Sunday, March 3, 2013

Unity with the Divine.......Oneness!

Meister Eckhart said:

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” 

 Mysticism is the term to describe the direct experience of God or the Divine. The divine does not have to be a personal God, such as Jesus, etc.  It can be an impersonal God, a divine consciousness, existing in all sentient beings. The quote above refers to the process by which we realize that we are the divine. That there is a unity and complete identification with the divine that we can experience.

For those of us who have grown up in Western Civilization, this may sound absurd.  How can we be the God, the Creator of all? The answer lies in our understanding of the nature of reality.  Is our reality one of Dualism? This is the reality that we have been taught by our culture, our institutions, and our religions, that we are all separate human beings. We are in competition with others, we judge others and they judge us.  We compare ourselves with others and they with us. And God exists outside of ourselves, in His Heaven or some other sacred place. We learn through Dualism that there is a separation in the sacred and the mundane, and furthermore that we have a body, mind,soul and spirit, that are separate parts of ourselves.

 Oneness or Non-duality on the other hand, says that we are all connected, in fact, that we are One. We are not separate even though our senses have signaled to us that we are.We are not in competition with others, because we are one with them. We do not judge others because none of us are "better" than others. We can see differences in the decisions that we make, but that refers to our paths, not our value. God does not exist outside of ourselves, even though we have been taught that. God is not outside of us. All of existence is sacred, and all the parts of ourselves can be united so that we are WHOLE, and not fragmented. 

When we experience the awakening into Oneness, and see that we are not separate, and when we realize that God and I are one, then we see the truth of Eckhart's quote. We see the beauty and the majesty of sharing our eyes with God, and being in unity with all. 

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