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One Indivisible Family

“No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main….”

John Donne, 1624


Are you familiar with these classic lines? Here seventeenth century metaphysical poet John Donne expresses the idea of oneness and unity consciousness. Ancient mystical wisdom tells us that in the garden of the mystics, distinctions such as I, you, he, she, and they do not exist. To reach a higher state of awareness and bliss in our lives, we must understand the truth of that first line, “no man is an island.” That can happen only when our ego gets the message.

Our ego insists that we are separate from others and defined by where our boundaries stop and others start. Similarly, our ego tells us that we are separate from our environment and that we are here to sort of push it around as we desire. Yet mystical teachers and poets are always reminding us of our connectedness and the oneness of everything and everyone. We must look beneath the surface and beyond appearances to grasp the unity consciousness they speak of.

Imagine a wave or a drop of water considering itself apart from the ocean. It is weak when separated, but returned to its source it is as powerful as the ocean. Thinking of ourselves as separate from others, we lose the power of our Source and diminish the whole of humanity. When you see yourself as connected to everyone, you stop judging others and begin to see all of us connected to the same unseen silent life force.

Compassion becomes an automatic reaction when you see all of humanity as one undivided and indivisible family. Viewing all others as family members lets you feel more compassion and love toward them. John Donne’s words remind us that we all need each other.

Here are some unity consciousness ideas to practice:

  • Stop viewing yourself as distant and apart on the basis of your geography, or your isolation from those who are struggling elsewhere. When you become aware of someone suffering on another shore, say a prayer for that person, and see if you can experience in your heart your oneness with that person.
  • See God in everyone and everything and behave each day as if the God in all things truly mattered. Try to suspend your judgments of those who are less peaceful, and less loving, and instead know that hatred and judgment are the problems in the first place.
  • Use fewer labels that distinguish you from “them.” You are a citizen of the world and a member of the human family, and when you stop the labeling process you begin to see God in every garden, every forest, every home, every creature, and every person, and inner peace will be your reward.

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Jimena says:

Hermoso como siempre

Deb says:

I communed w/a gnat once & received one pervasive statement/state from this being – a huge “I AM.” The feeling/sense of this statement emanating from this normally humanly-denigrated living being was utterly profound & powerful & our kinship was strongly experienced. Therefore, not only pigs but any creature can & does embody & state the I Am.

Joshua says:

Dr. Dyer, I just love everything you do. Your energy never fails to elevate my mood and raise my level of consciousness. I sure hope you will do a talk in Hawai’i sometime soon. If would love to attend one of your talks sometime, particularly one on manifestation. Namaste.

Mark says:

This is life changing stuff. There needs to be a revelation of that connection with a source that is love, for some to read these truths means nothing and that is the sad part. Keep the flag flying Dr. Dyer you have been obedient to your calling, go for it.

Kenneth says:

If my first thought upon waking is “I am one with all,” then every moment of that day, no matter what occurs seems to move in a positive direction. Even the difficult, painful and frustrating events are faced in the atmosphere of togetherness. Thank You Dr. Dyer.

Robert says:

Wayne Dyer always seems to talk straight to my heart !!
His insights on human nature and how we react to the things that happen to us as we go on living, are always so profound and also pactical to put into practice!
We must all try to put our labels away and just be….. ( yes I mean just be human and spiritual )

Elizabeth says:

I love being reminded about the basics. Thank you for reminding us that we ARE part of all and that labels really do separate us, even labels when used as names. “That is a tree” separates that tree from me. Another great one Doctor Dyer. Thank you!

Denise says:

I love this post. It reminds me of a set of affirmations we use every Sunday at my church: I am one with God; I am one with all men; I am one with all Life; I am one with The One. Thanks Dr. Dyer. I hope that one day my writing serves as wonderfully as your writing does now. I appreciate you.

Luisa says:

Probably will never know what his work have brought to people like me. I grew up
from one house to another without the love of someone. Today I face another vulnerable time in my life: the maturity I continue with the feeling of not belonging to any site. Now I know I must reject the excuse. Thank you very much Dr Dyer and God Bless You

Wendy says:

Hi Wayne and God Bless You!

In the spirit of oneness, please view and share this video. And may we all pray for the people of Japan.

Joshua says:

Rather than personal enlightenment, perhaps we should strive to raise the level of collective consciousness, thus allowing consciousness to evolve and subsequently the patterns we see in the manifest. This is the role of the Bodhisattva in Buddhism.

Susannah says:

Thank you Dr. Dyer for a thought provoking blog. I’m often reminded of our connected humanity especially in days in which we are attacking Libya and leaders like Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It can be difficult for our Ego to want to recognize our Oneness. And, yet, for our evolution, we must push pass that resistance and reach into a higher source.

arianna says:

That goes perfectly well with my relationship with my father and brother. but in a way we are all a family not only them, correct?

Linda says:

Dear “New” Friend:
Thank-you for teaching me “Graditude without GUILT” I am finding that there is nothing that I can not be grateful for.

Parag says:

Thanks for getting out from ego, Jesus Christ has also informed us by getting himself crusified on the cross symbolizing to cut your ” I ” in your life. And to have feeling of togetherness with all the people of the world.

Nancy Shields says:

Great words of wisdom and advice of being ONE…..I often think of myself as a electrical plug and we must plug into SOURCE in order to get re-energized……
In love and light,

Mucunda says:

extraordinario articulo , me gusto mucho, como todos sus escritos es realmente motivante

gillian says:

This is beautiful, and so inspiring at a time when so many people are living throrgh devastating traumas cross the world. Although we can’t all be with them physically, we can hold them in our hearts. I believe that this can then help create a shift in consciousness for us all.

anna says:

Dearest Dr. Dyer…just a note to embrace your incredible way of touching all of life…to include me. You are loved kind sir & YES you are adored~ Love from the Desert of Phoenix which is suddenly looking beautiful…especially since I started raising Pine Trees.
They said it could not be done…oh you should see them reaching for the Universe~

Ruth says:

I find that if I read my ‘reminder’ first thing in the morning, then I am set for the day and it goes so much better. Without these reminders I can go for a time through the day mucking things up. So, thank you for these reminders. They really help.

Heather Dipre Hamilton says:

You are killing me, Wayne! You taught me this years ago and it has been so freeing since. I stopped wishing I could sing and started appreciating the part of me that can in other artists~I stopped treating animals as if we’re separate and started enjoying a more meaningful connection. I love the part of me that is you. Mahalo, W.

sue says:

Dr Dyer thank you for your words and knowledge. They are a comfort and guide. I aim to follow but ego is such a barrier – depression clouds and distorts. Your words are more useful than medication. best wishes sue

Nancy says:

Thank you Dr. Dyer, this a a very timely message. So many are suffering all around the world. Awareness is so key to healing!

Joseph Wadas says:

The giant Sequoya trees are some of the tallest and strongest of trees on the planet; they have shallow roots. The shallow roots grow just beneath the surface and allow the tree to interconnect with the roots of other trees. Their strength is in their interconnectedness. We are the same. Thank you for the reminder, Dr. Dyer. Namaste!

Diana Levy, Fitness & Wellness Coach says:

Dr. Dyer as always great post. And so true, working and coaching people tought me, that no matter what, I keep my self united to to their feelings and emotions, no judgment. That will keep my mind in a positive state so I can deliver great results. We are one!!