- April 28, 2019
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Promote Diversity and Inclusion
April 28, 2019
Inclusion Beyond Otherness
Promote Diversity & Inclusion
What is Inclusion?
If all lived life from the truth that we are all incarnations of the Divine presenting uniquely, and that we are bound together, inseparable, in the unity of God, otherness wouldn’t exist. Inclusion, by definition, means that all parts participate in the whole. If this concept were embodied by all, exclusion would cease to be. Living, moving and having our being with the consciousness of Oneness, we would experience inclusion beyond otherness.
What is Otherness?
Otherness is an outer encrustation or shell that has within it, the Light of Oneness. Lest we forget, the root of everything is Oneness. In essence, all people are the same. All souls have emerged from the same origin though we present ourselves in infinite variations. Differences and disagreements are due to perceiving otherness. Anytime the us vs. them polarity is operative, in-groups and out-groups are created. Some are included while others are excluded, though all polarities and dualities have meeting points in unity.
The universe emerged from Oneness and no one and no thing is excluded. Everything it represents, or experiences is an aspect of Oneness. That knowledge explains the grief of the mental illusion of separation and otherness.
Inclusion Beyond Otherness is Oneness
Oneness is a transcendence of the self, and the person is an embodiment of the Divine. It is inclusion beyond distinctions of self and others. Oneness is living the true human life which allows the possibility of the perception of Oneness. To live a life that is conducive to the experience of Oneness, is a life that doesn’t resist that perception; it’s living a life that doesn’t depend on separateness, but rather, unity and inclusiveness. The idea that the self is inextricably intertwined with the rest of the world is the Oneness hypothesis and it can be found in many of the world’s philosophical and religious traditions.
Oneness provides ways to imagine and achieve a more expansive conception of the self as fundamentally connected to other people, creatures and things.
The idea of Oneness is not the same thing as the experience of Oneness. The experience of Oneness is that you do not feel you end here or there; you do not end anywhere. You continue on and on and on, through everything. In the normal ego state, you can observe that your sense of self always includes a sense of boundaries. But when the perception of Oneness is there, you do not feel anything like that. It is as if there is just air there, where your boundaries used to be. You feel yourself extended, continued through the air, through other people, through the walls, through the mountains, through everything. It is all one nature, one thing, and that is your nature.
How to Live Inclusively
You might ask, how does one live inclusively, transcending boundaries and otherness? Ernest Holmes gave us the answer: “The one who understands the Science of Mind will be tolerant, kind and empathetic.”
Empathy forces us to think beyond the limits of our individual beliefs shared only by those just like us. We cannot minimize the feelings of otherness and marginalization felt by other people. But rather, seek first to understand their experiences, backgrounds and circumstances.
Expand your circle of inclusion so that it is so big that nothing exists outside of it. Go into the world and show people how significant they are instead of how significant you are. This can be done through the simple display of empathy and compassion. Be an attentive listening presence.
The nature of Oneness is absolute goodness. It is the source of all love, compassion, color, beauty, peace—all inner richness and fulfillment. Oneness goes beyond otherness. It is the source of all the Essence that you know, all the goodness, all the beauty you’ve experienced in your life. In fact, some believe that it is the source of everything and is inclusive of everything.
Oneness is not something you are going to accomplish one of these days; Oneness is already you; it always has been, and it always will be. What is needed is for us to wake up, to see things the way they are, instead of viewing life through distorting lenses. Oneness is absolute freedom, absolute release, absolute delight. It is a newness that is ever new. Whatever you see, you see yourself. Whatever you touch, you are touching yourself. Whoever you talk to, you are talking to yourself. Oneness is not experienced as a something, an object of perception. It is known by being it, directly, without subject and object duality.
“Transcendence of self is the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos” (Maslow, 1971, p. 269).
Holmes asserts, “What a difference it would make in our human relations if we tried to sense the meaning of this Divine incarnation in all people and adjust our viewpoint to the truth that all are bound together in the unity of God.” “What is the key to living peace, he asked? Inclusiveness, he answered. To bring everyone into the Love and Life of God. To see all as sacred and individualized expressions of the Divine. Accept all with unconditional Love. Invite and exclude no one.” This is inclusion beyond otherness.
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