There is really only one reason for the problems of the world, the disharmony and suffering of humanity. It is division. We live life with a constant perception of everything being separate from everything else, which includes our own perception of ourselves. In all areas of life this perception of separation has masked itself as the sole truth of our experience of reality. We have perceived for ages that countries are separate from other countries, that one race of people is separate from other races of people; we perceive that we are separate from nature, that our bodies are separate from other bodies, that our minds are separate from other minds, that our spirit and Soul is separate from other spirits and Souls; we perceive that mind is separate from body, that Soul is separate from body, that all of matter is separate pieces without any real connection; we perceive that people are separate from people, that spirit and heaven are separate from matter and Earth; we perceive that we are separate from God, from the Source, from Truth, and most importantly we perceive that we are separate from our own unique and powerful truth of Self within us.
We have been born into this sense of separation, we have been educated and ‘experienced into it’ in countless ways throughout our lives, brainwashed by the unknowing past which masquerades itself as a habitual knowledge. But all of it is simply not true. It is an illusion we keep accepting. This separation, this perception that everything is divided, is the falsehood which rules our whole consciousness and experience of our reality. But it is not real. This division is like a veil covering over another sense, another consciousness, of our reality. It is the consciousness of Unity.
As a world we are beginning to experience this sense of Unity more and more in many ways. Science is finding that matter is not separate pieces, but one vast whole, that there is an interdependence within the eco-system within which we live and are only a part; and we experience the unity of people as they experience the similarities between cultures which seem so different, or even in those moments where tragedies force us to come together for a common purpose. Yet most of our experiences of this profound and vast Unity, which is the foundation of everything, are limited to somewhat superficial movements or symbolic representations. While these are still powerful and real expressions of this Unity, there is a vaster sense of Unity which underlies our entire material and spiritual existence, and which is something which can be experienced dynamically, concretely, in the depths of one’s own Soul, one’s own being. It is this inner sense, this inner Truth, of Unity which lives at the heart of our own self-existence that allows us to connect with all the life around us in deeper and more meaningful ways. When we become more conscious of this within us, we are better able to engage and to heal all the difficulties we encounter in our everyday lives. We begin to see how all is connected and that there is meaning in everything.
But how to awaken this direct experience of Unity within us? Where does this experience of a true inner and outer Unity exist? We must know the source of the division first to be able to truly understand how we can reach a real, tangible, living Unity within ourselves. If we look at this problem of Division closely, we will see that its source is essentially the mind. We must, first, differentiate between mind and consciousness. Consciousness is something vast which is present in everything, everywhere, which is the very source of all that exists. It could be equated with God itself, the Supreme, the Divine vision which lives and breathes in everything, as everything. Mind is but a tool of this Consciousness, one layer or aspect of the Divine which is choosing to experience this part of Itself through us as mental beings. Mind is what divides everything into pieces because that is its very function, its essential work, the reason for its existence. Its division is the only way for it to relate things, to compare and discern them, to attempt to know them. Yet its knowledge of things is inevitably limited by its inherent separation. It sees and knows only through division – through dual vision, a sense of things as two, separate. It cannot identify itself with the things it seeks to know, for it is essentially the agent of division. Again, this is the stamp of its role which it plays in existence, and it cannot get away from itself and its limited purpose as simply a temporary tool of consciousness, which is to be only a beginning mode of perception for humans along the pathway of evolution of consciousness towards greater Consciousness. Mind must have division to perceive.
But pure Consciousness is something entirely free of this limiting perception of division, as its very nature is Unity. There is behind the illusion of mind nothing but Unity, nothing but a spiritual and material Whole which breathes and moves together in unison. To get behind the illusion of mind is the challenge, for it is in the Silence of the mind that we are able to find this deeper sense of Unity, of true Consciousness. When we are able to silence our minds, to empty ourselves of all the mind’s activities which act as a shield against the perception of what lies beyond it, we begin to open ourselves, to free ourselves, to experience the real foundation of our lives, our consciousness, our reality. We can begin to sense something else entering us or awakening within us slowly, this feeling of oneness, of connectedness, even of harmony. When we truly begin to feel this Unity within ourselves as the truth of our own existence, when it begins to grow and spread within all the various parts of our complex being, our consciousness, our thoughts, feelings, and actions, then a true healing power begins to also be present within us. This is in fact what healing really is, the awakening of a greater Unity and Harmony of our entire individual and collective nature, of all the parts of our being within us, as well as all the parts of our collective human relationships which create our everyday reality. With a perception of Unity comes the power to harmonize what is out of balance within us, to see clearly what connects us to our true Source of being and what is opposing this, to see what is out of place and thus have the power to work towards changing it. As each of us creates this sense of Unity in ourselves slowly, we not only have an effect upon our own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing and well-being, but we are healing the vast interrelationship of all humanity and the Earth. We heal when we grow, when we transform ourselves, when we become who and what we really are behind all the illusions that we accept about ourselves without question. And Unity is the foundation for this power to heal.