By Evita Ochel
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Right now as you read this, you know yourself to be living on a planet called Earth in a physical incarnation that you share with about 7 billion other people and over 8 billion other living species. In this solar system that we are in, we think of ourselves as being one race of human beings, sharing one planet and one reality. But do we really?
When we examine this fact on a deeper level of awareness, we begin to realize that there are many more worlds within this one world that we envision ourselves to be living in. What is more so, is that there are numerous realities as well. And I am not even talking here about the heavy duty ideas of quantum physics, parallel Universes or multiple dimensions. I am simply talking about the fact that each one of us, being a physical individuation of source energy, is its own world and reality. This means that we have about 7 billion worlds sharing one planet.
Although the idea may be simple for us to grasp and know conceptually, the depth of this idea has major implications for understanding life here on this planet. It opens up a whole new understanding when we move past the concept, and actually apply it.
If we look at the state of the world today, 10 years ago, 100 years ago or even 1000 years ago, we see that although much has changed, one thing remains the same. We cannot seem to get on the same page of understanding when it comes to life on this planet. Why is this? Why is it so hard for us to apply concepts that should be so fundamental to increasing the quality of life for all, especially when we have the means to do so? Take the idea of peace for example. It cannot be argued that it would improve everyones lives, yet we choose not to apply peace on this planet, both personally and collectively. It can be done tomorrow worldwide if we really wanted to, but we don’t. This is just one example of what happens when worlds collide.
We May Be One, But We Are Each Unique
In recent years, use of the phrase “we are all one” has tremendously increased in popularity. It is used by many in spiritual and non-spiritual circles alike, often indiscriminately. I too, was a big fan of this phrase, until I chose to look at it from a deeper and conscious perspective. What I have noticed is that many who use this phrase, often use it from a surface-level perspective, and one that strips us of our unique individuation and diminishes the purpose of our individuality. All too often we don’t really understand what we are really saying.
In my experience thus far, “we are all one” means that we have all come from the same source of creation, but this does not make us all the same. And although this may seem obvious to you, I feel it all too often gets lost in many spiritually-oriented people who are trying to take on a conceptual “love & peace” view of the world, rather than an experiential one. We may all have the same general purpose of spiritual evolution, but our unique purpose and how we see or experience reality is very different.
This is not meant to divide us or make us focus on our differences rather than our similarities. Instead, it is meant to acknowledge the gift of uniqueness that we each are and possess. In allowing myself to explore this idea, I have come to grasp why so much misunderstanding, chaos, confusion, and animosity exists in our world today. We are trying to merge everyone into the same reality. Too many of us think that others see, think, and understand things the way we do. People speak about love or peace or justice or compassion, as if these were universally defined and understood static concepts. However, we are each able to understand these concepts through our lens of reality, through ourpersonal state of awareness and evolution up until this point.
This message is not meant to depress us, and make us feel hopeless about getting along and seeing eye-to-eye on this planet, but rather to empower us to be more understanding of the different levels of existence, evolution, and processing of concepts shared on this planet, and why things are the way they are. We may think we are all talking about the same things, but more often than not, we aren’t. Billions of different worlds are colliding and the final outcome is a rather disorganized state of affairs, where most of us have to learn through life the hard way how to fit in or get along with others.
You Are Your Own World and Reality
Many of us think that we live in one world, the truth is we do. However, this is not the world we are thinking of. The one world we live in is our personal world. Each of us comes into this life and physical incarnation at a different level of evolution, we are then conditioned by the various cultural, religious, and political influences depending on where each physical incarnation takes place. This builds various biases, beliefs, and perceptions about the world as we know it. Most of us continue life at this pace, possibly with some small bursts of various awakenings that may change some of these patterns. Others, may have major awakenings and drastically shift the course of their lives, sometimes even multiple times. The most important thing to note here is that there are as many worlds co-existing on this planet as there are human beings. Each one of us lives in our own world, with its own perceived reality. Embracing our unique qualities and individual paths is not a bad thing. It need not separate us, rather it can help unify us, but only if we allow ourselves to first see and understand that we are each coming from our own unique worldview.
In order to fully grasp the wholeness of who we are and really put the phrase “we are one” into action, rather than as just a concept, we have to embrace our own unique purpose and individuality first. You have to know who you are—one sacred part of the whole—before you can begin to grasp the wholeness of all that is.
When we embrace our unique individuation, purpose, and level of evolution, we can then begin to see how we fit into the whole. This seems to be a missing step in many spiritual dialogues and arenas. You must fully embrace yourself first before you can embrace the totality of all creation. You get to know the whole by first getting to know the parts that make it up. Therefore, to understand the external world we need to first understand the internal parts that make it up.
Spiritual Grades of Evolution
To best summarize what I mean by all of this, I’d like to use a simple analogy that all of us are familiar with based on the current model of education that spans from kindergarten through college. Through this analogy it is my intention to help you see and understand why our Earth is in the state that it is. To reiterate, the state I am referring to is neither bad or good; it is simply a disorganized state, where we are not living from a state of high efficiency or coherence.
To illustrate this, I want you to imagine the following scenario. You have just arrived in a brand new country that you know nothing about. As part of your tour of their culture, you are taken to visit a local school. You walk into a classroom and you notice something odd that you have never seen back in the schools of your own country. This classroom is full of kids of all ages and they are all trying to learn together. You notice some kindergarteners, a high percentage of elementary school kids, some high school kids, and a handful of college kids. All of these beings are trying to learn and coexist together. The teacher is of course trying to do the best job they can by adhering most of the curriculum to the high percentage of elementary school kids, and so this leaves a lot of the kindergarten kids restless and getting into all sorts of trouble, while it leaves the college kids bored or frustrated. The older kids often try to help the younger ones understand the concepts presented. This works sometimes, while at other times it is a useless endeavor as each being must grow into a certain level of comprehension. The older kids eventually realize that the younger kids can only grasp things as they are ready to and there is no point in trying to teach them the same things they are learning themselves, or things they are not yet ready for, as this only introduces unnecessary stress and animosity.
Let’s come back from the visualization. You have probably guessed by now the purpose of that scenario. It is perhaps the easiest way to envision very much what is happening here on Earth. Planet Earth is like one giant classroom. It is fun, it is exciting, sometimes the lessons are easy and sometimes they are hard. But the biggest challenge in this classroom is being with kids of all ages and at all very different levels of learning. We may all be one, coming from the same source, but we are all at very unique levels of our personal evolution, and this poses the greatest set of challenges on this planet.
When we begin to see our planet from this perspective, we begin to understand why things are in the state that they are. There are those, who like the kindergarteners are only capable of focusing on their immediate needs and captivated only by their own existence. Pre-planning for the future or understanding things from the perspective of another is not a skill that this group yet possesses. Then there are all sorts of elementary school kids who are each at very different levels themselves. Some just want to play, while others actually want to learn something. Some are forming cohesive relationships, while others choose to be the bullies on the playground. Most do not understand how this “school” works, but as kids often do, want to figure things out for themselves; they don’t want to hear from the older kids how things can be done differently—more easily, effectively, and coherently. Then there are the high school kids who are coming into their own autonomy and starting to see through the system and rebelling against it in all sorts of ways. They are often the “activists” who want to make a change and be heard and bring about all sorts of change. Finally there are the college kids, who are also at different levels of their personal evolution, mastery, and specialization. They are connecting the dots between actions and consequences, and the ones who are starting to understand that the only way to change the world, is by changing yourself.
If we compare life on this planet to other planets with similar life forms, of the little we know via various metaphysical studies, we know that one of the biggest reasons why our planet is so unique and chaotic is because it breeds such extreme diversity. Other galactic civilizations are much more aligned with being at a similar level of evolution on their respective home planets. This naturally makes it much easier for their societies to coexist together in peace or work for the common good, for a common goal. On our planet, due to the wide variations in consciousness evolution, this is very difficult to do. As you can imagine, an eleventh grader wants very different things and is capable of very different things than a seventh grader, and even more so than a third grader. And so we have those on our planet who want to play with guns or toxic chemicals and who readily engage in destroying or killing humans, animals, or the environment, together with those who want to create effective architecture, nourishment, and societies that benefit the good of all, not just a select few. And since there is a greater predominance of “elementary school kids”, our society therefore reflects an “elementary school” atmosphere via the systems put in place to keep the majority under control, be they political, religious, etc.
To make matters more complex, yet fun, we are not all at the same level with respect to every area of existence. For example, using the school analogy from above, a being may be at a college level when it comes to mastering personal relationships, but at an eighth grader level when it comes to living in harmony with nature. To add to this, when we speak of people having “spiritual awakenings” or experiencing “enlightenment”, this does not mean they have experienced one awakening in a conclusive sort of way. We experience various “awakenings” when it comes to specific subjects or areas of life and can also full-spectrum awakenings, which we can equate to graduation from some specific grade level. This would happen when we equalize all areas of existence to be at least at that level of evolution, as we proceed to the next. Even along these levels, as each child in the same grade, we too have different interests and preferences. Even when we reach the college level, we are still not done, for we are then involved in an eternal journey of specialization and further self-mastery, self-actualization, and self-realization.
I am sharing all of this to help us begin to understand why sometimes something as simple as trying to have a conversation with others about topics which we may think we would all understand similarly proves difficult. Let’s use some more examples to further understand on a practical level. Think about the topic of abortion for example, a third grader will have a completely different understanding and take on this topic compared to a ninth grader, compared to a college kid. (Remember, we are using complex human topic examples in the context of simple grade school analogies.) What peace means to a first grader is very different than what means peace to a tenth grader, and more importantly what each is willing to do in order to have peace. We can take any topic: the economy, politics, ethics, extraterrestrials, health, or nutrition to understand why we have the misunderstandings and miscommunication we do on this planet that lead people into conflicts, arguments, or violence. We may be talking about the same things, but each of our unique abilities to comprehend the vastness of each topic totally depends on our personal level of evolution.
Ultimately, I am not sharing this so that you try to figure out what supposed grade you or anyone else is in, or feel put down or superior. That is not at all the point of this dialogue. The point is to realize that we are all at different levels of learning—our personal evolution and spiritual development, and not capable of understanding, seeing, sensing, experiencing, or expressing things in the same ways.
Although we are currently part of a collective reality on this planet, we each construct our own reality, based on our personal perspectives, past experiences, biases, and level of evolution. Our personally constructed reality is the most influential force in our lives.
- We are all at different stages of spiritual evolution, or in different grades. A third grader is no better or worse than a ninth grader. “Better” and “worse” are simply constructs of an unconscious ego-mind that lives in the world of duality. Each is at the perfect place for them on their journey of personal evolution.
- We each need to be tolerant of the fact that we are sharing a planet with many other beings of every level, just as kids of all ages in one classroom. The older kids need more patience with the younger kids, for we were all once there. The younger kids can save themselves a lot of suffering and turmoil, if they so desire, by taking advantage of the wisdom offered by the older kids.
- In order to create most effectively, you must align yourself with those that share similar worlds to yours. This does not mean people of the same religion or same political party, but beings who choose to perceive reality and vibrate at a similar frequency to you.
In the end, I do not have a solution for you because technically there is no problem. We simply have to recognize and understand the challenge before us in order to improve our relations with each other, and create the lives and world we most want to experience. We each came to this planet, this time and many times before, knowing this challenge very well. In fact, this is one of the reasons why we come here at all, as contrast can cause us to learn and evolve the fastest. It is why we tend to pick the families we do, religions, cultures, geographical areas, and such. Our life here can therefore be seen as a very positive, rather than negative thing, despite the challenges that it presents. As long as we don’t get caught up in other people’s realities or try to force our way of seeing things upon others, there is perhaps no better playground or classroom where we can have the chance to spiritually evolve at a more effective rate than here.
Previous articles by Evita Ochel:
- Awakening to Heart-Centered Living
- Not All Hydration is Equal: Honor Your Body with the Best from Nature
About the author:
Evita Ochel is a consciousness expansion teacher. Her diverse passions and expertise include being a writer, speaker, holistic nutritionist, web TV host, and author of the book Healing & Prevention Through Nutrition. Her health oriented teaching focuses on natural, whole, plant-based and organic nutrition for optimal health and longevity. Her spiritually oriented teaching focuses on consciousness expansion and heart-centered living for optimal joy and inner peace.
Evita is also the creator of several online publications: Evolving Beings, Evolving Wellness, Evolving Channels and Evolving Scenes, as well as Healthytarian – a lifestyle for the well-being of the mind, body and spirit.