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Unity within Diversity

Unity within Diversity

In this world of duality, we all feel different from one another. We meet thousands of people, from many races, with varying physical conditions, of different ages, contrasting religions, and opposing political beliefs, philosophies, convictions, and ideals. We perceive separation and injustice everywhere, in a world of extreme contrast and variance, a world of untold possibilities.

Within this experience of separation, we search endlessly for union. We strive to heal the planet, we create programs for conflict resolution, we march for peace, trying desperately to get humanity to see beyond its differences and live in harmony.

We do this in our personal lives too, putting all our energy into trying to create balance in our surroundings. We search for the perfect partner, but when we think we have finally found our soul mate, we try to change and control them so they will fit into our ideal. We search for groups of people who will make us feel accepted by supporting us in our convictions, our opinions, our beliefs. We join churches, political parties, self-help groups, and corporations in our search to heal the separation in our surroundings, to find the place where we belong.

But in this search, we are vainly trying to accommodate the beliefs and opinions of the intellect. When someone disagrees with how we perceive the world, we avoid him or her. Like butterflies, we flit from one experience to another, our minds never fully satisfied, on an endless quest to find what feels like home.

The mind will never feel satisfied. Wherever it goes, it will find disagreement. Even within groups that appear to be united, there is separation: religions branch off into countless factions; political parties disagree among themselves; football teams argue about tactics; even the Beatles split up. Everywhere we look, there is separation, divergence, duality.

The only way to experience world peace is to elevate love-consciousness: the underlying union that sustains everything. Until we realize that we are all one, we will continue to witness destruction and conflict, in a society based in fear.

When I embrace every aspect of myself, the judgments I have made about myself dissolve. My external world becomes a reflection of how I perceive myself. I stop noticing all of its divisions, separations, inadequacies. Instead, I see its glory.
We are what we choose. Let’s choose for the love.

Adapted from: Why Walk When You Can Fly, by Isha (New World Library, 2008).

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at

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12:39AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:35AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Unity in diversity, just as in the European Union...

4:33AM PST on Mar 8, 2010

thank you

5:01AM PST on Jan 4, 2010

Works for me...Thanks!

8:23AM PST on Nov 14, 2009

You can never really except or love someone else until you completely love and except yourself. I was told by someone "begin by knowing you have already arrived" you just don't realize that at this moment. It is already there if we just look inside. Barbara H.

8:59PM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

The Love is what you find underneath all the beliefs that create the conflict topside. Beliefs are thoughts that you repeat and are convinced is 'trueth' because you will always find some evidence to support them. That is why marketing works.Repeat a lie enough times and it becomes your experience. Your trueth.The kind of love spoken of in this essay is a 'fabric of co-operation that holds everything together principle', not an ego interpretation of tollorance and conflict avoidence. In other words, from the safety net of the love principle you see that it's all propaganda and none of it is worth dieing for or getting killed because of.

8:20PM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

I love this.

10:09AM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

wonderfilled unity thoughts pooled together in the oceandeep heartspace erasing the lines of seperation. mmmmmmmmmm. one love.

8:47AM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

HUMMMMM. Sugar coating is sooo sweet is it not? It's easier to ignore the realities in life and the world. It's easier to turn a blind eye to corruption, brain-washing and propaganda thinking your not a part of it. After all "Marketing WORKS"people, that's why the government has spent trillions on it's re search / refinement since the 40's. People are Like the song says, "And they killed the moutain people, so they won their just reward. Now they stood before the treasure burried deep within the bed , So they turned the stone and looked beneath it, peace on earth was all it said". Just like life, tell all the millions of people like the moutain people, who have been murdered while CHOOSING LOVE, attempting to avoid conflict that life is so sugar coated and beautiful. I do not agree with violence, but I DO BELEIVE BASIC PHYSICS. That is "A force must be met with an EQUAL and OPPISITE FORCE". MEANING: 1 car is moving 65 mph hits a car standing still this equals devistation for the car NOT moving. Both cars hit at 65 mph, less damage ocurrs to BOTH VEHICLES then if 1 was standing still. YES, the perfect world would be nice, but it does not nor will it ever exsist untill humans are gone. With out the human factor the world would be the true GARDEN OF EDEN. Think about it.......IMAGINE. : > )

6:04AM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

"Show me the love."

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