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Question 128: What is the Gospel of Oneness view on the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States?

Politics represents the best of duality, or should I say the worst of duality. In a way it is a struggle to see who can best represent duality. Politics is about gaining control of society in order to make rules and policies that come from dualistic worldviews.

Donald Trump is a businessman turned politician. He has the typical views of someone lost in duality. He sees the situation as “us against them” or “me against you.” He wants to build a border wall because it’s us against them. He wants to continue the policy of bombing others and torturing them if necessary. He has trashed his political opponents by making personal attacks on them and calling them liars even though objective analysis has revealed he is one of the biggest liars of all.

We could go on and on about his faults, but what about our own faults? The problem isn’t out there in political people. The problems are always within us, and in order to reform the world and change things for the better we need to purify ourselves, a difficult and life-long assignment, given to us by Life itself.

When we look at the life of Jesus, he did not talk about how terrible Caesar and Herod were. He didn’t talk about overthrowing the Roman Empire and establishing his own world view as the ruling ethic. He did criticize the religious leaders of his day though because they were not teaching people how to establish their inner communion with God. Instead they were enforcing a lot of outer rules such as not doing any work on the Sabbath. In other words they were not entering the kingdom of God within and they were discouraging the common people from going within also.

We can look at a more modern figure for guidance on how to see political figures. Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” lived through two world wars and saw the rise and results left by such tyrants as Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Mussolini and others. His own country of India was colonized by a foreign country, and yet he spent his time teaching people how to enter the kingdom of God by going within and meditating to gain the experience of oneness with God. He did not spend much time if any criticizing the terrible tyrants of his time.

However, does this mean that we should ignore political figures who are wreaking havoc on the world? No, Hitler could have been stopped if enough people had realized just how crazy he was at the beginning of his rule, but that raises the questions of “how many is enough and what could they really do?” Let’s take a look at Syria. Assad is a brutal ruler, but the rebellion against him has led to a devastating civil war. And sometimes a brutal regime is replaced by one just as bad or worse.

Here in the United States we have a long tradition of orderly government with peaceful transitions of power. We can impeach presidents. We can vote in new people. As long as we have freedom to dissent we can put forward alternative policies. If you believe in the oneness of all life you can support any policy or plan that recognizes that we are all one in the Spirit.

 

Question 127: Why is meditation important in the Gospel of Oneness?

Our five senses keep us enthralled by all the dualistic experiences in this world. There is so much to see, to taste, to hear, to touch, to smell in this world that these sense experiences keep us busy in living outer directed lives.

We also have the sense of intuition that goes beyond what our five senses can detect. It is this sense that can connect us to transcendental experiences, including the amazing experience of Oneness with all that is.

We don’t have to be in a meditation mode to experience oneness, but if we set aside some quiet time every day, even for 15 minutes, we can quiet the sense telephones and get in touch with something beyond the outer shows of this world.

Many methods and teachers of meditation are available. Yes, some teachers have ulterior motives, and some have methods that may not work for you, but that doesn’t mean meditation is not a highly beneficial practice.

The simplest method of meditation is to stretch and exercise gently before sitting down in a comfortable posture with your spine as straight as possible. Then follow your breath as it goes in and out. Your breathing will slow down and so will your heart rate. Your eyes can be closed or half open with your gaze directed slightly upward. Focus on love and gratitude, and let your body relax. The more you do this the easier it will become. If it becomes a habit so much the better.

Of course if you already are or want to be a deep practitioner of meditation, then it would be a good idea to find a highly qualified teacher who can guide you when you have difficulties. Maybe you have such a teacher who has overcome his or her ego and can guide you wisely. If so, I’m sure you are very grateful.

To summarize, if you look at the state of the world in this year (2017) how many people do you see in politics and religion who are lost in duality? How many do you see talking about this gospel of oneness? So engaging in meditation is very important in order to help this world.

through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced. – Bhagavad Gita

Question 126: Does the Gospel of Oneness advocate the use of the Hawaiian healing technique Ho’oponopono?

Yes it does because it is a universal healing technique that uses the oneness of life to bring healing and health to the practitioners as well as the people in need of healing.  When we heal ourselves we also heal other people. So the idea is to concentrate the healing vibrations on ourselves and also a specific person or group of people.

The technique consists of using the phrases, “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” You don’t necessarily have to be in the presence of the people you are seeking to help. The idea is to introspect about your own faults and shortcomings that may lead to problems such as the ones experienced by the people or person in need of healing. All the while you keep repeating those phrases with deep feeling. You set aside a block of time to do this healing work.

Since we are all in this together, your healing vibrations will go out to the people in need of healing. We are connected to each other in profound ways.  You say “I’m sorry” because our own impure thoughts and actions have contributed to illness in the world. You ask to be forgiven because that frees the other people as well as yourself from holding grudges or seeking revenge. You say thank you to show happiness and gratitude for being forgiven and forgiving. You say “I love you” because love is the universal healer and the essence of all life.

It is important to love yourself as well. The more you love yourself and become happy with yourself the less you will criticize and judge other people. You will quit projecting your faults onto other people. You will accept that you have shortcomings and work on them without projecting them onto other people. You will be happier and the people around you will be happier

The idea is to take 100 percent responsibility for our part in life and for the ways that we have affected other people. As we are all part of the wholeness of life, we want to be in love with everyone and clear away the distress and disharmony that may lead to illness.

You can use ho’oponopono in any troublesome relationship you might have. If you can get the other party to use it also then you will be able to reconcile your differences fairly easily. If the other party refuses to cooperate then you can use it anyway, and some good effects will happen sooner or later.

You can also use Ho’oponopono to help heal situations around the world, such as the wars in Syria and other areas. If you search within yourself and find any warring tendencies or anger or desires for revenge or to lord it over other people, then you can abolish those tendencies within yourself.  You will be doing your part to bring peace to the world. When enough people have definitely established peace within themselves, the mass consciousness will call for peace everywhere. The oneness of life will be recognized and people will know that what you do unto others you also do to yourself.

*there are different versions of Ho’oponopono

Question 125: What is a cult according to the Gospel of Oneness?

To put it simply, a cult is any religion that is dualistic in its philosophy and practice.  Under this definition the monotheistic religions that were started in the Middle East are cults, even if they are considered major religions. Most of the offshoots of these religions are also cults, such as Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and prosperity gospel preachers.

They are considered cults because they put their trust in an external savior, and they think God is out there somewhere as a separate being who created them, but  remains aloof and mysterious while still being loving, just, all wise and merciful.

Let’s take a look at what some cultists believe and how they act: Cults usually have a charismatic or dominating leader or authority figure. Cult members frown on people who leave the cult. Cults usually have a system of beliefs that are protected as “the Truth” and it is very difficult for members of the cult to question the beliefs. There is usually a threat of some kind of punishment or bad result for anyone who leaves the cult.

Let’s see how Islam measures up to this description of a cult.  Mohammed is the unquestioned authority figure in Islam. It is very difficult for any Muslim to criticize him in any way. It is also very difficult to criticize the Quran because they regard it as the very words of God, and how could God be wrong about anything? Islam is one of the hardest religions to leave. Family members and community members may ostracize anyone who dares leave the faith. So Islam fits the description of a cult. Islam takes a very dualistic view of life as it makes crucial distinctions between believers and non-believers, often in a black or white way with not many options to define one’s beliefs outside the context of its world view.

Let’s see how Christianity measures up: They have a strong leader in Jesus Christ, so strong that they have declared him to actually be God Himself in the form of the only begotten Son.  The belief in the Bible as the word of God, even the inerrant word of God, is strongly believed by many Christians, and it is difficult for Christians to question the authority of the Bible. Leaving Christianity is not as hard as it used to because so many have left already that a person who leaves can easily find others who have abandoned the Church. Jesus Christ does affirm the oneness of life, but his followers have made Christianity into a dualistic religion by making Jesus into an external savior and a role model that cannot possibly be emulated as he is regarded as God. They have made up a story that avers that Jesus died on the cross as a substitutional atonement for the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future.

The Jewish religion has been a dualistic religion from the beginning since they say they were a people chosen by God to live in a way set apart from the rest of humanity, as if all other tribes and nations were just extras in the story of God and His chosen people. In their view the whole history of the Earth and mankind centers around their story in which God blesses them or punishes them according to their faithfulness.

You can put any religious belief system to the test with this description of a cult. So is the Gospel of Oneness a cult?  You can judge it.  We don’t have a central or charismatic leader that we take as the main authority figure. Although we do honor the saints and sages of all religions who proclaim the oneness of all life, and many of them have come from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. We don’t have a book that we say is the word of God because we don’t think the actual words of God can be put into a human language without the problems of translation and interpretation.  We do honor the inspirational writings from people of various backgrounds. You can believe in the Oneness of all Life or not. It’s up to you, there is no punishment if you don’t believe or quit believing. There is no external savior or doctrine that you need to believe in order to be saved. In fact there is no need to believe in a salvation concept.

The oneness of Life is something to be realized or at least mentally, emotionally and bodily accepted as the truth about life.  People who believe in or who have realized the oneness of all life have love and joy, peace, compassion, kindness, understanding and humility as dominant features in their lives. More and more wisdom is acquired with every day of consciously living in the awareness of the oneness of life. The concepts of God and whether He, She or It really exists can be endlessly debated over using our inadequate human languages.  Experiences that transcend our human languages and concepts are what we are into.

Question 124: What is the Gospel of Oneness view on the Second Coming of Christ?

The mainstream Christian view is that Jesus Christ will personally come back at some time in the future and rule the world with a benevolent hand after he disposes of the evil doers. Christians view this coming scenario as the end of the world as we know it.  All of the righteous people will live in peace and harmony in a new world and even a new universe. The devil will be defeated for a final time and so there will be no more temptations for us.  Everything will be wonderful and we will praise God and Jesus forevermore as we live our happy lives on a beautifully restored Earth. Every generation of Christians has believed that Christ could come at any time and most likely will come in their generation.

This is a dualistic view of the coming of Christ.  It presents Jesus as an external savior who will do all the necessary work to defeat evil and establish his heavenly kingdom on Earth. All we have to do is be faithful to affirm our belief in God and in Jesus as our savior.  It is a dualistic view because it paints Jesus Christ and God as beings outside of ourselves. It is a view of separation. It is actually a view of anti-Christ that so many Christians have accepted, and thus the elect are deceived. The delusion of separation from God is an anti-Christ view. The Oneness of Life is the reality of Christ.

Christ is the intelligent Spirit of love and oneness.  We are not separate from God or Christ. How can Christ come again when he has always been here and has never left? If there is anything that can be called the Second Coming of Christ it would be when millions of people have the realization that they are one with God and Christ and always have been. They would be like millions of Christ-like people walking the Earth and thus transforming it into a peaceful and harmonious place and make it a wonderful place to take physical embodiment for maybe hundreds or thousands of years.

However, as you know, (in your Soul-Self), our true home is in the universal consciousness of Creator God. The Earth is only one livable planet in this universe. The consciousness of God is Life itself, (in all dimensions of existence), and the consciousness of God is everywhere and every where springs from the consciousness of God. So the Second Coming happens one by one as we individually come to the realization that we are one with God and that God is the only reality.

Question 123: Does the “Force” in the Star Wars movies represent a “Oneness” that can be used for either good or evil and how close is that to reality?

There are 4 basic ways that we can describe the ultimate Creator or Force of the universe: An impersonal impersonality, a personal impersonality, an impersonal personality, and a personal personality.

The Force is an impersonal impersonality. It has no feelings for you. It is the creative energy and power of the universe and anyone who learns how to tap into its power can use it for good or evil purposes. However, there are consequences to all actions and the universal power always seeks balance. We can see that Nature always comes back to some kind of balance. It is an impersonal oneness.

Old Hindu and Buddhist stories tell of people who gained power to manipulate the Force to their advantage, but in the end they were undone because they got too far out of balance.

Allah, the God of the Muslims, is like an impersonal personality. He runs the universe in an impersonal way. He will judge you on your merits and may or may not show mercy on you. You cannot get close to him and develop a personal relationship. You cannot draw a picture of him or represent him with anything material. He is to be feared and respected because your life is in his hands. Oneness is only seen in Sufi traditions of Islam.

The Tao of Chinese tradition is like a personal impersonality. It cares for you, nurtures you, even loves you and wants the best for you, but there is no personality to relate to. This is also close to the pantheistic view of God, which sees God everywhere but without a personhood.

The Christians, certain branches of Hinduism, especially the ones that revere Krishna as God, and some other religions see God as a personal personality.  In this view God loves you unconditionally and can be your mother, father, best friend, counselor, mentor, and more. For example, God was the son of Mary and Joseph, the brother of James and others.  Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and the dancing partner of the gopis, and the charioteer for Arjuna. This personal God is also the Creator of the universe and invites all of us to realize our oneness with God consciousness.  How can a person on Earth be an incarnation of God?  A person such as Christ or Krishna expands their consciousness until they realize their oneness with God. It is not that they are the vibrationless  Creator who exists beyond time and space and anything material, but they represent the love, joy, wisdom and truth of the eternal being. On this physical plane of creation, there is much imperfection, but as we rise to the higher dimensions of the spiritual realms, we see more of the magnificence of the creation. Since the Creator is unlimited and eternal, She or He or It can be personal, and the oneness of the Creator is the only reality.


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