Betty W. Phillips, Ph.D., Psychology
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Oneness and Bliss

                                                   Oneness and Bliss 

Last month I wrote about living with an open heart in my ongoing discussion of Marcie Shimoff's book "Love for No Reason."  Shimoff, along with her impressive reference list of leaders, teachers, researchers and scholars, describes a way of living which will lead you on the pathway to happiness and even bliss.  Hopefully you have been reading along and, even better, experimenting with new ways of being and living in this world. Hopefully you've worked up to experimenting with opening your heart, feeling peace and relaxation, experiencing loving compassion for others, and finding your stress retreating as a warm feeling spreads throughout your being.  Now you may be asking: "What next?"

 

Shimoff describes a cosmic feeling of Oneness, a connection to Wholeness, as the pinnacle of the state of Unconditional Love. People who have experienced this state describe it as blissful and         euphoric, sometimes even as a peak experience. It's different from physical pleasures such as eating ice cream, taking alcohol and drug uppers, or pursuing risky but exhilarating sports, all which are temporary pleasures which may also carry side effects or long-term problems. This state is always described as connecting to something beyond the self which brings feelings of deep peace, great wisdom and knowledge and positive or even mystical and transcendent experiences. Is there something beyond the self which we can experience?  Religions attempt to engage worshipers in similar experiences through defined or official channels sanctioned by the hierarchy or dogma of the church. Although Shimoff references prayer and meditation as possible pathways to this experience, her approach is available to everyone, at any time, anywhere, without need to follow any orthodoxy defined by others. The concept of sin or original sin is not invoked, as everyone is a part of cosmic reality and all can open up their hearts and minds to feelings of peace and bliss. In her book Shimoff does explain and advocate steps to prepare people to experience all forms of Unconditional Love which culminate in these peak feelings of connection to a state of Oneness.

 

Well-established scientific information documents a state of Oneness which connects all living things and is accessible to each individual in the manner described by Shimoff. And this information isn't new or controversial. As stated by Albert Einstein in 1954, "A human being is part of the whole called by us universe… We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us… Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of the human being is determined primarily by the measure in the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self…We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive."  Scientists call this the quantum field or zero point field or source field, while spiritualists and religious thinkers may use various words to emphasize the divinity of this field.  For additional information you can consult Lynne McTaggart, The Field, Harper, Updated 2008, and David Wilcock, The Source Field Investigations, Dutton, 2011.

 

Shimoff's book describes various techniques useful in assisting you in developing your connection to Oneness.  Peak experiences often allow glimpses into this state. Experiencing a concert with waves of great music suffusing your being or experiencing peak emotions on a mountaintop under the stars are examples of experiences which will allow you to understand the transcendent feelings of Oneness on a personal level. As mortals we don't live in states of perpetual peak experiences. However, as Shimoff describes, we can hold positive and open hearted connections to others and to the world as a whole and we can also learn to experience expansive feelings of universal love.

How do we know this isn't just a lot of "woo woo" thinking? In addition to the quantum science behind source field theories, research has demonstrated altered body and brain states when a person experiences these states of oneness. For more information you can consult Andrew Newburg, M.D., How God Changes Your Brain, Ballantine, 2010. You don't need to become a monk or live in a monastery to start to experience these feelings. Start with your understanding of this concept and then build into your day brief periods of time where you open yourself to universal influences. Shimoff's book describes possible starting points. Seek and ye shall find!

 

As simply stated by Buddha, "If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand."