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A Community of ONENESS
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett

"The Tao person dwells in peace;
Reaching out
In a community of heart,
Regarding all that lives
As one family."
(Tao 49)

From the Big Bang to the Infinite Eternal Silence of the Universe, what was here at the beginning is and will be here unto the end. Now, that's oneness. That's community; we are encapsulated together forever, whether we like it or not. However, that can be a good thing. There is so much to be learned by situations, people, and things that we do enjoy plus by those we don't particularly take pleasure in.

From the Holy Oneness you came, bringing its precious cargo along until you return with it, further enhanced, to the Other Shore. What is this precious cargo? A community. First, within your Holy Oneness are all your heavenly cheerleaders, loved ones from your previous earthly lives who await your joyous return to the heavenly portals. The Angels and your Spirit Guide in particular, accompany you, wherever you go. And, all the people who await your arrival—parents, grandparents, siblings, and relatives of all shades and varieties. What a richness life offers, this community of ONENESS.

At least it starts out like that. After you are born into this world, you're not real sure you want to be here. It's cold, with strange noises assaulting your tiny ears and brilliant light shining on you, hands fluttering here and there when all you really want is to go back into that nice warm cuddly womb. But into this community you have come; signed, sealed, and delivered per agreement previously made with your Spirit Guide and Guardian Angels on the Other Shore. And you are now on a grand journey of discovery.

From there as your world expands you will encounter a multitude of different communities starting locally with neighbourhoods, schools, churches, clubs and associations. Moving forward in life you realize there still larger communities; our country, worldwide, and the universe. Within each one you will find communities within those communities where you will meet all types of people, all kinds of situations.

Taoism encourages us to perceive everyone, ourselves included, as "an awakening being who is here to claim his or her birthright to the higher consciousness planes of unconditional love and oneness." Ken Keyes also enlightens us on this issue with thoughts of his own in his book "Handbook to Higher Consciousness". The 12th Pathway Note explains, "We are equal beings. Everything we do is either a skillful or unskilled attempt to find love and oneness. You come to realize there is practically nothing that anyone can do that you have not either done or wanted to do at some time in your life. We're just not that different from each other! Does this separate or unify?" If it separates, it tends to offset community. However, if it unifies community prospers and grows. We are truly there for each other, one hand washing the other, one person supporting the other.

Perhaps Wayne Dyer in his book, "The Power of Intention" can help us understand further. He describes Connectors as people who are harmonious with the power of intention. "Connectors appreciate the world and everything in it. The same connection they experience with nature, they feel toward all beings, including those who have lived before and those who have yet to arrive. They have a consciousness of oneness, therefore, they make no distinctions such as them or those other people. To a connector, it is all WE."

As the United States' new President-Elect Barack Obama said recently, "We are all in this together." Through a shared trust and a sense of interdependency, WE learn and grow. Many people espouse being independent, but unless you are a singular inhabitant in a cabin in the woods, living off the land, you are still interdependent. You count on the wildlife you need to be there when you need them, for one thing. You trust that others who use the land will be careful and loving in their use of it. Otherwise you might face terrifying life-threatening situations such as fire, flood, or windstorm destroying any crop or wildlife you depend upon.

You experience shared trust when you drive down a street believing the person heading your way in their own lane will stay in that lane and not veer over toward you. You experience shared trust when you eat food, believing the sanitation and skill of the people who process it are trustworthy. You experience a sense of community when your elected official actually follows through on an election promise. And, you learn to trust when warnings are released in a timely fashion advising you that certain foods are tainted and not fit for consumption. Or your car manufacturer releases a notice to bring your car in for replacement of a faulty part. And you hold a sense of trust not betrayal when your local weather forecasters advise you to stay inside since air pollution is high today. It sounds like knowledge is power doesn't it? You are right. The more you learn the better person you will be, not only for your community, but for yourself.

Community is a group of individuals who perform varied tasks for the good of all. There's the doctor, the teacher, the factory worker, the truck driver, the EMT, the librarian, the cashier, and so on. Babies, toddlers, students, teens 'n tweens, parents, senior citizens, and so on. Each plays a vital role in the life of the community, thus making it a community of ONENESS. All working together for the good of All.

Even those who find themselves in their twilight years, either a healthy person or someone in hospice care, have much to teach us… roles to play. It is a time of reflection indeed. You look back and realize all you have learned in this lifetime, how much you've grown or perhaps, have not grown. Some times we're miserable, some joyous, yet all feelings are worthwhile. For it is through the rough times we learn so much, that is unless we become and remain bitter and resentful. Bearing in mind that we are here on this Planet Earth school to learn, is a far better place to remain for only through opening our mind and heart, can we harvest the plenitude of love and compassion.

When your mind and heart become one, and as you prepare to release your earthly body, your community often becomes more plentiful with healthcare workers, hospice staff, family and friends who draw near to wish you well on your journey. I hesitate to say final journey because who knows if you might decide to come back again from the Other Shore for more lessons? We wish you Bon Voyage with love in our hearts, knowing we will miss your physical presence yet assured your spirit will always remain in our heart. Truly we are a community of ONENESS, knowing that peace is a welcome facet and natural heritage of that Holy Spirit of ONENESS.


I affirm this community of oneness daily through cooperation, compassion, and service.


Cheryl, from Michigan, says, "Having had Multiple Sclerosis for almost thirty years, I've learned much about adapting and squeezing joy out of life. Therefore, I am a metaphysical minister who believes God is in everything, everywhere. And, the Sweet God-Spirit surely lives in my little Maya-puppy, who kept me connected with life after my youngest son was killed in a freak automobile accident ten years ago."

Cheryl seeks to inspire healing, so she developed a website dedicated to those who are grieving.

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