True religion and spirituality is always based on togetherness and Unity (The True Ultimate nature of reality), certainly not pluralism, difference and separation (the false nature of reality). At the surface of life, reality may "seem" separate, different and varied, but this is only a temporal illusion due to how our brain, perception and senses register reality, both inner and outer. Ultimately and essentially, all reality is comprised of the very same matter, components, forces of nature and Eternal Lifeforce of boundless subjective Consciousness, which hold it ever together in complete-total Unity - always. It is all just one Big Being & LifeForce in total.
True Religion and Divinity is about worshiping the common Greater Ideal of all life that holds us and everything all together in oneness and completeness, certainly not worshiping the lower principle of reality such as pluralism, division and separateness here at this relative level of fleeting-temporal life. To worship this lower false principle of reality over the true nature of Unified Reality (which is always) is a very sure way of continuing Life and religion in continuous uncertainty and conflict in separation and division, rather than acceptance, togetherness and Unity. This inverted (miss)belief and practice, by spiritual definition, is profanation against The Lord Our God.
So if you truly care about true religion and true divinity of all Life as One Life, then I ask you to respectfully and reverently stop promoting and worshiping the lower nature of pluralism over the Higher Nature of Unity in Spirit.
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The Christian Faith alone is a wide colection of ideologies.
There are Nigeria Christians who kill witches in Jesus's name. These children are often hacked to death.
The flat earthers of the Land over Baptist Church hold extreem views about slavery - they like it and quote the bible to support it.
I do not wish to belong to any organisation that argrees with these idiots and evil doers.
If you want unity who decieds which is in and who is out? What should be done with the heritics?
The idea of "lets have unity" has caused the biggest wars in European History. It's a dangerous idea. To achieve it youwill have to be an exalent polititian. I think you should not even try.
I do not agree with your ideas about Unity, Tim. Ultimately, beyond all our seeming differences at the surface of life, we all live on the "same" planet and in the "same" universe, under/in the Greater Eternal Self (God) of all.
Quite simply, "United we stand, divided we fall."
"We are all in 'It' together."
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I find this very interesting. If I understand you correctly, you are advocating the view that everything is ultimately part of the same all-inclusive thing, namely God. I am wondering two things:
1. How have you come to believe that this is true?
2. What is the practical application? In other words, if Unity is the thing which should be pursued, how should that be accomplished? Unity in what sense? What might it look like?
Ultimately, everything (all reality) is together "in" the one Greater Reality, no matter how far you go out (or in for that matter), it is all part of the "same" thing in Total. This is the Unity of all Life.
1. Through direct mystical experience of union, I have come to realize/appreciate/understand (not believe) that this is the greater true nature of reality. We may "appear" separate and different at the immediate surface of life, but ultimately and essentially, we are all made up of exactly the same "stuff" of reality - atoms, photons, energy, and most importantly, the same Life-Force of All (God). That is the underlying Unity of all reality that unites us all - "always" - whether we are consciously aware of it or not, it is always there, holding us all together as one. Even at the atomic level of reality, there is really no clear defining boundary between your outer skin to the universe beyond...
2. The practical application of "realizing" essential unity makes for the highest ideals and ethics in life (personally and impersonally), primarily summed up in the Second Great Commandment - "Treat others as you would have them treat you. In other words, acknowledging we are all equal in spirit, which is only possible by being in a greater boundless Unified Consciousness, ultimately. (It is "That" which should be pursued above, if we desire true peace and harmony in Life, for it is That alone which makes that total unity in the first place.) If we all "simply" lived by this conduct of life (treat others as you would have them treat you), things would go so much better and in harmony for all. Also too, realizing this greater mystery of life provides for great console, patience, compassion and resilience in life, no matter what comes your way; for you now "know" that there is a grater Unified Divine Presence looking after and caring for everything in total, as Absolute - even as mysterious (abstract) that may seem to the relative-temporal eye (perspective on life). Only by "realizing" the unity of all life can that ideal of Unity actually be put into true appreciated practice for what it really means... kindness, respect, tolerance, appreciation, togetherness, collaboration, family, peace and Love. All "Good" things come from the ideal of Unity - The Higher (True) Nature of Reality.
... This is what Unity "always" looks like. Although you have to question me about this, I am sure you are aware of these basic-essential principles in your own life, and Life in general.
PS: For further explorations on the ideal of Unity, I have attached my paper here...
Thanks for replying so quickly.
I understand the idea that the universe is made up of the same materials, physically and chemically. What is still confusing me is how you know there is a Life-Force which binds everything together. I assume this is something you have become aware of through direct experience of union. Maybe it is not something that can really be explained and must be experienced first-hand, but I am wondering if you could try to explain more of what that experience is like. Is it something that I could seek out, or is it only revealed to certain people?
First of all, the Life-Force I described (God) can be experienced by anyone and everyone, anywhere at any time in life. We just have to be going that way to allow the influx of Its grace to bring Mystic Union upon us. The only real way I can explain that this Life-Force is boundlessly everywhere and holding all things together in unity is using my classic description of the atomic structures of reality and how precise and accurate that level of reality is to make up and arrange everything we are and experience in Life. Since there is so much precision and accuracy at this level, this is a sure sign that conscious activity (consciousness) is not just in out head, or just in sentient beings, but rather, consciousness, in essence, is boundlessly subjective, everywhere throughout all reality (known and unknown), and is conducting the play of everything in the universe, impersonally and speaking as absolute. It is that boundless all pervasive Consciousness that makes for the essential unity of all existence, holding everything all together, and it is this which makes for experiencing mystic union for all of us, when we truly desire it.
As simply as I can describe it, here is my own account of my first mystic experience, as written in my autobiography...
My First Experience of Mystic Union
by Spencer Perdriau
Early 1996After a few months of eager discussion with my gentle wise good friend, Allard (my doctor) each week, my awareness was becoming more and more in awe of what we were dialoguing and questioning about the mind, consciousness, life and reality. The main question that posed upon my conscience at the time about it all was this, “does the brain generate consciousness, or does the brain just house consciousness for personal use and bodily operation?” In other words, is consciousness a product of matter, or is matter a product of consciousness? I didn't want to believe, I wanted to "know", and I would not settle for anything less than what is actual and so, beyond all my personal stuff and colourings about it all. At the time, Allard also gave me books like Deepak Chopra and the Upanishads to read. So as the weeks passed, from reading the scriptures and my very eager attendance with my doctor each week, my awareness was becoming more and more in awe for the greater reality to existence that was being confided in me. Not only was I feeling great joy from such discussions, so was my doctor. I had very much, fallen deeply in love with the nature of God, and God ItSelf. Then one day a few months later, in the mid summer of the new year, it all came to a mass, when I was struck – totally out of the blue – with my first spiritual experience of mystic union at the age of 23. The experience only lasted between 5 to 10 seconds, but within that space I was fully conscious of becoming totally boundless out into everything. In my being, no difference was subjectively felt (and I stress the word “felt”, at the level of being that is) between me and everything else around me, people included – the difference between here and there was totally gone (lost), and it all felt together like (my) one big unified Self. A greater impersonal Self of all. Even though I felt immediately connected to everything (my personal ego boundary lost/dissolved), I still experienced the sensation of my personal subjectivity expanding out beyond my body into the environment around me. It was as if my individual boundaries had been lost and nothing distinguished me from all else… It all happened, very ironically, at the local gym (of all places) at the Harbord Diggers Club, when I was attending to my usual training there. Resting between a set of exercises, I stood there, paused in silence, breathing deeply and smoothly, coming to a complete halt. Looking up slightly, I became stilled in myself, and in that moment, the gym all of a sudden became quiet to me, and I felt myself go… I began to feel my identity larger than body – larger than my individuality… expanding…. My boundaries of personality instantly gave way (dissolved) and I felt myself expanding to a point of about twenty feet out into and merging with everything around me. The difference between myself and the surrounding area, including people, lost distinction and difference, and I was continuing to expand further out at an immediate rate equally in all directions everywhere. Distance was being overcome, as if it was all part of my own body. Fully conscious throughout the entire episode, it was an enormous shock going from the transition of usual every-day relativity to the boundless; from one extreme to the other within the space of seconds. The experience was not registered in the usual way through the limitation and confinements of the brain and five senses, but rather I felt the larger area as my subjective self (my being), just as it feels usually within the operation of the individual body. Just as all parts of my body – lung, brain, head, hand, heart – go into making up my entire body, the same was happening on the larger ratio scale… all parts of everything around me – people, furniture, the room – were now part of my being. But, just as we do not separately identify with every single aspect of our body, nor did I separately identify with any one particular object or individuality during the expansion of my subjectivity into the Greater Subjective everywhere. It all felt one and the same. One whole identity. The same Self. Not knowing how far I was going to go out into everything, or even if I would return to my individuality for that matter, I called myself back in fear of the unknown deeply wondering if I would return to myself again. Although I was expanding, I still had reference in my local brain mind, as I called to myself from in my mind, “come back, COME BACK!!!” And without any effort on my part I was gently and easily brought back to my body individuality again by unknown effort (by the greater care of “Impersonal Subjectivity” – my technical definition for God). If there is one thing that ego cannot contend with, it is losing its boundaries of definition and distinction. Coming back to myself I noticed a gym member nearby, leaning next to a training machine, asking me with a friendly smile, “Hey, you okay?” Turning to him, I replied, “Yeah.” I then simply continued on with my next repetition of exercise, as if nothing had happened.
After the experience, I was in profound shock, having thought I had just had some sort of heart attack and was going to die, but I then simply left the gym wondering what in God’s name had just happened to me??? Even though I had no idea that I had just had an experience of mystic union, the most obvious thing for me there and then was that I “felt” instantly connected (in my being) to everything during that experience – that was profoundly and immediately obvious to me.
This was my very first experience of my personal consciousness becoming boundless out into and connecting with The Greater Impersonal Consciousness of All. This experience also very directly confirmed for me what I intuitively knew for myself, and very much answered my initial question put forward to my doctor - that the brain is merely a personal transmitter to house consciousness personally for individual use and operation; that consciousness, in essence, is boundless and subjectively everywhere and ever-present, within and beyond all things, known and unknown. This initial experience of mystic union was to be the initiating usher for my next two experiences of mystic union later that year in mid April. The second being the experience of feeling everything upon myself in total, and third lastly, being relieved of it all by being saturated, enveloped in the total sensation of divine love flooding my entire being.
© Copyright Spencer Perdriau
PS: Any true mystic experience of union with The All very much confirms (most very directly) that consciousness is just as much beyond individuality, as much as within it (us). For how else could "conscious" union with everything occur in the first place if consciousness was not equally and essentially everywhere and boundless throughout all existence, known and unknown. As the Gospel of Thomas declares...
"When you make the inner the outer, and the outer the inner, you are one with God."
In other words, when the personal boundary of individuality (ego) is mystically lost/dissolved, no difference is experienced between the inner world (personal) and the outer world (Universal).
This is what happens for us in any true-genuine mystic experience of union.
Hi Cristen, thanks for your feedback, and welcome to PeaceNext. I like the way you explain things and it seems you have a mature understanding of deeper religious/spiritual knowledge about life, reality and "God".
Here is my own take on the unity of all religions of the world (published in 2004)...
From my direct experiences with the mystical and the unified nature of reality, it has made me deeply understand and appreciate that all religions have their value, and it is not the case that each religion worships their own unique God, but rather every religion worships the one and same Creator/Divine Ultimate Reality according to how the cultures of those particular faiths have been influenced by the founding sages and prophets who encountered The Divine directly, which ultimately lead to their following and teachings about That…
What the Christians call God, the Hindus call Brahman.
What the Jews call Yahweh, the Muslims call Allah.
What the Buddhists call The Foundation Ground of Being,
the Taoists call The Tao.
What the American Indians call The Great Spirit,
The Aborigines also call It the same.
All these Names are names for the same Divine Ultimate Reality. And why would this not be so? For in the bigger picture, beyond all preferences and differences of opinion and belief, we all exist on the same planet, in the same galaxy, in the same universe, and the same existence of reality in total. Note the key word there being “same”. We all exist within the same Thing, no matter how we take it. As such, it only presents natural that if we take the picture even further out to the most infinite-eternal dimensions, we also find that we all still exist within, and are still part of, the same One Eternal Being in totality… Thus, it only seems natural and complimentary that there is only One Divine Absolute Reality governing it all, no matter where we are located or what path on the map we use to navigate our way back to the Ultimate Treasure of all Life. And this is the perspective and ideal that all true mystics testify to. That reality is just one Big Being, in which we all live and move and have our being. No matter how far you go out, or in for that matter, all parts are part of the One Big Being of All. For as I have said, if there was more than one God to reality, Oneness and Unity with The All would never be possible in the first place, if the universe was founded on the duality of competing gods. And since the mystic experience of union with all reality is possible to all, that is testimony that all reality is founded in the same Essence that pervades and sustains everything, known and unknown. This is the realization that is attained by the one who has become a mystic, or rather the one who has awakened to, and reclaimed, the mystic nature … Ultimate Original Nature.
…No matter how different our beliefs are, or what our degree of perception/awareness may be of the world around us – whether delusional, accurate, or refined – no matter how we take it, our common unity in it all is the one true thing that is so immensely obvious in Life that we all seem to miss it, because of our confined, personal identity to individuality. No matter how different our personalities and perceptions may be, essentially and behind all that, we are all made of the same stuff of reality. That is why in essence, we are all equal. We are all the same in essence. And when it comes to human dignity and universal ethical standards of life in respect of That, that Essence of equality has to be realized, acknowledged and honoured by us all, if we are ever to achieve that quality – “equality” – and value of life. Reality and existence, in total, is the same for us all, and as we are all unique as individuals, we can take it any way we choose. But the important thing is to remember the bigger picture; that we all share in the same thing… Existence. And no one is exclusive or separate from That. Thus, it only seems natural and complimentary that there is only One Divine Absolute Reality governing it all, no matter where we are located or what path on the map we use to navigate our way back to the Ultimate Treasure of all Life.
For me, as a young mystic, I would love to see all religions united and collaborated in a universal–spiritual “interspiritual” understanding and appreciation that we all exist and share in the same reality, no matter what path on the map we choose to discover and reach the goal of salvation. As long as we are going in the right direction, and we follow the paths (the faiths) accurately – free from manipulation and extremism – we are on the right track!
© Copyright Spencer Perdriau 2004
Agree with you - poor knowledge, lack good education in this respect, tug of war between religions, lowest response of media in this respect - not able to get proper result. It is the right direction to proceed. Let us
To get back to an earlier point, how exactly are you going to achieve this unity with those who will be violently opposed to you or more likely other sects with which they have existing quarells?
Would this mean having one universal church?
If so would the bishop of Rome be the head of it?
And if that's the case how do you think the budhists will react to that idea?
In short, people have to realize/experience/come in to the unity of all Life for themself, through their own spiritual efforts and actions allowing/granting them "influx" to receive the Grace of God that always brings us into mystic union. Only until this happens on a mass scale collectively for us all will the Golden Age of Humanity return upon us - "Heaven on Earth" basically. But sadly, you will be waiting a rather long time for that, because currently we are in the lowest age of humanity at present "The Iron Age" (The four main cyclic ages being 1. Golden, 2. Silver, 3. Bronze, 4. Iron, in that order). The crux of allowing mystic unity to happen for us depends on the essential relationship balance between active and passive action - our effort (active) enough to receive the grace of The Lord (Passive) to bring us into union with Him and His All. This two-way connection will differ for each person, depending on the passion, devotion, intensity and love for God and Life that will allow for God's Grace to bring us into Union with The Lord. However, essentially and most importantly, whether we "consciously" experience and realize this ultimate unity of all reality for our self or not does not in any way take away from that ultimate-essential unity being always there/here. That Unity is always, whether we realize it or not. In that greater spiritual ethical way, no one is better off, or left out, whether they personally experience mystic union or not. Unity is not so just because we personally experience it for our own self. No. Unity is always a constant upon reality - past, present, future, whether we experience it or not. And this Unity of all Life is exactly/identically the same for the Christian, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Taoist, the Buddhist, the Jew. As I always say....
"We are all in 'It' together."
Mystic Blessings from Spencer