Reflections On My Journey to Oneness

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Dec 31 1969 - 5:00pm

#2 Connecting to Oneness

Living with greater oneness is the primary focus in my life. Oneness in nature and awareness of my universal oneness is really important. But, practicing it in my everyday life is my greatest challenge.

Living in oneness all of the time is not a goal to which I aspire. In fact, I doubt that it’s even humanly possible (at least I’ve never known anyone personally who has been able to achieve that God-like state). It is, however, how I want to live more of the time.

Living in oneness, connected to my heart, is a moment-by-moment experience. I lose my connection in an instant and get it back in the next moment. The most essential step in my journey is becoming aware of when I lose my oneness. Without knowing when I am disconnected from my heart I’m stuck in that state.

Becoming aware of my disconnection gives me a choice. I can continue my disconnected behavior and hope for a positive outcome (I love the idea that, “A definition of mental illness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result"). Or, I can stop my disconnected behavior and reconnect to my heart.

There are a multitude of feelings and behavior that come both from being in my heart and being disconnected from it. For example, my heart feelings are warm, tender and joyful. These feelings are reflected in behavior that is accepting, open to learning, forgiving, and caring. My heart-disconnected feelings are cold, hard and irritable. These feelings are reflected in behaviors such as being argumentative, controlling and judgmental. My feelings and behavior that naturally follow being in oneness, are completely different than the feelings and behavior that arises from being disconnected from my heart.

Since it’s not easy for me to understand complex ideas, I try to make things as simple as I can. I accomplished this when I realized that when I’m in heart, compassion and curiosity/being open to learning are always be present. A fail-proof test in any situation is to ask myself two questions, “Am I feeling compassion?” and “Am I open to learning?” If the answer to either of those questions is, “No” a big red flag goes up that says, “You’ve lost your heart.”

• Think back on a recent upsetting experience you’ve had and see if compassion and an openness to learning were present. What do you think would have resulted if both of these were present?  

           -- Dr. Jordan Paul is the host for
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