relates how the oneness of unconscious nature has become conscious of itself through evolving into ever more complex forms, until it reaches the human form in which it is conscious of being conscious. Tim Freke
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… coming to rediscover its oneness

  • The primal oneness of unconscious awareness is arising as separate centres of consciousness, because through these centres of consciousness it can come to know that all is one. Life is on a journey from unconscious oneness through conscious separateness to conscious oneness. Tim Freke
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Oneness with God

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God is an absolute Oneness beyond all duality

  • I believe in the absolute oneness of God and therefore of humanity. What though we have many bodies? We have but one soul. . . . I know God is neither in heaven nor down below, but in everyone. Mahatma Gandhi
  • God, the Sole Life, is Absolute Unity. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If I were to say “God exists,” this would not be true. He is beyond being. He is a no-thing-ness beyond being. This is why St. Augustine says “The best thing to be said about God is silence.” You must love God as not-God, not-Spirit, not-Sun, not-image, but as He is – sheer, pure absolute Oneness, without any duality. Meister Eckhart
  • God is immanent as well as transcendent, Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray.  Kabir
  • God, the Sole Life, is Absolute Unity. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • In God there is no duality. In that Presence “I” and “we” and “you” do not exist. “I” and “you” and “we” and “He” become one…. Since in the Unity there is no distinction, the Quest and the Way and the Seeker become one. Mahmud Shabistari
  • Life is light and consciousness. Beyond this world and other worlds, beyond time and space and dimension, beyond what we call duality, is God. Frederick Lenz
  • Oneness of the Divine. It may be given a thousand names such as The Primary Cause / God / Energy / I. All that is created has its Self in this Oneness. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Thou must love God as not-God, not-Spirit, not person, not-image, but as He is, a sheer, pure absolute One, sundered from all two-ness, and in whom we must eternally sink from nothingness to nothingness. Meister Eckhart
  • Brahman is said to be the sole reality, a transcendent intelligence beyond all attributes: unchanging, infinite, immanent; the Divine Ground of all matter, energy, time, space, being, and everything in this Universe and whatever others there may be. Bernard Haisch
  • Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many. There is no other cause. And yet Brahman is independent of the law of causation. Such is Brahman, and ‘thou art That.’ Meditate upon this truth within your consciousness. Shankara
  • God is the oneness of being that is arising as all beings. Tim Freke
  • Brahman is the only Reality, ever pure, ever illumined, ever free, beyond the limits of time, space, and causation. Though apparently divided by names and forms through the inscrutable power of maya, that enchantress who makes the impossible possible, Brahman is really One and undivided. Ramakrishna
  • In everything there is a sign that points to the Oneness of Him. Ibn’ Ata’
  • Thou art God, who by Thy Divinity supportest all things formed; and upholdest all creatures by Thy Unity. Thou art God, and there is no distinction between Thy Godhead, Unity, Eternity or Existence; for all is one mystery; and although each of these attributes is variously named, yet all of them point to One. Salomon Ibn Gabirol
  • To me, neither the elemental particles Nor the entire universe exists; Brahman alone is everything. Where, then, are the castes or the stages of life? I always recognize everything As the one indivisible Reality. That undivided One constitutes the world, The Void, all space, and the five elements. The Avadhuta Gita
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We are not separate from God

  • A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. A Course in Miracles
  • You are not separate from God, and you have never been separate from God. Michelle Coutant
  • He makes no distinctions in what is Himself and what is still Himself. What He creates is not apart from Him, and nowhere does the Father end, the Son begin as something separate from Him. The Son is the extension of God within the Godhead, “a Oneness joined as One.  A Course in Miracles
  • How can you be apart from God? How could you walk the world alone and separate from your Source? 
  • I am converted into Him in such a way that He makes me one Being with Himself-not a similar being. By the living God, it is true that there is no distinction! Meister Eckhart
  • I now understood more fully why we don’t feel our Oneness with God moment to moment, constantly, while on the earth plane. We feel separated because of our physical bodies; we think we ARE the body and are therefore physical, yet we know that God is Spirit. Thus the sense of separation. In both worlds there is nothing but energy, invisible and visible; we are spiritual beings wherever we may be. We are energy and God is energy, and energy cannot be broken up or separated. Born of God, we are spirit, and cannot be anything else. All is mind – one mind. We are that mind asleep – yet awakening, and God is that mind eternally aware.  Jan Price
  • My father and I are one. Jesus
  • Some simple people think that they will see God as if He were standing there and they here. It is not so. God and I, we are one. Meister Eckhart
  • The illumined man knows this truth of life. For him the universe is his garment And the Lord not separate from himself. The Upanishad
  • The image of God is found essentially and personally in all mankind. Each possesses it whole, entire and undivided, and all together not more than one alone. In this way we are all one, intimately united in our eternal image, which is the image of God and the source in us of all our life. Our created essence and our life are attached to it without mediation as to their eternal cause. Ruysbroeck
  • The most common predicament people bring to me is is the experience of being “cut off” from the infinite. They find this particularly painful if they have had clear experiences of the vastness which they feel has “gone away”.  They want to know how they can stay in contact with the infinite at all times.  This very question contains two implicit assumptions that pass themselves off as truth – that there is an “I” who is cut off from the infinite who could “apply itself” to reconnecting if it had the proper technique, and that the infinite has gone somewhere.  These are prime examples of how ideas masquerade as truth.  In fact there is no individual “I” who can figure out how to find the infinite again. More importantly, where would the infinite go? If you could see things as only and exactly as they are, you would see that the “you” that is seeing is the vastness itself.  Suzanne Segal
  • There is no yawning gulf between man and God. Through his aspiration and meditation, Man can become conscious of his oneness with God. Sri Chinmoy
  • Therefore I give you still another thought, which is yet purer and more spiritual : In the Kingdom of Heaven all is in all, all is one, and all is ours. Meister Eckhart
  • We are part of the Mind and the Will of God in which there is no separation. Nothing is outside of it. A Course in Miracles
  • Death is the thought that you are separate from your Creator. A Course in Miracles
  • What does it mean to say that nothing is separate and God alone is real? Certainly not that the everyday world is an illusion. The illusion is simply that we appear separate; the underlying reality is that all of life is one. Eknath Easwaran
  • I feel that the same God-force that is the mother and father of the Pope is also the mother and father of the loneliest wino on the planet. Dick Gregory
  • For me God isn’t a great spirit that is separate from me. God is the primal oneness that is conscious through me. God is the mystery of being that is arising as all beings. And when I know God I experience a love that embraces all beings. Tim Freke
  • When I reach within it feels as if God is reaching out to welcome me. I feel as if I am relaxing into the arms of the great Beloved … as if we’re lovers who’ve been longing to be together … to caress each other … to be one with each other. Tim Freke
  • … Thus, instead of [your own] essence, there is the essence of God and in place of [your own] attributes, there are the attributes of God. He who knows himself sees his whole existence to be the Divine existence, but does not experience that any change has taken place in his own nature or qualities. For when you know yourself, your sense of a limited identity vanishes, and you know that you and God are one and the same. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • If you hold to multiplicity, you are with the world; and if you hold to the Unity, you are with the Truth …. Our names are but names for God; at the same time our individual selves are His shadow. He is at once our identity and not our identity … Consider! Ibn ‘Arabi
  • It is impossible to say more than that, as far as one can understand, the soul (I mean the spirit of this soul) is made one with God, Who, being likewise a Spirit, has been pleased to reveal the love that He has for us by showing to certain persons the extent of that love, so that we may praise His greatness. For He has been pleased to unite Himself with His creature in such a way that they have become like two who cannot be separated from one another: even so He will not separate Himself from her. Saint Teresa of Avila
  • When the mystery of the oneness of the soul and the Divine is revealed to you, you will understand that you are no other than God. … Then you will see all your actions to be His actions and all your attributes to be His attributes and your essence to be His essence. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • When you know yourself, your ‘I’ness vanishes and you know that you and Allah are one and the same. Ibn Arabi
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There is only God, pervading all and knowing all

  • God is all there is – God includes everything, all possibility and all action, for Spirit is the invisible essence and substance of all form. Ernest Holmes
  • That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman; that you are. Sankaracharya
  • It is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. It is all-powerful, all-pervasive. It pervades, permeates, and penetrates all things and all hearts. The Yajur Veda
  • First, we become aware of that which is Divine around us. Then we become aware of that which is Divine within us. Finally, we become aware that all is Divine, and that there is nothing else. This is the moment of our awakening. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Far beyond your intellect, far beyond your understanding, lies inexhaustible knowledge and wealth, strength and power, peace and joy. Do not use your intellect to find the answers for God and his manifestations. Everything is God. Vishnudevananda Saraswati
  • God is an infinite circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. Nicolas of Cusa
  • He fills the cosmos, yet he transcends it. The Lord of Love is one. There is indeed No other. The Upanishad
  • He is fire and the sun, and the moon And the stars. He is the air and the sea, And the Creator, Prajapati. He is this boy, he is that girl, he is This man, he is that woman, and he is This old man, too, tottering on his staff. His face is everywhere. He is the blue bird; he is the green bird With red eyes; he is the thundercloud, And he is the seasons and the seas. He has no beginning; he has no end. He is the source from whom the worlds evolve.  From his divine power comes forth all this Magical show of name and form, of you And me, which casts the spell of pain and pleasure. Only when we pierce through this magic veil Do we see the One who appears as many.  The Upanishad
  • I believe that evidence shows that there is a real spirit, a real Beach, but it is beneath no pavement whatsoever, for all pavements arise within it: Spirit is all-encompassing. It transcends everything, it includes everything. Ken Wilber
  • There is a universal intelligence that we call God or Soul or Spirit or Consciousness, and it is everywhere and in all things. Wayne Dyer
  • There is nothing but God, nothing but the Goddess, nothing but Spirit in all directions, and not a grain of sand, not a speck of dust, is more or less Spirit than any other. Ken Wilber
  • There is nothing higher than him, nothing other than him. The Upanishad
  • There is only one all pervading God. It has only one message – Love all, encompass all and transcend the limits of the selfish gene. Amit Ray
  • This universe comes forth from Brahman, exists in Brahman, and will return to Brahman. Verily, all is Brahman. The Upanishad
  • The great central fact of the universe is that spirit of infinite life and power that is back of all, that manifests itself in and through all. This spirit of infinite life and power that is back of all is what I call God. I care not what term you may use, be it Kindly Light, Providence, the Over-Soul, Omnipotence, or whatever term may be most convenient, so long as we are agreed in regard to the great central fact itself. God then fills the universe alone, so that all is from Him and in Him, and there is nothing that is outside. He is the life of our life our very life itself. We are partakers of the life of God; and though we differ from Him in that we are individualized spirits, while He is the Infinite Spirit, including us, as well as all else beside, yet in essence the life of God and the life of man are identically the same, and so are one. They differ not in essence or quality; they differ in degree. William James
  • I am often asked if I believe in God and I reply ‘I don’t believe in anything but God’. It’s all God. We are all God. There is only God. God is not some distant figure somewhere in the sky. God is my own deepest nature and yours too. We are God playing a game of hide and seek. Pretending to be separate individuals and then awakening to our deeper nature, so that we realize something extraordinary. Essentially there is one of us. How exquisite! Tim Freke
  • It is none other than He who progresses or journeys as you. There is nothing to be known but He; and since He is Being itself, He is therefore also the journeyer. There is no knower but He; so who are you? Know your true Reality. He is the essential self of all. But He conceals it by [the appearance of] otherness, which is “you.” Ibn ‘Arabi
  • Nothing but the Reality is; there is no separate being, no arriving and no being far away. This is seen in true vision; when I experienced it, I saw nothing but Him. Ibn ‘Arabi
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God dwells within us, as us

  • God dwells within you, as you. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I am God having an experience. You are God having an experience.  I look into your eyes and I see myself.  Anthony Lambert
  • I believe in the absolute oneness of God and therefore also of humanity. What though we have many bodies?  We have but one soul.  Mohandas Gandhi
  • If God is the essence of the whole of creation, then God is the essence of every creature, and every person. This is why the search to discover the nature of one’s own innermost essence is the search for God. Peter Russell
  • When my Beloved appears, with what eye do I see Him? With His eye not with mine; for no one sees Him except Himself. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • Let’s not forget that what is looking out of your eyes and hearing with your ears right now is already Spirit. And that Spirit, that I AMness, is always present in all sentient beings. Ken Wilber
  • That in what reside all beings and what resides in all beings, the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless existence; I am that. Amritbindu Upanishad
  • We live in a spiritual Universe. God is in, through, around and for us. Ernest Holmes
  • ‘Who am I?’ The answer is ‘I am God’. The body comes and goes, but the Atma is permanent. The body has birth and death, but the spirit does not have any of these. You reach the stage where you say, ‘I am God’, but even there, there is duality, ‘God and I’. That is not the full Truth. When we breathe, the breath makes the sound of ‘So-Hum’, ‘He am I’. There is still the body consciousness, the ‘I’. But in deep sleep, the declaration of ‘He’ and ‘I’ falls away and only ‘0’ and ‘M’ remain, ‘Om’; there is only the One. Sathya Sai Baba
  • Eternally, all creatures are God in God. … So far as they are in God, they are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same One, and nothing less. Suso
  • He is this boy, he is that girl, he is this man, he is that woman, and he is this old man, too, tottering on his staff. His face is everywhere. He is the blue bird, he is the green bird with red eyes, he is the thundercloud, and he is the seasons and the sea. The Upanishad (Shvetashvatara IV. 3–4)
  • He manifested Himself as creation. It is He alone who is born into the world. He lives as all beings; it is only Him everywhere. Ancient Indian text
  • The eye by which I see God is the same as the eye by which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye are one and the same-one in seeing, one in knowing, and one in loving. Meister Eckhart
  • The infinite being has assumed unto himself the mystery of finitude. And in him who is love the finite and the infinite are made one. Rabindranath Tagore
  • There is no God outside of us designing our next moment. We do that!  We are that God.  The God who dreams he is not God.  Peter O. Erbe
  • There is no existence save His existence. … This means that the existence of the beggar is His existence and the existence of the sick is His existence. Now, when this is admitted, it is acknowledged that all existence is His existence; and that the existence of all created things, both accidents and substances, is His existence; and when the secret of one particle of the atoms is clear, the secret of all created things, both outward and inward, is clear; and you do not see in this world or the next, anything except God. Ibn ‘Arabi
  • Those who follow the path of spiritual wisdom see that where there is One, that One is me (God); where there are many, all are me; they see my face everywhere. The Bhagavat Gita
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God and the soul (Self) are one for God is indivisible

  • Among the instruments of emancipation, the supreme is devotion. Contemplation of the true form of the real Self (the Atman which is identical with Brahman) is said to be devotion. Shankara
  • Brahman is all, and the Self is Brahman. The Upanishad
  • God made integers; all else is the work of man. Leopold Kronecker
  • He is the immutable Foundation of all that exists; those souls who realize Him as their very own Self are freed forever from the need for rebirth. When that Lord, who pervades all the worlds everywhere, gave birth to the first motion, He manifested Himself as creation. It is He alone who is born in this world. He lives as all beings; it is only Him everywhere…. He takes the form of the limited soul, appearing to be bound; but, in fact, He is forever free. Brahman appears as Creator, and also as the limited soul. He is the Power that creates the appearance of the world. Yet He remains unlimited and unaffected by these appearances. When one knows that Brahman, then that soul becomes free. The forms of the world change, like clouds in the sky; but Brahman, the Lord, remains One and unchanged. He is the Ruler of all worlds and all souls. Through meditation on Him, and communion with Him, He becomes known… and one therefore becomes freed from illusion. (Svetasvatara Upanishad)
  • The jeeva Atman is the individual entity which, upon investigation is found to be utterly non-existent. It is not, therefore, that the jeeva Atman is the same as the Param Atman but rather that there is always only the Param Atman, pure Awareness, ‘I,’ seemingly veiled ‘sometimes’ by the arising of dualising thought and appearing, as a result, as an imaginary separate entity (the jeeva Atman) but never actually being or becoming anything other than its own eternal, infinite Self. Rupert Spira
  • This treasure of the Kingdom of God has been hidden by time and multiplicity and the soul’s own works, or briefly by its creaturely nature. But in the measure that the soul can separate itself from this multiplicity, to that extent it reveals within itself the Kingdom of God. Here the soul and the Godhead are one. Meister Eckhart
  • No one sees Him except Himself, no one reaches Him except Himself and no one knows Him except Himself. He knows Himself through Himself and He sees Himself by means of Himself. No one but He sees Him. Balyani
  • Our self (Soul) is maya (an illusion) where it is merely individual and finite, where it considers its separateness as absolute; it is satyam (truth) where it recognizes its essence in the universal and infinite, in the Supreme Self, in paramatman (God). This is what Christ means when he says, “Before Abraham was, I am” (i.e. before Abraham was God, who is the same that is in my soul – I am That.) Rabindranath Tagore
  • There is not an infinite I and a finite I. There is only Gods infinite I. There is no separate I. Rupert Spira
  • One has to understand that the search for reality, or God and the search for the self are the same; when one is found, all are found. When ‘I am’ and ‘God is’ become in your mind indistinguishable, then something will happen and you will know without a trace of doubt that God is because you are, you are because God is. The two are one. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Union with God is the ultimate spiritual state

  • My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless ; ‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved. I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one; One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call. Rumi
  • Resolve that you will now lay aside all else and concentrate upon the attainment of conscious unity with God. Wallace D. Wattles
  • To be alive spiritually man must have union with God and must be conscious of it. Apart from this union his religious life will be an empty drudgery, a mere imitation of true spirituality. Alan Watts
  • You should know (God) without image, unmediated and without likeness. But if I am to know God without mediation in such a way, then “I” must become “he”, and “he” must become “I”. More precisely I say: God must become me and I must become God, so entirely one that “he” and this “I” become one “is” and act in this “isness” as one, for this “he” and this “I”, that is God and the soul, are very fruitful. Meister Eckhart
  • When I stood in my first cause, I ‘then had no ‘God,’ and then I was my own cause. I wanted nothing, I longed for nothing, for I was empty Being and the only truth in which I rejoiced was in the knowledge of my Self. Then it was my Self I wanted and nothing else. What I wanted I was, and what I was I wanted and so I stood empty of God and every thing. Meister Eckhart
  • The devotee who feels God as the only reality existing within him, and himself existing in God, is united with God, one with God in unconditional union. That devotee inwardly perceives: “When I eat, I am eating for Him. When I serve, my hands are His. When I speak, my voice is His. It is God who is feeling and loving through me.” Such a devotee looks after the body as the temple of God. He realizes that it is God who has incarnated in the body. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at one with God.  A Course in Miracles
  • The great central fact in human life is the coming into a conscious vital realization of our oneness with this Infinite Life and the opening of ourselves fully to this divine inflow. In just the degree that we come into a conscious realization of our oneness with the Infinite Life, and open ourselves to this divine inflow, do we actualize in ourselves the qualities and powers of the Infinite Life, do we make ourselves channels through which the Infinite Intelligence and Power can work. In just the degree in which you realize your oneness with the Infinite Spirit, you will exchange dis-ease for ease, inharmony for harmony, suffering and pain for abounding health and strength. To recognize our own divinity, and our intimate relation to the Universal, is to attach the belts of our machinery to the powerhouse of the Universe. One need remain in hell no longer than one chooses to; we can rise to any heaven we ourselves choose; and when we choose so to rise, all the higher powers of the Universe combine to help us heavenward. William James
  • God has stolen my [illusory] “I” from me and has broght me near to my [real] “I” … The colors have returned ot the pure primoridal white. The voyage has reached its end and everything other than Him has ceased to exist. All attribution, every aspect and all relation being abolished, the original state is re-established. Abd el-Kader
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Union with God is attained through surrender, contemplation and prayer …

  • The essence of all religions is One. Surrender is the main duty of everyone. Surrender means the feeling of oneness, I and God are One. Why? The reason is that the One who is present in you is present in me. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Mystic: A person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God. Peace Pilgrim
  • In that breaking-through, when I come to be free of my own will and of God’s will and of all His works and of God Himself, then I am above all created things, and I am neither God nor creature, but I am what I was and what I shall remain, now and eternally. Meister Eckhart
  • There is a need to go deeper, to let myself go completely, to enter into the surroundings in the real fellowship of oneness, to lift above the outer shell, out into the depth and wideness where God is the recognized centre and everything is in time with everything, and the key-note is God. Emily Carr
  • Surrender means seeing that “I am not separate” – just SEEING that “I am not separate.” Nothing is surrendered, nothing is dropped; just a nonsense idea, a dream is no more there because you are awake. Rajneesh
  • Drop the mind and the divine. God is not an object, it is a merger. The mind resists a merger, the mind is against surrender; the mind is very cunning and calculating. Rajneesh
  • Whether we view religion from the human side or the divine—as the surrender of the soul to God, or as the life of God in the soul—in either aspect it is of its very essence that the Infinite has ceased to be a far-off vision, and has become a present reality. The very first pulsation of the spiritual life, when we rightly apprehend its significance, is the indication that the division between the Spirit and its object has vanished, that the ideal has become real, that the finite has reached its goal and become suffused with the presence and life of the Infinite. John Caird
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… through pureness of heart …

  • Undivided. All. Only the pure in heart and poor in spirit can come to the unitive knowledge of God. My Me is God, nor do I recognize any other Me except my God Himself. St. Catherine of Genoa
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… and through the practice of love

  • Whatever books you may read, you cannot realize the Divine merely by intellectual effort. One must put it into practice. That sense of oneness can only be promoted by the practice of love and not by any other means.  Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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Union with God brings the deepest peace and joy

  • To be at one with God is to be at peace. The child simplicity is the greatest agency in bringing this full and complete realization, the child simplicity that recognizes its true relations with the Father’s life. There are people I know who have come into such a conscious realization of their oneness with this Infinite Life, this Spirit of Infinite Peace, that their lives are fairly bubbling over with joy. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • In the same way, no one can hinder this man, for he intends and seeks and takes delight in nothing but God, for God has become one with the man in all his intention. And so, just as no multiplicity can disturb God, nothing can disturb or fragment this man, for he is one in that One where all multiplicity is one and is one multiplicity. Meister Eckhart
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Recognise God in all

  • The wise man beholds all beings in the Self and the Self in all beings; for that reason he does not hate anyone. Swami Nikhilananda
  • He is a liberated man who sees only the Lord in all creatures and in all creation. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • I believe in the absolute oneness of God and therefore of humanity. What though we have many bodies?  We have but one soul. . . . I know God is neither in heaven nor down below, but in everyone.  Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • Each man is, as it were, a new window through which all others may look upon the Infinite, each life a new name for That which we call God. Sister Nivedita
  • He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature…seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others. Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita
  • I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then, In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass. Walt Whitman
  • In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass. Walt Whitman
  • What is God? God is the eternal one life underneath all the forms of life.  What is love?  Love is to feel the presence of that one life deep within yourself and within all creatures.  To be it.  Therefore, all love is the love of God.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When we see the world through our limited ideas, we think somebody is good, somebody is bad, somebody is great, somebody is small. Instead, we want to go beyond all these external differences and see oneness. Therefore, we must learn to fill our mind with the knowledge of God, with the knowledge of the Absolute. From this viewpoint, we see the world as filled with Consciousness.  Swami Nityananda
  • When we admit that our enemies are really a part of ourselves they help us (or force us) to incorporate the unity of God and of creation into our lives. Moshe Schatz
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To recognise God in another is the true meaning of Namaste

  • There is one word sums up The Law of Divine Oneness nicely – Namaste. What it means is I honor the place in you where the light of God abides.  When I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you – there is one of us. Christin Sander
  • Meaning of Namaste: “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you, which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one. Ram Das
  • The Indian blessing Namaste (nam ass tay) is accompanied by bringing the palms together in front of the heart center, when meeting or taking leave of someone. It means, “I recognize the Divinity in you which is also the Divinity in me” or in other words, “We are the same Oneness.” If it’s not comfortable for you to say it aloud, think it silently every time you meet someone. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
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All separation is an illusion

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There is no separation between “I” and “other”

  • As Consciousness sees clearly that the entire spectrum of this projection takes place within itself, it no longer separates it into ‘me’ and ‘other’. It sees all things in and as itself.  Rupert Spira
  • if we explore our experience carefully, we come to the understanding that Consciousness and Reality are one, that there is no separation between ‘I’ and ‘other’, between ‘me’ and ‘you’, between ‘me’ and the ‘world’, between chit and sat. Rupert Spira
  • Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else? Budd Schulberg
  • The choiceless truth of who you are is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything. Not a thing and not separate from anything. Gangaji
  • The way they perceive the world suddenly changes, and they find themselves without any sense of separation between themselves and the rest of the world. Adyashanti
  • Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch. Bahá’u’lláh
  • The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts. David Bohm
  • True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity. Nhat Hanh
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All sense of separateness is an illusion …

  • Our separation of each other is an optical illusion of consciousness. Albert Einstein
  • The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness. Albert Einstein
  • We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion? Rumi
  • Inside most people there’s a feeling of being separate — separated from everything. … And they’re not. They’re part of absolutely everyone, and everything. Victor Salva
  • The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there. Yasutani Roshi
  • All divisions are illusory. You can know the false only.  You know the false only.  The true you you must yourself be.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Place, time, life, death, earth, heaven are divisions and distinctions we make, like the imaginary lines we trace upon the surface of the globe. Fanny Kemble
  • In reality there is neither union nor separation, distance or closeness, since union is only possible between two things and if there is only one there can be neither union nor separation. Balyani  (Persian Sufi master)
  • In things spiritual, there is no partition, no number, no individuals. How sweet is the oneness – unearth the treasure of Unity. Rumi
  • It is owing to our limitations that a thing appears to us as single and separate when in truth it is not a separate thing at all. Rudolf Steiner
  • Our normal sense of the person as a lonely island of consciousness, is a dramatic illusion based on theological imagery. Alan Watts
  • Space and time are not the hard, cold walls we think. Our individual separateness is an illusion. Ultimately we are all melted together, parts of a single entity that transcends space and time.  Robert Lanza
  • The basic problem is to understand that there are no such things as things; that is to say separate things, separate events. That is only a way of talking. What do you mean by a thing? A thing is a noun. A noun isn’t a part of nature, it’s a part of speech. There are no nouns in the physical world. There are no separate things in the physical world either. Alan Watts
  • The boundary between ourselves and other people and between ourselves and Nature, is illusion. Oneness is reality. Charlene Spretnak
  • The greatest deception is to believe that we are separate from one another. James-Simon
  • The only thing which has to heal is the illusion of being separate. Wilfried Fink
  • There are sacred moments in life when we experience in rational and very direct ways that separation, the boundary between ourselves and other people and between ourselves and Nature, is illusion. Oneness is reality. Catherine Ponder
  • The ignorant soul bride wanders in delusion, in the love of duality, she sits like a widow. She sits like a widow, in the love of duality, infatuated with Maya, she suffers in pain. She grows old, and her body withers away. Guru Nanak
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… an illusion of the mind …

  • All duality is a mind creation, all duality is created by the clinging and attached mind. When there is no attachment there is no duality. Rajneesh
  • The world is a seamless and dynamic unity: a single living organism that is constantly undergoing change. Our minds, however, chop it up into separate, static bits and pieces, which we then try mentally and physically to manipulate. John Snelling
  • Form, as an element of human experience, must begin with the perception of separateness. George Eliot
  • It is only the mind that sees objects, others, the world etc. However, the mind’s point of view is an imaginary point of view. The mind only has a point of view from its own illusory point of view. Rupert Spira
  • It’s only in our minds that we are separate from the rest of the world. Gay Luce
  • Mind cannot think without duality. Duality is the way of thinking. In silence, all dualities disappear. Rajneesh
  • Mind is a duality; it is always split. There is no single point on which the mind agrees in totality. Half of the mind will agree and half of the mind will disagree, and whatever you choose, you are choosing only the half. The remaining half is going to take revenge. The unchosen part, the left over, will wait for its chance to show you that whatever you have chosen is wrong. But it does not matter which part you choose. Choice itself is wrong. Rajneesh
  • Oneness when seen through the mind appears as a multiplicity of selves and objects. Rupert Spira
  • The infinite expression of One, through our mind, is divided into individual people, moments and experiences. When you know that this is what the mind does then you can appreciate it and enjoy it. Otherwise, you end up being someone at a magic show trying to tell everyone how it’s all an illusion… but you came to be a part of the illusion, so enjoy the magic. If you aren’t enjoying the magic, you’re missing the point. Matt Kahn
  • The tendency of the human mind is to see the world with a ‘dualistic’ view that describes everything through comparisons: good and bad, pain and happiness, beauty and ugliness, rich and poor. Gyalwa Dokhampa
  • To the mind, the world looks like a multiplicity of objects and selves. Rupert Spira
  • When you awaken, you know that everything that occurs at the level of mind is illusory in nature and so you no longer believe in it as the truth of life. It is sometimes happy and sometimes sad, because it is a world of duality. You relax and accept the dual nature of the world of the mind and the world of experience within time. This will create balance within duality which will open the doorway to Oneness. Leonard Jacobson
  • We have two main instruments: the mind and the heart. The mind finds it difficult to be happy, precisely because the mind consciously enjoys the sense of separativity. It is always judging and doubting the reality in others. This is the human mind, the ordinary physical mind, the earth-bound mind. But we also have the aspiring heart, the loving heart. This loving heart is free from insecurity, for it has already established its oneness with the rest of the world. Sri Chinmoy
  • From consciousness view there isn’t a multiplicity and diversity of anything, only from the view of finite mind. Rupert Spira
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The sense of separation is caused by the functioning of attention (narrowed perception) …

  • Attention is narrowed perception. It is a way of looking at life bit by bit, using memory to string the bits together — as when examining a dark room with a flashlight having a very narrow beam. Perception thus narrowed has the advantage of being sharp and bright, but it has to focus on one area of the world after another, and one feature after another. And where there are no features, only space or uniform surfaces, it somehow gets bored and searches about for more features. Attention is therefore something like a scanning mechanism in radar or television. . . . But a scanning process that observes the world bit by bit soon persuades its user that the world is a great collection of bits, and these he calls separate things or events. We often say that you can only think of one thing at a time. The truth is that in looking at the world bit by bit we convince ourselves that it consists of separate things, and so give ourselves the problem of how these things are connected and how they cause and affect each other. The problem would never have arisen if we had been aware that it was just our way of looking at the world which had chopped it up into separate bits, things, events, causes, and effects. Alan Watts
  • Perception is the ability to be conscious of self and that which is other than self. Without thinking about it, a distinction is made between who we are and what we perceive. Frederick Lenz
  • What is Form but the limit of that difference by which we discriminate one object from another? George Eliot
  • We cut up time and space and mind and place and being and non-being. We create a world of ideas. This is duality, pairs of apparent opposites. Frederick Lenz
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…caused by intellect, language and thought …

  • In reality, nothing is separate, nothing rules anything; it all goes together. This escapes us mostly because of the intellect’s machinery, which creates symbols for things after dividing up reality into a relatively small number of disparate parts. At the linguistic level, separate objects exist only if we have a name for them. This in turn makes us miss most of life, and very definitely comprises a more confined experience than perceiving oneness. Robert Lanza
  • No thought can encapsulate the vastness of the totality. Reality is a unified whole, but thought cuts it up into fragments. Every thought implies a perspective, and every perspective, by its very nature, implies limitation, which ultimately means that it is not true, at least not absolutely. Only the whole is true, but the whole cannot be spoken or thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally. David Bohm
  • When you think about something, you separate yourself from it. Frederick Lenz
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… and caused by our false assumptions and beliefs

  • Belief and disbelief have divided humankind into so many sects, blinding its eyes to the vision of the Oneness of all Life. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • Confused by thoughts, we experience duality in life. Unencumbered by ideas, the enlightened see the one Reality. Huineng
  • Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness. Rene Magritte
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We are waves, inseparable from the ocean

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We are like waves inseparable from the ocean

  • As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin. Alan Watts
  • It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean. Jon J. Muth
  • Just like a sunbeam can’t separate itself from the sun, and a wave can’t separate itself from the ocean, we can’t separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind. Marianne Williamson
  • You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. Alan Wilson Watts
  • It is not to be wondered that men have worshiped the ocean, for in his depths they have seen mirrored the image of Eternity of Infinity. Here they have seen the symbol of God’s great plan of oneness with His creatures, for the sea is the union of all infinite particles, and it takes the whole to make the one. Elbert Hubbard
  • May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth. Abdu’l-Bahá
  • Rise above the dualities, the opposites. See this whole world as the bubbles on the surface of water. See people as bubbles on the surface of the Brahman, of the Infinity…Water bubbles up, rises up. Like that, everybody is rising and having their own games and plays and dissolving back into the Infinite. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality—not as we expect it to be but as it is—is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love. Frederick Buechner
  • You are something that the whole universe is doing, in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing. Alan Watts
  • The superficial self is what I appear to be. I appear to be ‘Tim’. But the deep self is what I am… my mysterious essence… my ineffable spirit… my naked being. And when I become conscious of my deepest being I discover I am one with all beings. I see that as separate individuals you and I are like different waves on one great ocean of being. Tim Freke
  • How remarkable! In Me, the limitless ocean, the waves of individual selves arise according to their inherent nature, meet and play with one another for a while and then disappear. The Ashtavakra Gita
  • The ground of being is like an ocean of unconscious awareness, arising as individual waves of consciousness. The conscious waves seem separate, but the oceanic depths are one. In the normal waking state, I’m conscious of being the wave; but in the deep awake state, I’m also conscious of being the unfathomable ocean. Tim Freke
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Each drop contains the whole

  • All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop. Kabir
  • How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.  Antoine de Saint- Exupery
  • You are not a tiny, insignificant drop in a vast ocean. Your goal is to learn to see the ocean within the drop. Those who see themselves as perpetually “small” are sending vibrational energies that are also “small”. You are a part of an energy source that is so vast, so immeasurable that the mind cannot comprehend it. This lies at the core of you – and every being. Christin Sander
  • My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops? David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  • Be one of those who see all things, not in process of becoming, but in Being, and see themselves in the other. Each being contains in itself the whole intelligible world. Therefore All is everywhere. Each is there All, and All is each. Man as he now is has ceased to be the All. But when he ceases to be an individual, he raises himself again and penetrates the whole world. Plotinus
  • As the river surrenders itself to the ocean, what is inside me moves inside you. Kabir
  • We are like droplets of water in an ocean of consciousness; individual to an extent, but those droplets together make up the ocean — without the droplets there is no ocean. It is the same with this infinite energy mind we call creation/god. We are not part of that infinity — we are that infinity if we open ourselves up to reconnect with it. Wherever you stand in infinity, you are at the center of infinity. So everything that exists is everything that exists. I am everything that exists; and so are you — the more you realize that, the more you open up to the full infinity of who you are. David Icke
  • At the outset of our adventure, when we cease identifying with the personality Self, we tend to think of the I Am in us as being our personal identity only. It is much more than that: it is an individual expression of the universal I Am, it is the universal I Am.  I Am the universe and all it contains.  Think of a holograph.  If we could cut off a corner, it would still contain the entire picture of that holograph.  We see with the same principle in biology, where the tiniest cell contains the sum total of of all the information of the entire body, and so it is with the individual expression of God.  It contains the entire Godhead.  The Self is all-encompassing.  This awareness dissolves the fences of the little body-Self and the Self, imprisoned for so long, is released into freedom.  It merges with the Creator-Spirit and becomes it as the drop merging with the ocean becomes the ocean.  Peter O. Erbe
  • What is in one is in the whole, and therefore, ultimately, each soul is responsible for the whole world. Gary Zukav
  • What do you have to surrender? A drop has to dissolve into the ocean to become the ocean. And a drop cannot be greater than the ocean, can it? So what is the surrendering? It is the surrendering of our conditioning, of our ego and the artificial barriers we have built around us. Nirmala Srivastava
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The One is appearing as the many, coming to know itself

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We are the One appearing as the many …

  • Divine Love is qualitatively different from human love. Human love is for the many in the One and Divine Love is for the One in the many.  Meher Baba
  • God is found in the collection of Many… rather than in the One. Dan Brown
  • The One becomes many. When we see the One, any limitations reflected through maya disappear; but it is quite true that the manifold is not valueless. It is through the many that we reach the One. Swami Vivekananda
  • When the ten thousand things are viewed in their oneness, We return to the origin and remain where we have always been. Third Zen Patriarch
  • The most basic truth of life: One Being is creating all of this – all of these different expressions of life. There’s only one Being here, and not only are you it but everyone else is it. Let that sink in a moment. Gina Lake
  • Each finite creature can reflect only a fraction of the divine nature; thus, in the diversity of His creatures, God’s infinity, unity and oneness appear to be broken into an effulfgence of manifold rays. Edith Stein
  • From oneness, He has brought forth the countless multitudes. O Nanak, they shall merge into the One once again. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • From out of all the many particulars comes oneness, and out of oneness come all the many particulars. Heraclitus
  • Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The ruler supreme, inner Self of all, Multiplies his oneness into many. Eternal joy is theirs who see the Self In their own hearts. To none else does it come! The Upanishad
  • The surrounding multiplicity of trees, bungalows, birds, lizards, sky, and rocks is an illusion we create to give us different ways of looking at ourselves. We are this reality we perceive and we are the uncreated nothing we know as God, blended together in the complete and total unity of oneness. James C. Wilhelm
  • There is only one of us. One consciousness manifesting into different forms.  Ram Dass
  • When the ten thousand things are viewed in their oneness, We return to the origin and remain where we have always been. . . . One in all, All in One If only this is realized, No more worry about not being perfect. Sen T’sen
  • Tao produced the One. The One produced the two. The two produced the three. And the three produced the ten thousand things. The ten thousand things carry the yin and embrace the yang, and through the blending of the material force (ch’i) they achieve harmony. Lao Tzu
  • The ten thousand things have ten thousand different forms but in the final analysis they are one. How did they become one? Because of non-being…. Therefore in the production of the myriad things, I know its master. Although things exist in ten thousand different forms, their material forces are blended as one. Wang Bi
  • MAY THE LORD of Love, who projects himself into this universe Of myriad forms, From whom all beings come and to whom all Return, grant us the grace of wisdom. The Upanishads
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… the One experiencing being many forms …

  • Because of an innocent misunderstanding you think that you are a human being in the relative world seeking the experience of oneness, but actually you are the One expressing itself as the experience of being a human being. Adyashanti
  • Everything is One, but when that One Infinite Spirit differentiates Itself into many, It has many forms and many names. But Spirit—the great One Reality—cannot be named. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The one life-dreamer is meeting itself in different forms. Tim Freke
  • If we put five people together, are there really five people? I don’t think so, not in the world of magic. In the worlds of magic, there is only one being, reflecting itself in countless forms. Frederick Lenz
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… coming to rediscover itself as Oneness

  • The fundamental motif at the heart of many ancient myths is that the primal oneness of being is manifesting as the multiplicity of life, so that it can come to know itself. As the Gnostic sage Simon Magus says in ‘The Great Announcement’: There is one power… begetting itself, increasing itself, seeking itself, finding itself… One root of the All.  Tim Freke
  • If I were infinite Oneness, wouldn’t I want to experience being separate for a time and then awaken to the delight of recognising myself in everyone. Anthony Lambert
  • There is no my presence. Only one presence. Only one arising as and through different forms. Eckhart
  • Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces. Edgar Cayce
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Spirituality, religion and philosophy point to oneness

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Spirituality is about waking up to oneness

  • But in the end spirituality is not about watching the breath. It’s about waking up from the dream of separateness to the truth of unity. Adyashanti
  • A spiritual journey is becoming what one has always meant to be-come and always was. One with God’s Spirit. Jazz Feylynn
  • Living a spiritual life requires a change of heart, a conversion. Such a conversion may be marked by a sudden inner change, or it can take place through a long, quiet process of transformation. But it always involves an inner experience of oneness. Henri Nouwen
  • Not all spiritual paths lead to the harmonious Oneness. Indeed, most are detours and distractions, nothing more. Lao Tzu
  • Spirituality is meant to take us beyond our tribal identity into a domain of awareness that is more universal. Deepak Chopra
  • The essence of spirituality is, to be constantly aware of the oneness of all; at the same time to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual. Jaggi Vasudev
  • Zen goes directly to your own experience of the oneness of the universe, of your interconnectedness with all things. You learn to distrust whatever you clung to in your old sense of separation, and that realization can be the most liberating thing in your life, a freedom beyond anything you could have imagined. Jean Smith
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True religion points to oneness

  • And so it is true in this sense that there is essentially but one religion, the religion of the living God. For to live in the conscious realisation of the fact that God lives in us, is indeed the life of our life, and that in ourselves we have no independent life, and hence no power, is the one great fact of all true religion, even as it is the one great fact of human life. Religion, therefore, at its purest, and life at its truest, are essentially and necessarily one and the same. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Albert Einstein
  • I am a student of comparative religion, but whatever I read, you scratch a little bit and underneath is the oneness. You call it different names, yes, according to the time, according to the place, according to the people, but it is all one. Irina Tweedie
  • If we live in our oneness-heart, we will feel the essence of all religions which is the love of God. Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion. Sri Chinmoy
  • Little by little a planetary prayer book is thus being composed by an increasingly united humanity seeking its oneness. Once again, but this time on a universal scale, humankind is seeking no less than its reunion with ‘divine,’ its transcendence into higher forms of life. Robert Muller
  • The final goal of all religions is to realise the essential oneness. Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is one Cosmic Essence, all-pervading, all-knowing, all-powerful. This nameless formless essence can be approached by any name, any form, any symbol that suites the taste of the individual. Follow your religion, but try to understand the real purpose behind all of the rituals and traditions, and experience that Oneness. Swami Satchidananda
  • The universe is my home. All beings are my tribe and Oneness is my religion.  Rune Lazali
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Great philosophy points to oneness

  • It is from the more or less obscure intuition of the oneness that is the ground and principle of all multiplicity that philosophy takes its source. Aldous Huxley
  • The most important principle of divine philosophy is the oneness of the world of humanity, the unity of mankind, the bond conjoining East and West, the tie of love which blends human hearts. Abdu’l-Bahá
  • Talk as much philosophy as you please, worships as many gods as you like, observe all ceremonies, sing number of divine beings liberation never comes, even at the end of a hundred aeons, without the realization of the Oneness of Self. Shankara
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Waking up to oneness is the supreme purpose of life

  • Where there is unity, one without a second, that is the world of Brahman. This is the supreme goal of life, the supreme treasure, the supreme joy. Those who do not seek this supreme goal live on but a fraction of this joy. The Upanishad
  • We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Realising oneness is what enlightenment is

  • There can never be an “enlightened person,” there is only the realization that there is no separation. Halina Pytlasinka
  • Enlightenment is the realization of the oneness of being, where otherness disappears. Sharon Gannon
  • In as much as the entire universe and everything in it is a karmic unity, the Allness of Reality is the realization of enlightenment. If all is a karmic unity that originates from the same source, then to see any separation is an artifact of perception. In Reality, the one and the many are the same. David R. Hawkins
  • As long as we separate this oneness into two we won’t achieve realization. Bruce Lee
  • Confused by thoughts, we experience duality in life. Unencumbered by ideas, the enlightened see the one Reality. Huineng
  • Furthermore, it is not that Spirit is present but you need to be enlightened in order to see it. It is not that you are one with Spirit but just don’t know it yet. Because that would also imply that there is some place Spirit is not. No, according to Dzogchen, you are always already one with Spirit, and that awareness is always already fully present, right now. You are looking directly at Spirit, with Spirit, in every act of awareness. There is nowhere Spirit is not. Ken Wilber
  • He who sees in every being his own Self is a sage. Swami Vivekananda
  • Perceiving this unity of all things is part of the process of enlightenment It does not matter what name you attach to it, but your consciousness must ascend to the point through which you view the universe with your God-centered nature. The feeling accompanying this experience is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole.  One merges into a euphoria of absolute unity with all life.  Peace Pilgrim
  • Perhaps the most concise summary of enlightenment would be: transcending dualism . … Dualism is the conceptual division of the world into categories … human perception is by nature a dualistic phenomenon – which makes the quest for enlightenment an uphill struggle, to say the least. Douglas Hofstadter
  • Success is when the whole gets enlightened. When you become one with the whole, that’s the real success.  To be one with the whole is the real success.  And when that success is achieved, then you really enjoy that growth – that growth of your awareness which makes you one with the whole.  That is what you have to know, is to become your whole.  You are just a fragment, a segment, a cell.  You have to become the whole and that can be done only through this connection.   Nirmala Srivastava
  • The compulsive thinker, which means almost everyone, lives in a state of apparent separateness, in an insanely complex world of continuous problems and conflict, a world that reflects the ever-increasing fragmentation of the mind. Enlightenment is a state of wholeness, of being “at one” and therefore at peace. At one with life in its manifested aspect, the world, as well as with your deepest self and life unmanifested – at one with Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • The ignorant man (engrossed in duality) desires material things; the intelligent man (seeker on the path) desires enlightenment; but the wise man (knower of Oneness) just loves and receives everything.. Vedanta
  • The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some super-human accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation, from yourself and from the world around you. You then perceive yourself, consciously or unconsciously, as an isolated fragment. Fear arises, and conflict within and without becomes the norm. Eckhart Tolle
  • To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things. To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things. The Great Master Dogen
  • Unity consciousness is a state of enlightenment where we pierce the mask of illusion which creates separation and fragmentation. Behind the appearance of separation is one unified field of wholeness. Here the seer and the scenery are one. Deepak Chopra
  • There can never be an “enlightened person,” there is only the realization that there is no separation. Halina Pytlasinka
  • The paradoxical secret of enlightenment is to recognize that there is no ‘Tim’ to be enlightened, since all is one. Tim Freke
  • Unite yourself to the cosmos, and the thought of transcendence will disappear. Transcendence belongs to the profane world; when all trace of transcendence vanishes, the true person, the Divine Being, is manifest. Empty yourself and let the Divine function. Morihei Ushita
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Ironically, many religious and spiritual concepts strengthen our sense of separation

  • Most of the world’s religions serve only to strengthen attachments to false concepts such as self and other, life and death, heaven and earth, and so on. Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness. Lao Tzu
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Oneness re-contextualises spiritual concepts like re-incarnation and karma

  • Reincarnation occurs but not in the sense of our individual ego selves leaving old bodies and inhabiting new ones. There is no ego or individual self that continues through time past the death of the physical body. The singular, eternal consciousness is unborn and never dies. All human bodies are vitalized by this one consciousness. Sir James Jeans
  • Were you somebody different a thousand years ago? Will you be somebody different a thousand years from now? What is this One Self that is forever your own deepest being? Must you believe the lies of time? Must you swallow the insanity that One Spirit does not exist? Can you show me your Original Face, of which there is One and Only One in all the entire World? Ken Wilber
  • The concepts of karma and reincarnation are explained. If karma means that we continually experience the results of our past behaviors, this is so because we are the only possible recipients of our own actions. Karma is not inherited from past lives of our individual ego-based selves. Sir James Jeans
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The realization of oneness brings great rewards

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The realisation of oneness impacts all aspects of life

  • How does the oneness of creation – the singular nature of being – directly impact my life? James C. Wilhelm
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The realisation of oneness brings freedom from suffering

  • To Him who sees Oneness only everywhere, where is delusion and where is grief? Moksha Gita
  • When one realizes that one is the universe, complete and at one with All That Is, forever without end, no further suffering is possible. David R. Hawkins
  • For it’s only the illusion of individuality that is the origin of all suffering—when one realizes that one is the universe, complete and at one with all that is, forever without end, then no further suffering is possible. David R. Hawkins
  • Who is it that loves and who that suffers? He alone stages a play with Himself; who exists save Him? The individual suffers because he perceives duality. It is duality which causes all sorrow and grief. Find the One everywhere and in everything and there will be an end to pain and suffering. Anandamayi Ma
  • We think that by protecting ourselves from suffering, we are being kind to ourselves. The truth is we only become more fearful, more hardened and more alienated. We experience ourselves as being separate from the whole. This separateness becomes like a prison for us – a prison that restricts us to our personal hopes and fears, and to caring only for the people nearest to us. Curiously enough, if we primarily try to shield ourselves from discomfort, we suffer. Yet, when we don’t close off, when we let our hearts break, we discover our kinship with all beings. Pema Chodron
  • Those who see all creatures in themselves And themselves in all creatures know no fear. Those who see all creatures in themselves And themselves in all creatures know no grief. How can the multiplicity of life Delude the one who sees its unity? The Upanishads
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The realisation of oneness is at the root of unconditional love …

  • At the deepest level, an ‘open heart’ is spacious presence, in which the sense of separateness between yourself and the ‘other’ dissolves and there is the recognition of oneness, of shared consciousness. That recognition is love. Sensing the formless essence in another and recognizing it as one with your own essence – that’s what love is. All this is an intrinsic part of the awakened consciousness and the revelation of the spiritual dimension of life. Eckhart Tolle
  • But what I mean by love is not an emotion, it is a state of being. True love has no object.  Many speak of their unconditional love for another.  Unconditional love is the experience of being; there is no “I” and “other,” and anyone or anything it touches is experienced in love.  You cannot unconditionally love someone.  You can only be unconditional love.  It is not a dualistic emotion.  It is a sense of oneness with all that is.  The experience of love arises when we surrender our separateness into the universal.  It is a feeling of unity.  You don’t love another, you are another.  There is no fear because there is no separation.  Stephen Levine
  • Everything is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it. The Upanishad
  • From animal sex to transcendental devotion, love is the experience of the two becoming one while remaining two. When we love, we feel we are separate and not-separate from each other. And both are important because love is the relationship of unity, which can only arise because we are separate. Tim Freke
  • Human love wants to possess and be possessed by the world. Divine love wants to establish its inseparable oneness with the world and then it wants to divinely enjoy this oneness. Supreme Love transforms human love into divine love and blesses divine love with boundless joy and divine pride. Sri Chinmoy
  • I am Love. Life is about making love. To everything. Love is the point of it all. Love is the energy of which I am made. It is the energy that holds me together. Love is my experience of Self when I see everyone as part of me. It is unity expressed. We are all part of God. I love you comes to mean “the god in me sees the god in you.” Neale Donald Walsch
  • In my world there is community, insight, love, real quality; the individual is the total, the totality – in the individual. All are one and the One is all. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • In the existence of your love, I become non-existent. This non-existence linked to you is better than anything I ever found in existence. Rumi
  • Life is nothing but the expansion of love. We can cultivate divine love by entering into the Source.  The Source is God, who is all Love. We must try to love all of humanity with the inner awareness, consciousness, and conviction that inside each individual is the living presence of God.  Sri Chinmoy
  • Live your life from love, recognize that you are the Universe. Be the Oneness and everything will be yours. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. Alexander Smith
  • Love is the experience that others are not others. Beauty is the experience that objects are not objects. Rupert Spira
  • Love is the natural condition of all experience before thought has divided it into a multiplicity and diversity of objects, selves and others. Rupert Spira
  • Love is the realisation we are one. It is meeting another as yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Love is the reflection of God’s unity in the world of duality. It constitutes the entire significance of creation. Meher Baba
  • Love, oneness, is no separation between you and life. It is a progressive letting go, a progressive not fault finding. Just do nothing and love this moment. Its very beautiful and very deep. Ajahn Brahm
  • Many believe that the dawning Age of Light or Age of Consciousness defines itself in relation to our capacity for unconditional love, our ability to transcend enemy patterning and victim consciousness while adopting unity consciousness that sees divinity in all things. From this standpoint, it might be said humans are evolving into a “biologically conscious” species capable of holding and sharing the full light of unconditional love. Sol Luckman
  • Oneness is the source of love. Real love is the One celebrating itself as two. Ram Das
  • Realize the oneness within you and all around you. This is what love is.   Christopher Renzo
  • Separation is the absence of Love, and Love is the absence of separation. Ramesh S Balsekar
  • So love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • The cementing factor of this unity in multiplicity is Love. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The love of the self in you is for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The sense of duality, which is a barrier to true love, must prevail so long as the apperception of Truth has not occurred. Once individuality is surrendered, there is only total Love. Ramesh S Balsekar
  • This identity out of the One into the One and with the One s the source and fountainhead and breaking forth of glowing Love. Meister Eckhart
  • This is what our love is––a sacred pattern of unbroken unity sewn flawlessly invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells, and sounds. Aberjhani
  • This thought essence is a single living awareness that always has been and always will be. Many mystics describe this eternal singular consciousness as love. This single unified essence of being is who we are. There is nothing else. Sir James Jeans
  • Thought can only destroy evidence of a limited, separate awareness. It cannot prove unlimited oneness.  Love is the experience we are not separate.  That is the proof of oneness.  Rupert Spira
  • True communication is communion―the realization of oneness, which is love. Eckhart Tolle
  • Try to love someone who you want to hate, because they are just like you, somewhere inside, in a way you may never expect, in a way that resounds so deeply within you that you cannot believe it. Margaret Cho
  • Unconditional love is the experience of being; there is no “I” and “other,” and anyone or anything it touches is experienced in love. You cannot unconditionally love someone.  You can only be unconditional love.  It is not a dualistic emotion.  It is a sense of oneness with all that is.  The experience of love arises when we surrender our separateness into the universal.  It is a feeling of unity.  You don’t love another, you are another.  There is no fear because there is no separation.  Stephen Levine
  • When I wake up to oneness I feel a limitless love which is so deep and poignant it embraces life in all its ecstasy and agony. I share in our collective joy and suffering. And I find my selfish preoccupations are replaced by a longing for everyone to love living. When I know I am the life-dreamer I want to enjoy the life-dream in all my many disguises. Tim Freke
  • When we know that we are one with everything and everyone, we find ourselves in love with everything and everyone, because love is how oneness feels. Tim Freke
  • When we practice giving love for no reason, we are saying ‘YES’ to the Universe that we trust and believe in our shared oneness. Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.  Leo Buscaglia
  • When we realise we are essentially one with everyone and everything, we find ourselves intimately connected to everyone and everything. We experience love without limits. Tim Freke
  • When we see one another as different aspects of ourselves—as ourselves experiencing a different situation and circumstance—we develop a love, a connection, and a unity that allows us to see beyond the various forms, as well as the various ways that someone may act out when they have forgotten their connection and their formless nature. Joseph P. Kauffman
  • When we’re conscious of ourselves as an individual expression of the primal oneness, it’s an experience of all-encompassing love. Tim Freke
  • When you are in touch with that dimension within yourself-and being in touch with it is your natural state, all your actions and relationships will reflect the oneness with all life that you sense deep within. This is love. Laws, commandments, rules and regulations are necessary for those who are cut off from who they are, the Truth within. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you cultivate this consciousness and therein understand that everything is yours, you will have no prejudices about race or color. In that consciousness you feel the love of a million mothers in your heart, not just for a few but for everyone. You do not imagine it, you feel it—this love that Jesus, Krishna, all of the great ones manifested—this universal intelligence and love which is called Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Wherever there has been expansion in love or progress in well-being, of individuals or numbers, it has been through the perception, realisation, and the practicalisation of the Eternal Truth-the oneness of all beings Swami Vivekananda
  • When I know that I’m separate and not-separate from everything and everyone, I find myself in love with everything and everyone. Tim Freke
  • When we know that we are one with everything and everyone, we find ourselves in love with everything and everyone, because love is how oneness feels. Tim Freke
  • When we’re conscious of the oneness of being, we fall in love with all beings. We simply love being.   Tim Freke
  • Love is always an experience of communing as one through the separateness that divides us. Tim Freke
  • And this huge realization brings us to the happy ending. When we know that we are one with everything and everyone, we find ourselves in love with everything and everyone, because love is how oneness feels. When we’re conscious of the oneness of being, we fall in love with all beings. We simply love being. So our epic fable turns out to be a love story … and that’s what makes it worth telling. Tim Freke
  • When I wake up to oneness I feel a limitless love which is so deep and poignant it embraces life in all its ecstasy and agony. I share in our collective joy and suffering. And I find my selfish preoccupations are replaced by a longing for everyone to love living. When I know I am the life-dreamer I want to enjoy the life-dream in all my many disguises. Tim Freke
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… for love is to recognise myself in everyone and everything

  • But when we realise we are essentially one with everyone and everything, we find ourselves intimately connected to everyone and everything. We experience love without limits. The one life-dreamer meeting itself in different forms. Tim Freke
  • Love and friendship is an expression of our shared being. I the knower and the known are one. Rupert Spira
  • Love is a state of being, and in that state, the ‘me’, with its identifications, anxieties, and possessions is absent. Love cannot be, as long as the activities of the self, of the ‘me’, whether conscious or unconscious, continue to exist. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Love says “I am everything”. Wisdom says “I am nothing”. Between the two, my life flows. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Love, as the word is generally understood, denotes separation, whereas in true non-objective relationship we do not love others, we ARE others. Ramesh Balsekar
  • In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. Eckhart Tolle
  • True love has nothing to do with liking someone, agreeing with him or her, or being compatible. It is a love of unity, a love of seeing God wearing all the masks and recognizing itself in them all. The Truth exposes itself in the willingness to open to this intimate connectedness with everything. Whether the personality likes it or not, an intimate connection is there. Sometimes it will rush to the fore and make itself known in a very obvious way. Sometimes it will burn in the background like embers, just there for everything. With this love, you can feel the walls of opposition come down naturally in the acknowledgement of a deep connection. Not only do the walls of opposition fall, but love is felt for every human being and for life itself. Adyashanti
  • The love of God uplifts and enlarges us. I can never think of myself anymore as exclusively in this body; I feel that I am present in all bodies. I have no awareness of race or other distinctions at all. In my perceptions, just as I feel my own consciousness in every part of my physical form, I feel you all to be a part of me. Everything that is living I feel within this body. I know the sensations of all. It is not imagination; it is Self-realization. This consciousness is far beyond telepathy. It is awareness of the perceptions of every being. That is the meaning of Christ Consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To love is to recognize yourself in another. Eckhart Tolle
  • True surrender is true power: the love-force that moves the universe is also the love-force that breathes your breath and beats your heart. When fear dissolves, you no longer separate yourself from this single flow of immense force. Love is continuity with infinite life- force, a oneness of being with no separation. Opening sexually is opening to this flow of life- force. And love is the key to this opening. David Deida
  • When you know each life form as yourself, that is called love. When you know this then you are constantly in a state of love, the love that knows the other as yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you love, love as if the person is a god, not less than that. Never love a woman as a woman and never love a man as a man. Osho
  • You are not out there, but in here. You are part of the experiencing structure I take to be myself. So I do not love you, for there is no ‘me’ to love and no ‘you’ to be loved. No, I do not love you, for you are an integral part of that which loves. Jeff Foster
  • Love is how it feels to recognize our essential unity. Awakening to oneness is the experience of Big Love. Knowing you are one with all, you find yourself in love with all. Timothy Freke
  • Love is recognition of our shared being. Eckhart Tolle
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The realisation of oneness brings self-love

  • I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others? Dan Millman
  • The more you understand your true spiritual identity, and your connection with the Supreme, the easier it will be to love your Self. Stephen Knapp
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The realisation of oneness is at the heart of friendship

  • Friendship is a deep oneness that develops when two people, speaking the truth in love to one another, journey together to the same horizon. Timothy Keller
  • Loving friends let kindness grow in their hearts, creating a oneness with their souls. Tom Baker
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The realisation of oneness brings a sense of connection to everyone

  • People who believe that everything is fundamentally one differ in crucial ways from those who do not. In general, the those who hold a belief in oneness have a more inclusive identity that reflects their sense of connection with other people, nonhuman animals, and aspects of nature that are all thought to be part of the same “one thing. Kate Diebels and Mark Leary
  • Those who reported a greater belief in oneness were also more likely to regard other people like members of their own group and to identify with all of humanity. Kate Diebels and Mark Leary
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The realization of oneness brings concern and caring

  • In a recent series of studies, a belief in oneness was related to values indicating a universal concern for the welfare of other people, as well as greater compassion for other people. A belief in oneness was also associated with feeling connected to others through a recognition of our common humanity, common problems, and common imperfections. Kate Diebels and Mark Leary
  • In reality there are no others, and by helping yourself you help everybody else. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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The realization of oneness brings acceptance and tolerance

  • Oneness is very simple: everything is included and allowed to live according to its true nature. This is the secret that is being revealed, the opportunity that is offered. How we make use of this opportunity depends upon the degree of our participation, how much we are prepared to give ourselves to the work that needs to be done, to the freedom that needs to be lived. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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The realization of oneness brings forgiveness

  • What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.  A Course in Miracles
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The realization of oneness stops people harming each other

  • If I am correct, we are literally all one being (God) in many individual forms. Why, then, would we continue to harm one another? Bernard Haisch
  • What does have absolute meaning, however, is the way in which we treat others, including animals. To inflict pain on a fellow being is to inflict it on the universal consciousness, and thereby on yourself. Bernard Haisch
  • When we assume we are just separate individuals we act in our limited self-interest, regardless of the suffering we may cause others. But becoming conscious of oneness leads to the selfless desire to create universal wellbeing.  This realisation has huge implications. It means harming others is hurting ourselves. It means revenge – even against the most hideous criminals – is hurting ourselves again.  It means war – no matter how righteous – is grotesque self-mutilation.  Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness is at the root of compassion

  • A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few people near us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein
  • We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
  • Seeing our oneness is the beginning of compassion, and it allows us to reach beyond aversion and separation. Sharon Salzberg
  • How does it feel to realise that we are not separate? How does it feel to be one with everyone and everything? For me it is an experience of communion and compassion. Being one with all, I am in love with all. Tim Freke
  • We share with all life the capacity for feeling, the experience of having a body, mind, and heart in continual interface with countless other bodies, minds, and hearts. Our capacity to feel deeply means we share with all life the possibility of experiencing delight, joy, trust, and intimacy, just as we share in the capacity to experience pain, sorrow, grief, and fear.  Living within a physical body, we all share the experience of aging, frailty, illness, and death, just as we share the precious times of strength, health, safety, and vitality.  Through our minds we share the capacity to experience confusion, agitation, and complexity, just as we share the possibilities of serenity, clarity, and balance.  An understanding of this profound interconnectedness of all life is at the root of the compassionate heart dedicated to alleviating suffering without reservation or exception.  Christina Feldman
  • This divine Compassion is spontaneous Delight. In it there is no feeling of separativity, no feeling that one is superior and the other is inferior. No! It is a feeling of oneness. Sri Chinmoy
  • We need to become conscious of our essential nature as the spacious presence of awareness, so we deep know that all is one, and find ourselves in love with all. Then we need to express that love by living compassionately. Tim Freke
  • Are you with me? How does it feel to realise that we are not separate? How does it feel to be one with everyone and everything? For me it is an experience of communion and compassion. Being one with all, I am in love with all. Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness is a source of wisdom, insight and understanding

  • A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself. Dōgen
  • A miracle is nothing more or less than this: Anyone who has come into a knowledge of his or her true identity, of his or her oneness with the all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for laws higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him or her.  Ralph Waldo Trine
  • Aspiring to a depth of awareness of the sacred whole has always been the path to wisdom and grace. Charlene Spretnak
  • Great knowledge sees all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many. Zhuang Zhou
  • Oneness is the secret to everything. Swami Vivekananda
  • There should be a spirit of dialogue. Whenever we see any disagreements, we must think how to solve them on the basis of recognition of oneness of the entire humanity. This is the modern reality. The Dalai Lama
  • What do we mean by the word ‘wisdom’? Usually we mean something superior to knowledge, something deeper. In the spiritual world, the word ‘wisdom’ is not used in that way. Here wisdom means Light, illumining Light, transforming Light. That which illumines our unlit consciousness is wisdom. That which transforms the finite consciousness into the infinite Consciousness is called wisdom. Sri Chinmoy
  • What I’ve found to be important is mainly just the realization that everyone has all knowledge and all humanity within themselves. Individual minds are connected to a universal mind. All people need to do is find out how to get it and reach it when they need it. Willie Nelson
  • When is a man in mere understanding? I answer, ‘When a man sees one thing separated from another.’ And when is a man above mere understanding? That I can tell you: ‘When a man sees All in all, then a man stands beyond mere understanding. Meister Eckhart
  • Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things. Heraclitus
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The realisation of oneness brings happiness and joy

  • Real happiness lies in Oneness; wherever there is duality there is trouble. Meher Baba
  • It is only our belief in our separateness from life which hides the fact that Life is on our side. It (call it God if you wish) wants us to be happy, because we are part of It and It is part of us.   Roger Stephens
  • To discover joy is to return to a state of oneness with the universe. Peggy Jenkins
  • Joy is the realisation of the truth of oneness, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme lover. Rabindranath Tagore
  • True joy results when we become aware of our connectedness to everything. Paul Pearsall
  • To discover joy is to return to a state of oneness with the universe. Peggy Jenkins
  • As a man in the arms of his beloved,” says the Brihadaranyaka daringly, “is not aware of what is without and what within, so one in union with the Self is not aware of what is without and what within, for in that state all desires are fulfilled. Eknath Easwaran
  • Everyone contributes a word, a sentence, an image, but in the end it all makes sense: the happiness of one becomes the joy of all. Paulo Coelho
  • For the raindrop, joy is in entering the river. Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
  • From the oneness that we have attained, we call to all our brothers, asking them to share our peace and consummate our joy. A Course in Miracles
  • He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful. Milarepa
  • Heaven is an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within. A Course in Miracles
  • Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness. A Course in Miracles
  • Imagine that you’re the whole universe; you live in total joy and bliss. Imagine there is no past or future, only now. Imagine there is no space or time, just an unbounded eternity. Imagine endless peace, harmony, and unconditional love. Imagine no fear and equality in all things. This is Oneness. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • Some souls seek to walk in awareness. Souls who walk in awareness choose a different path. They seek to experience all the peace and joy, limitlessness and freedom, wisdom and love that Oneness brings. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Only those of tranquil minds, and none else, can attain abiding joy, by realizing within their souls the Being who manifests one essence in a multiplicity of forms. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Spirit is the source of peace. It is the source of joy. It is not a duality of happiness and unhappiness, but singular joy. Nirmala Srivastava
  • That’s the quality of the Spirit that you start feeling so joyous and the joy doesn’t have the duality of happiness and unhappiness. It’s singular. Nirmala Srivastava
  • The joy of this state cannot be described. This is ananda: pure, limitless, unconditioned joy. Eknath Easwaran
  • There are moments of oneness with the Beloved, absolutely ecstasy and bliss. That is nothingness. And this nothingness loves you, responds to you, fulfills you utterly and yet there is nothing there. You flow out like a river without diminishing. This is the great mystical experience, the great ecstasy. Irina Tweedie
  • There is a Reality which is Indivisible, One, Alone, the Source and Being of all; not a thing, nor even a mind, but pure Spirit or clear Consciousness; and we are That and nothing but That, for That is our true Nature; and the only way to find It is to look steadily within, where are to be found utmost peace, unfading joy, and eternal life itself. Douglas Harding
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The realisation of oneness brings fulfilment

  • I came to a clear internal realization that there was nothing I could do as a separated self that would ever fulfill me. Barbara Marx Hubbard
  • In our oneness is the realization that everything we could ever need, want, desire for our peace and happiness are already ours. They are already part of us. We need not hunt for them or chase after them — we just must settle in to them.   Eknath Easwaran
  • Nothing can satisfy us but reunion with our real Self, which the Upanishads say is sat-chit-ananda: absolute reality, pure awareness, unconditioned joy. Eknath Easwaran
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The realisation of oneness reveals the inner power and potential within us

  • The great central fact in human life is the coming into a conscious vital realization of our oneness with this Infinite Life and the opening of ourselves fully to this divine inflow. In just the degree that we come into a conscious realization of our oneness with the Infinite Life, and open ourselves to this divine inflow, do we actualize in ourselves the qualities and powers of the Infinite Life, do we make ourselves channels through which the Infinite Intelligence and Power can work. In just the degree in which you realize your oneness with the Infinite Spirit, you will exchange disease for ease, inharmony for harmony, suffering and pain for abounding health and strength. To recognize our own divinity, and our intimate relation to the Universal, is to attach the belts of our machinery to the powerhouse of the Universe. One need remain in hell no longer than one chooses to; we can rise to any heaven we ourselves choose; and when we choose so to rise, all the higher powers of the Universe combine to help us heavenward. William James
  • The greatest thing ever known— indeed, the greatest thing that ever can be known—is that in our real essential nature we are one with the Infinite Life and Power, and that by coming into, and dwelling continually in, the conscious, living realisation of this great fact, we enable to be manifested unto and actualised within us the qualities and powers of the Divine Life, and this in the exact degree of the completeness of this realisation on our part. The one great Truth of Being, therefore, is that there is no real Life except God (Good), and that the poor excuses for lives lived by so many today is simply the result of ignorance of this fact.   Ralph Waldo Trine
  • When you are fully present, you transcend duality and open into Oneness. In Presence, there is power without opposition. There is love without hate, acceptance without judgment and allowing without control. Leonard Jacobson
  • The good inside of all of us is wrapped in a layer of apathy, and we forget how much potential we have within us, in each and every one of us, to change the world for the better for ourselves and our children, and thus to bring about oneness. Shari Arison
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The realisation of oneness brings inner peace and tranquillity

  • Because all existence is founded upon the ever-present state of union, everything already exists in a state of tranquility. However, this state of tranquility is masked from us by our assumption that there is a separation, that there is a problem.  Suzuki Roshi
  • Through transcendence of duality, we foster greater unity in our lives, which brings about inner peace and the sprouting of unconditional love. Alaric Hutchinson
  • Zen takes the opposite tack; it holds that true reality is the fundamental unity of mind and matter, inner spirit and external world. When life is viewed in such terms, there can be no success or failure, happiness or unhappiness; life is a whole, and you are simply part of it. There are no dualities, hence there is nothing to worry about. The result is perfect tranquility. Thomas Hoover
  • Be at peace in the oneness of things, and all errors will disappear by themselves. Sengcan
  • When we live moment to moment, we place ourselves at the center of life, where infinite wisdom abides, rather than on the periphery, where things are forever changing and we are susceptible to the vagaries of the world. It is in our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that our inner peace and greatest strength lie.  Susan L. Taylor
  • If you want oneness in society, you have to teach people to go inside instead of going outside, because if they want peace, they need to find it within. Ram Dass
  • In the same way, no one can hinder this man, for he intends and seeks and takes delight in nothing but God, for God has become one with the man in all his intention. And so, just as no multiplicity can disturb God, nothing can disturb or fragment this man, for he is one in that One where all multiplicity is one and is one multiplicity. Meister Eckhart
  • It is in our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that our inner peace and greatest strength lie. Susan L. Taylor
  • Peace is when the heart is no longer in duality, when the struggle within has been resolved…. A voice has been calling out: “What you are looking for is within you. Your truth is within you, your peace is within you… Prem Rawat
  • Peace will come to the hearts of men when they realize their oneness with the universe, It is every where. Black Elk
  • Pursue not the outer entanglements; Dwell not in the inner void; Be serene in the oneness of things; And dualism vanishes by itself. Sengcan
  • There is only one real comfort and it’s not a feeling. It is the comfort of oneness. John de Ruiter
  • He who has realized the Self in the Heart has transcended the dualities and is never perplexed. Ramana Maharshi
  • I’ve been on a quest for spiritual answers for a long time. The things I’ve learned about interconnectedness and non-duality and the feeling of tapping into your soul that goes beyond the edge of your skin is important to me. Once I learned that, I’m far less often trapped in my own little man problems. Me against the universe problems. Jim Carrey
  • Nothing conflicts with oneness. A Course In Miracles
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The realisation of oneness brings inner stillness

  • Once you know it, you move as a nonbeing. Nobody can make you angry, nobody can make you happy, unhappy, miserable. No! In that emptiness all dualities dissolve: happy, unhappy, miserable, blissful – all dissolve. This is buddhahood. This is what happened under the bodhi tree to Gautam Siddhartha. He reached emptiness. Then everything is silent. You have gone beyond opposites. A master is to help you to go to your inner emptiness, the inner silence, the inner temple. Rajneesh
  • Oneness is inner silence, which remains undisturbed by external factors. This silence is not the opposite of noise. That is inner Oneness Kalki Bhagavan
  • Oneness is the potential for all sounds but is, itself silent. In every moment of existence, the whole of of creation is constantly emerging from the silence of Oneness. The first sound or vibration emerging from the silence is OM. This vibration then expands into all the sounds and vibrations of the Universe. When we chant OM it draws our awareness back to the dawn of creation, and into Oneness. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
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The realisation of oneness brings expanded perception

  • People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. Sai Baba
  • So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. Baha’u’llah
  • We try to realize the essential unity of the world with the conscious soul of man; we learn to perceive the unity held together by the one Eternal Spirit, whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars, and at the same time irradiates our mind. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Those who are highly evolved, maintain an undiscriminating perception. Seeing everything, labeling nothing, they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.  Thus they are supported by it.  Lao Tzu
  • According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes all things as spiritually one with it, and therefore capable of giving us joy. For us the highest purpose of this world is not merely living in it, knowing it and making use of it, but realizing our own selves in it through expansion of sympathy; not alienating ourselves from it and dominating it, but comprehending and uniting it with ourselves in perfect union. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Day and night will not cease. Yet, you need not continue viewing them as opposites. There is no longer a need to think that night has the same power as day. There is just the power of light, with variations of intensity and interruption. Once the full scope of understanding is attained, duality fades away. Higher intelligence is manifested through integrated perceptions of wholeness which restore your recognition of the one spirit. The sons of God are those who do not explain life or manage it with dualistic concepts. The sons of God are those who seek to perceive wholeness in all things. Glenda Green
  • Spiritual nondualism, that our nature is ultimately identical with the transcendent consciousness behind all creation, is reported in the visions of all mystics. Bernard Haisch
  • Tantra is the perception of the oneness and the perfection of all things. Not just the perception of light, but the perception of darkness, seeing God in both beauty and horror. Frederick Lenz
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The realisation of oneness brings grace, abundance and gratitude

  • Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God. Thomas Merton
  • Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity. Ernest Holmes
  • Those who live in the realization of their oneness with the Infinite Power become magnets to attract to themselves a continual supply of whatever things they desire. Those who are truly wise and who use the forces and powers with which they are endowed-to them the great universe always opens her treasure house. Ralph Waldo Trine
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The realisation of oneness brings wonder

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The realisation of oneness is a source of fearlessness and strength

  • When we are afraid of someone or something, it is because we do not feel that particular person or thing is a part of us. When we have established conscious oneness with the Absolute, with the Infinite Vast, then everything there is part of us.  And how can we be afraid of ourselves?  Sri Chinmoy
  • When we think we’re separate, we lose power. Whenever I say “my,” I have lost my power.  Power is not my power; it is not enlarging oneself as a separate individual.  It is only gainable as part of a larger whole.  Then you communicate with the rest of yourself–which may be a tree.  You, reciprocally, are moved by the universe.  Whenever you shut down connectedness, you get depressed.  Psychic awareness breaks in as a gift.  It’s fearful to know we’re connected to everything in the universe, because then we’re responsible.  Glenda Taylor
  • When you have a hand and you have only the separate fingers, it is easy for people to break the fingers. But when you put the fingers together it is difficult to break them.  Let us come together and be one, let us be people of peace, let us be people of harmony.  Desmond Tutu
  • Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. Vince Lombardi
  • Fear is only in duality. Fear is Mind. When you are your Self, there is no fear. Sivananda
  • One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction. To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection. To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind. Sengcan
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The realisation of oneness brings health and healing

  • When our focus is toward a principle of relatedness and oneness, and away from fragmentation and isolation, health ensues. Michael Talbot
  • Physician Larry Dossey believes that imagery is not the only tool the holographic mind can use to effect changes in the body. Another is simply the recognition of the unbroken wholeness of all things. As Dossey observes, we have a tendency to view illness as external to us. Disease comes from without and besieges us, upsetting our well-being. But if space and time, and all other things in the universe, are truly inseparable, then we cannot make a distinction between health and disease. How can we put this knowledge to practical use in our lives? When we stop seeing illness as something separate and instead view it as part of a larger whole, as a milieu of behavior, diet, sleep, exercise patterns, and various other relationships with the world at large, we often get better, says Dossey. Michael Talbot
  • Dossey feels the word patient is as misleading as the word particle. Instead of being separate and fundamentally isolated biological units, we are essentially dynamic processes and patterns that are no more analyzable into parts than are electrons. More than this, we are con- nected, connected to the forces that create both sickness and health, to the beliefs of our society, to the attitudes of our friends, our family, and our doctors, and to the images, beliefs, and even the very words we use to apprehend the universe.  Michael Talbot
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The realization of oneness is at the heart of freedom

  • The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. Swami Vivekananda
  • Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit. Shankara
  • Sinners live in a sort of hell, and saints imagine themselves in a sort of heaven. And the sage? – for him it is moksha, for him it is the absolute freedom. He is freed from all duality. The secret key, and the only key, is awareness. Rajneesh
  • When you know that you are eternal you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself … Mother Meera
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The realization of oneness is at the heart of selflessness

  • When we assume we are just separate individuals we act in our limited self-interest, regardless of the suffering we may cause others. But becoming conscious of oneness leads to the selfless desire to create universal wellbeing.  This realisation has huge implications. It means harming others is hurting ourselves. It means revenge – even against the most hideous criminals – is hurting ourselves again.  It means war – no matter how righteous – is grotesque self-mutilation.  Tim Freke
  • It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with “I,” “me,” “mine,” that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else’s. Aldous Huxley
  • Leaving behind the false, return to the true: make no discriminations between self and others. Bodhidharma
  • Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills. A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. Czesław Miłosz
  • I found myself immersed in oneness, and the separate individual known as ‘Tim’ seemed less and less important. Tim Freke
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The price of separation

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The illusion of our separateness is the primary cause of suffering in the world

  • Duality is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political, or social conviction may contain us. We have to abandon such concepts as ‘enlightenment’, ‘the nature of the mind’, and so on, until we no longer neglect to integrate our knowledge with our actual existence. Namkhai Norbu
  • The first underlying cause of all sickness, weakness, or depression is the human sense of separateness from that Divine Energy which we call God. William James
  • The unawakened life is permeated by a type of suffering he called dukkha. Dukkha is an underlying unease and discontent. An existential SOS that arises from the knowledge of death. A fundamental sense of separateness from others. An alienation from the world. Tim Freke
  • In reality, all was one, because everything was an expression of the primal awareness that was dreaming up the universe. This cosmic case of mistaken identity would just be comical if it weren’t for the fact that the illusion of separateness caused such huge amounts of suffering. You see, when a brainy monkey believed: ‘I am a separate someone’, this inevitably led to a preoccupation with its own self-interest. Tim Freke
  • We don’t want to get so lost in the separateness that we aren’t conscious of the oneness, as that leads to a lot of avoidable suffering. We need to be conscious that we are both separate and not separate. Tim Freke
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The illusion of our separateness is the primary cause of human mistreatment and harm

  • We are only able to disrespect, mistreat, and harm one another when we forget that the other person is us; when we only see the objects of form, and not the subjective Consciousness that lies within. Joseph P. Kauffman
  • This myth of “other-than-me” has been responsible for wars, the rape of the planet, and all forms and expressions of human injustice. After all, who in their right mind would harm another if they experienced that person as part of themselves?  Russell E. Dicarlo
  • Who sees variety and not the unity wanders on from death to death. The Upanishads
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The illusion of our separateness is at the root of all conflict ….

  • As a result of forgetting, we create an illusory world of duality, which leads to suffering. All disagreements, conflict, and wars are due to the mistaken belief that we are separate. When we realize we are one, who, or what is there to fight against? On a cosmic level, two people fighting is as ridiculous as if your hands decided they didn’t like each other and started fighting. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • It is because the doctrine of human unity based on the spiritual oneness of all beings, is not propagated in the right manner that we have today many divisions leading to many conflicts. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • A primary cause of suffering is delusion: our inability, because of a subtly willful blindness, to see things the way they truly are but instead in a distorted way. The world is in fact a seamless and dynamic unity: a single living organism that is constantly undergoing change. Our minds, however, chop it up into separate, static bits and pieces, which we then try mentally and physically to manipulate. One of the mind’s most dear creations is the idea of the person and, closest to home, of a very special person which each one of us calls “I”: a separate, enduring ego or self. In a moment, then, the seamless universe is cut in two. There is “I” — and there is all the rest. That means conflict — and pain, for “I” cannot control that fathomless vastness against which it is set. It will try, of course, as a flea might pit itself against an elephant, but it is a vain enterprise.  John Snelling
  • Imagination builds the image of the self, and thought then functions within its shadows. From this self-concept grows the conflict between what is and what should be, the conflict in duality. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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… and all problems

  • As long as the mind and ego control the direction of creating, there will always be problems in the outer world, for the ego thinks only of itself and lives in duality. But when the heart is in control, everything comes back to balance, for the heart feels and knows only the oneness of life. Drunvalo Melchizedek
  • All the big problems of the world today are routed in the philosophy of separateness and dualism. Satish Kumar
  • Every problem emerges from the false belief we are separate from one another, and every answer emerges from the realization we are not. Marianne Williamson
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The illusion of our separateness is at the root of evil

  • Wherever there is evil and wherever there is ignorance and want of knowledge, I have found out by experience that all evil comes, as our scriptures say, relying upon differences, and that all good comes from faith in equality, in the underlying sameness and oneness of things. This is the great Vedantic ideal. Swami Vivekananda
  • …the fall [of your soul] from perfection into duality…was naturally followed by the discovery of the duality of good and evil…This is the Biblical version of a myth known to many lands … Joseph Campbell
  • It is only those who feel disconnected and seperated from the Oneness of All That Is that can ever commit evil deeds. Dean Frazer
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The illusion of separation is at the heart of loneliness, isolation and alienation

  • And yet, these insights of connectedness and oneness, which make us feel so at home in the world, are so difficult to hold onto. And so, inevitably, we wind up living lives of isolation and loneliness. Irwin Kula
  • When we’re lost in separateness it’s lonely and frightening. We feel we’re constantly missing something … and that’s because we are. Yet this underlying discontent pushes us to explore the depths of life. We feel there must be more to existence, so we start to wonder. Tim Freke
  • When I’m lost in separateness, I connect with someone only through my idea of who that person is in my story. And this means that there’s always a subtle sense of alienation. Tim Freke
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The illusion of separation is a great source of fear

  • This ´world´ began to forget it was Oneness, like a dream forgetting it is the dreamer. With this amnesia came the phenomenon we call fear, an expression of All Possibility that cannot manifest within the balance of Oneness. Fear only comes with the illusion of division and separation when consciousness perceives itself as part and not the whole. Fear is the shadow of illusory disconnection. David Icke
  • To see through the illusion of duality, remember that fear and darkness have no substance in themselves, for they do not indicate the presence of a second universal force, but are only names given to the one Light unperceived. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
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How to perceive Oneness

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The realisation of oneness comes in a state of no mind beyond thought and words …

  • All separate- and yet all one –people, events, words – they’re all manifestations of Mind, of suchness, of the void. What the Buddha was implying was that one can’t speak these teachings, one can only be them. Which is something you’ll discover when the moment comes for your initiation. Aldous Huxley
  • Only no-mind can be without any duality, because it is empty. The no-mind is choicelessness. The no-mind is pure awareness. It is just the empty sky. Rajneesh
  • Brahman is beyond all duality, Beyond the reach of thinker and of thought. The Upanishad
  • Far beyond your intellect, far beyond your understanding, lies inexhaustible knowledge and wealth, strength and power, peace and joy. Do not use your intellect to find the answers for God and his manifestations. Everything is God. Vishnudevananda Saraswati
  • Knowing is not thinking. Knowing begins when thinking ceases, having finished its work. Every new knowing is a joy, for it is a new experience of unity. Ernest Wood
  • Oneness is simply the idea God is. And in His Being, He encompasses all things. No mind holds anything but Him. We say “God is,” and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless. There are no lips to speak them, and no part of mind sufficiently distinct to feel that it is now aware of something not itself. It has united with its Source. And like its Source Itself, it merely is. A Course in Miracles
  • Unity Consciousness is the experience of the 7 billion plus people on the planet being moved by the same force, which is God. It is the awareness to see what we really are: One Living Being. However, this is a truth that really can’t be explained with words; the minute you say it, it is no longer truth. Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self. Words that proceed from the Source of Truth have real meaning. But when men speak these words as their own, the words become meaningless. Meher Baba
  • Why chase after thoughts, which are superficial ripples of present awareness? Rather look directly into the naked, empty nature of thoughts; then there is no duality, no observer, and nothing observed. Simply rest in this transparent, nondual present awareness. Make yourself at home in the natural state of pure presence, just being, not doing anything in particular. Jamgon Kongtrul
  • The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao; that is what gives her her radiance. The Tao is ungraspable. How can her mind be at one with it? Because she doesn’t cling to ideas. The Tao is dark and unfathomable. How can it make her radiant? Because she lets it. Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see. Lao Tzu
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… beyond intellect and reason …

  • One love it is that pervades the whole world, few there are who know it fully: They are blind who hope to see it by the light of reason, that reason which is the cause of separation – The house of reason is very far away! Kabir
  • Is it ever possible to know Oneness? Yes, but only by direct experience, when we go beyond the mind, intellect, and ego. Oneness is the coming together of all opposites. It’s always with us as the basis and underlying essence of everything. It’s nothing in itself, but holds the potential for everything. We have to go beyond the senses, beyond duality to find Oneness.  Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease. If the mind makes no discriminations, the ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence. To understand the mystery of this One essence  is to be released from all entanglements. When all things are seen equally the timeless Self-essence is reached.  No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, relationless state.  Sengcan
  • Non-being is inherent in the one. But when we look for it in the multiplicity of things, it is like Tao which can be looked for but not seen, listened to but not heard, reached for but not touched. Wang Bi
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… for Oneness is formless and cannot be defined or pointed to

  • You can’t see it, because it has no form. You can’t hear it, because it makes no noise. You can’t touch it, because it has no substance. It cannot be known in these ways, because it is the all-embracing oneness. It is not high and light, or low and dark. Indefinable yet continually present. It is nothing at all. It is the formless form. It is the imageless image. It can’t be grasped by the imagination. It has no beginning and no end. This is the essence of Tao. Stay in harmony with this ancient presence, And you will know the fullness of each present moment. Tim Freke
  • Tao is not something that can be pointed to. Tao is not an idea that can be defined. Tao is indefinable original totality. Ideas create the appearance of separate things.   Always hidden, it is the mysterious essence. Always manifest, it is the outer appearances.   Essence and appearances are the same. Only ideas make them seem separate.   Mystified?   Tao is mystery.   This is the gateway to understanding.
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The realisation of oneness comes in deep states of Presence …

  • In presence, there is no right or wrong, because there is no duality. There is no judgment. Leonard Jacobson
  • In the stillness of your presence you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature.  You can look beyond the veil of form and separation.  This is the realization of oneness.  This is love. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the awakened state of Presence, aloneness becomes all-oneness. Leonard Jacobson
  • If I focus my attention on my subjective nature as the ‘I’ who is witnessing all that I’m experiencing right now, I begin to become conscious that my essential nature is a spacious presence witnessing a flow of ever-changing appearances, in which all is one. Tim Freke
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… resting deeply in the awareness of being aware

  • We are not only conscious . . . we are conscious that we are conscious. Yet most of us are so enamoured with the delights and dramas of our sensual experience that we pay little attention to the mysterious ‘I’ that is witnessing them. But when we do, we become deep awake. Then we see that in reality, all is one, and we start to live lucidly in love. Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness comes in deep states of meditation …

  • All meditation is based in the conviction that we have only to acknowledge and assent to the reality from which we have never been separated. Hugo L’Anson Fausset
  • If you are a man of prayer, existence appears as God, as personal. If you are a man of meditation, existence is impersonal, just a wholeness, a divineness. For the man of prayer there is God; for the man of awareness there is godliness but no God. Rajneesh
  • In meditation we identify ourselves with the vast, with the Absolute. When we are afraid of someone or something, it is because we do not feel that particular person or thing is a part of us. When we have established conscious oneness with the Absolute, with the Infinite Vast, the everything there is part of us. And how can we be afraid of ourselves? Sri Chinmoy
  • Meditation can give us direct exposure to the Oneness deep within. When we transcend thought, we enter a field of pure awareness—the non-local, ground state of existence. By making this journey back and forth from local to non-local awareness, we begin to witness the state of Oneness along with our waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states of awareness. This opens the door to higher states of consciousness and the full re-integration of Oneness in our lives. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • Meditation is a way of slowing down so as to descend into the depths of yourself in the present moment, where God lies waiting to grant you a deep experience of your eternal oneness with God. James Finley
  • Meditation is the only way to overcome fear. There is no other way. Why does meditation help us overcome fear? In meditation we identify ourselves with the vast, with the Absolute. When we are afraid of someone or something, it is because we do not feel that particular person or thing is a part of us. When we have established conscious oneness with the Absolute, with the Infinite Vast, the everything there is part of us. And how can we be afraid of ourselves? Sri Chinmoy
  • Only in the silence of our mind are we One. Vivian Amis
  • Only no-mind can be without any duality, because it is empty. The no-mind is choicelessness. The no-mind is pure awareness. It is just the empty sky. Rajneesh
  • The meditator develops new depths of insight through direct communication with the reality of the phenomenal world… He or she is able to see not only the absence of complexity, the absence of duality, but the stoneness of stone and the waterness of water. One sees things precisely as they are, not merely in the physical sense, but with awareness of their spiritual significance. Chogyam Trungpa
  • This is what meditation is all about, just becoming a watcher. Failure comes, success comes, you are praised, you are condemned, you are respected, you are insulted – all kinds of things come, they are all dualities. And you go on watching. Watching the duality, a third force arises in you; a third dimension arises in you. The duality means two dimensions: one dimension is happiness; another is unhappiness. Watching both, a depth arises in you: the third dimension, witnessing, sakshin. Rajneesh
  • Through intense deep meditation you reach a state that is beyond thought, beyond change, beyond imagination, beyond differences and duality. Once you can stay in that state for a while and come out of it without losing any of it, then the inner divine love will begin to pour through you. You will not see people as different, separate individuals. You will see your own Self in everyone around you. Then the flow of love from within you will be constant and unbroken. Swami Muktananda
  • We can also have direct experience of Oneness through meditation, which provides a systematic path by which our awareness settles to quieter levels of thinking until we finally transcend thought completely. All duality is in the realm of thoughts. When we slip into the spaces between our thoughts, we become Oneness. Oneness isn’t just experiencing something; it’s a state of being. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • When one devotes oneself to meditation, mental burdens, unnecessary worries, and wandering thoughts drop off one by one; life seems to run smoothly and pleasantly. A student may now depend on intuition to make decisions. As one acts on intuition, second thought, with its dualism, doubt and hesitation, does not arise. Nyogen Senzaki
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… in states of deep stillness

  • Whatever the method, the purpose of quieting the mind is always the same… to step out of you own way and touch a Universal Oneness with all things. Susan Jeffers
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The realisation of oneness comes after the dissolving of the ego (the illusion of being separate self) …

  • Can you dissolve your ego? Can you abandon the idea of self and other? Can you relinquish the notions of male and female, short and long, life and death? Can you let go of all these dualities and embrace the Tao without skepticism or panic? If so, you can reach the heart of the Integral Oneness. Lao Tzu
  • In the final stage of ego-lessness there is an ‘obscure knowledge’ that All is In all – that All is actually each. This is as near, I take it, as a finite mind can ever come to ‘perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe’. Aldous Huxley
  • Realisation of love can never come so long as there is the least desire in the heart, or what Shri Ramakrishna used to say, attachment for Kâma-Kânchana (sense-pleasure and wealth). In the perfect realisation of love, even the consciousness of one’s own body does not exist. Also, the supreme Jnana is to realise the oneness everywhere, to see one’s own self as the Self in everything. That too cannot come so long as there is the least consciousness of the ego (Aham). Swami Vivekananda
  • That’s just your ego, trying to make sure it stays in charge. This is what ego does. It keeps you feeling separate, keeps you with a sense of duality, tries to convince you that you’re flawed and broken and alone instead of whole. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The ego is entranced by … names and ideas… However names and concepts only block your perception of this Great Oneness. Therefore it is wise to ignore them. Those who live inside their egos are continually bewildered. Lao Tzu
  • The ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal.  A Course in Miracles
  • The master is not a doer. He has learned the greatest secret of life: let-go. The master has drowned his ego and the idea of separation from existence itself. Rajneesh
  • The mystical techniques for achieving immortality are revealed only to those who have dissolved all ties to the gross worldly realm of duality, conflict, and dogma. As long as your shallow worldly ambitions exist, the door will not open. Lao Tzu
  • The supreme Jnana is to realise the oneness everywhere, to see one’s own self as the Self in everything. That too cannot come so long as there is the least consciousness of the ego (Aham). Swami Vivekananda
  • When one has a decisive realization of the inherent nature of the mind, which has no ego, it has no sense of duality between oneself and the cup, and a deep sense of interpenetration of the whole dharma. Then whatever we do is spontaneously perfect Buddha activity. And anybody who is even slightly tuned in will get a very deep experience of that. Tenzin Palmo
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… the dissolving of all identity

  • To accept duality is to earn identity. Joss Whedon
  • To define oneself, is to suffer duality. One must avoid defining existence and identity. Mark Mandemaker
  • All that divides us from the sea of infinite consciousness at this point is a thin envelope of personal identity. Eknath Easwaran
  • Transcendent Oneness does not require self-examination, self-help, or self-work. It requires self-loss. Barbara Ehrenreich
  • You think you are somebody and that is where the problem begins. You’re really not somebody, you’re everybody. You objectify yourself into thinking that you are a particular state of being. Frederick Lenz
  • Oneness can never exist between two selves. Oneness can only exist between two no-selves. Rajneesh
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The realisation of oneness comes in expanded states of consciousness …

  • I live in a world of realities while yours is of imaginings. Your world is personal, private, unsharable, intimately your own.  Nobody can enter it, see as you see, hear as you hear, feel your emotions and think your thoughts.  In your world you are truly alone, enclosed in an ever-changing dream, which you take for life.  My world is an open world, common to all, accessible to all.  In my world there is community, insight, love, real quality; the individual is the total, the totality – in the individual.  All are one and the One is all.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • This overcoming of all the usual barriers between the individual and the Absolute is the great mystic achievement. In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute and we become aware of our oneness.  This is the everlasting and triumphant mystical tradition, hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.  William James
  • It does not matter what name you attach to it, but your consciousness must ascend to the point through which you view the universe with your God-centered nature. The feeling accompanying this experience is that of complete oneness with the Universal Whole.  One merges into a euphoria of absolute unity with all life.  Peace Pilgrim
  • In every culture throughout time there have been saints, mystics, sages, shamans and prophets who have come to the same conclusion: all things in this world are deeply interconnected and ultimately are only diverse expressions of the one original source energy. Jonathan Ellerby
  • My mind fell like a hailstone into that vast expanse of Consciousness. Touching one drop of it I melted away and became one with the Absolute. And now, though I return to human consciousness, I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know that nothing is different from me. Adi Shankara
  • That higher awakening is called God-consciousness. In that condition, you will see that all the objects of the world are your own universal self. Krishnananda Saraswati
  • Time stopped and the awareness of Oneness with eternity replaced all thought or sense of a personal self. David R. Hawkins
  • To awaken to the absolute view is profound and transformative, but to awaken from all fixed points of view is the birth of true non-duality. If emptiness cannot dance, it is not true emptiness. If moonlight does not flood the empty night sky and reflect in every drop of water, on every blade of grass, then you are only looking at your own empty dream. Adyashanti
  • Both Bohm and Pribram have noted that the experiences mystics have reported throughout the ages — such as feelings of cosmic oneness with the universe, a sense of unity with all life, and so forth — sound very much like descriptions of the implicate Order. They suggest that perhaps mystics are somehow able to peer beyond ordinary explicate reality and glimpse its deeper, more holographic qualities. Ullman believes that psychotics are also able to experience certain aspects of the holographic level of reality. But because they are unable to order their experiences rationally, these glimpses are only tragic parodies of the ones reported by mystics. Michael Talbot
  • Mystical and psychotic experiences of oneness  (Michael Talbot)
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… which expand our perception from states of narrow separateness to all encompassing oneness

  • When I dive deeply into the mystery experience it feels as if I’m dissolving in an ocean of love. There’s an awe-inspiring sense of oneness with the universe. My sensual body comes alive. The search for meaning is resolved into a wordless ‘understanding’, which is so deep it must be felt not thought. There’s the silent certainty that all is well; and such a feeling of relief… like coming home. Tim Freke
  • I am conscious of an ever-changing flow of experiences.  I am conscious of being conscious.   I am awareness witnessing this moment.   I am awareness that is looking, but can’t be seen.   I am awareness that is listening, but can’t be heard.   I am conscious of ‘a naked conception and a blind feeling of being’.   It feels as if I’m sinking backwards and dissolving into vast emptiness.   I am conscious of being the spacious presence of awareness within which my experience is arising.   My sense of self is expanding until it has no edges.   Everything I am experiencing is arising within the spacious presence of awareness…just like a dream.   And then spontaneously everything becomes one.   I am one with the experiences that are arising within awareness…just as a dreamer is one with a dream… just as space is one with all it contains.   I am not separate from life… I am one with life.   I feel a wonderful sense of communion with everything and everyone.   I am deep-knowing my deep self and it feels good.  Tim Freke
  • I want to explore how the ‘I’ of awareness is like a doorway out of time and separateness . . . and into eternity and oneness. I’m going to do this now and describe what I experience—and, as before, I invite you to make the journey with me.  As I pay attention to the ‘I’, it feels as if I’m withdrawing within and separating myself from the world . . . my personality . . . everything.   I am retreating into the centre of my being, which is such an impossibly small point that I can’t find it.   And then in a sudden reality shift, the world turns inside out, and I’m an emptiness that contains everything.   What just happened?! A moment ago the ‘I’ was an impossibly small point within . . . now the ‘I’ is a spacious, timeless nothing.   The ‘I’ is like a wormhole in the time-space continuum . . . which leads from here and now to everywhere and always.   It’s like a secret doorway out of the appearances and into the mystery.   On one side of the ‘I’ door is oneness, and on the other side is separateness.  Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness comes from the practice of love

  • Even towards yourself you have to be tremendously loving, because you too are god’s form. One has to love oneself, one has to love all. Love is prayer. And the more you love, the more you will feel your consciousness expanding, becoming bigger – because whomsoever we love becomes part of our being, we include him. Mm? A bird on the wing, and we look at the bird with great love – suddenly we are not two: the bird is inside us and we are inside the bird. Rajneesh
  • To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. Buddha
  • If I go into the place in myself that is love, and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness. Ram Dass
  • In love, for example – the so-called love – we are ‘related.’ We appear to be related. We create the fallacy of a relationship, but in fact we are just deceiving ourselves. The two will remain two. Howsoever near, the two will remain two. Even in sexual communion they will be two. This two-ness, this duality will never last. So a relationship is only creating a fallacious oneness. It is not there. Oneness can never exist between two selves. Oneness can only exist between two no-selves. Rajneesh
  • Love creates the feeling of oneness among people. It unifies a nation and its people. Love creates a sense of unity while hatred causes division. Egotism and hatred cuts people’s minds into pieces. Love should rule. There is no problem which love cannot solve. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • Love is the greatest, most powerful unifying force in creation. When we are in love, we become one with the object of our love. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • When we love others we see our oneness with others. Frederick Lenz
  • When we gaze into the eyes of our beloved, we’re staring into the eyes of a sacred mirror, and we recognize our oneness. Alex Grey
  • Whatever books you may read, you cannot realize the Divine merely by intellectual effort. Oneness can only be promoted by the practice of love. Sathya Sai Baba
  • The lover asked his beloved, do you love yourself more than you love me? The beloved replied, I have died to myself but I live for thee. Rumi
  • Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict. Rabindranath Tagore
  • When Jesus is asked, ‘What is the greatest commandment?’ he replies: Love God with all your heart. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love others as yourself. The first commandment is to love God, which means communing with the primal oneness of being. The second commandment is to love others as yourself, because when you wake up to oneness you see that others are your self. Tim Freke
  • You can spend a lifetime trying to be One with the Great Spirit. Or simply focus on love and realise you already are.
  • I am in love with no other than myself, and my very separation is my union… I am my beloved and my lover; I am my knight and my maiden. Ibn Arabi
  • The lover, out of boundless love,Has become the Beloved. Both are made of the same substance And share the same food. Out of love for each other, they merge; And again they separate for the pleasure of being two. Jnaneshwar
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The realisation of oneness comes from selfless service to others

  • Being part of a harmonious community helps to foster the principles of Oneness. Community supports us on our own journey and allows us the opportunity to serve others. Community helps us open up to new and different ideas; to begin to dissolve our barriers and limiting beliefs. Community can connect us with a sense of Oneness. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • The moment we use the term ‘help’, a kind of egocentric idea enters into us. If we help someone, that means we are in a superior position. When we help, we feel that we are one step ahead or one step higher than the ones that we are helping. But if we serve someone, then we offer our capacity with humility, on the strength of our loving concern and oneness. So let us use the proper term, ‘service’. Sri Chinmoy
  • Whatever happens to me during the course of my life – physically, socially, or financially – I can always choose to focus on giving. When I’m in that state, nothing else matters.  I cease to exist as a separate being and merge into an expression of divine oneness.  Steve Pavlina
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The realisation of oneness comes in states of humility

  • When there’s nothing but humility, there’s nothing but spiritual oneness. Frederick Lenz
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The realisation of oneness comes in deep states of acceptance

  • The spirit of rejection finds its support in the consciousness of separateness; the spirit of acceptance finds its base in the consciousness of unity. Rabindranath Tagore
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The realisation of oneness comes in deep states of non-attachment

  • Transcendence means going beyond duality. Attachment means remaining within duality. Rajneesh
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The realisation of oneness comes in deep states of honesty

  • There’s no mystery to integrity. There’s no mystery to oneness. When there is a core-splitting honesty, right there, awareness knows. John de Ruiter
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The realisation of oneness comes after spiritual evolution

  • Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution. Lao Tzu
  • We Are All One. When we allow ourselves to become aware of this statement in its purest form, we open the doors to reveal the oneness of being. Using the process of conscious evolution we begin to recognise our true underlying identity, for once we have glimpsed the existence of this realm, we then begin to reveal what it is . . . . our true natural state. Jim Harrison
  • All things are plotting to make us whole. All things conspire to make us one.  Gwendolyn MacEwen
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The realisation of oneness comes when getting deeply in in touch with one’s own Being

  • Most people don’t know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking. They pay more attention to that than to what the other person is saying, and none at all to what really matters: the Being of the other person underneath the words and the mind. Of course, you cannot feel someone else’s Being except through your own. This is the beginning of the realization of oneness, which is love. At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is. Eckhart Tolle
  • Say not “I am good” or “I am bad”, worthy or unworthy, righteous or wretched, but rather say I AM. For this is a state of Pure Being.  Being is not this or that – it just is, and Pure Being is innocent!  It is all that, because if it singled out one aspect of its Being, it would be whole no more. It then would be back in the realm of “this” and “thats”, the realm of opposing opposites where polarities are taken from their whole and therefore incomplete.  I AM is All-There-Is, is God, the holiest of holies, the sacred spring of my Being, the fountain of life.  I Am sees your I Am as my I Am, therefore we both are One I Am,  There is not one I Am in all the universe that is greater, more worthy, more intelligent than yours.  The reason for this is is that there is only One I Am.  The individual point of expression of this I Am may, temporarily, have lost awareness of this fact, by dreaming a dream, but it is still the One I Am.  Peter O. Erbe
  • If I become conscious of the deep self within myself, I also become conscious of the deep self within others. Then I can connect ‘I to I’ with the people I meet in my everyday life. Tim Freke
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Try this mirror exercise

  • When you stand in front of a mirror, pause for a moment, and look directly into your eyes. Say silently or aloud AHUM BRAHMASMI (a hum brah mass me), which means I am the Universe or I am the totality. You can say it in English if you prefer. This is your soul reflecting back into itself and reminding itself of its Oneness. Practice this at least once a day or whenever you catch your reflection in a mirror. Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
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Try this I to I exercise

  • Sit in front of each other and gaze into each other’s eyes. Be conscious that you’re looking at a beautiful face, but also be conscious that what you are really connecting with is much deeper than that. You are connecting deep I to deep I. You are connecting with awareness looking back at you … but you can’t see awareness.  You are the presence of awareness, which is looking but can’t be seen, connecting with the presence of awareness, which is looking but can’t be seen.  Go deeper still and become conscious of the oneness of being. You are the oneness connecting with itself by appearing as two. Sit with that beautiful paradox and see how it feels.  Tim Freke
  • When I practise I to I gazing to connect with another person, I see how wonderful it is that we’re separate and not separate, because it is being both that allows us to commune in love. Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness comes when integrating with the shadow in ourselves

  • Normally we empower our demons by believing they are real and strong in themselves and have the power to destroy us. As we fight against them, they get stronger. But when we acknowledge them by discovering what they really need, and nurture them, our demons release their hold, and we find that they actually do not have power over us. By nurturing the shadow elements of our being with infinite generosity, we can access the state of luminous awareness and undermine ego. By feeding the demons, we resolve conflict and duality, finding our way to unity. Tsultrim Allione
  • Not only do we feel separate from the world, we also have a sense of being divided within ourselves. The self-conscious feedback mechanism of the cortex allows us the hallucination that we are two souls in one body — a rational soul and an animal soul, a rider and a horse, a good guy with better instincts and finer feelings and a rascal with rapacious lusts and unruly passions. Hence the marvelously involved hypocrisies of guilt and penitence, and the frightful cruelties of punishment, warfare, and even self-torment in the name of taking the side of the good soul against the evil. The more it sides with itself, the more the good soul reveals its inseparable shadow, and the more it disowns its shadow, the more it becomes it. Thus for thousands of years human history has been a magnificently futile conflict, a wonderfully staged panorama of triumphs and tragedies based on the resolute taboo against admitting that black goes with white.  Alan Watts
  • Self-reflection, or – what comes to the same thing – the urge to individuation, gathers together what is scattered and multifarious and exalts it to the original of the One, the Primordial Man. In this way our existence as separate beings, our former ego nature, is abolished, the circle of consciousness is widened, and because the paradoxes have been made conscious, the sources of conflict are dried up. Carl Jung
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The realisation of oneness comes from doing what we love

  • Joe Campbell famously advised that bliss is to be followed as our guide, and this is mainly what I’ve done through all my days instead of taking work for what it pays. But what is bliss: a shallow happiness, a hedonist’s idea of success that maximizes pleasure at all cost and shuns those seas that may be tempest tossed? No, rather, bliss is the beatitude that comes when your heart’s calling is pursued, the gratifying spiritual elation of rightly realizing your vocation. How will you know if that is what you’ve done?  You’ll feel the Universe and you are one.  Alan Nordstrom
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The realisation of oneness comes in deep states of yoga

  • If you can break the illusion that you are separate and begin to experience the oneness of the existence, that is yoga. Jaggi Vasudev
  • The experience of yoga is unspeakable. It’s the experience of samadhi. It’s the experience of connectedness, of oneness, boundlessness, merging with God consciousness… even if it’s just for an instant. Beryl Bender Birch
  • When you sit in the full lotus position, your left foot is on your right thigh and your right foot is on your left thigh. When we cross our legs like this, even though we have a right leg and a left leg, they become one. The position expresses the oneness of duality: not two and not one. This is the most important teaching: not two, and not one. Our body and mind are not two and not one. If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two and one. Shunryu Suzuki
  • When the five senses are stilled, when the mind Is stilled, when the intellect is stilled, That is called the highest state by the wise. They say yoga is this complete stillness In which one enters the unitive state, Never to become separate again. If one is not established in this state, The sense of unity will come and go. The Upanishad
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The realisation of oneness comes from art

  • Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness… meaning at-oneness, the state of being at one with the object. H. Lawrence
  • I believe that one of the most important properties of a work of art is an attempt to reconcile opposites, and in their fusion to achieve a ‘wholeness’ or ‘oneness,’ the experiencing of which should be revelatory – both for the artist and the spectator – something akin to the experience of enlightenment in terms of religion. Douglas Portway
  • In reality opposites are one; art shows this. Eli Siegel
  • Is there in every work of art something which shows reality as one and also something which shows reality as many and diverse? – must every work of art have a simultaneous presence of oneness and manyness, unity and variety? Eli Siegel
  • The resolution of conflict in self is like the making one of opposites in art. Eli Siegel
  • The whole art of ecstasy, meditation, samadhi, is: How to become one with the rhythm of the universe. When it exhales, you exhale. When it inhales, you inhale. You live in it, are not separate, are one with it. Rajneesh
  • The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites. Eli Siegel
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The realisation of oneness comes from music

  • Music can also be a sensual pleasure, like eating food or sex. But its highest vibration for me is that point of taking us to a real understanding of something in our nature which we can very rarely get at. It is a spiritual state of oneness. Terry Riley
  • Music is indivisible. The dualism of feeling and thinking must be resolved to a state of unity in which one thinks with the heart and feels with the brain. George Szell
  • Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever. Peabo Bryson
  • Sound is the force of creation, the true whole. Music then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and therefore the optimal way to reach this final state of healing. Hazrat Inayat Khan
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The realisation of oneness comes from solitude

  • In the awakened state of Presence, aloneness becomes all-oneness. Leonard Jacobson
  • Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily. That is precisely the goal of solitude, to be all one. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. Lao Tzu
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The realisation of oneness comes from travel

  • One of the main points about travelling is to develop in us a feeling of solidarity, of that oneness without which no better world is possible. Ella Maillart
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The realisation of oneness comes naturally to children

  • Not having learned to break the world up into nouns and verbs, right and wrong, us and them, everything was for us quite naturally and peacefully part of everything else. We were fully integrated with the cosmos, we hadn’t yet discovered the game of fractionating everything in order to control it, so existence was one. Roger Stephens
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The realisation of oneness comes from spending time in nature

  • Being alone in nature is another way to feel the joy of beauty – and oneness with a greater whole. Jude Bijou
  • Nature is a unity in diversity…a harmony, blending together all created things…one great whole animated by the breath of life. Alexander von Humboldt
  • Nature loves simplicity and unity. Johannes Kepler
  • When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness. Eckhart Tolle
  • Rudolf Otto describes the feeling of communing with the natural world as:  … the sense of being immersed in the oneness of nature, so that man feels all the individuality, all the peculiarities of natural things in himself. He dances with the motes of dust and radiates with the sun; he rises with the dawn, surges with the wave, is fragrant with the rose, rapt with the nightingale: he knows and is all being, all strength, all joy, all desire, all pain in all things inseparably. Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness comes from surrender

  • When you live in surrender, something comes through you into the world of duality that is not of this world. Eckhart Tolle
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The realisation of oneness comes from appreciating our interdependence

  • Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality. Mahatma Gandhi
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The realisation of oneness in deep states of sexual union

  • Erotic love begins with separateness and ends in oneness. Motherly love begins with oneness and leads to separateness. Erich Fromm
  • Ten long trips around the sun since I last saw that smile, but only joy and thankfulness that on a tiny world in the vastness, for a couple of moments in the immensity of time, we were one. Ann Druyan
  • The child as a monument to the passion of two people; the will to oneness in two. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • From animal sex to transcendental devotion, love is the experience of the two becoming one while remaining two. When we love, we feel we are separate and not-separate from each other. And both are important because love is the relationship of unity, which can only arise because we are separate. Tim Freke
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The realisation of oneness comes from immersion in flow activities

  • If the individual realizes his self by spontaneous activity and thus relates himself to the world, he ceases to be an isolated atom; he and the world become part of one structuralized whole; he has his rightful place, and thereby his doubt concerning himself and the meaning of life disappears. This doubt sprang from his separateness and from the thwarting of life; when he can live, neither compulsively nor automatically but spontaneously, the doubt disappears. He is aware of himself as an active and creative individual and recognizes that there is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself. Erich Fromm
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The realisation of oneness comes from out of body experiences

  • Still others have commented on the sense of cosmic unity one experiences during the out of body state and have summarized it as a feeling that “everything is everything,” and “I am that”  Michael Talbot
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The realisation of oneness comes from seeing oneness is everyone

  • Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all. Srimad Bhagavatam
  • See the Oneness in Everything. The Bhagavad Gita states, “If you can see God (the Oneness) in everyone, you can never do harm to anyone.” Wherever you go, whatever you experience through your senses, keep reminding yourself that it is all part of the same Oneness. Begin to recognize the world as a reflection of yourself.   Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
  • See the Self in all. The Upanishad
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The realisation of oneness often comes as we grow old

  • As one grows older, the sense of separateness is slowly reduced. Old people do not live on an ego level. Their concerns are not about their individuality but about the river of life, the family, the community, the nation, people, animals, nature, life. They can die easily if they are assured that life will continue positively, for they feel part of the river again, and soon they will be part of the ocean. When they are very old, they no longer belong to our time and space, but to all time and all space. Alexander Lowen
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Living in a state of awareness of oneness

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Live in a state of background awareness of oneness

  • If you don’t have the background awareness of oneness, duality becomes real. Alan Finger
  • It is in our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that our inner peace and greatest strength lie. Susan L. Taylor
  • Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Once you arrive at a spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness, remember: it isn’t necessary to struggle to maintain unity with it. All you have to do is participate in it. Lao Tzu
  • Put God behind everything-human beings, animals, food, and work. Make this a habit. Swami Vivekananda
  • Remember your connection with the cosmos. Remember your connection with the infinity and that remembrance will give you the freedom. Amit Ray
  • The essence of spirituality is, to be constantly aware of the oneness of all; at the same time to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual. Jaggi Vasudev
  • To be contemplative we must become converted to the consciousness that makes us one with the universe, in tune with the cosmic voice of God. Joan D. Chittister
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This awareness of oneness is a choice we make

  • In every moment, we make a choice between the heavenly awareness of our connection to all living things, or the hell of the delusion that we are separate and alone. The mind will manufacture according to our choice; whichever we choose, we will seem to experience. Marianne Williamson
  • The goal of the Creator is for each entity to make a conscious choice to again seek Oneness, out of our own free will – not because anyone else forced us to. If we are told what to do and what to believe, then we have learned nothing and will not make any progress. Perhaps the single most basic realization to make is that we live in a loving Universe. If we are all One Being, then it is foolish for us to hate anyone, as we are only hating ourselves. David Wilcock
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In the state of oneness, we can see ourselves in everyone and everything

  • What benefit there is in knowing that I am not the body? M: Even to say that you are not the body is not quite true. In a way, you are all the bodies, hearts and minds and much more. Go deep into the sense of ‘I am’ and you will find. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Consciousness looks in the mirror of experience and no longer sees the face of an ‘other’. It sees its own face. It sees itself in all things and all things in itself. Rupert Spira
  • He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye. Buddha
  • He who thus recognises the Self through the Self in all created beings, becomes equal towards all, and enters the highest state, Brahman. Manusmriti
  • If I become conscious of the deep self within myself, I also become conscious of the deep self within others. Then I can connect ‘I to I’ with the people I meet in my everyday life. Tim Freke
  • In Christ Consciousness the whole world — everyone and everything in it — is your own. The whole of space and everything in it belongs to you. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Looking upon all beings as myself, in thought, word and deed is the best of all methods of worship. Srimad Bhagavatam
  • Those who understand see themselves in all, and all, in themselves. Bhagavad-Gita
  • When the mind lets go, and there is a recognition of the infinite depth and sacredness in another, it is God delighting in the loving recognition of itself in another form. Anthony Lambert
  • You are consciousness. Consciousness is spirit. Recognize yourself, and you will see yourself everywhere — in every other human being, in every animal, in every plant, in every rock. Gangaji
  • Each time a man looks into your eyes, he is only searching to find himself; for he knows already, that he is part of you. Jeremy Aldana
  • Every being is a spark of the Divine, or God. Look into the eyes of the dog and sense that innermost core. When you are present, you can sense the spirit, the one consciousness, in every creature and love it as yourself. Eckhart Tolle
  • He who sees himself in all beings, by means of his true understanding, first attains unity with all and then realizes the eternal Brahman. Adi Shankara
  • He who sees in every being his own Self is a sage. Swami Vivekananda
  • I Am the I Am of you. We are One.  There is but One Spirit permeating All.  It is I, who am joy, love and peace.  I am Creator and Creation – experiencing myself through you – my I Am.  I Am you.  We are One!  Peter O. Erbe
  • I have known good and evil, sin and virtue, right and wrong;  I have judged and been judged;  I have passed through birth and death,  Joy and sorrow, heaven and hell;  And in the end I realized  that I AM in everything and everything is in me. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • I really believe in a oneness. So if I’m looking at somebody else, it’s not in a narcissistic way, but you’re kind of seeing yourself. Toni Collette
  • I see in you that part of me which is you. Anaïs Nin
  • The greatest illusion is the thought “I am the one. I am special.  I am chosen”.  The truth?   The one I am and you be too. Everyone and everything is The One.  Anthony Lambert
  • In Oneness it is not that the tree, the mountain and our brothers are not there. In Oneness they are there for the first time as they really are. Our fellowman is no more our fellowman, he then has become our fellow Se. The I AM in me then sees only the I AM in everything else.  It is a shift from perception to knowing.  The tree is no more the tree, it still appears as the tree, but it is I looking at Me.  It IS me.  I AM creation. I AM humanity, I AM you, awakening as one single, unifying intelligence in my expressions.  There is nothing outside
  • Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all. Srimad Bhagavatam
  • The eyes are often referred to as the gateway to the soul, because they allow us to see and feel the presence of another Being, and realize our oneness. Joseph P. Kauffman
  • He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye. Buddha
  • When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself. A Course in Miracles
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Only when we discover the Self in ourselves can we see it in everyone

  • Those who realize the Self see themselves in everyone and everyone in themselves. The Upanishad
  • We can see the same spirit in everybody only when we know we are that spirit, Atman or Self. Only a person who has understood his own Self can see that Self in everybody. Swami Satchidananda
  • The secret to finding the deeper level in the other is finding the deeper level in yourself, without finding it in yourself, you cannot see it in the other Eckhart Tolle
  • You cannot feel someone else’s Being except through your own. This is the beginning of the realization of oneness, which is love. At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is. Eckhart Tolle
  • If I become conscious of the deep self within myself, I also become conscious of the deep self within others. Then I can connect ‘I to I’ with the people I meet in my everyday life. Tim Freke
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The implications of our oneness

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Oneness is a new mindset that our western culture deeply needs

  • I share the belief of many of my contemporaries that the spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view. We shall have to shift from the materialistic, dualistic belief that people and their environment are separate, toward a new conciousness of an all-encompassing reality, which embraces the experiencing ego, a reality in which people feel their oneness with animate nature and all of creation. Albert Hofmann
  • I totally think we have a future on the planet. I just think that we have to get away from Western thinking, which is very much founded on dualisms. Daniel Pinchbeck
  • It is hard to imagine anything the modern world more needs to hear. We have surrounded ourselves with such a bleak picture of who we are and what the world is that unless we ourselves get on –or back on –this path pretty soon we hardly stand much chance of surviving our own culture. Only by turning away from unreality –from negativity and separateness –will we begin to see and build a world that’s not only sustainable but nourishes and helps us realize our deepest longings for peace. Eknath Easwaran
  • The more expansive view of the self that is part of the oneness hypothesis challenges widespread and uncritically accepted views about the strong, some would say, hyper-individualism that characterizes many contemporary Western views, but it also has direct and profound implications for how we conceive of and might seek to develop care for the people, creatures, and things of the world.
  • “An individual can disconnect from all that’s cooperative, meaningful, and loving and still survive, but nations don’t have that luxury. Unless we learn how to overcome all the ways we’ve fragmented the human race, nationally, religiously, economically, or whatever, we are going to continue to find ourselves in a position where
  • we can accidentally destroy the whole picture,”” says Ullman. “”The only way we can do that is to look at how we fragment our existence as
  • Michael Talbot”
  • This is one of the most important factors in the development of human beings, the recognition–profound and complete recognition–of the law of universal unity and coherence. Mabel Collins
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We all yearn for a sense of oneness …

  • We crave, we deeply yearn for, release from the limitations of a dogma that declares separation, disunity, and judgment to be the essential condition of life. Neale Donald Walsch
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… and we all have recognitions and tastes of oneness from time to time

  • What do I want to express? The subject means little. The arrangement, the design, colour, shape, depth, light, space, mood, movement, balance, not one or all of these fills the bill. There is something additional, a breath that draws your breath into its breathing, a heartbeat that pounds on yours, a recognition of the oneness of all things. Emily Carr
  • We’ve all had random, unexpected glimpses of Oneness. Perhaps you were watching a beautiful sunset and had that moment when you felt like you merged with the whole of creation; or saw your newborn child for the first time and fell in love with the whole world. We even have expressions for these glimpses, we say, “It took my breath away” or “Time stood still.” This is Oneness. We became one with the totality of the experience. When we return from the moment of Oneness, we find it impossible to properly express it. It just was! There are no words to describe Oneness. In Vedanta, it’s simply referred to as Tat, which means that.  Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
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Oneness brings hope to a world torn apart

  • Humanity must never lose hope. Our present conflicts and differences are difficult but not hopeless. We cannot expect people of such different races, cultures, languages, ways of life and beliefs, who have lived for thousands of years separated from each other to suddenly love each other and work together harmoniously. It takes time and patience. We must work on it stubbornly and not throw in the towel. Robert Muller
  • The miracle and hope of human consciousness is that we can still conceive of boundlessness. John Green
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Oneness reminds us that we are all one family

  • We must realize that it is best to focus on our oneness, to re emphasize what is the same about each of us rather than dwell on what is different. The Dalai Lama
  • I am a living member of the great family of all souls. William Ellery Channing
  • To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. Buddha
  • The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small. Mother Teresa
  • The whole universe is your home. All are your family. Sri Neem Karoli Baba
  • I have no sense of nationalism, only a cosmic consciousness of belonging to the human family. Rosika Schwimmer
  • We need a sense of the oneness of the 7 billion human beings alive today. When I meet people, I don’t think about being different from them, about being Tibetan, Buddhist or even the Dalai Lama. I only think about being a human being. We all share the potential for positive and negative emotions, yet one of our special qualities is our human mind, our intelligence. If we use it well we’ll be successful and happy. The Dalai Lama
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Oneness brings the realisation that what we do to others, we do to ourselves (and vice versa)

  • Oneness is the law of nature: what we do to others, we do to ourselves. Jonathan Ellerby
  • Taking care of myself is a gesture of love and kindness towards all life. Melli O’Brien
  • To see ourselves in others and feel an inner oneness and sense of unity with them represents a fundamental revolution in the way we view and live our lives. Therefore, discriminating against another person is the same as discriminating against oneself. When we hurt another, we are hurting ourselves. And when we respect others, we respect and elevate our own lives as well. Daisaku Ikeda
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When I harm someone, I am harming myself.

  • Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • We see clearly that our thoughts, actions and words ultimately impact only ourselves. We then naturally look for ideas and behaviors that enhance the life experience of all humans, animals and plants. Sir James Jeans
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Oneness brings the realisation that what we are all deeply connected

  • We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. William James
  • We must remember that man is not an island, totally isolated and disconnected from others. We are all part of a universal chain, or the universal consciousness. What happens to one happens to all. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • Our normal sense of the person as a lonely island of consciousness, is a dramatic illusion based on theological imagery. Alan Watts
  • But when we realise we are essentially one with everyone and everything, we find ourselves intimately connected to everyone and everything. We experience love without limits. Tim Freke
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Given our onenes, there is no more worthy ideal than mutual respect and love between all the world’s people

  • Drop the sword – for there is but one flesh to wound, and it is the one flesh of all humankind. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. Psalms 133:1 (Bible)
  • Humanity must never lose hope. Our present conflicts and differences are difficult but not hopeless.  We cannot expect people of such different races, cultures, languages, ways of life and beliefs, who have lived for thousands of years separated from each other to suddenly love each other and work together harmoniously.  It takes time and patience.  We must work on it stubbornly and not throw in the towel.  Robert Muller
  • I am a living member of the great family of all souls. William Ellery Channing
  • It is our desire that we and you should be as one heart, one mind, and one body, thus becoming one people, entertaining a mutual love and regard for each other, to be preserved firm and entire, not only between you and us, but between your children and our children, to all succeeding generations. Kanickhungo
  • Let us swim together in the ocean of our being. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Tis better to plumb the depths of unity than forever scratch the surface of variety. Emile Zola
  • The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together. Muhammad Yunus
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Let goodwill, love and kindness be the glue that holds us all together

  • Cut off is our customary state of being. But there is within us the constant yearning for connectedness, a yearning–“Ah!-  – to live without the slightest partition between our souls and the distant stars, between ourselves and the world’s otherness.  We yearn for community with each other because we know that with it we would feel more at home in our lives, no longer strangers to one another and aliens to the earth.  Parker J. Palmer
  • Gestures of kindness, courage, honesty, and love tend to be small and quiet, and most of them are made by ordinary human beings. But these acts create and sustain a dense web of commitment that holds this planet and its people together.  The web is so resilient that it will never be completely destroyed, because it is constructed of human goodwill rather than bricks, money, or nationalism.  Sallirae Henderson
  • Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion? Rumi
  • You can develop the right attitude toward others if you have kindness, love and respect for them, and a clear realization of the oneness of all human beings. The Dalai Lama
  • Do not look at anybody in terms of friend or foe, brother or cousin; do not fritter away your mental energies in thoughts of friendship or enmity. Seeking the Self everywhere, be amiable and equal-minded towards all, treating all alike. Adi Shankara
  • I have no sense of nationalism, only a cosmic consciousness of belonging to the human family. Rosika Schwimmer
  • In our quest for happiness and the avoidance of suffering, we are all fundamentally the same, and therefore equal. Despite the characteristics that differentiate us – race, language, religion, gender, wealth and many others – we are all equal in terms of our basic humanity. The Dalai Lama
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Let us not fall into the trap of separating ourselves from the rest of mankind with superficial labels

  • When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of humankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So one who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; this person is concerned with the total understanding of mankind. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Oneness reminds us that we need to look after the environment for the world is one borderless being

  • A land ethic for tomorrow should…stress the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help-live logic of the great chain of life. Stewart Udall
  • A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. Carl Sagan
  • At the deepest level of ecological awareness you are talking about spiritual awareness. Spiritual awareness is an understanding of being imbedded in a larger whole, a cosmic whole, of belonging to the universe. Fritjof Capra
  • The reality that we are one with nature and not apart from it, that consciousness is correlative with the cosmos, immediately helps ameliorate our war with the environment. You cannot wage war on yourself. Robert Lanza
  • If people can see Earth from up here, see it without those borders, see it without any differences in race or religion, they would have a completely different perspective. Because when you see it from that angle, you cannot think of your home or your country. All you can see is one Earth… Anousheh Ansari
  • As you pass from sunlight into darkness and back again every hour and a half, you become startlingly aware how artificial are thousands of boundaries we’ve created to separate and define. And for the first time in your life you feel in your gut the precious unity of the Earth and all the living things it supports. Rusty Schweickart
  • “This is an ode to life. The anthem of the world. For as there are billions of different stars that make up the sky so, too, are there billions of different humans that make up the Earth. Some shine brighter but all are made of the same cosmic dust. O the joy of being in life with all these people! I speak of differences because they are there. Like the different organs that make up our bodies. Earth, itself, is one large body. Listen to how it howls when one human is in misery. When one kills another, the  Earth feels the pang in its chest. When one orgasms,  the Earth craves a cigarette. Look carefully, these animals are beauty spots that make the  Earth’s face lovelier and more loveable. These oceans are the Earth’s limpid eyes. These trees, its hair. This is an ode to life. The anthem of the world. I will no longer speak of  differences, for the similarities are larger. Look even closer. There may be distances between our limbs but there are no spaces between our hearts. We long to be one. We long to be in nature and to run wild with its wildlife. Let us celebrate life and living,  for it is sacrilegious  to be ungrateful. Let us play and be playful,  for it is sacrilegious to be serious. Let us celebrate imperfections and make existence proud of us, for tomorrow is death, and this is an ode to life.  The anthem of the world.  Kamand Kojouri”
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A recognition of oneness is needed to safegaurd democracy

  • To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness. Mahatma Gandhi
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Oneness should be taught

  • Build your schools around concepts, not academic subjects: core concepts such as awareness, honesty, responsibility, freedom and diversity in oneness. Teach your children these things and you will have taught them grandly. Neale Donald Walsch
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Marrying oneness and duality

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Some spiritual traditions try to deny all duality (separation)

  • Many spiritual traditions, however, take an either/or approach to the paradoxity of identity. They teach that we need to reject our human individuality if we want to experience the oneness of being. The separate self is seen as an obstacle to our awakening and often derogatively referred to as the ‘ego’.
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However, the truth is we live in a world of apparent duality and polarity

  • Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life. Carlos Santana
  • The physical universe was created when Oneness became duality, and we can see this duality, this yin and yang, everywhere in the universe, in every atom, every action, and in every function of the human body. Yin and yang are manifest everywhere, except at the very center of being, the perfect point of balance, at that infinite moment where the future becomes the past. Robert Tisserand
  • The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to yin and yang. Yin and yang give birth to all things… The complete whole is the complete whole. So also is any part the complete whole… But forget about understanding and harmonizing and making all things one. The universe is already a harmonious oneness; just realize it. Lao Tzu
  • You tell me it is too early to be looking back, but that is because you have forgotten the perfect simplicity of being one and the beautiful complexity introduced by two. William Collins
  • Thus it is necessary to commence from an inescapable duality: the finite is not the infinite. Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • There are two choices available in duality – one side or the other side. Everyting is formed from that. Frederick Lenz
  • The beginning, middle, and end of the birth, growth, and perfection of whatever we behold is from contraries, by contraries, and to contraries; and whatever contrariety is, there is action and reaction, there is motion, diversity, multitude, and order, there are degrees, succession and vicissitude. Giordano Bruno
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Both non-duality (oneness) and duality are real at different levels of reality

  • Some approaches to awakening teach that our separate identity is an irrelevant illusion, because oneness is the only reality. Oneness is essentially real. Separateness is apparently real. That’s the paradoxity of life. Tim Freke
  • There is a reality to the separate self and the world of multiplicity, just as much as there is a reality to the oneness of being in which there is no separateness. Tim Freke
  • This is not a bland experience of some monolithic ‘oneness’. It’s a profound experience of the ‘uni-variety’ of the universe. It’s seeing that on the surface of life everything is separate, like waves on an ocean, but at the depths all is one. When I experience the universe vision I find myself appreciating the multifarious variety of life as an expression of one mysterious essence. Tim Freke
  • Lao Tzu doesn’t say that the mysterious essence is real and the appearances are an illusion. Rather, he says that the Tao is always both mysterious and manifest. The paradoxity of being is that it is one essence that appears in many forms. Tim Freke
  • Oneness is essentially real. Separateness is apparently real. That’s the paradoxity of life. Tim Freke
  • Essentially we are all the oneness of being. But right now I am also the mystery manifesting as Tim. Tim Freke
  • I’ve already mentioned in passing the paradox that on the surface of life we live in a world of separate things, but at the depths all is one. Tim Freke
  • When I live lucidly I see the paradoxity of my identity. I see that I am both separate and not-separate from life. I experience the adventures of Tim, who is a separate individual in the world. But I deep-know myself to be the spacious presence of awareness, within which the world is arising. I see that my essential nature as awareness is one with life, just like a dreamer is one with a dream. And when I deep-know that I am one with life, I experience an intimate connectedness with everything and everyone. I feel an all-embracing love for life. Tim Freke
  • You appear to be a separate individual, but essentially your being is one with the great mystery of being, which is manifesting as all beings.  Tim Freke
  • It seems to me that self and no-self paralogically coexist. It’s like in the yin/yang symbol. There’s a dot of white in the middle of the black, and vice versa. In the same way when I go to the depths of the separate self I find the no-self. But when I dissolve into the no-self I see that it’s Tim who is conscious of this happening. Tim Freke
  • I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Waking up to the oneness of your essential identity doesn’t negate your individuality. Tim Freke
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Reality is a polarity that includes both oneness and separateness

  • Life is predicated on a primal polarity that could be described with terms such as mystery and manifest . . . potentiality and actuality . . . oneness and separateness . . . life-dreamer and life-dream . . . nirvana and samsara . . . emptiness and form. The poles of this polarity seem to be a duality, but essentially they are a unity. Just as a dream and the dreamer seem to be a duality but are essentially one. Tim Freke
  • Previously I thought that reality was fundamentally an oceanic oneness, so separateness appeared to be an illusion. But now I see that reality is fundamentally a polarity. It is both oneness and separateness . . . emptiness and form . . . eternity and time. And I don’t need to reject one pole, I need to embrace both. Tim Freke
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Duality is only a problem if it creates conflict

  • There is nothing wrong with duality as long as it does not create conflict. Multiplicity and variety without strife is joy. In pure consciousness there is light. For warmth, contact is needed. Above the unity of being is the union of love. Love is the purpose of duality. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Multiplicity without strife is joy. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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There is room for knowing and appreciating both duality and non duality …

  • …the habitual dualist’s solution to the problem of dualism: to solve the dilemma by chopping off one of the horns. Alan Watts
  • Waking up to oneness isn’t a cold and colourless realization. It’s an experience of profound communion with all that is, which transforms how it feels to appear as a person in the story of life. It’s an experience of deep love that spontaneously arises when we get the great paradoxity that we’re both separate and not-separate from one another. Love is the wonderful dance of being two and one. Tim Freke
  • I’ve offered an alternative paralogical approach to awakening, which encourages us to wake up to oneness and love the experience of separateness… to be conscious of the deep self and embrace our flawed humanity… to transcend the mind and appreciate the mind… to know deep peace and feel intense passions… to play in the moment and evolve through time. Tim Freke
  • When I’m deep awake I find myself in love with both the oneness of being and the exquisite world of appearances. Tim Freke
  • Go deeper still and become conscious of the oneness of being. You are the oneness connecting with itself by appearing as two. Sit with that beautiful paradox and see how it feels. Tim Freke
  • Once we see that the goal of awakening is to be conscious of both our separate identity as a person and our essential identity as awareness, it becomes much easier to wake up to oneness. Tim Freke
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… to embrace both our oneness and our sense of being a separate individual …

  • A paralogical approach to awakening that has its foundation in a deep knowing of the primal oneness, yet also delights in our exquisite individuality and natural humanity. Tim Freke
  • In my experience we don’t need to eradicate the separate self to awaken to oneness. When I’m deep awake ‘Tim’ doesn’t disappear in a puff of spiritual enlightenment. On the contrary, Tim comes to life. Tim Freke
  • Being a lover of life means waking up to oneness and passionately engaging with your individual journey through life. Being a lover of life means ‘loving being and being loving’. It means waking up to your deeper nature, which is love, and learning to express that love more expansively and inclusively in the world.   Tim Freke
  • Becoming a ‘lover of life’ isn’t about achieving a spiritually awakened state in which we’re detached from life. It’s becoming conscious of the deep self so that we can engage compassionately with the adventures of the separate self. It’s discovering the love within us, so that we can express this love in the world around us. Tim Freke
  • I’ve offered an alternative paralogical approach to awakening, which encourages us to wake up to oneness and love the experience of separateness… to be conscious of the deep self and embrace our flawed humanity… to transcend the mind and appreciate the mind… to know deep peace and feel intense passions… to play in the moment and evolve through time.
  • When I understand that I am both an irrelevant speck and the star of the show, it makes me feel both humble and empowered. I want to encourage you both to be conscious of the oneness of being and to feel empowered as a unique individual who is the hero of your amazing life adventure. Tim Freke
  • When I deep know my essential nature I feel liberated from the confines of the story of Tim and conscious of the oneness of being. But the deep love I feel in the deep awake state impels me back into the story to compassionately engage with life … to care for others … to make the world a better place for future generations. Tim Freke
  • The more I dissolve into the oneness, the more animated I feel as a unique individual. The more I feel filled with limitless love, the more I long to share it. The more I wake up, the more precious this dream of life becomes to me. Tim Freke
  • In my experience, being deep awake is both a state of transcendental enlightenment and embodied enlivenment. It’s knowing that all is one and enjoying the play of separateness from that perspective. Tim Freke
  • The more I’ve recognized that all is one, the more I’ve fallen in love with this separate individual named ‘Tim’ . . . and his extraordinarily ordinary life. Tim Freke
  • I want to both wake up to oneness and passionately engage with my personal life as a separate individual. Tim Freke
  • Masculine wisdom is about communing with the impersonal oneness, but feminine wisdom is about loving the personal world. Tim Freke
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… to find a balance between the two

  • Peace or harmony between the sexes and individuals does not necessarily depend on a superficial equalization of human beings; nor does it call for the elimination of individual traits and peculiarities. The problem that confronts us today, and which the nearest future is to solve, is how to be one’s self and yet in oneness with others, to feel deeply with all human beings and still retain one’s own characteristic qualities. Emma Goldman
  • When I live lucidly, I shift between these two perspectives. It’s a state of dynamic balance. It’s not a compromise in which I settle for a bit of both. It’s more like a dance where I move between the extremes. It’s a continual conversation between oneness and separateness. It’s a bit like keeping my balance when riding a bike. Tim Freke
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To be awake in this world is to be conscious of both our oneness and separateness

  • That’s lucid living. Our identity is characterized by polarity. Right now we are the oneness of the primal awareness dreaming itself to be all of these separate individuals sitting in this circle. In the normal waking state, we’re conscious that we’re separate. When we live lucidly, we’re also conscious that we are one. And this changes how we see separateness. We are one awareness connecting with itself through the appearance of separateness. So here we are . . . living lucidly . . . conscious of being both separate and not separate.  And it’s because we are both separate and not separate that we can love each other.
  • I used to see the goal of the adventure of awakening as a state of enlightenment, in which I dissolved into the oneness of things. But for me, being deep awake is a state of both transcendental enlightenment and passionate enlivenment. When I live lucidly, I am both conscious of oneness and in love with separateness. Tim Freke
  • Surely the goal of spirituality is to be conscious of both separateness and oneness at the same time? Tim Freke
  • Having an ‘ego’ is as much a natural part of being human as having a heart. But you don’t want to be lost in the ego, as this leads to all sorts of suffering. You need to be conscious of both your ego and your essential nature as the oneness of awareness. You need to transcend and include your ego within your deeper identity. The ego doesn’t need fighting. It needs loving. Tim Freke
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To love is to connect through our separateness

  • We love someone when we see that we are two and one at the same time, so we connect through the separateness.
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Duality (and the illusion of separation) has an important role to play

  • We are only conscious because we’re experiencing the world of separateness. But now we are conscious through experiencing separateness, we can also become conscious of the essential oneness of being.   If we get lost in our concepts we don’t experience the primal oneness, but without these concepts we wouldn’t be conscious at all.   So we come to know the wordless via words… Tim Freke
  • The separate self is a prerequisite for awakening, not an obstacle to be overcome. You and I are separate centres of conscious being within the unconscious oneness of being. If this were not the case we wouldn’t be conscious at all … let alone spiritually awakened. Tim Freke
  • The ego is our sense of being an individual ‘I’. In my experience, when I wake up to oneness the sense of being an individual ‘I’ doesn’t vaporize away like a meaningless illusion. On the contrary, I see how important the ‘I’ truly is. The ‘I’ is arising within the primal field of unconscious being, as a separate centre of conscious being. If this were not the case I wouldn’t be conscious at all… let alone spiritually awakened. Tim Freke
  • Far from being the problem, the personal self is our foundation in the world, from which we can spiritually awaken. It is a gloriously particular expression of the infinite potentiality of being, through which the primal oneness of awareness can experience life. Tim Freke
  • The ego is the separate self through which the universal self can experience the adventure of living. The ego is a character in the dream of life around which the life-dreamer weaves a cracking tale.
  • At some point on this journey we become conscious of the deep I and we recognize that our essential being is one with the primal being. And then … when we realize this … the primal being comes to know itself through us. So the process of evolution is the primal oneness of unconscious being arising as separate centres of conscious being, so it can finally come to know that all is one. The primal being is coming to self-knowledge by dreaming itself to be you and me on a journey of awakening to oneness. Life is a journey from unconscious oneness through conscious separateness to conscious oneness. Tim Freke
  • Love is the experience of communing as one, which can only arise because we are two. Tim Freke
  • The dream of separateness is the primal awareness progressing from unconscious oneness to conscious oneness. Tim Freke
  • I don’t think that we want to be one with all; we want to be consciously one with all. Tim Freke
  • We can’t only be conscious of oneness, but we can also be conscious of oneness. Tim Freke
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Duality points the way to the truth of non-duality (Oneness)

  • Duality is always secretly unity. Alan Watts
  • Every explicit duality is an implicit unity. Alan Watts
  • The direction of life is from duality to unity. Deepak Chopra
  • We must become conscious of the oneness of being through the separateness. Tim Freke
  • We are only conscious because we’re experiencing the world of separateness. But now we are conscious through experiencing separateness, we can also become conscious of the essential oneness of being.   If we get lost in our concepts we don’t experience the primal oneness, but without these concepts we wouldn’t be conscious at all.   Tim Freke
  • We must become conscious of the oneness of being through the separateness.   Tim Freke
  • And now we are conscious through separateness, we can also become conscious of the essential oneness of being. Tim Freke
  • The paradox is that consciousness arises with discrimination, so to be conscious is to experience separateness. This means we can never just be conscious of oneness. We must become conscious of both separateness and oneness. We must become conscious of the oneness through the separateness. Tim Freke
  • Consciousness requires separateness. We’re only conscious when we conceptualize the world into discrete things, including seeing ourselves as individual people. But the fact that we’re conscious through separateness allows us to pay attention to our essential nature, which is one with all. Tim Freke
  • Our separate identity as individuals in the world is the foundation from which we can wake up to our essential identity as the oneness of awareness. Tim Freke
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We need a robust sense of being separate before we can expand into oneness

  • First we need a robust sense of being a separate individual. When this is strong enough it can support a conscious awakening to our deeper being. When a strong separate self is absent, the natural process of awakening is transformed into the pathology of depersonalization. Many ancient spiritual traditions understood this, which is why they reserved the deep teachings of oneness for those who’d reached a mature age and created a strong sense of their individuality. Tim Freke
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There is room to conceive God as both separate and One

  • If you are a man of prayer, existence appears as God, as personal. If you are a man of meditation, existence is impersonal, just a wholeness, a divineness. For the man of prayer there is God; for the man of awareness there is godliness but no God. Rajneesh
  • In the dominant Western religious system, the love of God is essentially the same as the belief in God, in God’s existence, God’s justice, God’s love. The love of God is essentially a thought experience. In the Eastern religions and in mysticism, the love of God is an intense feeling experience of oneness, inseparably linked with the expression of this love in every act of living. Erich Fromm
  • Being one with God and being in love with God are paralogically different ways of experiencing the same awakened state. Tim Freke
  • Many spiritual traditions describe spiritual awakening as leading to an experience of intense devotion to God. Other traditions maintain that having a devotional relationship with God characterizes a lesser awakening. It shows we’re still enmeshed in the illusion of separateness, because in reality we are one with God. In my experience these two approaches are complementary not contradictory. Being one with God and being in love with God are paralogically different ways of experiencing the same awakened state. Tim Freke
  • Know Him as both particularized and unparticularized, and be established in Truth. Be in a state of unity if you wish, or be in a state of separation if you wish; if the Totality reveals Itself to you, you will attain the crown of victory. Ibn ‘Arabi
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Oneness is not sameness

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Oneness is not sameness

  • You are different from me and yet we are one. Tim Freke
  • This is not a bland experience of some monolithic ‘oneness’. It’s a profound experience of the ‘uni-variety’ of the universe. It’s seeing that on the surface of life everything is separate, like waves on an ocean, but at the depths all is one. When I experience the universe vision I find myself appreciating the multifarious variety of life as an expression of one mysterious essence. Tim Freke
  • Oneness is not sameness. Lois Farfel Stark
  • Equality today means ‘sameness’, rather than ‘oneness’. Erich Fromm
  • That which is to be most desired in America is oneness and not sameness. Sameness is the worst thing that could happen to the people of this country. To make all people the same would lower their quality, but oneness would raise it. Stephen Samuel Wise
  • There’s a big difference between oneness and sameness. Oneness implies that we’re all connected and that we all come from the same source. Sameness implies that we all have to do things and exactly think the same way as everybody else does. Wayne Dyer
  • You are different from me and yet we are one. Tim Freke
  • The distinction between the persons does not impair the oneness of nature, nor does the shared unity of essence lead to a confusion between the distinctive characteristics of the persons. Do not be surprised that we should speak of the Godhead as being at the same time both unified and differentiated. Using riddles, as it were, we envisage a strange and paradoxical diversity-in-unity and unity-in-diversity. Saint Gregory of Nyssa
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Oneness does not preclude embracing individual uniqueness

  • Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness. David Bohm
  • Ego-centeredness is not individuality at all. David Bohm
  • Individuality or Unity? I say there’s room for both. Brian Celio
  • At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The mystery of creation was always between two, in an awareness that there was always both a ‘thou’and and ‘I’.” Laurens van der Post
  • The two exist because of the One. The Third Patriarch of Zen
  • Each one of us is a unique expression of the oneness of being. Each one of us is an imperfect human being. Tim Freke
  • Wake up to oneness and celebrate your separateness. Tim Freke
  • I want us to know that we are one, and feel empowered to express our unique individuality by passionately playing our part in the story of life. Tim Freke
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In our oneness, let us celebrate diversity

  • It is unity we are talking about, not uniformity. What is needed is to respect one another’s points of view and not to impute unworthy motives to one another or to seek to impugn the integrity of the other.  Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another and to cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other.  Desmond Tutu
  • All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. Swami Vivekananda
  • Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained. H. Auden
  • God is Unity, but always works in variety. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • In essentials, unity; in differences, liberty; in all things, charity. Philipp Melanchthon
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences. Mikhail Gorbachev
  • The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. Somerset Maugham
  • The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality. Irving Babbitt
  • To create a vision of the harmony of the unequal, balance the infinite variety, the chaotic, the contradictions – in a unity. Hans Richter
  • We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. Kofi Annan
  • Unity in diversity is not a paradox at all. Unity is the center –in Upanishadic terms, “in the cave of the heart” –of conscious beings, while diversity flourishes on the surface of life. It is as necessary to foster diversity there at the outside as it is to hold unity on the inside.  Eknath Easwaran
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Things that blind the realisation of oneness

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Judgement blinds the realisation of oneness

  • More than anything else, judgment will take you out of the present moment. It will take you out of Oneness into separation. Whenever judgment arises within you, just notice it. Acknowledge it. Confess it. It is just an energy arising within you. Do not judge it or try to get rid of it. Just bring it to consciousness with love, acceptance and compassion. In this way, judgment will be transformed into love. Leonard Jacobson
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Repression blinds the realisation of oneness

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Excessive desire blinds the realisation of oneness

  • The cords of passion and desire weave a binding net around you. Worldly confrontation makes you stiff and inflexible. The trap of duality is tenacious. Bound, rigid, and trapped, you cannot experience liberation. Lao Tzu
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Death is a return to Oneness

  • In death the many become one; in life the one become many. Rabindranath Tagore
  • I think that light and shadow have exactly the same duality that exists between life and death. Manuel Alvarez Bravo
  • The modern tradition of equating death with an ensuing nothingness can be abandoned. For there is no reason to believe that human death severs the quality of the oneness in the universe. Larry Dossey
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Oneness is a collapse of …

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Oneness is a collapse of past and future

  • Past and Future are a duality of which Present is the reality. The now-moment alone is eternal and real. Wei Wu Wei
  • Ultimately, all moments are really one, therefore now is an eternity. David Bohm
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Failure and success

  • Who is the winner? Not he who wins but he who has established his cheerful oneness with the result, which is an experience in the form of failure or success, a journey forward or a journey backward. Sri Chinmoy
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Oneness is a collapse of body, mind and soul

  • Where does the body end and the mind begin? Where does the mind end and the spirit begin? They cannot be divided as they are inter-related and but different aspects of the same all-pervading divine consciousness. B.K.S. Iyengar
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Oneness is a collapse of good and evil

  • Democrtitus, in the fifth century B.C. had declared that all the world was composed of only two elements: atomes and the void. This reduction of the myriad of forms to only two was the ultimate in dualistic reasoning. Christianity adopted dualism when it created the strict division between good and evil and heaven and hell. Leonard Shlain
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Oneness is a collapse of space and matter

  • The problem comes up because we ask the question in the wrong way. We supposed that solids were one thing and space quite another, or just nothing whatever. Then it appeared that space was no mere nothing, because solids couldn’t do without it. But the mistake in the beginning was to think of solids and space as two different things, instead of as two aspects of the same thing. The point is that they are different but inseparable, like the front end and the rear end of a cat. Cut them apart, and the cat dies. Alan Watts
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Oneness is a collapse of life and death

  • Those who are suffering or who fear suffering, think of Nirvana as an escape and a recompense. They imagine that Nirvana consists in the future annihilation of the senses and sense-minds; they are not aware that Universal Mind and Nirvana are One, and that this life-and-death world and Nirvana are not to be separated. The Lankavatara Sutra
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On a lighter note

  • Students achieving Oneness will move on to Twoness. Woody Allen
  • I am at one with my duality. Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. John Lennon
  • Remember: we’re all in this alone. Lily Tomlin
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