A person experiences life as
something separated from the rest –
a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this self-imposed prison,
and through compassion,
to find the reality of Oneness.
This very Buddhist like quote reflects the thinking of many great thinkers, philosophers and religious leader over the centuries. We are all related, we are one. Science has backed this up with the discovery of DNA and gene sequencing. Genetically we are all related. If you go back in time we are genetically related to all mammals. Genetically speaking we are one more branch on the tree of life.
Quakers have a phrase that they use often when asked what the Quakers believe: “They believe that there is that of God in every man.” George Fox, one of the founders of Quakerism used this reading from the Bible often; “that which may be known of God is manifest in man, for God hath showed it unto them” Romans 1:19.
I have pondered this idea often. A metaphor came to mind while thinking these thoughts about DNA and God; within each of our cells we carry DNA that is the blueprint for the generation of our entire selves. Think of God as the entire body of Life and each living being as a cell carrying that DNA of Life/God.
About the image: Illustration “Tree of Life” by Nancy Jane Lang. Click on the link to see more of her work.