by Celia Hales
Yes, we all are One. We, as individuals in relationship one to the other, are diverse manifestations of the One—God—the All. We don’t often feel this way, for we are not used to thinking in an all-encompassing manner. But we are both differentiated into parts and part of the Whole. And when we are differentiated, we know ourselves best when we love deeply the others in this world, yet still are conscious of the One.
A recently published three-in-one volume entitled A Course of Love has a major theme of “unity and relationship,” concepts which I have dovetailed in the paragraph above. We know unity, or union, with the Divine, and in that union we experience the bliss of life that knows no end, the life lived in eternity, not time. We could not understand the One, could not even intuit it, without the individuation of the One into the many. Oneness can’t know itself, if all that it is, is One. These mystical ideas give us insight into the importance of our relationships to bring us closer to God. The knowledge of the One can only come intuitively, in a mystical sense, because we are not omniscient. But the Whole is contained in each part, each individual aspect of God.
“Unity always existed. Oneness always existed. God always existed. But you separated yourself from direct awareness of your relationship with unity, with oneness, and with God, just as you separated yourself from relationship with the wholeness of the pattern of creation.” (A Course of Love, Treatise 3:2.22)
Perhaps the concept of a hologram is meaningful. The hologram contains the Whole in each part, and that is the way that we are in regard to God. Of course, we don’t know this, because we are finite creatures. But we can glimpse an awareness that comes to us, briefly at first, and then in a more sustained fashion when we reach Christ-consciousness, or Awakening, or Enlightenment.