This oneness embraces the diversity of a multitude of expressions inspired by the divine impulse behind our world.
As conflicts appear to intensify around the world and seep into all layers and structures of society, the real underlying division is becoming revealed. The essential difference is between who we may think we are and the realisation of our true being. It is what divides those who still identify as separate individuals competing with others, and those who know and embody the shared oneness of the human spirit, soul and heart. This oneness embraces the diversity of a multitude of expressions inspired by the divine impulse behind our world. It is reflecting in many ways, even in the most familiar everyday things such as the chorus of a popular Australian song:
We are one
But we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come.
We’ll share a dream
And sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian.
It is the potential, held outside of time and space, towards which we evolve through earthly experience.
This experience of oneness is dissolving borders around the globe, so we could well expand the last line to: “I am, you are, we are of the One World”. Such things are tiny glimmers of our divine potential filtered through into human expression. Our divine nature was hinted at in the Bible: “So God created man in his own image” (Genesis 1:27) – in the image of the God that ensouls our world. It is the potential, held outside of time and space, towards which we evolve through earthly experience. The Tibetan Master describes the ultimate point of identification as a point of light that is:
…conscious, immutable and aware of the two extremes of the divine expression: the sense of individual identity and the sense of universality. These are fused and blended in the ONE. … it is realised that there is no identity apart from universality and no appreciation of the universal apart from the individual realisation, and this realisation of identification with both the part and the whole finds its point of tension in the will-to-be, which is qualified by the will-to-good and developed (from the consciousness angle) by the will-to-know. These are in truth three aspects of the divine will …” The Rays and the Initiations, page 106
We may be a long way from fully realising what this means and embodying it.
We may be a long way from fully realising what this means and embodying it. But as our history unfolds into its destiny, we continue to learn through worldly experience, even in the bitter and tragic experiences of conflict, and so gradually gain a truer sense of proportion and true values. Our expanding understanding then reflects into and changes the world.
And we are now approaching a pivotal moment in human history in which the limitations of identifying with a personal worldview – with its desire for prominence and recognition before others – are coming into clear focus for a growing multitude able to see through the eyes of the heart. The heart knows the human essence as the divine essence we share. Its realm is above and beyond the control of the lower aspects of the little personality. The heart knows only oneness and the brotherhood of man and of the universe which nurtures all growth and so treats all with compassion and understanding.
When we identify with a goal, its magnetic power radiates through us so that we are drawn to it and, at the same time, draw it to us because we share its creative power.
While we may not yet have fully embodied the ideal expressed in the familiar Australian song or realised the point of identification described by the Tibetan Master, these are goals that magnetically gather all who are ready to resonate with them – and their numbers are growing. There is a power in a formulated goal or purpose. Its radiatory call brings all who respond into right relationship within a common cause, a common destiny. When we identify with a goal, its magnetic power radiates through us so that we are drawn to it and, at the same time, draw it to us because we share its creative power. The Tibetan explained in a letter to a disciple:
…A disciple is not drawn into a close rapport with the Ashram by the magnetic, radiatory power of the Ashram alone. Disciples need to grasp the fact that they, themselves, have to draw the Ashram to them, symbolically speaking, by the potency of their own magnetic radiation.” Discipleship in the New Age II, page 540
This all-embracing oneness is centred in the heart and sustained by the love that radiates freely through all who share that heart.
A radiatory presence draws attention and focus and so its radiance continually grows because we live in a vital oneness that flows through all in a constant reciprocal exchange of life. There is a vaster freedom in this shared oneness of being, a freedom which embraces a diversity of expressions because they are all inspired from the same divine source and so do not conflict, impose or threaten. This all-embracing oneness is centred in the heart and sustained by the love that radiates freely through all who share that heart. The Tibetan Master speaks of the power of love:
… love brings all earthly karma to an end. Love induces that radiation which invokes and evokes not only the heart of God but the heart of humanity also. Love is the cause of all creation and the sustaining factor in all living.” Discipleship in the New Age II, page 541
Being consciously open to the One Life both sustains and speeds our progress as we free ourselves from the limiting desires and attachments of the lower self
Being consciously open to the One Life both sustains and speeds our progress as we free ourselves from the limiting desires and attachments of the lower self – which can be many and unrealised. When freed from their hold, we are released into an expansive and uplifted sense of being and interrelationship with all else. As that expansion progresses, we come closer to the mind, heart and purpose of God and become more like “the image of God”.
God is also “The Creator”, and the power of the creative process is His radiant Presence at the heart of our world. As we share that divine nature, we also share the divine capacity to create. We do so automatically according to the inherent essence of our being, only constrained by the limitations of a lesser sense of identity, of who we think we are. The underlying principles of the creative process are explained by the Tibetan Master:
…the expression of the creative faculty is radiation and magnetism. These bring to its possessor the material for creation and a magnetic capacity which arranges in due form and beauty that which radiation has evoked. Creativity is a consequence of a particular state of mind and a specific state of being; it signifies a point in evolution wherein the disciple is definitely radioactive. He can no more help creating in some form or another than he can help living. After all … karma is ever the source of physical plane creation, happenings and events; it is the instrument of the soul in producing a personality.” Discipleship in the New Age II, page 539-540
The real power of divine love carries us there, into oneness.
Because we share the One Life, everything we think, feel and do has effect; every grasped inspiration, idea, thought, sensed impression, and consequent action produces commensurate response. Thus karma unfolds until we are aligned with the inner divine being we are and where karma no longer balances with pain and suffering but brings joy in service to divine intention. The real power of divine love carries us there, into oneness.
Love is not condescension, never that, nor books, nor any marking on paper, nor what people say of each other. Love is a tree with branches reaching into eternity and roots set deep in eternity, and no trunk! Have you seen it? The mind cannot. Your desiring cannot. The longing you feel for this love comes from inside you. When you become the Friend, your longing will be as the man in the ocean who holds to a piece of wood. Eventually, wood, man, and ocean become one swaying being, Shams Tabriz, the secret of God. ~ Rumi “One Swaying Being”
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