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Question 111: Can the Gospel of Oneness help me overcome passive-aggressive behavior?

First of all, let’s think about what passive aggressive behavior is. It is one of the subtle sins of the religious and spiritual people who think they are living a holy life, but underneath their shining veneer they may hold onto resentments that get acted out in various hurtful ways. Resentment can come out by withholding love and attention. It can come out with sharp words and subtle put-downs. It can come out by refusing to forgive or even to smile at someone. It can come out by giving the cold shoulder to someone. So you don’t actually try to physically hurt someone, but you want to punish them in small ways. Sometimes it is real anger that gets suppressed, and that can come out in more intense ways, but still short of physical violence.

How can the Gospel of Oneness help overcome this kind of behavior? One of the important practices is to always look first at our own behavior to see where we need to reform ourselves. Since we have our own individual identity in the one Spirit, it is the only place we can purify. The more we truly learn to love everyone and express the joy of Spirit, the less we will resent anyone else for anything. Passive-aggressive behavior comes from a lack of love and joy. On a radio program, one person confessed that he resented people who were having too much fun, and he wanted them to tone it down. And he secretly wished that he was having that much fun.

Sometimes the passive-aggressive behavior comes from many years of troubled relationships where people never sit down and talk about their subconscious resentments. People become afraid of expressing emotions that may get a negative reaction from others. If we don’t clear away our resentments we will be attached to them, thus making it harder for us to ascend into the realm of oneness where Jesus and the other true saints live in paradise. Resentments may be easier to give up when we have a larger perspective on life and thus can see how petty some resentful behaviors can be.

So the Gospel of Oneness can help by reminding us that resentments mostly hurt ourselves. And it can remind us that true love and joy can be found in embracing the oneness of all life. We need to have an action plan to clear away our resentments. This may involve professional therapy for some people.

 

To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.” ~Samuel Johnson”

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Question 110: Can you analyze ISIS from the point of view of oneness?

Yes, let’s start with what the Gospel of Oneness stands for, namely unconditional love for everyone, cooperation for the benefit of everyone, sharing of resources for the benefit of everyone, respect for all life, respect for all viewpoints, joy in living, equality of souls, no violence against others, free thinking, free speech and awareness of the dualistic traps of this world.

So let’s see how ISIS measures up. They are trying to force their will on their self-created enemies. They try to eliminate people who have different viewpoints about life. They even try to force the Infinite One into their mental box by saying that Allah supports their violence against other expressions of the One Creator God.

ISIS is acting as a dualistic force fighting for a relative goal of establishing an Islamic state. Their actions carry the seeds of their own destruction because they will reap what they have sown. Other dualistic forces have already and will rise up against them. Nobody really wins but a lot of people suffer needlessly, all for an illusory goal that can never be achieved by violence. The only ones who might temporarily benefit are the merchants of weapons and warfare.

The only way they can even come close to realizing their goals is to work for the benefit of all mankind in a peaceful way with service and love to all, and if they did that they might then adjust their goals to the reality of the oneness of all life.

“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.”
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

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Question 109: Isn’t saying “oneness with God is the only way to salvation” equivalent to saying that “Only belief in Jesus as your savior is the only way to heaven?” Both are exclusivist claims to the way of salvation and allow for no other way.
Here is the difference: Believing in an external savior is an external path. It is an intellectual and emotional acceptance of another person as your savior. If you think that such acceptance is the only way to get back to God, then it is indeed exclusive. And if you simply believe that realizing your oneness with God is your ticket to salvation, and is the only way, then that is also just an intellectual and emotional choice, and is also exclusive. However, we are not talking about belief, we are talking about actual realization. Realization is knowing in body, mind, and soul that you are one with God. It transcends any belief system.
You can follow Jesus and realize your oneness with God. You can follow Buddha and realize your oneness with God. You can follow Krishna and realize your oneness with God. You can follow Mohammed, Kabir, LaoTzu, Confucius and other saints or religions and realize your oneness with God. No one is excluded by what they believe. However, they are excluded if they have not yet realized their oneness with God. It is a process, apparently a long process for many of us, but it is always open and available to everyone.

Our own self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world. –Ramana Maharishi.

God is the only living presence within us, our only true bliss and freedom. Divine Nature, which alone is our ultimate being, has nothing to do with narrow self-interest or limited self-consciousness. Diving Nature can be realized and fully actualized in daily life by sincerely following any number of revealed paths. –Ramakrishna

The first 108 questions and answers are now available as an ebook on amazon kindle. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/BOORU7SOB8   If this doesn’t work, check my post of January 6th, it works.

Hi everyone,

I have published my book “Questions and Answers about the Gospel of Oneness” on Amazon Kindle  I have included the first 108 questions in the first volume. They said I needed to remove my blog posts since it contained basically the same material.

I will be starting a new series of questions and answers starting with number 109 soon. If you would like a copy of my e-book on Kindle it is on sale for $3.99.  Look under Questions and Answers about the Gospel of Oneness by Clifford Mikkelson on Amazon.  Thank you for reading. Namaste. Here is the link to my book http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RU7SOB8


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