How is the message “We are all one” true or false?
If you are like me, the oft repeated concept which we are supposed to accept as truth, is that somehow we are all one, has never made much sense. It always seemed like a New Age, feel good concept to help us feel love for another.
Look, I know that I am Consciousness, brought into existence by the life of my body, which uses the body to sense the body, sense the world, and sense itself through Self awareness. And I know you too are Consciousness in the same way that I am.
Also, because of my various experiences on the way to more complete self-awareness, my tendency is to believe this Consciousness, or at least the heart of Consciousness, the Self, is divine in the sense it is greater by far than anything which I thought I was.
Experiencing the Self is one of being drenched in Grace, humbled before the experience of God, his power, his purity, and then the recognition that the grace, power, love, light, energy, intelligence that is the divine I find in me, is me! I am that divine. I am that humility. I am that surrender. I am that joy. I am that power. I am that intelligence. I am that beautific and transcendent other. I am life itself manifest in dozens of trillions of life forms.
Because I know who and what I am, I know who and what all others are, from the smallest insect, to a hundred ton whale, and I love them all just as I love that Other within me.
With this experience, many feel obligated to share the message of how great we are as God, the divine light, who shines within all of us, and within also all non-human sentient beings.
Now, we are not one in the sense there is only one live entity and it is me. We, as sentience, are confined to one body, one location, and when the life force leaves us, we, as individuals are gone forever. It is sentience itself, the Life, the divine, which is not touched by our individual death.
It is as if we were all flashlights, with our essence being the light generated by the mechanisms of electricity, light bulb or LED, focus mirror and switch which is similar to our bodies as the medium from which individual light emerges.
We can choose to identify with the light or with the mechanism of the flashlight. Both of these are impermanent. The flashlight gets old at some point, and light no longer is generated.
What lives forever is the physicality of metals, batteries, electricity, the principle of light: spirit and nature together. The same with Consciousness and its vessel: spirit and nature.