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The Energy of ONEness
The number one represents the glory of God made manifest.... The figure 1 – the perpendicular line, is a symbol that suggests the unity between man and God.
The Pioneer [oneness] is often an impulse, an inward necessity to break away from the hold on us of the old, the known, the habitual, the established.... There is a need to be free of and to transcend the old order.... Life breaks loose ... in a movement toward something new and unique.
–Dorothy Gillam Baker
Keys to ONEness
In the energy of ONEness, certain key themes emerge. You can ask yourself questions that center around the areas of individuality, autonomy, and independent thinking:
1) Do you enjoy leadership positions and troubleshooting situations?
2) Do you consider yourself to be a good motivator?
3) Are your interests often found in areas of pioneer thinking?
4) In your thinking are you more interested in new possibilities and futuristic ideas?
5) Does your life style offer many new opportunities that require taking risks?
6) Are you easily bored by routine and repetition?
7) In conversation do you get excited by new ideas more than from sharing feelings or talking about familiar topics?
8) In jobs and relationships do you prefer independence, autonomy, and doing your own thing?
9) Do you tend to avoid those who may take issue with your plans and ideas?
10) Are you impatient with those who do not "catch on" quickly?
These questions help connect you with some of the basic energies and patterns of ONEness. If most of your answers were yes, you are quite likely strongly attuned to this power stream.
The Energy of ONEness in World Symbolism
The energy of ONEness describes a center of unity for all vibrations. ONEness emanates the Light of God–a blazing synthesis of all colors blended into the single whiteness of Divine glory and radiance. As an example of the power of ONEness, we can mention Psalm 19, a piece of writing that describes the glory of God made manifest. The energy of ONEness is like a tongue of flame, which kindles the power of the Highest and ignites all creation. Such energy is forceful, "masculine, a fire of divine manifestation in mankind." The energy of ONEness suggests primacy–"the indivisible that is independent of others." The upright position of the symbol, 1, signifies our vertical reach like a rocket exploding toward the heavens and our contact with an all-embracing Infinite Presence. ONEness is a mighty tree trunk, rising up to emerge as a full expression of the great tree of life.
The energy stream of ONEness describes origin and self-sufficiency: one substance, God, from which emanates all life and expression. Aristotle underlines the importance of ONE when he writes about First Cause, the Supreme Form, the Unmoved Mover, that initiates all movement and form for the many: That which is the first of all things is that which imparts motion to all things.
The power of ONEness contains the latent forces of all the energies as they await manifestation in diversity. The energy of ONEness is whole in itself–indivisible. "It is incapable of multiplication." Therefore, it is strongly symbolic of God first or the great primary glory of God. It is an energy that fills the mind in a way that brings wholeness–an idea that enters a person in an undifferentiated state and later emerges in its myriad aspects. ONEness brings audacity, like the heroic, fearless fountain, gushing upward.
In its own individual empowerment, ONEness symbolizes the human being's ability to stand erect: the vertical spinal column and an "uprightness of body, mind and character." Esoterically, the symbol of the silver cord (Ecclesiastes 12:6) describes the power of ONEness–the vital force in us, and the integration of personality and the deeper self which finds its true height in God. The Christ summarized the energy of ONEness when he said, "I and my Father are ONE."
To summarize: the energy of ONEness activates the mind and thinking. Like white light, ONEness carries in itself the latent, dynamic harmony of all seven colors moving together. It is a symbol of God's provision:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow or turning.
ONEness contains all things in itself. ONEness signifies unity, the common basis between all things. ONE Power is the creative force that causes all things to come into outer manifestation. Symbols of ONEness include the following: the rod, which brings water and fertility; the pen, which releases Word as the sword of truth; the arrow, which brings power and, as the straight line (which is the shortest distance between two points) penetrates its target with its force; the ray, which is a shaft of light coming from Divine Source and returning into It; the "primitive streak"–the first positive sign of character in the future form contained in the egg. This is the forerunner of the spinal column.
Other symbols of ONEness include the finger that points to what is significant; the phallus that impregnates; the flaming torch that kindles others with its light; the fan, a symbol of energies that are contained and unified before spreading out; the "staff of life," which brings supply, nourishment, and abundance; and the magic wand. In psychological thinking, ONE represents the individual ego–a human composite of strength, self-expression in thinking, the bringer of new concepts, initiative, organizer of experience, courage and rulership over the personality.
ONEness contains unity at the center. Akhenaton is reputed to have said that a ruler is ONE nation. A good friend is ONE whom we can trust. In this way a true friend is a person whose diverse aspects are integrated and expressed in such a way that we sense the solidity and unity in the midst of differences.
The Expression of ONEness in the Human Temperament
The path of ONEness energizes the mind. Energy focuses in the thinking; thoughts are quickened by a steady stream of new ideas and dynamic concepts. The movement is usually from abstract to concrete. The presence of Providence offers new opportunities for pioneering and catalytic thinking. Great expectations bring a desire for action, outer form, and expression. The response of ONEness seeks growth and change more than comfort. People activated by the energy of ONEness become trailblazers. The mind spurs them on, buzzing like beehives, filled with a sense of possibilities and good fortune.
If we tap into the power of ONEness, we live a life that is dynamic, a life that surges forward with urgency and immediacy. Mental intensity and life style are highly charged. The path of ONEness calls for risks and the dangers of a pathfinder. It is a path where we rarely know what lies ahead. In the process of creative thinking, the idea in concept often becomes more attractive than the slower, more gradual working out of the idea.
Attitudes and Behaviors of ONEness
People strongly connected to the pathway of ONEness need large measures of autonomy. There must be plenty of room, especially for free thinking, in both jobs and relationships. Such people often resent taking orders or direction; they prefer to be in control themselves, able to think daringly and take initiative whenever they desire to do so. The attitude of ONEness is assertive.
People are not abstractions. It is helpful for those strongly connected to the path of ONEness to see individuals as flesh and blood, not just embodiments of their idea. I remember an acquaintance of mine saying once, "I need people so that I can test my ideas." He, himself, was later tested greatly when he had children, for they expressed feelings and emotions and demanded personal involvement from him.
To express the energy of ONEness, a person will often "implode," concentrating a strong mental focus, like a flame of fire, on a particular interest or idea until it runs dry or until such an individual becomes bored. Then, suddenly, the energy shifts elsewhere. Rapid changes occur continuously in these peoples' lives, and sometimes it is difficult to see the connection from one interest to the next. The energy of ONEness emanates a dedication in the moment, but often people on the path of ONEness have difficulty sustaining interest in a given area for long periods of time. The intensity of the energy of ONEness requires continuous mental stimulus and new, challenging directions for thought.
Those who demonstrate the way of ONEness often take the lead; they live on the cutting edge, in the vanguard. They usually can be seen constantly reading new articles, listening to new motivational tapes, or attending "growth" seminars. They are frequently entrepreneurs–opportunists of the first order. They are very verbal and need others to talk to (not listen to), bouncing ideas freely about their environment. Breaking the barriers of old behaviors and thinking patterns can mean that these individuals are very outspoken, outrageous in their directness and immediately resourceful. These people do not ever enjoy repeating.
Interestingly, with the energy of ONEness, often come the ingredients of Providence and good fortune. Unexpected doors open or a benefactor appears at the crucial time, or there may be a sudden break that occurs, such as an inheritance, a windfall, or a patron. New avenues of opportunity are frequent.
Strengths from the Energy of ONEness
By attuning ourselves to the energy stream of ONEness, we can develop the power of creative thinking : it is helpful in a "clear field" area of our lives to be able to think, feel, and visualize a possibility ahead–to KNOW before actually seeing the physical manifestation of our wishes. The power of ONEness keeps the mind alert, creative and single-focused. It is forceful, direct and inspires confidence and a willingness to risk the unknown. In the inspiration of ONEness, we can observe greater assertiveness, charisma, and leadership; it is magnetic and motivational. Such energy is always expectant; it is self-starting, not waiting for others' approval or support. "NOW is the appointed time."
Values and Creativity of ONEness
In its most constructive expression, the energy stream of ONEness stimulates certain values and quickens consciousness in the following areas:
1) Zeal–the capacity to sustain an eager, active interest in life.
2) Courage–the ability to fight for the good in the midst of danger and adversity.
3) Willpower–strength of intentionality and determination.
4) Initiative–stepping forward with confidence; taking the first step without waiting for proof of success.
The energies of ONEness stimulate definite interest in fields of business and communication. Those stirred by these energies of ONEness often make good problem solvers and trouble-shooters; they can get the job done quickly. They do well in brainstorming and think-tank activities. They affirm the MEGA-vision: nothing need be impossible if they believe strongly enough in it. Such individuals prefer to work their own hours, sometimes intense and irregular, but they give more in a concentrated period of time. They are usually futuristic, not really interested in "reinventing the wheel." They also prefer to hear "the bottom line," rather than indulging in small talk. Thought produces action and feeling.
Observing the Spectrum of ONEness Energy
As people express the energies of the various nine pathways, it is easy to observe a continuum of outer behaviors. These responses range from underdeveloped to balanced and, finally, from balanced to excessive. Often, in childhood, these varied streams of energy may not have been encouraged sufficiently. Or, there may have been dominant and suppressive conditioning, which can result in either the insufficient expression of the energy or too much of it coming forth, as a form of revolt.
The energy of ONEness in childhood has to do with autonomy and initiative. It can first be seen in early developmental stages, especially during the "toddler" and "preschool" years, so clearly described by John Bradshaw in his book, Homecoming, and a host of other writers in the field of child development. In these early years, after the infant stage, each child tends to become more assertive, trying to explore the world and bursting forth on the human scene. Each child has these natural feelings, impulses, and desires, and needs a friendly environment in which to express his or her potentials. The energy of ONEness encourages asking questions -and thinking for oneself, as well as stimulating the willingness to risk and take chances, in order to learn. If this dimension in a person is stunted early, it often may take years before a new, healthy assertiveness appears.
People who demonstrate the energy of ONEness show an early predisposition for rapid mental progress, and they tend to obey strongly their own inner timetable of interests and growth. They cannot be easily forced into any predetermined molds of thinking or behavior. They tend to stand alone in their own world of creative thought processes.
The following pages describe the continuum of the energy field of ONEness.
The Underdeveloped Expression of ONEness (–1)
Impetus is lacking.
There may be mental resistance to new ideas.
A person may vacillate in thinking.
Risks are to be avoided.
An individual may wait too long and miss the opportunity.
Others are always expected to lead and go first.
The person is not a self-starter.
There is a tendency to remain idle and stuck.
The mind is dormant most of the time.
The person prefers to remain mentally unchallenged.
Behavior is too tentative.
Mental inertia is evident.
It is necessary to be more assertive.
The Balanced Expression of ONEness (1)
The energy is highly stimulating, mentally and verbally.
Life is often bountiful; Providence opens doors.
There is a strong desire for self-actualization.
Pioneer thinking brings new possibilities into being.
Many awakenings and new beginnings occur.
The person takes the initiative with confidence.
Always move forward! Never accept defeat!
Be future-oriented; live on the cutting edge.
Live like a pathfinder, with conviction.
ONEness ignites others and catalyzes others' minds.
Welcome the innovative approach. Be a self-starter!
Let the new vision open now.
Be bold and enterprising. Become an entrepreneur!
Magnetize and manifest what you visualize–without harming others.
Cast your bread upon the waters.
Take care of "No. 1" first.
Look to new horizons; live for the untried and impossible.
Be ready to risk.
Be independent and work toward autonomy.
Conceive and achieve with zeal.
Accept the challenge.
Be assertive and seize the opportunity.
Use verbal skills and take mental leaps.
Let unity diversify outward.
Live with the incentive to be daring and determined.
The Excessive Expression of ONEness (+1)
The individual is filled with self-will and egotism.
Too much ONEness is oblivious to others' feelings and needs.
"Know-it-all" behavior predominates.
Mental aggression ridicules and demeans.
Others' ideas are discredited and are treated disrespectfully.
Arrogance is customary. The person expects special privileges.
There is low tolerance for slower minds.
Megalomania often can be observed.
Ideas are grandiose.
"What I think is good for everyone."
Ideas often prove unworkable.
The individual resents authority and does not take orders well.
The individual refuses direction and is not teachable.
Behavior can be impulsive and argumentative.
"It has to be my idea."
Verbally abusive responses agitate and antagonize others.
The crusader must change and convert everyone to a certain viewpoint.
The energy is exclusive: there is no interest in what I am not a part of.
The vision is too narrow and intense. Power is dry and restricted.
"Out of sight, out of mind."
Opportunists go too far and use others to get ahead.
Self-centered, petulant responses always fight the system.
Braggadocio combines with obstinate and headstrong behaviors.
It is enjoyable to "bait" others.
Better to live in mental euphoria, unable to achieve intimacy.
Being a poor listener, the individual may act compulsively, before considering
Thinking is powerful but too restricted.
Frozen feelings minimize others' feelings.
Excerpted from LIVING Your Destiny by Hal A. Lingerman. Copyright © 1992 Hal A. Lingerman. Excerpted by permission of Samuel Weiser, Inc..
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