Our Self wills only to extend itself. Extending, sharing, creating as Divine Love, through Divine Mind, is our sole purpose. Our Self knows its fullness in Divine Love and wills only to liberate us, to fulfill our purpose, and release our Joy.
Again today, we are working with the seemingly paradoxical idea of “the singular made plural.” Yesterday, it was one Will, willing through each of us. Today it’s one Self extending through each of us.
In my own learning, this is a hard concept to wrap my head around—the whole “there is One that is also many.” Rationally, my human brain just doesn’t understand it and feels confused by it. But I also know that this idea is essential. It’s essential because:
1) It embodies Oneness. Despite the physical experience of difference or separation, there is something within us that is the same. (Here I am reminded of the Buddhist ground for this: we are all the same, because we all experience suffering, and we all just want to be happy; as well as the Christian belief that “we are all one in Christ.” Even though the ideas of oneness differ, they still point to Oneness.)
2) It embodies Equality. If there is something within us that is One between us, everyone I meet is equal to me, and I am equal to everyone I meet. This isn’t a dogmatic equality, a political equality, or an economic/social equality—this is an internal quality of Equality. Call it Christ, call it Buddha Nature, call it our One self, call it Love…whatever it is it makes us equal. So whatever opinion or judgment I hold about anyone else, I am also holding it about myself.
3) If we are Equal and One, then our interests—though they may appear separate and disparate—are also Equal and One, at the level of Oneness. At the level of Oneness, what I want can only serve what you want, can only bring about what we want…at the level of Oneness.
This is why it’s so important to tune in and stay tuned in to Oneness.
By all appearances, we are separate.
By all appearances, we are different.
By all appearances, if I have something you cannot have it too.
By all appearances, we are working toward different/separate goals.
Appearance is not the truth. Everything we do serves Oneness, serves us all. We can either cooperate consciously, or get tumbled about in the whims of “others”. I choose to learn to cooperate.