The ancient philosophies recognized the human ego and determined that the purpose of life was to somehow manage or overcome its hold. They also recognized the connectedness and inter-dependence of all things in the universe. They called this oneness web of light (Vedic), wheel of time (Tibetan), the Way (Taoism) and One God (Islam). The Eastern World struggled to hold on to this tradition as the Western World embraced the legacy of Abraham.
It seems that the Western World was somehow blinded to the understanding of ego and inter-dependence. The West embarked on a long history of ego driven development where humans viewed the universe as being at their disposal. Many wonderful discoveries and inventions have resulted from this ego driven perspective. Yet, when one looks at the world as a whole it becomes painfully apparent that what has been good for some parts of the world has not been good for others.
The world is now experiencing what is being called the Oneness Movement, which began in India in 1991. It was started by twin avatars Sri Bhagavan and Sri Amma, who are acknowledged as teachers and bringers of enlightenment and god-realization by more than 20 million followers around the world. Their purpose is to uplift humanity’s consciousness from a state of chronic separation and suffering into a state of enlightenment; the awareness of wholeness and Oneness. This is accomplished primarily through deeksha, a transmission of the energy or frequency state of enlightened Oneness.
Deeksha is delivered by a laying on of hands by a trained initiate. It is designed to re-pattern neural functioning in the brain, and thus create a shift in thought processes by dissolving personal perceptual filters that foster the illusion of separateness.
Deeksha has been available outside of India since 2003, and has attracted the interest of biochemist Christian Opitz, a German PH.D. With extensive testing of individuals before and after receiving the blessing, he found that the parietal lobes of the brain were greatly quieted and the frontal lobes were greatly activated, with a slight dominance of the left frontal lobe. The significance of the left frontal lobe is that it brings about a greater sense of happiness and integrated spiritual experience. Whereas, when the right frontal lobe is dominant spiritual experiences may actually make a person more pathological, or even cause hallucinations. Opitz also observed a quieting of the brain stem, which controls much of our primitive fight or flight responses.
In studying some of the dhasas (direct disciples of Bhagavan and Amma) in India, Opitz was surprised to find a huge septum pellucidum. This is also called the brain’s joy center. In most people this part of the brain is underactive, and in depressed people it is severely shrunken.
Testing on deeksha participants seemed to indicate that the blessing not only produced quantifiable neurological changes that were beneficial, but also, unlike investigations of long-term meditators and others who do energy work; the benefits appear to be permanent.
Science has once again demonstrated the reality of the mind body connection in measurable terms. The Oneness Movement seeks to provide the deeksha blessing to 64,000 people worldwide by the year 2012. That represents a lot of lives being lived in a happier more cooperative spirit. Yet in a world with over 6.5 billion people this number seems pretty small. That is, until you apply quantum physics.
Research in quantum physics has revealed, after years of research on the morphogenetic effects of meditation, that the minimum number of people necessary to affect human consciousness in a particular population is the square root of one percent of the population. If we apply this formula to the world population of 6.5 billion, then we see that it only takes 8,000 people in meditation to affect the consciousness of the entire world. If the Oneness Movement is able to affect 64,000 people then they have increased the minimum requirement for change by eightfold.
Not coincidentally, the great hall in the Oneness Temple in Golden City, India accommodates 8,000 people who can meditate together, purposefully influencing the morphogenetic fields across the earth and helping to elevate humankind into enlightenment.
The Oneness Movement appeals to Westerners because it is not a religion, a particular spiritual path, or a set of religious beliefs. However, the movement that began in India is not the only force bringing about the awakening to Oneness. The knowledge has been part of Eastern, Native American, and other indigenous cultures from the beginning of time. As Westerners become more disillusioned by the current state of the world, they are seeking spiritual guidance and many are finding it in some of these older traditions.
As the world awakens to Oneness, we are recognizing that we are not our ego. We are spiritual beings having a human experience; it is the human form that possesses ego. When the human form dies the ego dies with it, and the Spirit, which is who we really are, moves on to the next realm of existence.
Western religious traditions teach that man was created in God’s likeness. The error in man’s thinking was that he understood this to mean that he was superior to all other forms of creation. As he awakens, he becomes aware that his likeness is a spiritual form that is equal and not superior to any other creation.
The world is beginning to understand that Oneness is a life force, a power, a consciousness, and a dimension of existence in which all life is interconnected. It is alive within each of us, and also present throughout nature. It is so much a part of our personal lives that we can easily miss it, unless we catch a glimpse in a special moment; grand moments like a concert where everyone sways and moves to the rhythm of shared music, and simple moments like the blissful peace of a beautiful sunset shared with a loved one. For it is in such moments that we share feelings without regard for status, gender, race, religion, or any of the other illusions of the ego that separate us.
It is not at all surprising that this massive awakening process is creating tumultuous times on Earth. As many people are awakening and therefore striving to transcend ego driven behaviors, many more are responding to the changes with fear, anger, denial and bewilderment; all defense mechanisms used by the ego to protect its self against unknown dangers. Yet, to awaken will require facing the truth of what our ego has done; a truth that includes wasting and polluting resources, extinguishing whole species, and causing unspeakable pain and suffering to our fellow human beings.
Regarding this awakening, Hilary Hart believes “this isn’t a futuristic utopia we’re considering. We might recount some compelling myths, but we’re not talking about a fairy tale. Increased awareness of Oneness doesn’t mean an end to pain or suffering and it’s not an elixir for personal happiness. After all, working with oneness requires us to face the truth of where we’ve been and where we’re going, and take responsibility for our choices that shape the future. But it does bring a lot with it – mystery, meaning, and the hidden powers of unity, and of course cooperation and peace.”
Hart tells us we need to enlarge our perspective. People are starving not because we don’t know they are hungry but because we have either failed to find the solution or have chosen to do nothing; so too are people suffering from oppression and war because we lack the moral wherewithal to develop workable solutions. She goes on to say that the awakening we are experiencing around the world is both revolutionary and evolutionary. It is a historical shift in consciousness that remains difficult for many to comprehend.
Hart is not alone in her assessment of our collective will to solve problems. In the book, End of Days, Sylvia Browne writes that the Antichrist is already here in human form and that his name is apathy. She says, “It’s a fact that evil prevails when good men do nothing.” Too many have been doing nothing for far too long, and what could be more ‘anti-Christ’ than to take the position that poverty, hunger, injustice, and abuse of the planet and its inhabitants are none of our business, or that we’re just too busy to do anything about it? Apathy is a luxury we can’t afford any longer, nor do we want to, because in the end it will destroy us.”
The world has seen the strength and confidence of man’s ego evolve to what is undeniably a high point in history. It would be foolish to think that man will not discover, create, and build even more amazing things in the future. In 1899, Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. patent office declared, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Clearly, he was mistaken and we would be well advised to set no limits on man’s inventiveness.
However, as awakened beings we may find that our inventiveness takes on new dimensions. As more people decide to live from their Spirit rather than from their ego, a new sense of purpose and responsibility will begin to permeate everything in our lives. Science is already feeling the effect of these changes as quantum physics moves rapidly ahead, changing our view of the mechanical Newtonian physics we‟ve trusted since 1687.
It was in 1905 when Albert Einstein rocked the world with his theory of relativity, stating that time and space cannot be separated and together exists as a fourth dimension. Then in 1970, string-theory physics discovered new properties for the behavior of energy.
In The Divine Matrix, by author Gregg Braden, we are told that physicists are on the verge of explaining the holographic nature of our world based on recent discoveries in quantum physics. Physicists have already proven the existence of a web of energy and they have proven that emotion affects this web. These discoveries have brought science and spirituality onto a convergent path of agreement that, as we think, so shall we be. The world around us has been, is now, and always will be the product of our collective thoughts.
This new scientific information has caused some speculation about the ancient wonders of our world. Some scholars speculate that ancient civilizations understood the energy matrix and used it to create such things as the pyramids, aqueducts, and other structures of their time; structures that we would have difficulty replicating today with our technology. We continue to search for clues to how they accomplished such feats. Perhaps when we find these answers we will also be looking into our own future.
Quantum physics and Oneness are giving us the same message that everything is connected and everything is affected by the quality or degree of love we give. Our greatest challenge to implementing this knowledge for the benefit of mankind is the ego. The ego does not recognize Oneness. It sees everything as separate from itself. This duality will be overcome as individuals consciously seek to transcend the pull of egoism. This will occur one person, one ego, at a time until a critical mass is achieved that will change the collective ego.
These changes are already occurring on a massive scale throughout the world. Universal access to and acceptance of the internet has facilitated massive gatherings of like minded people who are sharing their ideas for everything; from animal rights, organic farming, social justice, responsible energy, and world peace, to spirituality and much more. These groups of people recognize Oneness, if not in its entirety, at least in regard to an issue of concern to them.
Further evidence in the rise of consciousness is the vast array of documentary films that have appeared in recent years; films like, Waiting for Superman, Dirt The Movie, I Am, The Future of Food, and To Catch A Dollar. Some of these films are making it to the big screen in theaters around the country, while others are being shared person to person via the internet in a quiet yet powerful cry to us all to wake up and recognize that we are all One.