Vector8 Journals

Saturday, May 28, 2005

A Demonstration of Oneness

I believe that only One exists. It is an immutable truth of the universe whether one is aware of this or not. By Oneness I don't mean being at one with, but the One being the One. We are like CD replicas of the original, thus, each of us is the entire universe; the One being the One. Once you realise yourself as the One you also realise that the Universe is always on your side for the One has no opposition. Though from the human or personality level, it might seem as if you go through challenges, they are not challenges, nor are they lessons; the One is totally complete and there's nothing to learn. The challenges are actually You giving yourself various gifts.

In the last week the same channel (not a movie channel) has shown one of my favourite films, Jerry Maguire twice. I believe it is a perfect example to show how oneness works.

Jerry is a sports agent in a successful firm with lots of clients. One day one of his clients is injured and is admitted in a hospital. He is at the client's bedside giving his support. The athlete's young son is very upset. He blames Jerry for not encouraging his father to stop playing. The boy's words have a huge impact on Jerry. He starts feeling guilty. One night he can't sleep as he keeps thinking of the boy and his injured client. He starts getting ideas and decides to write them down. These ideas develop into a manifesto. In the manifesto Jerry recalls the reason why he became a sports agent, to serve, and he suggests that if agents reduce their clients and salaries, agents will be able to offer better service to their clients. He is so enthusiastic he goes to an all-night printers to have his manifesto printed, copied, and bound. He ensures everyone as this firm receives a copy. Jerry has taken the first step to following his heart.

When he returns to work the next day, on the surface level, his colleagues seem very supportive of his ideas. They even applaud him and commend him on expressing what many are thinking.

Jerry's life continues as usual. He's still with his fiancée. On a plane trip he is sitting in the first class section explaining to another passenger how he proposed to his fiancée. On the same plane is Dorothy, a young single-mother who works in the accounts department of the same firm as Jerry. She is sitting in the "economy" section of the plane but close enough to hear Jerry describe his romantic proposal to his girlfriend. When they get off the plane, Dorothy can't find her son, Ray. While she's calling out to Ray, Jerry appears. He helps her find Ray. Dorothy tells him how much she enjoyed reading his manifesto and how inspiring it was. They chat for a while and say goodbye.

When Jerry returns to work, he is invited to lunch by his colleague. His colleague takes him to a restaurant to fire him. Apparently, Jerry's manifesto hasn't gone down too well with his employer.

Jerry is furious he's been fired but believes he can make it on his own. He intends to poach as many clients as he can with him. He starts phoning his clients to propose his commitment to offer them better service. At the same time, his colleague is phoning Jerry's clients to remind them that it is in their best interest to stay with the firm. In the end the only client Jerry is left with is a two-tier footballer called Rod Tidwell. Rod believes he is treated unfairly and desperate to have the right contract as he has a family to support. His catchword is "show me the money."

When Jerry leaves the firm he invites others to join him in his new venture. The only one who decides to go with him is Dorothy from the accounts department. (It's interesting that she is called Dorothy. Reminds me of Dorothy of the The Wizard of Oz who, accompanied by three friends, follow the yellow brick road to find the Wizard who would tell her how to return home).

Jerry is now without a steady income, has only one client and one member of staff. But he's determined to achieve success with his one and only client. He also decides to break up with his fiancée as he no longer feels connected to her.

Jerry starts promoting Rod with earnest. While Rod is very much in love with his wife and loves his family, Jerry believes Rod's "chip on his shoulder" attitude is stopping him from achieving financial success. Jerry thinks Rod is too focused on making money, i.e. what he can get, rather than loving the game, i.e. what he can give. While they have a few fall-outs, they grow to respect one another.

Jerry's friendship with Dorothy grows deeper and Dorothy falls in love with him, but Jerry is not so sure about his feelings for her. When Dorothy is offered a job out of state, Jerry suggests they get married. But his heart is not really in the marriage, though he loves his step-son, Ray. Soon Dorothy decides they should break up as she is not prepared to live in a loveless marriage.

One day Rod is injured in a game and is lying unconscious. All attention is focused on Rod Tidwell. His wife, watching the game on television, is distraught. The medics are sent round to assist Rod. When Rod comes round he realises he's managed to attract everyone's attention. When he gets up, the crowd cheer and chant his name. Rod is overjoyed that he is receiving so much attention; his dream has finally come true. Jerry capitalises on his new-found fame and manages to secure Rod the contract of his dreams. Rod is even invited on a television programme he's always dreamed of taking part in. Because of the closeness Rod and Jerry share, another footballer starts wondering why he is not being "loved" in the same way. While Rod is enjoying his new-found fame and success, Jerry starts thinking of Dorothy. He realises he is in love with her. He returns home to Dorothy and tells her his life is empty without her and that she completes him. They end up being reconciled.

When Jerry's experiences are perceived from the personality level, his life is filled with challenges. He shares his ideas of how he and his colleagues can provide a better service. Is he thanked for his ideas? No. He's fired from a job he loves, loses all but one of his clients, and his colleagues reject him. But from the perspective of Oneness, Jerry is being supported all the way. How? Remember there is only the One, thus, there is only Jerry being Jerry. Jerry is appearing as ALL the experiences.

Jerry is his client who gets injured. Jerry is the client's son who makes him realise he's been thinking too much of making money and not about clients' needs. Jerry is the ideas expressed in his manifesto on how to provide better service; how to be Love. Jerry is the employer who fires him. Jerry is all of his clients who refuse to move with him. Jerry is his colleagues who are too comfortable in their jobs to risk their future in the unknown. Jerry is Dorothy who trusts in his ideas, supports him in his new venture and loves him. Jerry is Dorothy's young son, Ray, who reminds him that life is fun. Jerry is Rod Tidwell who trusts in him. Jerry is Rod lying unconscious, which gives him lots of attention, sympathy and eventual financial success.

Jerry is actually the total experience played out that life is about loving what you do and love attracts love in the form of success and money, if that's what you wish to experience. Put another way, Jerry is the unfolding of the ideas in the manifesto.

As you can see, each of us is the One. When you have made the intention, you need to trust in yourself as the One. It is you, the One appearing as the various experiences necessary for the intention to be made manifest. You cannot oppose yourself. While life might seem to be against you, it is never the case. What appears to be against you is actually part of the process. There are no lessons to learn in Oneness.

The movie, Jerry Maguire is about how one man chooses to express his idea of love in all ways. I believe it is a perfect demonstration of Oneness.

The One is Love.

I am the One,

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