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QUESTION 146: How does the Gospel of Oneness evaluate politics and political leaders?

 
Here are some key questions that we need to ask of politicians: Are they leading us deeper into delusion and division? Or, are they trying to bring us into the realization of the oneness of Spirit? And, how are they leading us into one of those directions?
Many political rulers do want to have unified support. In dictatorships they try to have as close to 100% support as they can get. When they hold their sham elections some dictators get over 95% support because the people know if they don’t support the regime there will be severe consequences for them. Dictators jail or kill or intimidate their opponents.
That is not the kind of oneness that we know in the Gospel of Oneness, which is a realization that everyone is equally a part of God, albeit with an infinite variety of unique expressions.
In democracies the elected leaders will get maybe 45-60 percent of the vote; how do we evaluate them in the Gospel of Oneness? Here are some guidelines we can use to evaluate any political ruler:
1) Do they take a strict party-line or do they look for the greatest good of all?
2) Do they have the heart of a servant leader or are they out for personal gain and recognition?
3) Can they take criticism and change their minds if they are proven to be wrong about some issues?
4) Do they seek to take revenge on their “perceived” political enemies? Some politicians have famously had their “enemies” list. A person living in oneness does not perceive anyone as an enemy.
5) Do they make personal attacks on their political opponents or do they treat everyone with respect as being part of our Creator-God?
6) Will they be vulnerable to bribes and the pressure from rich and powerful lobbyists?

 

Politicians will always have different ideas on how to solve our various political, economic, and social problems along the conservative to liberal continuum, but that doesn’t mean they have to cut down people who have other solutions. The idea is to find the greatest good for everyone. We are still a long way from that ideal. We need to keep trying to find and raise up politicians who believe in the oneness of all life.

 

How do we get such advanced politicians? When enough of us reform ourselves and realize the oneness of all life we will attract and raise up advanced souls who will be qualified to take on political leadership. The more we raise the collective consciousness by raising our own consciousness, the better it will be. It is a gradual process.

 

Those who believe religion and politics aren’t connected don’t understand either.
Mahatma Gandhi

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony

I find that all these subjects that I’m dealing with tend to lead me to religion and politics one way or another. It’s not something that I necessarily want to address, but it seems like it’s screaming at me to pay attention to it.
Robert Longo
The political tactics of division and slander are not our values. They are corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party and our country.
John McCain

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Question 144: How does the Gospel of Oneness evaluate religious teachings?

 
You can evaluate any religious teaching, preaching, and prophecy by asking a few key questions. One of the first questions to ask is: Is this a teaching of an external salvation wherein you need to believe a certain doctrine, or do some rituals, or behave in a certain way, or have a specific mental image of a deity? Or is this a teaching that asks you to go within yourself and discover your own Self-realization and oneness with God? Does it encourage you to expand your consciousness and go for direct experience of God?

The next series of questions would start with: Does this teaching claim to have an infallible scripture, doctrine, and world view? Or is this teaching free of making absolute claims about truth? Does this teaching permit doubt and encourage the asking of searching questions about everything?

The third series of questions would be about the after-life since every religion has some opinion about it. Does it say that humans will go to either heaven or hell for eternity after one life on Earth? Or does it say that every soul is on a long journey of many physical incarnations before it fully reunites with the Creator God?

You can listen to most Christian and Muslim teachers, and they will say they have an external way of salvation that one must follow. They will also claim to have infallible scriptures and absolute truth on their side. If this is what you accept then you would be in the majority of the followers of these religions.

So we can see there are two types of religion—the outer and the inner. The outer religions emphasize certain beliefs and rituals that people should follow in order to be saved. For the Christian religion the outer part is a belief in Jesus Christ as God’s only begotten son and that he died on the cross in order to pay or atone for the sins of mankind, at least for the ones who accept that idea. Other outer rituals include a water baptism of some kind that marks you as a member of the religion, holy communion that symbolizes your discipleship, confession of sins because we are all sinners, and belief in the Bible as the word of God, whether entirely inerrant or not.

Within these outer activities there is much variation that Christians debate about. Some say the Calvinistic doctrine is the correct one, but plenty of people disagree. Other debate topics are about faith versus works, the correct way to baptize, the role of music in worship, the end times and whether or not Jesus is coming back soon, and whether salvation is universal or just partial. These debates have gone on for centuries and so appear to be endless.

This type of outer religion is what Jesus criticized the Jewish priesthood for. They had all kinds of rules and regulations for proper religious behavior such as not working on the Sabbath day and what actually counted as work. Their emphasis was on keeping a respectable outer appearance of religion.

Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is within us, and so he said we could have a direct inner experience of God if we put our hearts, souls, and minds into our quest for God-realization. He said love and compassion are the keys to living a holy life. He advised people to get rid of their own faults before criticizing others. Help everyone you can, especially the down and out, the forsaken, the sick and the lame.

In the inner religion you don’t need to debate all the nuances of the outer doctrines. Instead, the idea is to keep your mind and heart centered on your personal relationship with God and Jesus, if Jesus is your guide. If someone else is your guide back to God such as Krishna or a more recent teacher, then follow his or her advice. (the idea that Jesus is the only way back to God is an outer doctrine.)

Let’s go within and raise our consciousness so that we can get a better idea of the truth through intuitive experience. The inner connection with God is known by experiencing bliss, deep peace, ever-new joy, creativity, expansion of your consciousness, and ever increasing love for everyone.
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. – Swami Vivekananda

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.”
― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

 

Question 143: If we are all interconnected in the oneness of Life, why is loneliness such a problem?

 

Loneliness is definitely a problem when you live in duality with a sense of separation from other beings. It is a health problem for people who have feelings of loneliness in a chronic way. Studies have shown that the effects of chronic loneliness can be the equivalent of smoking 10 to 15 cigarettes a day. Other studies have shown the beneficial effects of living in loving communities of people, and also the good effects that pets have on people. The good effects can be measured in health indicators and in increased life expectancy. Most people need to be in situations where they can love and be loved in return. Solitary confinement is such a harsh prison experience because people are cut off from human interactions.

 

Although some people can thrive with very little human interaction, (like people who enjoy solitude), most humans thrive when they are surrounded by people who love them. Everyone needs a place to be somebody who is loved and respected as a unique person.

 

If you live in the realization of the oneness of life you will never be lonely because you will know that you are connected to all life everywhere. Usually people who are dedicated to seeking the truth about life gather together to support one another. So people who believe in the oneness of life support each other in various ways. Not everyone is at the same stage, and in this world of duality some of us can fall back into feelings of separation from others and from our very Creator. Sometimes life conditions can drag us down if we let them

 

If you have a friend or spiritual mentor who has realized his or her oneness with our Divine Spirit then you have a friend who will always be connected to your consciousness, and you can call on them to help you reconnect to your eternal and infinite soul. For many people that person would be Jesus, or Krishna, or Buddha, but there are many more Self-realized beings who are helping the people on Earth get back to realizing their own oneness with our Creator God.

 

 

 

The key point in this life of realizing our oneness is that we need to take responsibility for our own state of consciousness. Nobody else can make the realization for us. There is no external savior who will make the decision for us. We must do it on our own volition. Even if one has a great support group, loneliness can creep in until we are fully liberated and living in complete oneness with our Creator and thus in oneness with all life everywhere. We do have a great support group of ascended beings cheering us on.

 

Once you do realize your oneness with all life then you can befriend all of life. Trees and plants will become your friends, animals of all kinds will be looked upon with love and understanding. You will see the Divine Spirit everywhere and in everything. And from then on Life is ever new and ever fascinating.

 

If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness. — Sharon Salzberg

 

 

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self. –Brendan Behan

 

 

What is man without the beasts? For if all the beast were gone, man would die of a great loneliness of the spirit.  — Chief Seattle

 

 

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. — Norman Cousins

 

 

Question 142: Does the “Black Panther” movie have any relevance for living in oneness?

 
The “Black Panther” movie is based on comic book literature which often deals in epic dramas of cosmic proportions as well as personal problems the characters have to deal with. So the “Black Panther” has some outstanding themes to talk about in relationship to living in the oneness of all life.

 
A central theme of the movie arises from the question of how do we achieve our goals in this life. The villainous Killmonger character who tries to take over the leadership of Wakanda (the Black Panther’s country) would use the idea of “let us do evil that good may come.” He may have had some good intentions to set things right in the world, but he had hatred in his heart and was willing to use violent force to reach his goals. This relates to real history wherein people like Hitler, Stalin, Mao and others like them may have held a vision for a better society, but they tried to force people into their ideas of the best society. People who resisted or opposed them were declared to be enemies and were eliminated in one way or another.

 
We can look at these major historical figures and easily see their faults, however, a lot of people think along the same lines. They think they have to hurt other people in order to get their way. They may justify their actions for what they think are good reasons or possible good results. Killmonger had his reasons. He thought that using forcewith superweapons would wipe out the established military powers of the world. However, you cannot defeat the power elite in a dualistic battle. The only winners are the hidden power elite who benefit from constant war and poverty.

 
So the lesson for living in oneness is that there is never a need to use violent force to get your way. When We are living in oneness we want the best for everyone. There is no need to step on anyone else in order to move up. We are all equal parts of the One Divine Spirit.

 
If you have personally been oppressed by the power elite, your recourse isn’t to fight back on their terms or their home turf because they have too much fire power, and you have to play by their rules, the rules inherent in a dualistic world view.
The only way out is up, that is, to transcend your condition and circumstances. The unlimited power of the soul, existing in harmony and love for all creationpower has to be accessed. Non-violent protests and actions can be used to some effect, but the best solution is to rise above the duality of this world and reach for the Christ consciousness of oneness. It is a gradual path, but it can be accelerated if you want it like a person held underwater wants air.

 
In the movie, the Black Panther also uses force to defend himself, his people, and his country. The heroes in the comic book world are the ones fighting for truth, justice, and liberty for all. They represent the good side of duality. However, their battles will be endless because there will always be some relative evil that will arise to threaten them. The solution is to realize our oneness with all life and thus banish the idea of “having enemies.” A deeper understanding of life will come to you.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. – Thomas Edison

Question 141: According to the Gospel of Oneness, what happens in a fistfight?

 

In a fistfight two people are controlled by their egos, each with something to prove, and each taking themselves too seriously. They cannot solve their problems by talking it out, so they resort to physical violence to show their superiority and dominance. They completely forget that they are both children of God, that they are both part of the same Spirit. Their prideful egos will not back down from a fight because that would leave them open to being called a coward or a wimp or worse. The ego cannot stand to have such a negative image placed upon it. The more witnesses there are, the harder it is for the ego to back down.

 
There are also pent up feelings of anger and aggressiveness that come out in a fight. Hitting something or someone is an emotional release. A lot of this release takes place in sports of various kinds as in hard tackling and blocking in football, spiking a volleyball, serving a tennis ball, hitting a baseball, or a golf ball. These feelings of anger build up from the many stressful situations people face.

 
Feelings of fear, anger, and aggressiveness are also reinforced by negative forcefields that build up over time. These forcefields can be specific to locations where people feel oppressed and down-trodden, and when two people are on the verge of a fight, the forcefields act on them. These forcefields can be countered by forcefields of light, which also build up from the loving actions of people.

 
How can a person resist the pride of the ego and follow the teachings of Jesus on turning the other cheek and having a non-violent attitude? Stand in the vastness of your Soul and realize your oneness with all life. Love yourself and send love to everyone else. Your opponent wants to prove some kind of superiority and dominance, but that won’t be real. It will melt away in the truth discerning fire of the soul. The ego may be into fighting, but the soul is into peace, love, and creative expressions in the harmony of all life.

 
The soul is also into justice, so how does that fit into an unfair fight? How did Jesus handle it? He was unfairly accused by the religious authorities, then handed over to the Romans and then beaten, scourged, and nailed to a cross. It was a mighty test for him to stay in love and forgive them even as they were killing his body. Whatever they did to Jesus they did unto themselves, maybe 10 times over and they suffered the consequences within themselves. Jesus forgave them, but until they forgave themselves, they suffered from the inner guilt. We cannot escape the consequences of our actions, and so justice is always done. The ego wants us to continue in cycles of violence, but we don’t have to follow that urge to seek revenge. The brave person is the one who stands in love, no matter what happens.

 
Other ways besides turning the other cheek have been developed such as Aikido, which uses martial arts techniques to subdue an attacker without hurting him. It takes much practice though to become good enough to stop an aggressive attacker. Pepper spray and electric stunners have also been developed to stop attackers. All of these can work if a person is well prepared. The ultimate preparation and protection is to realize your oneness with all life and live in love and joy all the time. The soul is eternal and will always survive.

 
You and I and everything in the universe exists as part of the endless flow of God’s love. Realizing this, we recognize that all creation is bound together with the same benevolence. To harmonize with life is to come into accord with that part of God which flows through all things. To foster and protect all life is both our mission and prayer. – Morehei Ueshiba. Founder of Aikido

Question 140: What is the “Christ Consciousness” according to the Gospel of Oneness? Mainstream Christianity rejects this concept as a false teaching of the “new age.”

Yes, mainstream Christianity has several problems with “Christ Consciousness.” For one, they say the idea echoes the original lie of the serpent when he says to Adam and Eve, “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” So they say that if people could attain Christ Consciousness then we would be “as gods,” and become a law unto ourselves.

Another problem with the idea is that Jesus warned that a time will come when many false “Christs” will arise. So the idea of having the Christ Consciousness be attainable by more people than only Jesus plays right into this fear of being deceived by false Christs.

The biggest objection to this idea is that it takes away the unique position of Jesus Christ being the only begotten son of God who is actually God himself. Nobody else could have Christ consciousness because it belongs exclusively to Jesus. They say If anyone else claims to have Christ Consciousness or says you can have it too, they are lying to you. All these objections are backed up by Bible verses, but there are also verses that seem to support the idea of a universal Christ consciousness, but either way the Bible is not our ultimate authority.

In the Gospel of Oneness the “Christ Consciousness” comes from the Supreme vibrationless Creator God beyond all created forms and refers to the personal loving intelligence of the Supreme Creator who is within creation and can be described as the Word of God that has made all things. This personal intelligence is omniscience and omnipresent and is God in creation. You could say it is “the only begotten Son of God.” We are all part of this consciousness within creation. How could it be any other way? Nothing can possibly be outside of the consciousness of God. The God outside of creation is the same as the God acting inside of creation, known as the Holy Spirit, which is one with the creative and guiding Christ Consciousness.  It is the comforter; the very personal presence of the Creator. There, the Holy Trinity explained. Very clear, right? Probably not, that is why we focus on the basics of oneness in our every day behaviors—be kind, be loving, be creative, be forgiving, be helpful to others, and be a smile millionaire, and we will understand the trinity by and by.

Since we are part of the consciousness of Christ, we have the innate ability and potential to realize our oneness with Christ Consciousness. That doesn’t make us into separate gods or into false Christs, rather it helps us to appreciate the beauty, love, majesty, wisdom and everything else that is so wondrous about creation and the Creator.

As for the question of whether or not Jesus the man is the Supreme God or not, and what that means for humanity, well that has been debated for centuries hasn’t it? You can get the answer directly from Jesus without relying on the Bible or other scriptural verses. The answer may not come easily though.  We can talk to Jesus as much as we want to, but to hear back from him directly is another matter. You may have to meditate on your oneness with Jesus for a long time, or maybe a short time.

Here is the answer from the Gospel of Oneness: Since God is equally present in everyone and loves everyone equally, then it follows that everyone has the potential to realize his or her oneness with God, even if it takes thousands or millions of incarnations. We each have a soul-identity that journeys through time and space, gathering experience while co-creating. Some of us reach that realization of oneness before others and they may become teachers and examples. Jesus, Krishna, and Buddha are three outstanding examples. Some people think Krishna is the supreme personality of God, others think Jesus is the son of God as well as being God himself. Other spiritual teachers have been regarded as incarnations of God. The gospel of oneness does not see any particular human personality as the supreme Creator God. We reach for the consciousness of Christ within ourselves that leads us to our identity in God, the infinite reality and source of all… We come one by one into realizing our oneness.

We can pray directly to God or to saints who have realized their oneness with God’s “ Christ Consciousness” such as Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and others as well as Archangels such as Michael and Gabriel. They can all hear us and know us, and they love us with the unconditional love of God.  We may not always get what we pray for, but we will always get what we create and co-create with God, Nature, and other people.

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