We Are One ~ “Ya Gotta Be Kiddin’!”

oneness_of_humanityActually, I’m not kidding. We have always  been One.

Sure doesn’t seem like it though, right?

Consider this example:

Any given human being is One individual. That human being has many aspects and functions that compose their Oneness. Often, one or more of those aspects or functions starts to veer out of balance with the other functions and the One human has a Conflict; even to the point that they feel like more than One person—multiple entities fighting for control…

That’s a perfect picture of our Human Oneness—at war with itself, aspects and functions of the Whole fighting and disrupting the Balance.

One Person/One World: Sick and Disrupted, the Parts bringing down the Whole, Suicidal…

I, however, firmly believe that humanity’s Oneness will be healed; in fact, I can say it’s inevitable!

Consider:

Humans began as small family and tribal units and learned the evolutionary lessons of how to live as One.

We then formed city-states and, eventually, nations. Those human structures have gone through an evolutionary growth that has given each of us an identity as members of rather large Wholes.

Why should human evolution stop here, no matter the crises and sicknesses that infect the Whole?

Who but a doomed pessimist would look into the future and see us reduced back to separate, small tribes or totally wiped out?

Historically, as each phase of transition in the organization of humanity approached, things began to look bad, people cried out a warning that humanity was doomed and… We’re still here.

Almost makes one think there’s a greater Plan; that a higher power actually wants us to achieve Global Unity and express our inherent Oneness in peace and tranquility…

Spiritual Quote:

“Let there be no mistake. The principle of the Oneness of Mankind—the pivot round which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve—is no mere outburst of ignorant emotionalism or an expression of vague and pious hope. Its appeal is not to be merely identified with a reawakening of the spirit of brotherhood and good-will among men, nor does it aim solely at the fostering of harmonious cooperation among individual peoples and nations. Its implications are deeper, its claims greater than any which the Prophets of old were allowed to advance. Its message is applicable not only to the individual, but concerns itself primarily with the nature of those essential relationships that must bind all the states and nations as members of one human family. It does not constitute merely the enunciation of an ideal, but stands inseparably associated with an institution adequate to embody its truth, demonstrate its validity, and perpetuate its influence. It implies an organic change in the structure of present-day society, a change such as the world has not yet experienced. It constitutes a challenge, at once bold and universal, to outworn shibboleths of national creeds—creeds that have had their day and which must, in the ordinary course of events as shaped and controlled by Providence, give way to a new gospel, fundamentally different from, and infinitely superior to, what the world has already conceived. It calls for no less than the reconstruction and the demilitarization of the whole civilized world—a world organically unified in all the essential aspects of its life, its political machinery, its spiritual aspiration, its trade and finance, its script and language, and yet infinite in the diversity of the national characteristics of its federated units.

“It represents the consummation of human evolution —an evolution that has had its earliest beginnings in the birth of family life, its subsequent development in the achievement of tribal solidarity, leading in turn to the constitution of the city-state, and expanding later into the institution of independent and sovereign nations.

“The principle of the Oneness of Mankind, as proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh, carries with it no more and no less than a solemn assertion that attainment to this final stage in this stupendous evolution is not only necessary but inevitable, that its realization is fast approaching, and that nothing short of a power that is born of God can succeed in establishing it.”
Shoghí Effendí Rabbání, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 42

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10 thoughts on “We Are One ~ “Ya Gotta Be Kiddin’!”

  1. Hi dear Alex, I believe that we are all one. And not just humans but all creatures, plants, rocks, stars, everything that exists is ONE. I am experiencing this ONE-ness intensely in the last two years. Where I am really aware of the fact that everything I do or don’t do effects the ONE.

    It’s a bit like if we throw a pebble into a pond the ripples don’t stop two inches from where the pebble hit the water, they keep going out and out. OR it reminds me of LIGHT. When we were kids and we took flashlights out and used them to point at stars while we looked for certain constellations, my Dad would say, “Do you realize that the light never stops? It will keep going until it hits something and even then it will bounce off the object and keep going.” So every action (or inaction) that do either consciously or unconsciously effects the whole.

    It is quite an amazing thing to feel this fully in my body. It is both grand and painful. It is both a overwhelming sense of love being connected to my fellow humans the world over, and it is also a sense of deep pain to feel their suffering. Which goes back to our talk last time where you said if one family member is starving or suffering it makes it very hard for me to eat and not share. I have to help my global brothers and sisters in whatever way I can.

    I too believe that we are currently in the midst of a great planetary energy shift. I see it everywhere in people as they awaken, care deeply and want to help. The media might not tell us this but one to one I see it EVERY single day. There is an upsurging or uplifting energy on the planet right now that is requiring people to rise up out of lethargy.

    I know many would argue this as there is SO much pain and suffering in the world right now, but nonetheless I still feel this a shift toward unity and oneness. Thank you my friend. Hugs, Robin

  2. Robin,

    Thanks for bringing up “all our relations”–reminded me of a sweat lodge experience I had!

    Very encouraging to hear your experience of the upsurge you find in people–my life is a bit reclusive and knowing what’s really happening is really nice!!

    The pain and suffering in our global family is much like the experience of a woman as she gives birth…

  3. There have always been seemingly odd ideas of union, but hard ones to deny. One I think of now is the assertion that you cannot know what you are not. It is curious to ponder our reflections on this into our emotions. I do find that I tend to be bothered by unresolved issues in myself when I see them in another. And there is the mirror.

    It is impossible to separate ourselves out of nature. I am energy and matter just like everything else. I must assume consciousness is likewise a part of it all. We look out and in simultaneously it seems.

    I am excited about the possibilities of connection to the outside world and to others naturally, that in engaging my interest toward the Whole of Life, my home life grows as well.

    So much is about reaching toward balance, and if out on a limb, to be very careful.

  4. Dear Mr Alexander,

    Thanks for ur feedback on my post! Do u believe in evolution as a scientific theory? Curious..lol.. Bout ur post, I do agree that we are one in a way.

    However, human beings are not perfect (that is why we need God) and thus whether the oneness can be achieved and sustained remains doubtful.

    Furthermore, it is my own personal believe that only if u take away free will and choice can u take away all conflict and tendency of working for one’s self interest (but is a life without free will worth living?)

    If history can be used as a guide, I do not think that the oneness u speak of can be achieved in this age. Yet like u, I hope that I am wrong.

    Urs sincerely,
    ESZ,James

  5. The human race is coming together. The United Nations is the greatest civilization that has ever existed on earth. The whole world economy is booming, there is more wealth, more widespread, now than ever before in history.

    I agree we human beings live in harmony with each other and the natural environment. Paraphrasing Abdul Baha: The mineral kingdom has the attribute of attraction(chemistry), the plant kingdom has the attributes of attraction and growth, the animal kingdom has the attributes of attraction, growth, sensation and motion, the human kingdom has all these attributes plus our intellectual and spiritual perception.

    Science and religion are complimentary aspects of the search for truth. Religion is the divine education, the Kingdom of God. It is the source of our families and our nations. And now it is the source of our universal and divine civilization. Religion is the difference between a wild animal and a civilized human being.

    Ya Baha’u’l Abha

  6. Bob,

    I deeply appreciate your comment!

    Could you, though, expand a bit on this part of it:

    “The whole world economy is booming, there is more wealth, more widespread, now than ever before in history.”

  7. James,

    Thanks for that very interesting comment!

    I do believe in evolution as a scientific theory. I also believe in the evolution of human social behavior and systems as well as the evolution of religion. For a Baha’i, like myself, the concept of religious evolution is called “progressive revelation” which leads to the concept of One Faith of God ever-evolving as humanity continues its development.

    The critical thing for this idea to have maximum impact in the world is Education–so many people still believe that the “different” religions can never get along. If more people realized that the core of all the religions is exactly the same Truth, we could end all religious confrontation and conflict…

  8. Alexander

    I am refering to the fact that since 1844 there has been an unprecidented explosion of prosperity that is spreading all around the earth and throughout human civilization. I realise there are many people suffering in extreme poverty. We need to work together to completely and permanently eliminate that material poverty as quickly as possible.

    In 1844, horses and camels were the standard form of transportation. Human civilization was almost totally agricultural. Agriculture is the foundation of the human economy, but since 1844 an immense industrial revolution has produced a tremendous amount of material prosperity. Today we fly around in jets, send swarms of robotic probes to explore our solar system, we have the Internet and cell phones.

    Now, I agree that this material prosperity needs to be matched by our spiritual progress. I believe that is also progressing very well, in spite of all the bad news. Pope John Paul 2 was a great spiritual leader, I love the Dalai Lama. Baha’u’llah has already fulfilled the prophecies of every former religion. He has revealed a new revelation of the Word of God and founded the Kingdom of God. The Universal House of Justice is on Mount Carmel in Israel. Peace be with you.

    Ya Baha’u’l Abha

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