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Oneness again

In writing about oneness one is first tempted to just leave the word by itself alone at the top of a blank page. It reminds me of a piece by John Cage called 4’33” in which Cage sits in silence in front of a piano with music on the stand before him. He raises his right hand and holds it over the keys for quite a while. He withdraws his hand and almost touches the keys for another long while, holding his hand and body frozen in the position of ‘about to play’. A third time he balls his fist and looks poised to strike the keyboard only to again freeze for a good long while. After about four and a half minutes he rises, bows, removes the music from the stand and leaves the stage to applause.

“Why do they applaud?” you might ask. He didn’t play a thing. He played oneness.

Again the article called oneness could be ended right here and it would say more than the words lead on to. Of course, needing three hundred words to finish an article is one of the rules for submitting articles here so I do have to say more. Saying more is not being more but it is really no problem. Most of us will never run out of thoughts for the foreseeable future. The question is what are we thinking?

Oneness is not a concept that can be thought about. It has to be experienced as stillness. In stillness all differences go without notice and a distinct empty tension called ‘being’ remains. There can be many beings but the being of each being is one because there is no form in being. People that sit in stillness realize this ‘being’ as both who they are and also who all ‘others’ are. That is oneness.

Every time the article ends it begins again and each time something new about oneness is said. People that don’t sit in stillness just get bored by such things. They are too busy to stop doing things and thinking about what not. Well maybe not bored but 'antsy' might be a better word. “I can’t meditate” they say and so they don’t and being is only a potential for them. Being must be realized to produce joy in the beholder.

“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”

John Cage

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