Monday, September 14, 2009
Awakening into oneness
Awakening into oneness is awakening from the illusion of separation, the trance of ego, the dream of the person you have mistaken yourself to be. It is about coming to know who you really are prior to the conditioned habits of identifying with the contents of your awareness – thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. It is a process of accessing your deepest nature as awareness itself - peaceful, limitless, free, unchanging, vast spaciousness, also called love; and learning to embody this true nature into the fabric of your daily life. Thoughts, fears, and desires still come and go; life is still characterized by temporary trials, misfortunes, and stress. But the personal story is no longer characterized by rigid separation; it is now capable of reflecting something deeper, more luminous and abiding that can shine through it.
Awakening into oneness is about discovering that you are not primarily a human being having occasional spiritual experiences. You discover that you are primarily a spiritual being, the ONE, having a human experience. The truth is you already are what you are seeking. You are looking for God through his/her eyes. Awakening into oneness is coming to realize this with your whole being and learning to live it ever more fully. It is not awakening itself but the permeation of that wakefulness into all the dimensions of ordinary life that seems to be challenging. Awakening can continually deepen and become more stable in your life. The Oneness Blessing is a gift of grace that accelerates this process.
Awakening is a radical shift in identity. You think you’re you, but you’re not. You are eternal being. We each have a specific role and our stories about that role. But our roles and stories are not what we are. It is actually astounding how completely we humans define ourselves by the content of our minds, feelings and history. The Oneness Blessing frees us from this false identification. The core suffering we experience as human beings comes from the ego knot, the illusion that we are separate from God and from each other. This illusion creates an incessant urge to search for something external to escape the pain and discontent of this condition.
The revelation of the truth of your oneness with the divine comes through divine grace, rather than through any individual effort. Awakening into oneness is not the fruit of a long process of striving, but the cessation, temporarily or permanently, of the attempt to become something other than what already is. It is the abandonment of effort and the surrender to divine grace. This allows a deep relaxation into the present moment, where the joy of being resides.
The heart’s one true longing is to come home, to rest in peace, silence, love – and to realize the perfection always and already inherent within this and every moment. Only by awakening from the dream of separation can our hearts flower, soften and open, relaxing into an embodied open presence that feels utterly safe and authentic.
Although awakening marks the end of striving and confusion, it is the beginning of another journey, in some ways more demanding – the process of embodying the formless in the world of form. It will take the rest of one’s life to fully integrate and embody the love that we are. Once awareness has turned around and realized its original nature as the ONE, this original nature begins to permeate every dimension of our humanity. The process is endless, because the individual can always more fully reflect its source.
Life is a demonstration of the source trying again and again to incarnate itself with more beauty and completeness. Now we are witnessing the democratization of this process, in which the permeation occurs through mutuality and friendship, rather than through hierarchy and organization. In the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in the ease with which awakening can occur. The time for humanity to awaken into oneness is now. The Oneness Movement is an outward sign of this invisible reality.