The Golden Rule: A Lesson in Oneness Throughout the Ages

The Golden Rule - A Lesson in Oneness Throughout the Ages

By Paul Lenda

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The concept of Oneness — being One with everyone and everything — is not a new concept at all. It is actually the underlying concept of all major belief systems that have survived to this day.

In recent times, this concept has been dubbed The Golden Rule which expresses that we are to treat others as we would like them to treat us. We are all part of the same whole and any one thing we do to someone else, we are doing to ourselves. This is where global consciousness becomes a relevant topic, which is the idea that each one of the 7 billion individual brains that have consciousness are in fact, one collective consciousness.

The Golden Rule is the central teaching to all of the following belief systems:

Buddhism: “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” (From the Udanavarga 5.18)

Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”(Matthew 7:12 – NRSV)

Hinduism: “Do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.”(From the Mahabharata 5.1517

Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnab)

Jainism: “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” (Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara)

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow human beings. That is the law; all the rest is commentary.”(Talmud, Shabbat 3 l a)

Confucianism: “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. “(Analects XV.24)

Native Spiritual Traditions: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” (Chief Seattle)

Shintoism: “Be Charitable to all beings, love is the representation of god.” (KO-JI-KI Hachiman Kasuga)

Sikhism: “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.”(Guru Arjan Devji 259. Guru Granth Sahib)

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain; and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (Tai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)

It’s easy to see that the Golden Rule is a universal teaching found in many major belief system; an underlying truth that resonates in all schools of thought that choose to be in harmony with nature, the universe, and reality (even if those paths say theirs in the only one and all others are wrong — clearly that is not the case.)

The Common Foundations of Religions and Theology - The Golden Rule

It’s not difficult to discover why so many people today live their lives out of touch with this interconnected reality. What they are experiencing is the feeling of separateness… a feeling that is not ultimately real. Our material reality, which we experience as separate seemingly-physical objects, is but a filtered version of the ultimate unity which connects everything. This filtered version creates a perception of separateness because it only experiences bits and pieces of the whole at a time.

If we could remove the filter, we would experience reality directly as an interference pattern where all information is distributed non-locally. Again, we should never forget that we are part of this pattern.

Your hands, the screen you are reading this on, the trees outside the window, our solar system, the entire universe; it is all a seamless, unbroken extension of everything else. It is one thing. Each part affects every other part, whether we realize it or not. Since this is a universal concept, it certainly applies to humans as well, as this 20 year study showed to be true.

Hopefully humanity can realign itself with the truth and reality of interconnected oneness. If we come to realize that we are not autonomous elements separate from the rest of reality, then we can help shift humanity back into the grooves that harmonize with the interconnected wholeness of everything.

Let us hope that such a perception shift occurs sooner rather than later.


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About the author:

Paul Lenda - bioPaul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, writer, speaker, workshop facilitator, life coach and celebrator of life wishing to provide an integral role in the personal and collective social transformation of humanity. Paul has degrees in business and psychology, a decade of extensive spiritual practice, a drive for esoteric knowledge and a desire to see and understand the wider horizon of Reality. Paul has spoken at various shows, events and locations and his articles have been published in magazines and journals around the world. Paul’s words will stir up a spirit of action and change, make you question the way you think, and challenge your perception of reality.

From adolescence onward, Paul became an active seeker of everything that was never taught by the established educational systems. By doing so, and by filtering our “the noise”, Paul was able to develop an extensive knowledge base to which he also applied diligent personal practice, verifying what resonated as functional and effective in the evolution and elevation of consciousness. By focusing on maintaining balance in all aspects of his life, Paul offers an approach to conscious evolution that ensures there is harmony in your quest for healing and growth.

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