'Quantum Mechanics reveals a basic ONEness of the universe' (Edwin Schrodinger)

'Quantum Mechanics reveals a basic ONEness of the universe' (Edwin Schrodinger)

'There is no partition, no number, no individuals. How sweet is the ONEness-unearth the treasure of Unity'. (Rumi)

The Concept Of ONEness

The idea of the inherent ONEness of all things has permeated many societies and cultures. Even Einstein suggested that the idea that we are separate from eveything else is an optical delusion of consciousness. The earliest reference to the concept I have found is in the 'Upanishads' written by seers who had retired to the forest to live contemplative lives. These writings frequently reference the idea that the self and the divine are one and the same thing, and recommend the obliteration of all distinctions and multiplicities. 

We should not necessarily associate the ONEness with divinity. The Neo-Platonist Plotinus suggests that the ONEness brought itself into being and is indicative of a type of neutral monism. Spinoza on the other hand suggests that the ONEness is God and only God. The academic Walter Stace calls the ONEness an undifferentiated unity and that the experience of it occurs beyond both our intellect and our sensory faculties. That this is why it is mostly referred to as ineffable, and that which is beyond description.

In our modern world there are many of us who have come to understand how interdependent we are. We describe ourselves as 'spiritual' because we have become aware of the subtler aspects of our presence here. The academics Hay and Nye describe spirituality as 'the potential to be much more deeply aware of ourselves, and our intimate relationship with everything that is not ourselves'. In Thomas Jesus points towards an inner transformation in which he has both recognised this interdependence but taken it a step further.  He has become the ONEness itself. The distinction between himself and the land, between himself and everything else, has simply melted way.