We are one you and I
We are like the earth and sky
One family under the sun
All the wisdom to lead
All the courage that you need
You will find when you see
We are one
– Simba, our lord and savior
I’ve been looking for the sentence at the heart of this all. The single idea, the current pulling the whole river, the root of every overlapping manifestation of all these truths and what it is I feel I’m onto here.
That sentence is something along the lines of, “It’s not a fucking contrast.”
It’s not a competition. It’s not a duality. It’s not a dichotomy. It’s one, and its oneness contains all of those things. Being separate does not mean you’re not together. Being unique does not mean you’re not one with it all.
Your perception isn’t false in the face of some grander reality.
Being your limited self is not different from being one with the whole universe.
You can never be anyone but you. Contained within you is the whole universe. I am within you. I’m also over here, outside of you, being me, with you contained within me. Those things, though seemingly in contrast, are not.
You are not defined in contrast to anyone or anything.
If you live in contrast, for you to go up, others must go down. For you to be right, others must be wrong. For you to be loved, others must be hated. For you to be free, others must be imprisoned. For you to be you, others must not be you.
But it isn’t a fucking contrast.
Your perception is reality, and unique, and different, and limited, and as real as anything ever can be.
We’re all the whole universe, and we’re all each other, and we’re all us, expressions of the divine hum of all existence in tangible, finite, transient forms.
Like, the Christians didn’t get it wrong: Jesus was God in human form. But also, so am I and so are you and your dog is God in dog form and this morning you stepped on God in leaf form.
God, like reality, isn’t anything beyond all of this. We are as divine as anything ever can be. Divine, mortal – it’s not a fucking contrast.
Hierarchical structure is a byproduct of contrast thinking.
Privilege and oppression are byproducts of contrast thinking.
Capitalist greed is a byproduct of contrast thinking.
Charles Eisenstein calls it the Separation, but it’s the same thing.
True harmony, community, exist when we move beyond the contrasts.
The way to do that, I think, is through attunement. Tuning and retuning, again and again, into that oneness that is expressed in your own uniqueness.
I’m trying to figure out how to do this. How to live this oneness/non-contrast thinking. What tools will help me with the whole attunement process. What tools will help others. What oneness will mean when we’re living it worldwide.
I don’t know yet. But I think I’m maybe on the right track.