Is it difficult to feel that God and Her/His creation are one? This sense of oneness is balance, peace, spiritual understanding, wisdom. This sense of oneness means that the many billions of lives - of people, animals, plants, all of Life's infinite ways to express itself - are all one in the spiritual dimension of Life which is the essence of it all. It means that all is thought - because matter is a concept including separation, not worthy of pursuit. Oneness doesn't know separation or competition or division.
Taking seriously that God and man are one also means that in our experience we could depend less on other mortals for happiness, safety, and joy, because we have already all. We can safely lower our expectations in others to grant us their attention, appreciation, back up - because if God and man are truly one, we have already all. And are grateful, relaxed, and joyful.
Being aware that God and man are one also means that struggles for supply and prosperity can be less fierce, because we approach solution seeking from the authority of completeness. Companies in search of customers (other mortals) to fill their order books, and in need of a consistent cash flow will become more confident. Ideas could replace objects, and motives and actions could be tested in regard to their integrity. From the perspective of oneness. It would leave no one depending on circumstance and would empower everyone to do something bold, something honest - without the fear of being thought different, because truly authentic. (If you speak the truth, you need a fast horse, they say!).
It also means that relationships are more meaningful, because we don’t require anything from anybody, but rather rejoice in expressing the goodness that is already there. Relationships then being about giving, not taking. And about simply being. God being infinitely good, what do you need from someone else? And would you ever take from someone else? And what can you give? If "I AM" is good enough for the supreme Power, could this be enough to fill our lives, too? Because this oneness is living within a source, a sense of unity with our divine source - or if you rather like this image, living in the middle of an inexhaustible fountain. It would mean to stop yearning for a slice of the cake, because you have access to the bakery, including their infinite stock of tested recipes.
It also means a renewed sense of respect and awe for nature - for our planet with its animal and plant life, for the billions of different ways Nature is teaching us about the goodness of Life. Oneness eliminates any sense of competition, exploitation, dependency, and leads to meaningful and constructive ideas in our daily life. It could inspire new ways of shopping, driving, interacting with animals and learning from the wealth of creation with the aim of, well, learning. Is not learning enough for a life, an honorable life purpose within the oneness of Mind?
Now enough of "would" and "could". The shift from complaint to learning is not as big, as you might think. It is thought that seems to resist, a thought that is a grain of sand as opposed to the machinery of our solar system. It just continues unimpressed within the oneness, whatever might try to stand in its way. Oneness. The oneness IS the one (!) thing, the wisest people in the past and present were teaching. Like Mary Baker Eddy who learnt from Jesus how to live a life of unity with God - that is why her voice is so authentic and her spiritual teaching so powerful. It is not her invention, she is finding words for timeless truths that resonate with anybody who has an open heart and a listening ear:
"True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it; and this light reveals the pure Mind-pictures, in silent prayer, even as photography grasps the solar light to portray the face of pleasant thought.“ (Mary Baker Eddy, No and Yes, p. 39)
My husband and I could demonstrate in a humble way what difference it makes when human thought is brought under the gravitational pull of divine Love and its order of events, the basic law of the powerhouse of Love. We were in search for the right buyers of our condominium and for a new condominium at about the same time, and at the proposal of a Christian Science practitioner we looked at the concept of home in the Bible. We were encouraged to pray with the story of the woman of Shunem. In this story as related in the fourth chapter of 2 Kings, a spiritually minded woman prepares a place for a prophet, for Elisha, who occasionally comes through her village. She tells her husband: “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
(2. Kings 4) This story is about divine perception and about spiritual attraction at the same time.
This lamp my husband and I understood for our situation to be the expectancy of Love as expressed in gratitude, spiritual sense, willingness to follow. Light in "the window" of thought - our task! There is something wonderfully meek and gentle about putting out a mental light – while at the same time looking out for a light which will draw us home. The acknowledgment and perception of spiritual truth enable us to see the specifics of good for our experience, but also enable us to become visible to good in a specific way. Spiritual understanding is this light on the candlestick. I actively included in my prayer everyone without a home, refugees, poor and lost people on the go, addressing homelessness as a terrible imposition on humanity which Love’s embrace rectifies.
In Isaiah (chapter 60) we read: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee.”
What we perceived was the double action of the powerhouse of Love: There is the light marking home and there is the capacity and guidance to perceive this light. Spiritual sense is the effect of Spirit on us, the effect of the will of Love to be felt and known – it marks the attraction of Love and makes Love visible. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come.” Our house found a family after our commitment to Love’s design became honest and sincere, but I remember one moment when being shaken with the prospect of selling our home, leaving our beloved family home behind. It was again a comment by my husband which broke through my sadness. “We are never selling or leaving home, dear; we are just selling a house.” In order to sort through step two of our experience, finding a new home for ourselves, we had gone for a few days to the seaside to pray and listen and sort this out.
The finding happened a few hours later, when my husband closed his Bible with vigor and declared an end to searching as opposed to finding. A phone call from a realtor reached us. We went directly to this gorgeous pre-WWII residential building in a historic area of our town which our family cherished for a long time, and learned it had been filled with classical music concerts for decades, something we deeply cherish, too. We can confidently say that the understanding of home as a powerhouse brought with it the ability to see and perceive its concrete expression in our experience. It also strengthened us to replace a limited sense of home for the expansive view of home as the consciousness of divine Love.
Now in other areas, too, I find placing a mental lamp (announcing the demand) and at the same time looking out for the answer (the supply part) is a powerful tool. God's love is providing the inspiration for both.
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