I’ve felt this way for as long as I can remember. Many others I’ve met have as well. It’s hard to talk about; most of us don’t know how.
I’m talking about our Oneness—the intangible energy that connects every living thing.
People are Talking About it
In the last year I’ve had countless conversations about spirituality, energy, love, truth, peace, light, connection, our purpose as human beings, shifting consciousness, and just about every other “New Age” concept.
I’ve met people who believe a monumental shift is taking place.
If you think I’ve drunk too much ‘Kool-Aid’, I don’t blame you.
But it’s not just the “New-Age” thinkers like me who believe it tastes pretty good.
It’s Nothing New
The concept of our interconnectedness is nothing new. It’s always been out there in some form or another.
Yoga teaches unification of our minds, bodies and spirits, and dates back more than 5,000 years.
The Vedas (ancient texts of Hinduism) speak of a unified field of pure consciousness that permeates all of creation, and date to roughly 1500–1000 BCE.
The hippie movement of the 1960s attempted to bring about significant social change, living in peace and harmony with one another and nature, and its ideals were borrowed from ancient Greece, Buddha, and Jesus.
Ancient calendars predicted that our generation (mid 20th to the early 21st century) is part of a unique time that will endure great change. About every 5,000 years, the Earth undergoes a significant shift, symbolizing an end of a way of life that is no longer sustainable. According to the Maya tradition, this shift is to occur on December 21st, 2012, the winter solstice.
Although the notion of our Oneness has been around for quite some time, it hasn’t truly taken effect on a mass level, as it seems to be doing now.
Perhaps the collapse of our economy is forcing us to search for something more in our lives.
Maybe the repeated and increasingly devastating natural disasters are causing us to pay attention to the environment.
Cancer is rampant.
Maybe it’s people like Oprah Winfrey who, on her OWN network, is helping us wake up and discover a deeper connection to the world around us.
The most believable argument for this shift that is taking place could be science. Our technology is getting so advanced, that we can now scientifically measure unity.
Science is Blazing the Trail
People like to have proof. Although we can’t prove there is a God, we can prove there is something—a spirit, a soul, a universal energy, or whatever you choose to call it.
Science is giving us a reason to talk about our interconnection on a deeper level. It’s giving us the necessary language to understand one another, and lead new discussions about what life should be like going forward.
A Few Examples of Scientific Method
In the late 1800s, Albert Michelson and Edward Morley, two physicists, conducted the “Field Study,” determining whether everything is connected through what they called the invisible “ether.” Although the results were null, the U.S. Air Force repeated the same experiment in 1986 and found the field does exist. Michelson and Morley had predicted it 100 years earlier, but they didn’t have the proper equipment to prove their theory.
Newton’s Third Law, to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, is being interpreted in new ways. Cause and effect are not only related to physical objects, but also to our emotions—the thoughts and energy we put out into the world cause changes in our society, no matter how small.
Dr. Masaru Emoto tested this theory on water. When a positive word such as “love” was placed on a glass of water, the molecules looked like perfectly structured hexagonal snowflakes under a microscope. However, when a negative word such as “hate” was placed on a glass of water, the molecules appeared misshapen. Emoto claimed human consciousness has an effect on external environments.
The Global Consciousness Project, launched by a Princeton University engineering lab in 1998, placed random number generators in 65 locations around the world. Scientists hoped to identify anomalous outputs correlated with widespread emotional responses to world events, such as September 11, 2001. 
The results? The ‘random’ numbers followed a logical pattern only ten minutes after the attacks. Once the devastating news hit the media, many people experienced similar emotional responses, and a common energy was created and measured.
Our strong, collective, heartfelt intentions have the potential to make a mass impact on the Earth’s field.
Gregg Braden, author of Deep Truth and former technical operations manager for Cisco Systems, said, “Just the way sound creates visible waves as it travels through a droplet of water, our “belief waves” ripple through the quantum fabric of the universe to become our bodies and the healing, abundance, and peace—or disease, lack, and suffering—that we experience in life. And just the way we can tune a sound to change its patterns, we can tune our beliefs to preserve or destroy all that we cherish, including life itself.”
Mathematical string theory has shown that instead of living within 4-dimensions (three dimensions of space, and time), there could be 10 dimensions or more. Our brains can’t even conceive of how this is possible, but the theory shows that several senses could exist beyond our current capacity.
Also, all life might be a slight DNA deviation coming from one single ancestor. Scientists have discovered that all four-legged life forms originated from a fish, which mutated into the vast array of life diversity we have today. In fact, we’re so similar to one another that our DNA is more than 99% identical to an ape.
It’s All the Same Thing
We use different words to describe our spirituality, and practice different belief systems, but they all point us to one universal spirit, or intuition, or God; it’s all the same.
Studies in metaphysics, quantum physics and general science are helping us find a common language to describe the truth about who we really are, where we come from, why we are here, and what we should do next.
It’s Time to Wake Up
Tom Shadyac described our generation in his new documentary, I Am, in the following way: There’s one fundamental law that all of nature obeys that mankind breaks everyday… Nothing in nature takes more than it needs. A redwood tree doesn’t take all of the soil’s nutrients, just what it needs to grow. A lion doesn’t kill every gazelle, just one. We have a term for something in the body when it takes more than its share. We call it cancer.”
Darwin’s survival of the strongest theory is no longer valid; competition has gotten us nowhere. Although we’ve discovered new technologies and made important discoveries during this generation, our systems are breaking down, and it is up to every individual to make a change.
The Mayans predicted our generation would be a time of incredible change.
Available agricultural lands are disappearing, the Earth is in a heating cycle, and the magnetic pull is at its strongest. Water will soon be as precious as gold.
The Mayans were right.
All perceived problems, the environment, politics, economy, or war, are issues of a spiritual nature. We all created this—an action, no matter how small, has a profound impact on our greater environment. All issues, good or bad, are issues of love.
It’s time to operate with a communal mentality, not a “me” mentality. Compassion, cooperation, and love should radiate from us and into the world. Every small act on each of our parts will be a catalyst for change.
What Does it All Mean?
I remember standing outside my apartment as an amazing sherbet orange and cotton candy pink sunset illuminated the clouds. I stared in awe, and then looked around to see if anyone else saw it. But the people walking down the street were too busy texting on their phones; I wanted to shout, “Hello! Does anyone see this?”
I truly believe we all “see” in some way, whether it manifests in a magnificent sunset or in some other form.
But what does “seeing” really mean?
If we understand we’re much more interconnected than we think, then we should take the Golden Rule more seriously—treat others as we would be treated, because in a way, our neighbors (people, plants, animals, and all life) are really ourselves. When we hurt others, we hurt ourselves.
We’re moving toward a more meaningful existence, a more connected understanding of ourselves to the Earth.
“We are never more than a belief away from our greatest love, deepest healing, and most profound miracles,” as Braden said.
Hopefully science can help us learn the necessary tools to tap into “seeing,” rather than what meditation, new age books, and spirituality alone have done for so long.
If we all find the inspiration for new ways of thinking about our existence, then that’s a step in a better, and much more exciting direction.
- I AM, Tom Shadyac
- Wake Up, the Film (featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sundays)
- Gaiam Inspirations: Deep Truths Revealed (Lisa Garr with Gregg Braden) (Available on Gaiam TV homepage)
- The God Code, Gregg Braden
- The Language of Emotion, Gregg Braden