“We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.” Thomas Merton, American Trappist Monk, writer, theologian, mystic, and social activist
How many times have you heard people say, “We’re all connected or we are one?” Have you ever felt the connection to something greater or what I will call Oneness? In my experience I find that words can’t describe the feeling. Some of you may have experienced this feeling during prayer or meditation. You may have also felt it during a walk when you are immersed in beauty or the majesty of your surroundings. There are many ways to experience it; however, for me, it’s always a feeling that I experience when I’m intentional. I set aside my ‘to do’ list, quiet my thoughts, and lean into being still within.
I use deep breathing to bring my awareness into my heart space and I find it becomes easier to quiet my thoughts. This is a technique that works for me. I also focus on my breathing when I’m walking in a beautiful area so that I am aware and appreciate my surroundings. Then I can feel the connection with my surroundings. Sometimes I call on my inner cosmic navigator to help. Mine wears a scarf, goggles, and a tight cap. My cosmic navigator leads me beyond my physical body, the planet, stars, and beyond when my thoughts are quiet. It’s amazing how far you can journey.
Our bodies hold our divine and eternal essence and our essence is limitless. You can travel anywhere! The feeling of interconnectedness is visceral and hard to describe. I’m grateful to remember that we’re not separate from Source and our short time on Earth is ours to create! We are both human and divine – not separate!
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk reminds us that, “You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you.” Think about it. There is nothing that is not you! We are one and come from the same Source regardless of what you call it or your religious tradition. Everything in nature; the ocean, sand, desert, forests, plants, animals, crystals, to name a few, are all connected with each one of us. How often do we stop to acknowledge our connection? For many, not often. Why? Life is busy, isn’t it?
One of the blessings of the pandemic and ‘stay at home’ environment has been an opportunity to slow down and appreciate my life more consciously. I am still journeying and seek to understand more while helping others. Feeling and believing our interconnectedness has helped. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable in the Mystery is new for me. Another way you might experience this connection with everything is shared by Alan Watts, British philosopher, writer and speaker. He says, “If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”
There are many ways to experience a connection to everything. Finding and creating your way is unique to you! Pick your favorite place. Are you ready? We are one and in our Oneness all is possible!
I will be taking a sabbatical from my group channeling sessions. I’m grateful for all of your love and support for this past year. My last Zoom channeling session with Luminus and the Messengers of Light will be offered on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Please register to join us from 2p-3:30p AZ/MTN and if you would like to connect with me or schedule a private session please go to victoriabarna.com