Experiencing an “Oneness” In God’s Universe

Dear Reader:

I have never heard of a “piggy-back” epiphany but suddenly these days I am feeling it with all my senses….sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. *An”oneness” with everything in life…animate and inanimate.

This new perspective  started when I read an article from a reporter who interviewed Edgar Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 in 1971. On the return trip back to earth he experienced an epiphany that changed how he saw himself, other people and creatures…even objects in a new interrelationship he never knew existed.

In an interview with Ascent Magazine, he recalled:

“The spacecraft was rotating to maintain the thermal balance of the Sun…. Every two minutes, with every rotation, we saw the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun as they passed by the window. The 360-degree panorama of the heavens was awesome and the stars are ten times as bright and, therefore, ten times as numerous than you could ever see on a high mountaintop on a clear night.

“It was overwhelmingly magnificent…. I realized that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft had been manufactured in an ancient generation of stars. It wasn’t just intellectual knowledge — it was a subjective visceral experience accompanied by ecstasy — a transformational experience- we really are made of star dust.”

Growing up Southern Baptist he tried to find a source to explain what he had undergone…Christian doctrines didn’t broach the subject or endless science research…He kept searching desperately for something to explain how he felt those few minutes he underwent molecular transformation and finally found it in sanskrit….two words (savikalpa samadhi) an experience in which objects lose their separateness and are perceived ecstatically as being elements in a vast and borderless oneness. 

We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”


Neil deGrasse Tyson

For a long time I have realized that we are all connected in this universe….animal, plant life…even inanimate objects. As I walk each day and am drawn to autumn’s glory… peaking in my home town…some visuals literally make me stop and gasp for just a second…as if that flower, or tree, or bush entered my space, myself, and enriched it.

Each experience we have in our lives adds substance to our own personal being…we are like magnets taking in molecules of life without even realizing we are being transformed by them…the more beauty we acquire the more beautiful our lives.

Example….On any ordinary day (like yesterday) I take a handful of pictures of nature at its best.  Now I realize I will always carry these images within me…they have become a part of me…who I am…their beauty absorbed through me. I no longer need the photograph…their essence lingers forever.

So until tomorrow…The greatest lesson from this higher understanding of my place in the world in relationship to the universe is the important concept that everything is made up of the same universal matter…our building blocks from God’s creation.

We are all of the same kind yet humans on earth spend so much precious time from our lives looking for minute differences instead of seeing the common thread we all share. What if we focused on our sameness instead…staying open to acceptance, tolerance, kindness and love of all our fellow man? Conflicts would cease and oh, what a beautiful world this would be. (Editor of Spotlight on Kindness)

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

*John Lennon understood this oneness when he wrote:

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer…But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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6 Responses to Experiencing an “Oneness” In God’s Universe

  1. bcparkison says:

    I love the changing seasons even though here in Mississippi it isn’t as grand as up North.Having lived a short time in Fla,with not much change, I’ll take what we have.
    Your thought of us all becoming one is a good goal I’m just not sure we will see it on this side of eturnity. But you and I can do our part.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Exactly right…every day we have the opportunity to help others as we would like to be helped…to overlook superficial differences and instead see the human sameness – like John Lennon wrote: Imagine all the people Living life in peace
      You may say that I’m a dreamer…But I’m not the only one
      I hope someday you’ll join us
      And the world will be as one

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Beautiful pictures…love the colors of fall…and yes what a wonderful world it would be…

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Wouldn’t it though? Thank goodness for news of individual acts of kindness to keep hope alive! For that we can be thankful this Thanksgiving!

      Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Becky,
    I get those feelings of oneness in two places especially: a garden and the forest. Wonderful pictures and sentiment.

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