The Principle of Oneness expounds on the first principle from the award winning and bestselling book, The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life and is the second in this series of eight books on enlightenment.
Many have said “We are all one” but what does that really mean? This practical guide helps you understand and experience the profound unity of everyone and everything. Author Russell Anthony Gibbs explains the science behind the connections of everything both physical matter and nonphysical energy. Gibbs supports his points with quotes from scientists, enlightened beings, spiritual leaders, philosophers and others. Great minds like Albert Einstein, Buddha, Aristotle, Rumi and Jesus all understood the profound Oneness of the Universe. Gibbs further clarifies some of the misconception about the Universe/God as well as explains how to live and experience the Principle of Oneness.
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The Principle of Oneness
A Practical Guide to Experiencing the Profound Unity of Everything
By Russell Anthony Gibbs
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Defining the Principle of Oneness
The Principle of Oneness explains that everything in the universe both seen and unseen is connected and part of one entity. Throughout history this entity has been identified as the Universe, God, the Soul, the Great Spirit, the Divine, Allah, Brahma the Creator, Jehovah, Mother Nature and countless other names. This entity, the Universe/God, is "all that is" and includes "nothingness." The Universe/God appears as infinite individual expressions of consciousness, energy and other matter, similar to cells within a body. We are all like cells within the body of the Universe/ God — as are plants, animals, air, natural resources and everything down to a subatomic level. Like cells in a body, these expressions grow, create, divide, destroy, die and are reabsorbed into the Universe/God to create again. From the perspective of quantum mechanics, the Universe is an infinite quantum field of tiny pieces of energy and matter that convert back and forth. On a subatomic level all this energy and matter is identical at its core. Because all this energy is identical, it cannot be determined where anything begins or ends on the subatomic level. Nothing in the Universe/God is ever lost or gained but simply a field of energy and matter in a constant state of flux. We are all part of one big energy organism expressing and experiencing itself.
Again, we and everything seen and unseen are contained within this field of energy and matter. Matter has mass and is comprised of atoms composed of particles of protons, neutrons and electrons. Energy is more abstract and does not have mass but can move or elicit change in matter. Light, heat, sound, gravity, electromagnetic fields and nuclear fission and fusion are all forms of energy. When religion, philosophy and literature discuss this energy field, light is frequently the symbolic form of energy referenced. Light is also the root word of enlightenment. Light energy often symbolizes knowledge, wisdom, healing, goodness, love, the Universe/God and Oneness.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,
"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life."
— John 8:12 (NRSV)
The Warrior of the Light is a believer.
Because he believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen.
Because he is sure that his thoughts can change his life,
his life begins to change.
Because he is certain that he will find love,
— Paulo Coelho
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life
is when men are afraid of the light.
You have to find what sparks a light in you
so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.
— Oprah Winfrey
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Our connections to the Oneness of the Universe/God are both physical/atomic matter and nonphysical spiritual/energy. What we can see and measure we consider physical reality, composed of atomic matter. What we cannot always see but can experience or measure the effects of, we consider nonphysical, spiritual reality, composed of energy.
Here are several examples to further illustrate physical matter versus nonphysical energy:
Thoughts, beliefs and emotions
Heaven, hell or the afterlife
According to quantum mechanics, everything is either matter or energy and nothing exists outside this. Energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed but only converted from one form to another. E=mc2 is Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity equation that postulates that energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared. Energy and matter are like two different sides of the same coin: when you break down matter (an atom), you release a huge amount of energy, known as a nuclear reaction. When you smash or collide two or more forms of energy (photons), you actually create matter. In this field, energy and matter are constantly converting back and forth from one to the other, or so it seems. Einstein drew a startling conclusion regarding matter and energy.
Concerning matter, we have been all wrong.
What we have called matter is energy,
whose vibration has been so lowered
as to be perceptible to the senses.
There is no matter.
— Albert Einstein
According to Einstein, only energy exists and physical matter is merely slower moving (lower vibrating) energy. All energy and matter on a subatomic level is vibrating but at different speeds, and that gives everything its unique characteristics. The faster energy moves/vibrates, the harder it is to observe with our senses. The energy still exists, but we can see it only if we can raise our vibrational perceptions (consciousness) to detect it. A visual metaphor for this concept is a hummingbird's wings. A typical hummingbird moves very quickly, flapping its wing fifty times per second. When viewed by the human eye, the wings are moving so quickly they virtually disappear. If you could raise your visual perceptions to match the speed of the wings, like that of a high-speed camera, you could then perceive the wings. Like the humming bird's wings, faster vibrating energy is not always visible to the human senses, but it does nevertheless exist.
So if Einstein was correct and there is no matter, the physical reality we live in is just an intricate illusion of slow-moving energy. This is plausible because on a subatomic level, 99.999 percent of what we believe is physical matter; is in fact empty space. This vast atomic emptiness between a nucleus of an atom and an electrons orbiting has been compared with the distance of a planet orbiting a sun, with nothing in between. Based upon quantum mechanics, our physical reality should not be solid. Most likely our physical reality is an elaborate illusion within our own consciousness and the collective consciousness of the Universe/God. The illusion of physical world is a product of the underlying energy field, the Universe/God. That is why God, in his many names, has been identified as the creator of everything. Although this is theoretically correct, it doesn't explain that everything already existed in the energy field but did not become physical and visible until the vibration was slowed. The physical world as an elaborate illusion has been referenced in science, religion and philosophy for thousands of years. The only true reality may be the underlying energy field identified as the soul/the Universe/God.
Reality is merely an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one.
— Albert Einstein
The first principles of the universe
are atoms and empty space;
everything else is merely thought to exist.
Matter, that thing the most solid and the well-known,
which you are holding in your hands
and which makes up your body,
is now known to be mostly empty space.
Empty space and points of light.
What does this say about the reality of the world?
— Jeanette Winterson
What you are seeing and hearing right now
is nothing but a dream.
You are dreaming right now in this moment.
You are dreaming with the brain awake.
— Don Miguel Ruiz
Suffering just means you're having a bad dream.
Happiness means you're having a good dream.
Enlightenment means getting out of the dream altogether.
— Jed McKenna
Do not be misled by what you see around you,
or be influenced by what you see.
You live in a world which is a playground of illusion,
full of false paths, false values and false ideals.
But you are not part of that world.
— Sai Baba
We live in illusion and the appearance of things.
There is a reality. We are that reality.
When you understand this, you see that you are nothing,
and being nothing, you are everything.
That is all.
— Kalu Rinpoche
God had brought me to my knees
and made me acknowledge my own nothingness,
and out of that knowledge I had been reborn.
I was no longer the centre of my life
and therefore I could see God in everything.
— Bede Griffiths
I am not this hair, I am not this skin,
I am the soul that lives within.
When explaining the Principle of Oneness, it is helpful to break down the explanation into a list of key interrelated aspects. Here are the fundamental aspects regarding the Principle of Oneness with supporting quotes from various authors.
A. The Universe Is 95 Percent Unknown
The universe is not what it appears to be, and we have only a basic understanding of less than 5 percent of it. In 2001, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (or WMAP) helped NASA to map out the composition of the visible universe. According to NASA we can only identify 4.6 percent of the visible universe as physical, baryonic matter made of atoms, composed of protons, neutrons and electrons. The remaining 95 percent of the observable universe is unknown substances that cannot be seen or measured but are identified as dark matter (24 percent) and dark energy (71 percent). Dark matter and dark energy are believed to exist because we can measure gravitational distortions and extrapolate their percentages. In addition, the 4.6 percent of the universe that we believe is solid matter, on a subatomic level is 99.999 percent empty space (atomic emptiness). Our physical reality is most likely an elaborate illusion within our consciousness and the collective consciousness. Consequently, we do not truly know and understand the universe, ourselves or the nature of our reality.
If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you,
you haven't understood it yet.
Everything we call real
is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
— Niels Bohr
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared
by the word of God, so that what is seen
was made from things that are not visible.
— Hebrews 11:3 (NRSV)
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena,
it will make more progress in one decade than in all the
previous centuries of its existence.
— Nikola Tesla
B. Everything Is an Infinite Field of Energy
Everything on a subatomic level in the physical and nonphysical universe is part of one infinite field of energy/matter swirling, moving and vibrating at various speeds. All our energies are comingled, like water in the ocean. On a subatomic level, it is not possible to determine where anything begins or ends, because there is no true separation of individual energy despite the illusions of the physical realities. Nothing exists outside this field of energy and matter. The essence of our Oneness is our connection to this infinite field of energy and matter.
One drop of the sea cannot claim to come from one river,
and another drop of the sea from another river;
the sea is a single consistent whole.
In the same way all beings are one;
there is no being that does not come from the soul,
and is not part of the soul.
— The Chandogya Upanishad
We are all connected.
To each other, biologically.
To the earth, chemically.
To the rest of the universe, atomically.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
Taoist philosophy is essentially monistic.
Matter and energy, Yang and Yin, heaven and earth,
are conceived of as essentially one
or as two coexistent poles
of one indivisible whole.
— Bruce Lee
In nature, action and reaction are continuous.
Everything is connected to everything else.
No one part, nothing, is isolated.
Everything is linked, and interdependent.
Everywhere everything is connected to everything else.
Each question receives the correct answer.
— Svami Prajnanpad
Energy functioning in a pattern becomes matter.
That is all life is ... Matter and energy are interrelated.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
C. This Field of Energy Is Identified as the Universe/God
This infinite field of energy over the course of history has been identified as the Universe, God, the Divine, the Soul, Allah, the Great Spirit, Mother Nature, the Force and many other names. This is important because it helps to unify a variety of religious, philosophical and pagan beliefs that often have an incomplete or misinterpretation of the concept of the Universe/God. Furthermore, this energy field, the Universe/God, is in us and we are in It. We are both part of the Universe/God and at the same time all of the Universe/God is contained within ourselves. This is an enormous concept to comprehend. It seems plausible that we are part the Universe/God. However, the concept that all of the Universe/God is contained within us is more challenging to comprehend. Several religions make reference to seeing the Divine in everything, but they often don't explain the complexity of this concept.
He is fire and the sun; He is the moon and the stars;
He is the air and the sea. He is this boy, and that girl.
He appears in countless different forms.
He has no beginning, and He has no end.
He is the source of all things.
Each type of living being is distinct and different.
But when we pierce the veil of difference,
we see the unity of all beings.
— The Svetasvatara Upanishad
Your greatest awakening comes,
when you are aware about your infinite nature.
— Amit Ray
The little space within the heart is as great
as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there,
and the sun and the moon and the stars.
Fire and lightening and winds are there,
and all that now is and all that is not.
— The Chandogya Upanishad
Though the eye is small, the soul which sees through it
is greater and vaster than all the things which it perceives.
In fact, it is so great that it includes all objects,
however large or numerous, within itself.
For it is not so much that you are within the cosmos
as that the cosmos is within you.
— Meher Baba
The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff.
We are a way for the universe to know itself.
— Carl Sagan
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The Creator Himself, at one and the same time,
knowledge, the knower, and the known ...
There exists nothing which is not united to Him
and which He does not find His own essence.
He is the type of all being, and all things exist in Him
under their most pure and most perfect form.
— Moses ben Jacob Cordovero
When I do not know who I am, I serve you.
When I know who I am, I am you.
— Indian proverb
D. All Energy and Matter Is Identical at Its Subatomic Core
All energy and matter is identical at its subatomic core and appears different only because of the variations of speed or vibration. According to string theory in quantum mechanics the core of energy and matter on a subatomic level is a vibrating, string-like filament that is identical in all energy and matter. This is a startling revelation because when we look out into the physical world, we perceive a variety of things that we believe are both different and unique. One way to visualize this concept is to compare the various forms water can take: it can be liquid, ice, snow, hail, clouds, fog or invisible gaseous vapors. Ice can also be manipulated and sculpted creating various shapes and figures. Other forms of energy such as heat, can change the vibrational speed of the water and thus change its appearance from ice to liquid or liquid to gas. Regardless of the form, all of this is still water at its core. If everything that exists is identical at its subatomic core (identical vibrating strings), there is only one substance/energy in the Universe, which by definition is Oneness.
If you want to find the secrets of the universe,
think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
— Nikola Tesla
With even more precise observation,
the theory (string theory) argues,
you'd notice that the strings within different kinds of particles
are identical, the leitmotif of string unification,
but vibrate in different patterns.
— Brian Greene
Even when tied in a thousand knots,
the string is still but one.
Brahman is the clay of substance out of which
an infinite variety of articles are fashioned.
As clay, they are all one,
but form or manifestation differentiates them.
Before one of them was made,
they all existed potentially in clay,
and, of course, they are identical substantially;
but when formed, and so long as the form remains,
they are separate and different;
— Swami Vivekananda
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Table of Contents
The Principle of Oneness,
1. Defining the Principle of Oneness,
A. The Universe is 95 Percent Unknown,
B. Everything is an Infinite Field of Energy,
C. This Field of Energy is Identified as The Universe/God 2,
D. All Energy and Matter is Identical at its Subatomic Core,
E. Everything has a Degree of Consciousness,
F. The Collective Consciousness Controls and Manifests Everything,
G. The Universe/God Energy Field Transcends Space and Time,
H. The Universe/God Energy Field is in a Constant State of Change,
Summary of the Principle of Oneness,
2. The Key Aspects of God/The Universe,
A. There are Many Misconceptions Regarding God/The Universe,
B. God/The Universe is Within Us,
C. God/The Universe is a Democracy of One,
Summary of the Key Aspects of God/The Universe,
3. Living the Principle of Oneness,
1. Know the Magnitude of Who and What You Are.,
A. See Yourself in Everything and Everyone.,
B. Transcend the Limits of the Personal Ego.,
C. Realize you are Eternal and Transcend Space and Time.,
D. Seek All Answers and all Change from Within.,
2. Choose to Love Every Facet of Yourself Unconditionally.,
A. Love Yourself (Your Personal Consciousness) Unconditionally.,
B. Love Your Broader Self (Other People) Unconditionally.,
C. Love the Nonhuman Aspects of the Universe/God.,
D. Love God/The Universe.,
E. Identify and Transcend all Negative Feelings,
Summary Of Living The Principle Of Oneness,
Special Message to the Reader,
About the Author,
Index of Quoted Authors and Sacred Texts,
Sacred Text References,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating book that explains how we are all connected and provides examples of how to experience the Oneness. The connections of everyone and everything are both physical and spiritual in nature. This book explains the scientific and spiritual unity of the Oneness of the Universe. It also is a practical guide to experience this Oneness and feel the joy of our profound connections. The supporting quotes from Albert Einstein regarding the scientific basis for our connections are very eye opening. This has totally changed my view of other people, nature and our physical reality. There is so much more going on in the Universe that we may realize. This is an amazing read if you wish to expand your understanding of yourself and our existence.
Author Russell Anthony Gibbs does it again. The Principle of Oneness expounds on the first principle from his award winning and bestselling book, The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life. His new book offers compelling enlightenment information in a clear and concise read. It illuminates the interconnectedness (Oneness) of the physical and spiritual realities, using quantum physics, philosophy, and religion to support his explanation. It left me with a much deeper understanding of who I am and my profound connection to absolutely everything. With this highlighted awareness, my approach to life has been realigned in a powerful way. After reading this, his second book in his series of enlightenment material, I look forward to his third installment.