EXCERPTS FROM CHAPTER 6:
|Excerpt 1: "The
principle of Oneness states in effect that, at a fundamental
everything in the universe is connected to everything else. This
is not merely some idealistic spiritual tenet; rather it has
been an accepted scientific fact ever since Albert Einstein and
other prominent physicists first established that the atom was
not creation's lowest common denominator."
|Excerpt 2: "As
a visual analogy, think of this basic raw material of the universe
the essence of the Terminator character that appeared
in those very popular movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This pervasive energy field can manifest in countless numbers
of ways, creating the illusion of separateness. Yet in actuality,
all of its manifestations share the same basic nature, and are
in fact linked. Now if that analogy leaves you feeling somewhat
uncertain about the nature of this field, consider this additional
one from Stuart Wilde:
||Imagine a large beach ball
that's pumped full of air. Take a few Lego bricks and figures
from your kid's toy pile,
and glue them on to the surface of the beach ball. Now, imagine
that you could turn the ball inside out. The outside of the ball
would be smooth, and all the Lego buildings and people would
be stuck to the inside skin of the ball. A little Lego person
living inside the beach ball would say, "I am over here,
and the red Lego building is over there, so the building is external
to me." But in fact, everything is inside the ball-the building,
the air, the Lego figures, with all their thoughts and feelings.66
|This is a challenging concept
for the human mind to comprehend, as obviously it is much easier
to see the separation
that exists between us and all other aspects of creation."
[66 Stuart Wilde, Infinite Self, (Carlsbad, California: Hay
House, Inc., 1996) p. 30-31]
|Excerpt 3: "What
is particularly paradoxical is that of all the labels we humans
apply, it is
perhaps the 'religion' label that serves to move people away
from Oneness and toward separation more than any other.
It really is astounding to me that the same religions that commonly
use terms like the "brotherhood of man" and "children
of God" are also quick to remind their members of the superiority
of their own dogma."
|Excerpt 4: "It
is also very important to come to an understanding of what
the essence of
judging other people is really all about. In particular, the
reason that we judge others is that we see them, not as they are,
but as we are. In other words, we filter them through our belief
system. Therefore, our judgments do not really say anything about
the other person; they merely describe what our preferences are.
Whenever someone doesn't 'match up' to our personal standards,
we automatically place some sort of judgment on them."