Watercolour by: Beverly Blanchard
A person experiences life as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness. – Albert Einstein
The Law of One simply states that we are all related and connected. There is one source and everything is contained within the whole. I am you and you are me. We may be unique beings but we are not separated beings. Everyone and everything is a spark of the original source and that source is love.
Many indigenous populations have demonstrated this type of understanding in their philosophy on life. They believed everything and everyone was related, and everything was contained within the circle of Existence was their family. When they prayed they gave thanks to the Great Spirit, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon, Father Sky, Mother Earth, the winged, the four-legged, the four elements, the tree spirits, the water spirits and the two-legged. Everyone and everything was seen as a part of the whole family of the Great Spirit, and everything and everyone was contained within the whole.
To understand this law on a personal level, one need only look at their own body. To the eye the body’s boundary is the skin which keeps everything together. Within the skin there are various organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, intestines, brain, and spleen. There are various glands. There are also muscles, connective tissues, energy centers, and a blood supply comprised of billions of cells. Although each part of you has a specific function and looks to be separate, they are actually all connected and working within the whole of what is called you.
To further the analogy of one, look at the connection between humans and trees. In order to survive, human beings breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Trees on the other hand, breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen to survive. Without the trees, where would man be? Without man, where would the trees be? Everything within and around you is connected. Everything is energy spinning in form.
Here are some exercises for you to play with:
1. See everything and everyone as Source Energy in action. As you go about your day mentally visualize everyone and everything as the Source Energy spark. Mentally say, ‘There is God/Source Energy doing….’ For instance, you see someone picking trash out of a container mentally say, ‘There is the spark of Source Energy picking trash out of a container.’ Someone is running for the bus, ‘There is the spark of Source Energy running for the bus.’ You see a bird flying in the air, ‘There is the spark of Source Energy flying in the air.’
2. See everything and everyone as you in action. As you go about your day mentally visualize everyone as you. Mentally say, ‘There I go...’ You see someone picking trash out of a container mentally say, ‘There I go picking trash out of a container.’ Someone is running for the bus, ‘There I go running for the bus.’ You see a bird flying in the air, ‘There I go flying in the air.’
3. Release yourself from the concept of ‘I’, ‘mine’ and ‘my’. Once you use the words ‘I’, ‘mine’ and ‘my’, you make yourself separate from everyone and everything. Try removing the words ‘I’, ‘mine’ and ‘my’ from your vocabulary for a week. Instead of saying, ‘I am going to work.’ say, ‘We are going to work.’ Instead of saying, ‘I am going to my house.’ say, ‘We are going to our house.’
Here is a beautiful animation by Dreamworks Animation entitled First Flight. Watch how a busy businessman finds a connection with a small bird.