Tuesday, April 30, 2013


“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”
― John Lennon, Imagine

In our rush through this life, we seldom take time to consider what unity means and how far it extends from their own being.  I believe in the unity of all.  That is why it is called a UNIverse – all one.  In our humanity, we fragment our selves, separate our being, and rarely realize our unity with each other and God.  We focus on compartmentalizing our lives, our feelings, and our beliefs.  We separate from each other, from nature, from God.  Indeed, our psyches are broken into bits and pieces.

One way to look at unity is through the value of integrity.  When you act in a unified (integral) way, you approach and behave in all parts of your life according to one set of values, beliefs, and ways of acting.  Your actions, beliefs, and your words match.  Your being, the “me” within, encompasses all parts of your self in an integrated whole and consistent manner. 

The unity of body, mind, and soul lies at the next level.  Here the physical world, our thoughts and feelings, and our soul meld into a whole that allows us to grow and pursue the soul’s desires.  We can listen to the stirrings of our soul and bring its light into every aspect of our living.

Our connection with other humans, other living things, and the external world constitute the next tier of awareness.  Look deeply into your friend’s eyes and drink in the wonder of union.  Walk in nature on a beautiful day and feel a joy and oneness with the earth and its bounty.  We can extend this to a feeling of awe and harmony with the stars in the sky, indeed, the whole universe.  “It isn’t hard to do.”

Finally, our connection with the spirit within, an integration of our soul with God, fulfills our purpose in this life.  We discover a new way of living filled with love, peace, and divine presence.  Imagine if everyone lived this way.  The world would be as one!

-- Pete

1 comment:

jan said...

I feel like the use of social media has fragmented an important part of my life, my connection with friends and family. I'm working on getting together more often with living, breathing human beings.