When Oneness Becomes a Fundamentalist Belief
The last few reflections have discussed how beliefs often fuel separation and conflict. These reflections are not meant to encourage you to suppress belief. Form is none other than formlessness.
To suppress belief is to deny the empty awareness from which it arises. Nothing is appearing as everything including every belief, idea, and view. What is being pointed to here is the seeing of how the dream self is born from identification with beliefs, creating illusory conflict and separation.
The view that “all is One” is a correct view relatively speaking. Stated another way, it is clearer to say “all is One” than to say “there are four.” But form is relative. Views are clear only in relation to other views. That is the nature of dualistic language.
The non-duality to which the word “Oneness” points cannot be expressed. In failing to realize the inexpressibility of non-duality, the mind can turn Oneness or any other spiritual conclusion (i.e., “no self”) into a fundamentalist belief.
How will you know your spiritual conclusion has become a fundamentalist belief? You will find yourself in conflict with all others who do not agree with your particular conception of Oneness. You will stop listening and learning, believing that you own the truth.
The pure seeing of identification with belief in Oneness allows identification with that belief to dissolve naturally. What is left is genuine Oneness, free from the “me” who would own it.
~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/
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The Ego’s Need to be Right
Complaining and reactivity are favorite mind patterns through which the ego strengthens itself. For many people, a large part of their mental- emotional activity consists of complaining and reacting against this or that. By doing this, you make others or a situation “wrong” and yourself “right.”
Through being “right,” you feel superior, and through feeling superior, you strengthen your sense of self. In reality, of course, you are only strengthening the illusion of ego.
Not infrequently, tribes, nations, and religions derive a strengthened sense of collective identity from having enemies. Who would the “believer” be without the “unbeliever”?
In your dealings with people, can you detect subtle feelings of either superiority or inferiority toward them? You are looking at the ego, which lives through comparison. Can you observe those patterns within yourself and recognize the complaining voice in your head for what it is?
~ From: Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle. http://www.eckharttolle.com/
Religions to a large extent, became divisive rather than unifying forces. Instead of bringing about an ending of violence and hatred through a realization of the fundamental oneness of all life, they brought more violence and hatred, more divisions between people as well as between different religions and even within the same religion. They became ideologies, belief systems people could identify with and so use them to enhance their false sense of self. Through them, they could make themselves “right” and others “wrong” and thus define their identity through their enemies, the “others,” the “nonbelievers” or “wrong believers” who not infrequently they saw themselves justified in killing.
ECKHART TOLLE, A New Earth