On Peace and Oneness

It seems apparant  to most people that the proper teaching of morality is an essential ingredient to a peaceful, harmonious society. But I submit that an understanding of the oneness of all people could elliminate the need for morality teachings which are steeped in far too much dogma.

We’ve been given the Ten Commandments of Judaism and Christianity; the Eight Noble Truths of Buddhism and the five-fold path of yoga in Hindu traditions. But, if these offerings from the sundry religious traditions of the world haven’t been successful in affecting unity between neither individuals nor societies, can we logically say that religion holds the answers to successful self or corporate governance?

There seems to be a correlation between religiously fervant societies and cultural disharmony. Whether it be islamic fundamentalism in the middle east or protestant/Catholic tensions in Northern Ireland, Morality teachings seem to inform the mind, but not to effect the heart-and herein lies the challenge: to discover a method of getting into the intersubjectivity of individuals for it’s not what one has been taught cognitively, but what one knows experiencially that changes an individual and ultimately a world.

“Is all that we’ve been taught all that we know?” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the degree that we’re able to percieve oness with all things, we’ll be able to truly experience peace. Now here’s where the rubber meets the road. Where religiosity parts ways with the mystical path because, though most of the world religions subscribe to the notion of the ONESS of God, either implicitly or expicitly, usually by Oneness they mean that there is but One God. Period. But to the mystic that isn’t at all what Oneness means. To the mystic, Oneness speaks to the notion that all is God and that god is All. The very thought of God as something other than one’s self effects one’s ENTIRE world view, for if you see God as an “other” then you’ll naturally see all other things, including ascpects of your self as being separate from you.

Those who do not walk the mystical path tend to believe that the mystic considers him or herself to be God in the western sense of God. But this is not the case. To say that God is me is not the same as saying I am God. The latter would be a dangerous ego claim which could potentially send one down the road of the David Koresh’s of the world. To say that God exists as Me, by contrast acknowledges the all pervading divine substance. This idea has an effect on one’s world view in a way that gives equal respect to  all sentient beings and sets one down the road to peace.

To begin by integrating the parts of ourselves that we purposely fragment into “other” is the first and most important place to begin. Understanding your interconnectivity with others is the essential next step, because if you can see another as yourself, you will have no desire to harm another. When the human being is able to open themselves up to such a degree that they’re able to experience everyone and everything as a part of themselvesis, then we will know peace. This subjective Knowingtranscends learned behavior, transcends commandmants and dharmas. It’s wiping the slate clean, only to discover that the slate was all that ever was in the first place.

~Michael Ezell

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