70 – Oneness

With spring-summer season here, I know increased work hours will cramp my schedule. Because my experience tells me that I don’t enjoy the feeling of being rushed or behind on blogging, I have reduced my posts from three per week to two: Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Saturdays. There could be an occasional extra on Thursdays.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

I recently listened to a podcast that introduced me to something I didn’t know; The Overview Effect. So I did a little additional reading, and now the thought is stuck in my head. Many astronauts have experienced The Overview Effect in some way – spiritually, philosophically, scientifically, religiously, or emotionally.

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From space, astronauts see Earth as humanity’s special place. They experience a high level of awareness – a sense of connections – a feeling of being part of something bigger. They sense wholeness and sameness – identity and harmony – collectively, a sense of oneness.

Only a tiny fraction of Earth’s eight billion people have traveled into space – about 500-600 people. I think about the astronauts from different nations spending time together while viewing Earth below. Astronauts of different genders, races, and customs working together as one in a common mission without boundaries.

Looking at Earth from the outside changes one’s perspective – a perspective only that tiny fraction of us understands. The bright blue and white beaming in a black background is the place we call home. All of us living on an orbiting oasis in the vast desert of space. We are all on this cosmic journey together on a speck in the universe that is Spaceship Earth.

I look around my surroundings to see the land and sea covered by a blue sky with scattered white clouds – so I can’t imagine the black background of space. After all, I can’t believe it is like the black of our night.

We are the only species capable of reflection, problem-solving, and change. We are the only species that can solve complex problems together. We are the only species who can understand that we are in this together. We are the only species that can view the world as one. Yes one – a oneness without labels.

I think about a movie scene that has stayed with me since I first saw it many years ago. I am not a Trekkie. In a conversation with humans on Earth, a Vulcan describes how humans favor solving problems with fights and wars overusing the mind. Yes, that’s us because human history supports that statement.

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Thinking about that scene reminds me that humanity has more in common than differences – yet human behavior plays to the differences among us – especially skin color, religion, dress, language, and customs – let alone political ideologies and economics. Behaviors we use against others having the same DNA.

I think about how humans have traveled throughout history – from the African plains to different lands. Sailing across vast oceans, then going into space and to the moon. Exploration is undoubtedly embedded in human DNA.

We are the only living things capable of compassion and connectedness. We are the only ones capable of seeing something bigger for a better world – a world of doing good and right – a world of tolerance and respect – a world of the Golden Rule. We are the only ones capable of looking within ourselves – becoming aware of the cosmic perspective that we are the one species on the one planet who can make the biggest difference. That’s human destiny.

I think about the great religions of the world that many focus on their differences as barriers separating us. Instead, I wonder about their similarities – honesty, generosity, forgiveness, morality, peace, harmony, doing no harm, plus love and respect for others.

I wonder if humanity is capable of viewing the world as one, acting as one species for the good of all – acting with one destiny. In the end, oneness to me probably is a utopia – an imaginary ideal place – an ultimate desire – a Shangri-La, Nirvana, or Eden in my mind – but it is still worth pondering as I walk.

However, selfishness is part of being human – then toss in the need for power and control. Theoretically, I think humanity can achieve oneness, but in reality – not so much. Maybe goodness is the closest thing we can get to oneness.

I think about Matt Harding with his Where’s Matt? videos of him traveling the world to get others to do his simple dance with him. Initially, viewers focus on the places – but the more one watches, the focus changes from the places to the people. The look on faces is priceless. Strangers together – many times not knowing each other’s language – and the faces are telling a story of goodness – a story inspiring oneness.

Heavy thoughts for my day, but to me, worth the thinking energy. I continue to believe that the majority of the people in the world are good – and they are the ones who go about daily life and communicate across languages with smiles, dance, music, kindness, and acceptance. Just like Matt Harding. These are a few of the reasons I like walking on the beach. Besides, it’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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76 thoughts on “70 – Oneness”

  1. Ahh, dance – and music – are a universal language! It creates “a oneness without labels” so why do we need those dratted labels anyway? It’s far more adventagous to humanity to promote oneness rather than division. ❤
    I understand your desire to cut back on blogging so you don't feel rushed or fall behind. I didn't blog for over a year for the same reason! I ultimately decided that it is better (for me, anyway) to blog, even when I am rushed and fall behind.

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    1. Joanne,
      Glad you enjoy Matt demonstrate dance as one of the universal languages. To me, this video helps demonstrate my point. Why the labels of humanity? For me, I see the answer around two words: selfishness and power. Thanks for understanding my cutback in my schedule. One of the benefits of blogging is that one can publish any time and any day. For me, I like a schedule – but that’s not true for everyone. Plus, I don’t see blogging as a one-way relationship – I never have – so I must keep up my end.

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    1. Peggy,
      You calling this “deep” makes me smile – but I prefer thought-provoking. 🙂 So much good in the world is touching. Just think of all the people in your area during good for others – and that’s something local – but national or global.

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  2. :…a oneness without labels.” That is the world I want to live in. I like your description of the planet that the astronauts see. It’s like us looking at a house without seeing all the people that are inside. On a much smaller scale of course. And I don’t think we are the only species that is capable of compassion. I have watched many documentaries of animals and some in person, that exhibited what appeared to be compassion and sorrow. That I have seen many times.

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    1. Pam,
      Thank you for your support on this post and for sharing your thoughts. There’s no question that other animal species show compassion – but I question if it is to the level of human compassion. I know you didn’t mention it, but there is no question that other species can problem-solve – but the problems are not to the complexity of those faced by humanity. Meanwhile, I can’t imagine the views and thoughts from space. I can read them and think about them, but I doubt I understand the depth of their thoughts.

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  3. I think one of the ironies of the world’s major religions (and denominations) is that they have more in common than they do in difference, but many people tend to focus on the latter – fermenting an often hostile us-and-them mentality. I believe this is partly through ignorance but also due to cynical manipulation by those vying for power, wealth and status.

    The same could be also said about race, nationality, culture, etc. Seems like it’s always been this way but I also believe that when people come together and put their preconceptions aside, strong but diverse communities can be formed and great things can be achieved.

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    1. Laurie,
      As with all the walks, I want to stimulate thoughts in others – although, I admit, this one was deeper than others. Meanwhile, if that video created a few tears, that means my message hit home. If this gives you any comfort, that has happened to me with this video more than once.

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  4. Beautiful, Frank. It’s so easy to spot the agendas which seek to divide us. “News” like this should be broadcast on those 24 hour cable outlets. There’s a whole other world out there we only get a glimpse of through people like you, and of course the other real people we know. 🙂 Thanks!

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  5. I like a lot what you wrote here about oneness. We should all take steps back and look at life (all life) from a distance, only to see how much in common we all have. And yes, the same DNA and we still struggle to get it. But there is hope and a lot is in motion that brings us closer together.
    Thank you very much for sharing the link to my post. I feel honored and appreciate it very much. Blessings and love to you.

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    1. Erika,
      Welcome first-time commenter and thank you for your contribution to this post by what you wrote. Believe me, finding supportive links to go along with this post wasn’t easy – so extra thanks to you for your contribution. Also, thanks for the kind words and for sharing your thoughts. “The same DNA and we still struggle to get it” – brilliantly stated. As I have mentioned to others, I believe the problem centers on the human desires of selfishness and power. On a lighter note, I want to congratulate you. I started blogging in Aug 2008 (mostly on another blog), and to the best of my knowledge, you are the first Liechtensteiner to comment. 🙂

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      1. Now, I feel even more honored that you thought my post was worth sharing. Thank you again.
        Yes, absolutely, also there is still this ego-driven thought pattern that life is a competition. Yes, we shall celebrate our uniqueness and live our individual being but not in telling others how much better one is compared to another. Uniqueness can never be compared but only shared.
        Wow, awesome. Again, I feel honored of being the first one of this little country to comment on your blog (when even the chance to be so is pretty big… lol). I have to confess that I am only living in that country (when even for 42 years) but I am still Austrian. However, the flag shows up on your blog now… yay!!😃

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  6. Frank, seems you are on a very introspective human journey, with your last 2 posts.
    One of the first things I remember, that stayed with me & that you have repeated many times is that you believe “the majority of the people in the world are good..” I tend to agree.
    I think we we never be 1. If we can achieve “herd goodness”, I will be impressed and happy.

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    1. Resa,
      I agree with you – I don’t think humanity will ever be one. Too much selfishness and power to get in the way. However, I still believe in my mantra that I’ve repeated many times. In terms of the introspect of the last two posts, after I prepped this one, I thought the same thing – therefore these last two posts were too close together. Then again, that’s OK. Cheers … clink!

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      1. I don’t think they are too, close together. I think you are on a flow!
        CLINK!!
        Hope you got my Art Gowns email.
        I just finished selecting some drawings of the Art Gowns Models. There’s 1 for each… Dale, Holly, Marina, Gigi, Shey and Rene Rosso.
        Will send those soon!

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  7. You’ve given us much to think about, Frank. I’m not sure I believe that we are the only species able to solve complex problems. Maybe an unlimited number of complex problems, but I’ve read about animals that have learned to use tools and I’ve seen videos of animals that work through some pretty complicated scenarios to get food.

    In any case. lots to think about. I was actually surprised to read that 500-600 people have been into space.

    I hope you’re having a good weekend.

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    1. Dan.
      Stimulating thinking is what I like to do – and this one was deeper than most. There is no question that other animals are problem-solvers. I can’t forget the video capturing another primate licking a stem and placing it in an anthill hole so ants would stick to the wetness so the ants would become food. Problem-solving? Yes. Using a tool? Yes. Complex problem-solving on the level of humanity? In my opinion, not even close. Nonetheless, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. Oneness is an “inviting” thought……there are times when I think we are forgetting we really are ONE. We’re here on this planet together but we can be incredibly “apart” sometimes. One thing we all have in common though is we’re each in our separate life track with a goal of survival. Covid brought a lot of us together even though we had to be apart! Interesting how that works. Lots to think about.

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      In light of a crazy, world, the concept of oneness is difficult for me to comprehend, but I keep thinking about our commonality and the Overview Effect. Minutes ago, I heard an astronaut say that his first thought wasn’t about seeing Earth for the first time from space wasn’t about the sight – but about how he felt. Bingo! Meanwhile, it is interesting to think about COVID has brought people – both globally and locally. Yet, I can’t help thinking about how it has also pushed us apart. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. All good thoughts, Frank. When I think about this vast oasis in the desert, and how people can’t imagine a way to build a peaceful treehouse, it can be mind boggling. So we walk, and we build, and we do our little part, eh?

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      1. Hey, we need to work towards something more positive, right? However it works.

        And as a PS, do you believe there is any truth to the idea that when we lost the Soviet Union as a common enemy, we turned on each other?

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        1. Interesting thought about the Soviet Unioin. Here’s a twist – as we fought among ourself, the USSR built itself under a different name.

          Should be interesting if the Fins 7th-round Bearcat makes the roster. Accelerates well and runs hard and can catch the ball!

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          1. It has. Yes I do agree with this. The idea that we had nothing to fear once Gorby and Reagan began chumming it up was an illusion. But you know us Americans, we need the actual bear, growling in our backyard! With Sarah keeping abreast of the situation with her binoculars . . .

            I hope so. I was pretty pleased with their draft. We got speed and separation, we got some more line help. Now for it to work we need Tua to step up.

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              1. She was on Masked Singer? Wow . .

                Did I tell you I saw her at our baseball stadium in town when she was running with McCain? They constructed a long stage and out she pranced in knee high boots and I was plenty fine with the production . . and then she spoke.

                Tua wasn’t horrible so we have to hope that with the addition of speed on the outside, he’s able to get back his push and toss some long balls again. If so, it will be fun again in Miami.

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  10. Let me just say that I watched the video twice! I loved this. It is the perfect illustration for what you’ve shared about our connectedness, Frank. We are, whether we are altogether happy about that sometimes. 🙂 I haven’t previously heard anything about the Overview Effect, but it makes sense to me as I recall what some astronauts have shared about the wonder and awe of what they see from space. This is a beautiful post, my friend. There is a lot here worth contemplating. And I’ll be back to watch the video again, for sure!

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    1. Debra,
      Thanks for letting me know that the video fits perfectly with my words. Although you are not the first to mention it, I wonder how many actually watched it. I love it – and have for some time. I know this post is more about a dream – a hope that I have for humanity … and from the comments, it seems I met my goal of thought-provoking.

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  11. Thanks for the introduction to Matt Harding’s “Where’s Matt?” videos. Inspiring! I hope people can spend more time dancing in joy and oneness again soon, after the pandemic subsides. I also still believe most people are well-intentioned.

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  12. Very deep thoughts for our beach walk today, Frank. You’ve given me much to ponder. And I so wish I had a sunny beach to ponder on, rather than rainy Illinois, ha!

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  13. This is a wonderful post, you really hit the subjects with your writing dear Frank. I imagined myself in the space and watching our planet…. For a moment I felt this, “Oh my God!, This is the only place I know that I can go and sleep… (live)… Our home… (By the way I wished to see my country too in the video, I wondered why we weren’t in there!)… Thank you, Love, nia

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  14. This concept of oneness is fundamental and we find it at the level of human body ; of the ecosystems and of course at the level of the planet EARTH AND PROBABLY FOR THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE :”sIMPLE ” AND HYPERPOWERFUL ONENESS, Frank
    In friendship
    Michel

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  15. I so love that Matt dance video, showing how people around the world are willing to dance.
    John said it, Covid has united the planet in an unprecedented way. Too bad the ugly is still seeping out.
    I’m with Pam on other species showing compassion – with zero judgment.

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