(We are One. Speaking the Truth. Fostering Love.)
realities are eternal,
beyond time, wherever they are found. The Judeo-Christian Bible is
grounded within history, and the characters within scripture are
upon generation moving toward a fuller understanding of these eternal
realities. Grounded as they are in history, the eternal perspective is
often out in the open, and is usually only hinted at. Each generation
caught in its own present truth and human experience, holding onto a
level of spiritual understanding, often rejecting the new insights of
would take them one step deeper.
One such truth
is Oneness in the
Universal Body of Christ.
Jesus says, "I
and my Father
are one", (John 10:30). He prays for believers, and also foreshadows
oneness and interconnectedness between God and enlightened humankind.
"This is eternal life... That they all may be one: as thou, Father, art
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us... that they may be
even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
one... that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them and I
(John 17:3, 21, 23,26).
The answer to
this prayer for
oneness and interconnectedness is later portrayed within the Pauline
fulfilled in the universal and cosmic body of Christ. The church,
and all creation are reconciled together into the one spiritual body of
"Christ is all,
all", (Colossian 3:11). There is only one universal and cosmic body:
body of Christ (Ephesians 1:10, 4:4). This is a philosophy of oneness.
of previous generations begins to fade.
God is in
Christ & Christ is in
God. Christ is in us & We are in Christ. We are in all things
things are in us. Through Jesus and His oneness with the Father we see
the oneness and the interconnected universal harmony of all creation,
from Him, through Him, and to Him. Everything is made perfect,
complemented by everything else, members one of another, in the one
This is the
heart of the prayer of
Christ. "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
one... that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them and I
them", (John 17: 23,26).
In the early
church, this is a
present reality. The Pauline desire is that people might be able to
the fulfillment of this prayer, and comprehend with all saints and
the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled
the fullness of God," (Ephesians 3:19). You are completed in Christ as
bride with a husband. Through Christ you are filled with all the
the godhead bodily. Christ is all and in all, that God may be all in
(Colossians 3:11, 1 Corinthians 15:28)
God is all.
Christ is all. We are
The Christ is
the light that
lightens every man, (John 1:9).
God is in
Christ and Christ is in
everyone and everything, for Christ fills all things, (Ephesians 4:10).
way it is realized that there is "One God and Father of all who is
all, and through all", (4:6). Not only is God and Christ in everything,
but all things are gathered together in one in the Christ, (1:10,
implies is staggering. We are not independent. There is one spiritual
includes all humanity, (Ephesians 2:15). For as "we have many members
one body... so we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one
of another", (Romans 12:4-5). We are members one of another: I am in
and you are in me, and we are one in Christ. What we do to another, we
Christ, and to ourselves.
in Christ. This Christ
is in everything. Everything and everyone is in everything and everyone
Put simply, since everything is in Christ, and we have Christ in us,
also have everything in us. Again, put in Pauline language, we are
of another, and we have all things (1 Corinthians
This is the
mature "body, the
fullness of Him Who fills all in all - for in that body lives the full
of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything
Himself]", (Ephesians 1:23 Amplified). The lines and distinctions
God, Christ, the Church, and All Things blur and fade away. God is all,
When this is realized the lines blur, dualities fade, and all becomes
Though I have a
background, and have made most of my spiritual discovery through the
study of world religions is a personal interest of mine. Insights
those outside our own traditions are very often valid. Christ is the
enlightens every person everywhere. Many spiritual realities hidden
often unseen within the Christian scriptures are often discussed
for all to see within other religions, and other cultures. For this
rather than restricting study only to the Bible, it is often easier to
and then apprehend some insights using the language of other
Truth is truth whatever the language.
The idea of
oneness found within the
Christian Scripture is also expressed within Hinduism, Buddhism, and
faiths, but often much more succinctly. Within the Hindu and
traditions much thought has been given to the concepts of oneness,
interconnectedness, and the various means that people become aware of
In the Hindu
faith two vital ideas
are Atman and Brahman.
Brahman is the
mystical force. It is the divine everything, the spiritual essence of
universe. Atman is the divine spark in everyone. It is the spiritual
all human beings.
is the realization
that the Atman is the Brahman, and the Brahman is the Atman. They are
the same. Understanding this oneness brings liberation (or Moksha).
Coming from a
perspective I see Christ in all things. When I read about the Hindu
the Atman I think about the Christ who lightens every person, (John
can see the eternal Christ as the divine spark in everyone. When I read
Hindu understanding of the Brahman I am reminded of the universal,
spiritual body of Christ, (Colossians 3:11, Ephesians 1:10). The Christ
the eternal divine spark within all people, is one and the same Spirit
cosmic universal Christ. As it is written, Christ is all, and in all.
all there is. Realizing this is the essence of "enlightenment ”.
prayer was that the
eyes of our understanding might be enlightened so that you might know,
and experientially understand that we are completed in Christ,
2:10). This was a present reality. Enlightenment
universal body that we were called into. We then recognize everything
riches that are present in, and that we have in this corporate body.
come to know the exceeding greatness of the power of this reality,
1:17-19). The result of understanding the height, depth, breadth, and
the love of God is that we realize that we are filled with all the
fullness of God, and that we are one spirit, one mind, one body,
to do abundantly above all that we even dare ask, think, or imagine.
we are already blessed
with all spiritual blessings, (1:3). We are already one. What prevents
from seeing this present reality is "the vanity of the mind, having the
understanding darkened, being alienated... through ignorance... because
In a similar
way within Hinduism,
what prevents the realization that the Atman (the divine spark within)
Brahman (the everything of the universe) is illusion (or Maya). The
goal is to
see through this illusion. When we realize that all is one and
the same we start breaking down the illusion (the Maya). Until then
we see, hear, and touch can contribute to this illusion of separateness
the way out of this
darkness and sense of alienation and separation comes through Christ in
variety of ways. Enlightenment is a divine gift that comes by
(1:9,17), through proclamation (3:8-9, 4:11-13,15, 6:19-20), and
(1:17-19, 3:14-20, 6:18). Sometimes, understanding comes while reading,
listening, studying and meditating on the message, (3:3-4).
this realization of
oneness and interconnectedness is often discovered during the various
of yoga. Various types of yoga provide various paths to perfect union
divine. There are 4 common styles of yoga: meditation, study, work and
There is a tolerant recognition in Hinduism that different sorts of
and are most comfortable with different spiritual paths toward
Individual circumstances and personality type will often determine the
suitable yoga to practice.
Yoga is a means
within Hinduism to
see through the alienation and illusion of separation. Yoga means
"union" and is related to the English words to join and to yoke. The
4 most common types of yoga are listed below.
1. Royal (or
Yoga perfection is
discovered while meditating on the supreme personality of the Godhead
one's heart. The ultimate goal of Royal Yoga is the super ultra
of understanding that knows that Atman is the Brahman. This
(or Jnana) Yoga
Yoga, study is for the
pursuit of spiritual wisdom, not academic knowledge. When enough
and experiential knowledge is combined with an intense longing for
then oneness is realized and the scriptural freedom is lived.
goal of Knowledge Yoga
is spiritual insight. Spiritual insight eliminates ignorance. Ignorance
cause of Maya (or the illusion of being separate).
3. Action (or
Karma Yoga is
expecting a return. This is selfless work and action. This is divine
is not the self doing the actions. It is the Atman (or the divine spark
within), which is the Brahman (or the universal cosmic divine), which
Often those who
practice Action Yoga
or selfless action become completely absorbed in their work. They may
track of all time and become released from self.
(or Bhakti) Yoga
is the most common
type of yoga, practiced by lower classes and the common people, and is
characterized by love, devotion and relationship with the divine. This
relationship is often expressed through prayer and giving.
Christians, and others
enlightenment and flashes of insight often come during similar
have been awakened and transformed by new insights while walking on a
meditating on the nature of God (Royal Union), while studying the
(Knowledge Union), in service to others while preparing for a
(Action Union), in private and group prayer and meditation, and while
midst of community with outward expressions of love in worship
Union). Often these insights come with visions and mystical experience,
they are always life altering. When the insight comes, whether it is
meditation, or prayer, or study, or expressions of love... when the
of the Christ comes … we are changed.
In a similar
way, the Buddhist
notion of skillful means is the idea that enlightenment can come in a
of ways. Mahayana Buddhism, for example, invites many
practical approaches toward enlightenment and the discovery of cosmic
Some people need to hear a message, others need the connection of a
and others still need only silence and emptiness, while some focus on
divine nature to see the deeper reality. For Zen Buddhists
as a flash of insight and the sudden realization that nothing is
oneself. There is the Buddha (or Christ) nature within and also the
Buddha. Everything is a part of everything else, and all people and
exist together. I have even heard of some coming to this
the study of physics, chemistry, and science.
For me, I look
to the Christ, but
since Christ is all there is, there is truth everywhere I look. I am
see the graciousness of God in revealing these realities to people
Indeed, we all
are able to see
beyond a limited human cultural viewpoint, the eyes of our
enlightened to the eternal or divine perspective. We all have the mind
language, Christ is all
and in all. The cosmic Christ is the Christ within. Whether Christian,
Buddhist, Hindu or not each moment is and can be an experience of
With enlightened eyes we behold with wisdom and compassion, the
ultimate unity. We are all interconnected and one.
God is all,
Christ is all, and We
are all… One.
Christ is all,
and in all, that God
may be all in all.
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