Oneness and individuality

 

From a small interpretation of awakening, it’s easy to see how oneness and individuality fit together. To us, we are consciousness and all our experiences happen within and as this consciousness. It’s all one in that sense. And the content of our experience is all individual. Everything is unique. Including this human self that others take us to be.

From a big interpretation of awakening, we can say that all of existence is consciousness – or Spirit, the Divine, God. And the divine expresses, explores, and experiences itself through and as everything in existence and all of it as unique expressions.

When what we are notices itself, this question of oneness and individuality falls away – apart from perhaps as a gentle curiosity. The answer is right here. Oneness takes all these forms and they happen within and as oneness.

How does this play out in real life? In awakening, there is an invitation for our human self to become more authentic, real, and genuine. To shed some of the pretense and trying to live up to images. And to be more as we are, naturally and without the extra effort. I say invitation since this depends, as so much, on intentionally joining in with this particular process.

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From a big interpretation of awakening, we can say that all of existence is consciousness – or Spirit, the Divine, God. And the way the divine expresses itself – as everything that happens as part of reality – is unique. The divine expresses, explores, and experiences itself through and as everything in existence and all of it as unique expressions.

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In general, the question of oneness and individuality is only one that comes up if what we are does not notice itself. It comes from being caught up in ideas and thoughts and not being able to figure out how one relates to the other. When what we are notices itself, it’s not so much a question anymore. Both are here as expressions of consciousness or the divine or whatever label we put on it.

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When what we are notices itself, this question of oneness and individuality falls away – apart from perhaps as a gentle curiosity. The answer is right here. Consciousness or the divine, or whatever we label it, expresses itself as both. It’s oneness taking innumerable temporary and local forms.

How does this play out in real life? In awakening, there is an invitation for our human self to become more authentic, real, and genuine. To shed some of the pretense and trying to live up to images. And to be more as we are, naturally and without the extra effort. I say invitation since it does depend, to some extent, on intention, readiness, and seeing through remaining emotional issues.

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