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Oneness

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Oneness is a religious term referring to the 'experience' of the absence of egoic identity boundaries, and, according to some traditions, the realization of the awareness of the absolute interconnectedness of all matter and thought in space-time, or one's ultimate identity with God (see Tat Tvam Asi). Its meaning may be synonomous to that of nonduality, though some claim that non-duality implies 'not one' and 'not two', i.e. non-duality is analogous to the Hindu formula of negation, Neti Neti, used in describing the absolute.

Oneness may also be known as Cosmic Consciousness, this term was popularized in a book by the same name by Richard M. Bucke ISBN 0140193375. A functional psychological explanation has also been proposed as follows: the unification of consciousness with the subconsciousness to yield a supraconsciousness. Though some maintain that oneness necessarily transcends all consciousness per se.

Some feel that the human experiencing of Oneness expresses itself in the unity of thought and reality. They describe an experience of thought creating reality which feels like Omnipotence. However as the consciousness grows to encompass all, the ego becomes relatively insignificant. In its cumulus the seeker passes through ego death. This coincides with several teachings of different cultures:

  • Hinduism speaks of the Dance of Kali on the dead body of Shiva.
  • Jesus says: to enter the Kingdom of Heaven one has to be reborn in the Water and Spirit (see also Ergot and Gospel of John 3:5 [1] (http://bible.gospelcom.net/cgi-bin/bible?passage=JOHN+3:5&language=english&version=KJV&showfn=on&showxref=on))

Realization of Oneness is also a concept, with which Pantheism suggests to replace the word God, for increased comprehension.

For others, Oneness, the characteristic of being one, is a term used to characterize God in contrast to Catholics who believe that the godhead is of a triune nature comprised of 3 distinct, but not separate, identities (see Trinity). Other Christian believers worship Jesus as the Lord, not as one of three persons in the godhead. They worship Him as "...the everlasting Father...", as stated in Isaiah 9:6.

Alternatively, Oneness is a metaphysical claim that the multiplicity of beings is only apparent and that at some deeper metaphysical level all beings are really one being.

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