On the path of awakening, sooner or later, everyone reaches a milestone where they experience Oneness, and from this state, it’s common to realize that “nothing is real,” and, consequently, there is nothing to do and no purpose to life. After all, since we all eventually wake-up as God, what’s the point of doing anything?
Although in the grand scheme of things this perception is true, it can be vastly misleading, and, unfortunately, result in great consequences. Believing that there is no point to life because it’s just a dream or a virtual reality, from which we awaken, can give us permission to put our heads in the sand, and even set the stage for carelessness and abuse. In fact, some really conscious people use this as an excuse to be insensitive, harm others, or perpetuate the misuse of Earth.
Therefore, it’s important to enlighten this grand misconception…
What Exactly is Oneness?
Regardless of the nature of reality, there is only One Consciousness from which we all originate, and this One Consciousness is represented by what we call Oneness. Therefore, to fully embrace Oneness, we must realize that Oneness has billions of faces in our world alone; not to mention Mother Earth who has given birth to us all. In a spiritual nutshell this means that everyone is you, and you are everyone.
Furthermore, if we are all a part of the same Oneness, if anyone is harmed, we are all harmed, and therefore, through this unbreakable connection, our choices, actions and behaviors ripple out to everyone – everywhere.
The Reverse Ripple Effect
Many people who have gone through Near Death Experiences have come back reporting that they felt all the pain and suffering they inflicted on others, and it didn’t matter if that infliction was conscious or unconscious – direct or indirect – nor, even if they knew about it, or not. However, this is not due to karma or punishment, but rather, a natural result of reuniting with Oneness in the afterworld.
You see, during life, our actions, behaviors and choices have a dynamic ripple effect, and, at some level, our “individual ripples” affect everyone and everything.
Although we’re not often aware of the ripples we create or contribute to during life, those ripples come back to us after life in a “reverse ripple effect,” and this is when we experience all the ripples we created (as if they are happening to us in real time). Moreover, this also includes the family, community and global ripples we contribute to, and, believe it or not, complacency has as much “ripple power” as tangible actions.
When the ripple effect reverses after-life, we experience the ripples of our ripples.
Therefore, don’t be surprised, if upon your exit from this existence, you experience the consequences of unconscious choices, actions, and behaviors that have resulted in harm to others, and this means that even if world events do not directly affect you, you are no less responsible.
Indeed, if any of our fellow human beings suffer, we inevitably experience their suffering firsthand as our own, and because Earth is a conscious living being, we also experience the consequences of our careless actions and unconscious behaviors that have led to the pain and destruction upon our Great Mother.
However, even if we forget about the “reverse ripple effect” in the after-life, we must ask ourselves an important question. How can a person of “higher consciousness” participate in a system of global disempowerment that perpetuates poverty, starvation, abuse, and even human slavery for millions of people worldwide?
No doubt, our blind participation in a broken system makes us each responsible for economic crimes committed against humanity – not only resulting in every social dysfunction, but, no doubt, the underlying reason why poverty and starvation plague millions every day, and why profit-making war machines are fed with countless lives, while innocent children and families are left orphaned and homeless in the aftermath.
No matter where we are on the receiving end, if we benefit from pillaging the planet, we are no less responsible for environmental crimes committed against Earth, such as the destruction of rainforests, species extinction, oil polluted oceans, toxic skies, and an epidemic of environmental diseases such as cancer.
If we are truly honest with ourselves, we can easily see that the corrupt system running the world only exists because we support it with our participation, feed it with our energy, and depend on it for survival. When it comes right down to it, we are each individually responsible for humanity’s suffering, and, in fact, we are the ones perpetuating worldwide devastation. Since most of us have no direct relationship with the apparent cause or consequence of human suffering or Earth’s destruction, this concept is often quite surprising. Yet, ignorance makes this fact no less true, and the potential consequences no less threatening, and, at the end of the day, shifting responsibility only perpetuates more suffering.
What does this all mean?
Well, this means that we cannot consider ourselves to be awake while dishonoring/disempowering our fellow human beings, abusing animals, or pillaging the planet for personal benefit, and this includes direct mistreatment as well as putting our heads in the sand, and pretending we are not participating when we know we are.
Furthermore, this also means that even if you use the pointlessness of a dream or simulation as an excuse to escape reality, ignore current affairs, mistreat others, or not care for the planet, there’s no way to avoid the consequences of your actions, nor the unconscious consequences of your inactions.
Even if “nothing is real,” don’t you and I experience pain? Of course we do! Therefore, we would be foolish to believe that our actions don’t cause pain to others, and their pain doesn’t ripple back to us when we complete our journey and merge back into Consciousness.
Whether your head is in the sand or not, you are no more or less a part of the same One Consciousness, and what happens to one, happens to all. Although we might be able to defer responsibility until our final departure, the consequences of responsibility will no doubt greet us on the other side. Maybe then, we’ll remember that Oneness includes all, and, when one suffers, we all do!