We are ALL One. I am not alone. Alone becomes All One in Unity and Healing. I am that which you are, which we become together. There is no separation—we mend the pieces: At One there are no limits, at One there are no boundaries. At One I am free—with you.
The other day I was walking my dog in the park by my house. Around the park perimeter, there are several houses which have back yards facing the park. In one of these yards, situated at the corner of the park perimeter, there was a young dog (about 8 months old) watching me walk my dog; I see her often when walking my dog, tied-up in her back yard, watching what she can without being able to interact or engage. She looked so hopeful and playful…and as we passed, she pounced on one of her toys and shook it, as if she were inviting us to play with her.
It was only a matter of maybe ten steps we had taken past that house, past that small dog, when I became overwhelmed with sadness and a feeling of loneliness for all the animals that are alone, neglected, mistreated, or in cages. I continued walking with tears streaming down my cheeks; it was not an emotion I could ignore or control, and I don’t really know where it came from, but it suddenly filled me and poured out.
So today, I read above, “I am not alone. Alone becomes All One in Unity and Healing”. And I think… “easy for me to say”. I am an adult, a rational being; I can make choices and remove myself from a situation if I really want to. But what about the animals, what about children, what about people who have been so disempowered they cannot stand up for themselves? If they are in the throes of feeling overwhelmed by loneliness, neglect, or mistreatment, how can they even begin to feel the Unity of Being, Freedom, or Oneness?
Oneness works for all of us, and where my effort (and your effort) matters so much within the context of the larger picture. When I heal myself, digging deeply into accepting and allowing Love and Oneness, I am doing it for everyone. Any effort I put into my own healing that surpasses what I “need” for my own personal, individual healing, overflows and becomes available for those who cannot now do it for themselves. No benefit is wasted.
I am that which you are: If you feel alone, scared, betrayed, mistreated, I am too. But the inverse is also true: You are that which I am: When I empower myself and lift myself higher and higher into love and light, you are empowered and lifted. We become together: All of our emotions and efforts interact cumulatively. The more effort toward Love and Oneness that I bring, the more there is available to benefit you. The more you do for yourself, the more there is for All. Then as you are also lifted, I receive the benefit of your Lightness. “Until we are all free, we are none of us free.” –Emma Lazarus