As I unite in consciousness with my own Loving Presence, I unite with Divine Mind. Divine Mind is Infinite Being—it is now, here, always. I exist in Divine Mind, as it does in me, united forever—One. It leads me to itself through my consciousness of my Self: my consciousness of my Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is my Peace, is my wholeness, is my Unity with All.
Knowledge of Oneness begins in consciousness. Oneness is the Truth I seek; I do not yet Know it. While I do not Know it, I can learn it. In order to learn it, I must work at creating the foundation for Knowing in my mind.
There are ways that the mind thinks that make it open (or closed) to Oneness. Kindness and compassion open the mind to Oneness. Cruelty and antagonism close it. Caring for others and gentleness toward others open it; impatience and criticism close it. Wanting good will for others opens it, shutting out people’s pain closes it.
I must have been agitated this morning. On my way to work I became impatient with the person driving the car ahead of me. He used his brakes too liberally. “JUST DRIVE!!” Impatience with people I don’t know is a point of weakness in my mental foundation that I have been aware of for some time. This morning, I did my mental practices to transform it, but it lingered. I tried to think about Oneness and Wholeness, but those came up entirely blank…
The impatience wasn’t strong; it wasn’t “big” it was just kind of there, getting in the way. I was thankful that it wasn’t too big, but then I looked more closely at that. It was still there. I don’t even know this guy and I am muttering under my breath at him (for no good reason!). He has no clue about my impatience—he’s just going along, living his life. I thought, “He does not deserve my impatient thoughts, he has done nothing, he has done nothing to me.” That seemed to shift something in me. Understanding that: he is just living his life; he’s doing his thing; his driving has nothing to do with me; all of this impatience is mine, shifted something: He doesn’t deserve this. Then with a new sincerity (my prior transforming thoughts were, I suppose now, not all that sincere), I started thinking (in his general direction), “Peace. Peace. Om shanti, shanti, shanti.” Finally I got to a place of some calm and acceptance (and forgiveness for my impatience).
This exemplifies the path of consciousness. It begins with awareness. Looking at things, attitudes, relationships, emotions, brings about awareness. Observing, while seeking Oneness, brings light and perspective to those attitudes and emotions. Then there is new ground for new considerations, new mental conditions for the looking again. Understanding becomes available. Understanding inheres ideas like, “He’s innocent”, or “I’m doing this to myself”. Thoughts like these are one step closer to thoughts of Oneness, because they begin to see “me” and “him” in the same light—“I” am connected with “him”; there is (even if it is the smallest of small) understanding that we are not separate. With Understanding, the mind reaches a new level of preparedness; it becomes just that much more open to the seeing Oneness.
Awareness is the foundation for understanding; understanding is the foundation for Knowledge. In order to begin to learn to Know Oneness, we must be able to see our own goals and interests as not separate from someone else’s. This is the progression of consciousness, so that we may all one day say in unison: My Peace is my wholeness, is my Unity with All.