First let's examine the ideas of quantum physicist David Bohm. Bohm proposed that existence consists of a seen and an unseem realm. The following is a description of Bohm's ideas from The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot (see Reading List page). According to Bohm the apparently tangible reality of our everyday existence is a kind of illusion, and underlying it is a deeper order of existence, a vast and more primary level of reality that gives birth to all of the objects and appearances of our physical world. Bohm called this deeper level of reality the implicate (meaning enfolded; the unseen) order. He referred to the everyday world within our sensory boundaries as the explicate (meaning unfolded; the seen) order.
From this Bohm developed the concept that there is an undivided wholeness of all things. That it is meaningless to view the universe as composed of "parts;" that the inter-relationship of the implicate and explicate orders is a Oneness. Talbot says, "In his general theory of relativity Einstein astounded the world when he said that space and time are not separate entities, but are smoothly linked and part of a larger whole he called the space-time continuum. Bohm takes this idea a gaint step further. He says that everything in the universe is part of a continuum. Despite the apparent separateness of things at the explicate (seen) level, everything is a seemless extension of everything else.
Take a moment to consider this. Look at your hand. Now look at the light streaming from the lamp beside you. And at the dog resting at your feet. You are not merely made of the same things. You are the same thing. One thing, unbroken. One enormous something that has extended its uncountable arms and appendages into all the apparent objects, atoms, restless oceans, and twinkling stars in the cosmos."
Second from a spiritual point of view, let's consider the same ideas in the words of Zen Master Yung-Chia Ta-shih:
One nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures,
One reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities.
The one moon reflects itself wherever there is a sheet of water,
And all the moons in the waters are embraced within the one Moon.
The Dharma-body (the Absolute) of all the Buddhas enters into my own being.
And my own being is found in union with theirs . . .
The inner light is beyond praise and blame;
Like space it knows no boundaries,
Yet it is even here, within us, ever retaining its serenity and fullness.
It is only when you hunt for it that you lose it;
You cannot take hold of it, but equally you cannot get rid of it;
And while you can do neither, it goes its own way.
You remain silent and it speaks; you speak, and it is dumb;
the great gate of charity is wide open, with no obstacles before it.
Reflect on looking at your hand and the light from the lamp beside you and your dog beside you as you read this poem by the Sufi mystic poet Rumi.
SWEET IS THE ONENESS
If ten lamps are in one place,
Each differs in form from another;
Yet you can't distinguish whose radiance is whose
When you focus on the light.
In the field of Spirit there is no division, no individuals exist.
Sweet is the Oneness the Friends with His friends,
Catch hold of Spirit,
Help the headstrong self disintegrate;
That beneath it you may discover unity,
Like a buried treasure.
To see a world in a Grain of Sand
And a heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
So, my truth is that these are transformative times, and the higher angels of our nature will lead us to a world where awareness of our Oneness will direct and organize our society. We CAN change who we fundamentally are as human beings.
BEHOLD THE LIGHT IN EVERYONE
(I behold the Divine Presence as you)