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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

 

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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.

Question 132: What is the meaning of Easter in the Gospel of Oneness?

Easter is about resurrection. It is about raising our consciousness to higher levels. It is about coming back to life again. It is about rising out of the consciousness of duality and separation and into the realization of Oneness.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and have some evidence to prove that he was resurrected from the dead. And they use his resurrection to show that he must be God himself as he conquered death. However, Jesus is not the only person to show himself again after a bodily death. Many people have seen certain saints appear again in human bodies.

Here are some examples: Krishna, Buddha, St. Germain, El Morya, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar. In his “Autobiography of a Yogi” Parmahansa Yogananda devotes a whole chapter to the resurrection of his guru Sri Yukteswar who came to him in bodily form in a hotel room in India a short time after he passed away. They had a fascinating conversation in which Sri Yukteswar explained some things about the after life and what his new life was about on a higher planet.

We are resurrecting ourselves whenever we rise above duality and live in the consciousness of oneness with our Creator God. It is something that all of us can do. So Easter can be celebrated all the time or any time we raise our consciousness above duality.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.” (St. John Chrysostom, Easter Homily)

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.”
Voltaire

“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em,” said Captain Jim. “When I ponder on them seeds I don’t find it nowise hard to believe that we’ve got souls that’ll live in other worlds. You couldn’t hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn’t seen the miracle, could you?”   LM Montgomery  in Anne’s House of Dreams

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.

 

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Question 119: How does the Gospel of Oneness benefit young people?

The Gospel of Oneness gives all young people a chance to break away from the old religious customs and doctrines that no longer make sense in our modern world that values free and rational thought and scientific inquiry. The ancient scriptures and religions that have influenced our cultures for hundreds and even thousands of years have many shortcomings when it comes to explaining our world and our universe. And the major religions seem to be in conflict with one another and thus are a source of tension between people of the same Creator God.

The ancient scriptures are not the only or the final words of God (if they ever were the true words of God in the first place). We are at a time in our development where everything is under questioning, even the so called truths of religion. Did Jesus really die for the sins of everyone, past, present and future and for conscious beings on other planets? Was Mohammed the last prophet? What is the truth about the many gods of Hinduism? Does any one religion have the exclusive truth?

Science keeps asking questions and sets up experiments to discover the facts, and even established facts can be questioned as new evidence is discovered. So we are growing in our awareness of how the world works, not only in the physical aspects, but also the mental and spiritual aspects. We are also learning more about consciousness itself.

The Gospel of Oneness frees people from sectarian religious views, idol worship, fear of a punishing God, fear of an everlasting hell, and many other superstitious beliefs. It sets people free to explore our real and eternal connection to our Creator God, who can be approached as a friend, mentor, parental figure, or as Divine Love, Truth, and Bliss, or whatever or however a person chooses to relate to the only Reality, of which, as spiritual identities, we are a part of.

Young people who take up the Gospel of Oneness are not tied down to believing that Jesus is the only way to heaven or that they need to convert others to their belief. And they don’t have to believe that Mohammed was the last prophet or that the Quran has the final say about life on Earth. These young people are not waiting for Jesus or the Madhi or any other external savior to come and make everything right.

The Gospel of Oneness says that we are and always have been one with God. What we need to do is raise our own consciousness through love, wisdom, meditation and service to others. Young people can take responsibility for their own lives and realize that we are all co-creators with God in developing our lives. We are free in our souls. Our religion is divine love and compassion. Justice and mercy and gratitude will follow our loving actions.

The Gospel of Oneness does not insist on any doctrinaire statements of belief. Instead, the Gospel of Oneness offers the invitation to explore life with an attitude of loving kindness balanced with wisdom and joy. Sure it believes in the oneness of all life, but that is something to be realized and it can’t be forced on anyone. Atheists and agnostics can explore the evidence for the interconnections between all life, all matter, just as we know our bodies and our Earth came from stardust.
Life is precious. Every life matters. Why is killing other life, human, animal, or plant so common on our Earth? The Gospel of Oneness asks people to consider the value of all life and to treat all with love and respect.

 

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
–Black Elk
The Self is All and the All is Selfless
–Tyler Zabel
We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives.
–Leonard Jacobson

Gospel of Oneness

Hi Everyone; Namaste;

Here are ten reasons why the gospel of oneness is good for you.

1) Realization of the oneness of all life empowers you to stand for divine love, justice, peace and freedom for everyone.

2) It helps you to know your eternal identity in God.  All life is precious and has a purpose including your own.

3) It helps you understand why whatever you send out comes back to you sooner or later because we are all one.

4) It helps you have compassion for all life. If someone is suffering, you know it affects you.

5) It helps you have humility. You are not better or worse than anyone else.  In fact, there is no need to compare. Different people excel in different ways.  A college graduate may know  a lot more than a third grader, but someday the third grader may surpass that college graduate.  Also, we have more than these current incarnations to account for.  Some people may excel during one lifetime, but not in another. If we see the whole picture of oneness, then it is easier to be humble.

6) It helps you overcome your ego.  The ego is the thing that wants to be counted as better than someone else.  The ego wants the glory.  The ego sees itself as separate.

7) It helps you understand the role of Jesus, Krishna, Confucius, Lao Tse, Gautama Buddha, and other great religious leaders.

8) It helps  you overcome worries of all sorts because you realize that we are all in this together.  People will help you.  Angels will help you.  You are eternal.

9) It helps you understand that the kingdom of God is within you. It helps you build up the inner kingdom of happiness within you.

10) It helps you work out problems with the attitude of what is the best for everyone.


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