1.) Oneness excludes nothing. No exceptions. Unconditional love includes all things. If we genuinely look into the mechanism by which oneness occurs, it necessarily EMBRACES the totality of creation. No exceptions. Oneness is the all-ness of the everything that is. Period.
2.) Fear is the inception point of love. Fear is life loving life, the root impulse of life protecting itself. It’s the evidence of how much we care to continue to exist. The human brain, however, has evolved to a level of complexity where we immediately INTERPRET our fears, and attempt to mitigate or make them go away. It’s our interpretation and thinking about fear that quickly becomes dysfunctional – taking us into past and future thinking and running thought scenarios that are other than what is really occurring. We then have a lot of feelings about these thoughts, and the dysfunctional loop perpetuates itself. LEARNING TO BE WITH FEAR IS AN EVOLUTIONARY PATTERN. The root fear response is generally immensely intelligent and very much in the present. The real path of wisdom is to have appropriate and mindful RESPONSE to fear, and to learn to inhibit secondary interpretations that create suffering about our suffering. Then we can live awake – we can embody oneness.
3.) The ego is NOT the enemy. Our current spiritual story has lumped our whole personality into the category of “ego” and made the ego the enemy. This is a really narrow view. From a psychological perspective, the “ego” is a complex of sub-selves that make up the whole person. These sub-selves are not in and of themselves a problem. The problem is that they are largely unconscious, AND that there is a particular set of sub-selves we could call the “protector/controller” that are generally running the show. The key is to develop an AWAKE EGO- to unplug the unconscious ways in which the controlling sub-selves manipulate and run the shows of our lives. Once we begin to develop and Awake Ego, we can begin to surrender or repattern the negative and unconscious ego patterns that we commonly call “ego” so that we can live more fully awake, responsive, resilient and life-full lives. Consider this: the ego is a living operating system through wich we can convey soul and spirit. It is the user interface between people, the vehicle through wich we navigate all of our relations. We need it. We are relational beings. The real evolutionary growing edge for the human species is to relate coherently though personalities that are lovingly connected to ALL of who we are – both our humanity and our immensity as soul and spirit.
…think about it. The implications are exquisite.