We Are One—the Meaning

If you struggle, as I did for years, with the meaning of these types of assertions:

“We are all made of the same substance or essence.”

“Look within for the answers you seek.”

“You are what you seek.”

“Separation is an illusion.”

“Who you truly are does not share the limits and destiny of the body.”

“I and my Father are one.”

Then this article (and exploration into the meaning of these types of assertions) is for you. 

And to begin our exploration, I’m going to ask you to simply do this:

Imagine the vast space in which all things appear . . .

Let’s call this space “the universe.”

As you probably know, no one has found an edge to this space. The universe is infinite.

As you probably know, while objects seem to change, grow, wither, appear, disappear, or live and die within the universe, the universe always remains the same. The universe is eternal.

As you probably know (or as far as you know), no object has ever been sighted outside of the universe. No object has entered the universe from somewhere else or exited to somewhere else. There is no “outside” of the universe. The universe is all there is.

So far, so good? 

OK, cool. 

But let’s slow down a bit, because our exploration and the following questions are about to get tricky . . .

If all objects are contained within this infinite and eternal space we’re calling the universe—and, again, there is no outside of the universe—wouldn’t this mean that all objects are made of the universe? Wouldn’t all objects be made of the space within which they appear?

Tricky, right? That’s because you and I have been conditioned to see all things including this illustration from the perspective of an object, a body, within the universe.

So, rather than from the body, let’s take a stab at viewing this illustration from the perspective of the universe itself.

In other words, suspend belief for a moment—you, my friend, are the universe. 

Now, look inside yourself. Those objects you see have never appeared anywhere but precisely where you’re looking. So, isn’t the actual substance of all objects made of you?

Interesting, yes?

Even more so—since all objects are made of you, wouldn't this mean that all objects are one with you, the universe? Wouldn’t this mean that all objects are simply modulations of the universe within the universe? Wouldn’t this mean that all objects are the universe?

Let’s circle back. What do you make of these assertions now?

“We are all made of the same substance or essence.”

“Look within (the universe, not the body) for the answers you seek.”

“You are what you seek.”

“Separation is an illusion.”

“Who you truly are does not share the limitations or destiny of the body.”

“I and my Father are one.”

And let’s throw in:

“I am the universe.”

Oh, and let’s also note that the universe goes by many names, each appropriate and used based on the situation at hand, including:

The so-called “religious name,” God’s infinite Being. The so-called “scientific name,” Consciousness. The so-called “witness’s name,” Awareness. The so-called "common name,” I. The so-called “heartfelt name,” Presence. Other names: the true Self, the Now, Beauty, Peace, Happiness, Freedom, Meditation, Creation, and Love.

No matter what name you use, though, there’s no doubt about who or what we truly are.

Even the word universe is derived from the word unis

And unis means “ONE.”

Thanks for the mutual exploration,
Garret