Some form of the Golden Rule can be found among the teachings of virtually every enlightened sage. Why? Whether we say, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you,” or “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself” we are recognizing the foundation of life: Oneness.

Quantum research has discovered the truth in these words. Seemingly separate material forms are an illusion that overlay our quantum Reality of indivisible, interconnected oneness. From a quantum perspective, it is impossible to harm one part of the whole without affecting everything in existence.

The Golden Rule is a truth that none of us can afford to ignore. But when we look at world conditions it quickly becomes obvious that many either ignore these words or repeat them with no real understanding of what they actually mean. Although the Golden Rule is most often associated with Jesus, many who claim to be followers of Christ appear to have far more interest in Bible verses that promote judgment rather than love.

Currently the world’s attention is focused on the massive disparity between the rich and the poor. We could not be where we are today if the Golden Rule was taken seriously. Clearly, it’s time to revisit this teaching with an open heart.

“Do unto others” has most often been applied to our treatment of other human beings, but quantum physics tells us that our oneness does not stop with humanity but includes everything in existence. If you could see the universe from a quantum perspective, you would see an ocean of energy, but no form. You would see no distinctions or boundaries of any kind. You would realize that you are not a body at all, but a part of the whole that could not be distinguished from any other part.

In Reality, you’re a part of one non-local consciousness that permeates everything in existence. Like a drop of water in the ocean, you are simultaneously nowhere and everywhere. The body you think is you, is a projection from pure consciousness.

If we aren’t really separate bodies in a universe of form, why is the Golden Rule important? When we say ‘do unto others’ we usually think in terms of one body doing something either positive or negative to another body, but this is part of the illusion. In Reality, this is a universe of thought. Whatever is acted out in the virtual reality of form, began with a thought in non-local consciousness. Difficult as it may be to accept, it’s not what bodies are doing that’s important, it’s what consciousness is thinking.

If you’re familiar with our other @rticles, you already understand that this world is the outworking of our rebellion against Divine Oneness. As the Children of the Divine, we were certain we could create a universe of separation and specialness that would rival the universe of Oneness and equality created by the Divine.

We were given the free will to project such a world while remaining safely within Oneness. Sadly, we have been trying to reach our goal for so long, we’ve forgotten who and what we actually are. Our experiment is failing, and the only way out is love.

No matter how bad things get, we’re free to continue experimenting with separation and specialness as long as we want. But we can also wake up and remember who we are anytime we want. One of the easiest ways to do this is by waking up the love that flows through the heart. The Divine is love. As the ancient Nasadiya Sukta points out, “In the beginning Love arose, which was the primal germ cell of the mind.” You were made in the image of Divine consciousness; in Reality you are love.

In this world, we equate love with feelings, mere emotions that can be given and taken, but that has nothing to do with being love. When we let go of pseudo love and return to being love, we will know our true Self. Spiritual masters through the ages have walked the path of love and oneness. Like Jesus, they encouraged their followers to open their heart connection and experience oneness afresh:

  • The Supreme is Love itself—Plotinus
  • Love is nothing other than finding the truth—Rumi
  • The Lord of Love is the one Self of all. Realize the Self hidden in the heart and cut asunder the knot of ignorance here and now—Mundaka Upanishad
  • The Lord of Love may be known through love but not through thought. He is the goal of life. Attain this goal—Mundaka Upanishad

These words cannot just be said, or believed. Unless we tattoo them on our heart and make them our way of life, they won’t have any impact. Until we become love and extend that love to everything in existence, they’re just words. But when they become real to us, they create a ‘conscience,’ an inner voice that lets us know when our thoughts are taking us closer to, or further from, oneness. But for many, conscience has been replaced by the drive for self-interest at virtually any cost.

Humanity has ignored its connection with the Divine for so long, it has become easy to deal with others in a heartless, unloving way while still feeling very good about ourselves. Instead of remembering the inclusive, unconditional beauty of Divine love, love is used as a tool to get something we want from someone else. We’ve reduced love to a sexual or sentimental travesty that bears no resemblance to love whatever.

We’ve made it easy to convince ourselves we need only apply the Golden Rule to those closest to us. How often do we see someone do something unconscionable and let themselves off the hook by saying, “Don’t take it personal, it’s just business.” But the Golden Rule tells us that everything we do is personal and it does matter.

As an example, we knew a woman we’ll call Meg, who was fiercely loyal to her close friends and family, and especially her mother. These connections meant everything to her and she saw herself as a loving and caring individual. A fellow worker had been given leave to go home to be with her dying mother, but a problem cropped up at work that needed this woman’s attention.

Others could have dealt with the issue, but the boss told Meg to call the woman, whose mother had just died, and tell her that if she didn’t miss the funeral and return to work immediately, she would be terminated. Meg had no difficulty dismissing the other woman’s pain. She made the call, still convinced she was a loving and caring person. After all, it was just business.

Governments that are supposed to be concerned about all their citizens regularly cut off the meager social assistance they offer to starving and homeless people, yet pour billions into welfare for corporations that make huge profits and pay no taxes. They spend vast amounts of money on wars while ignoring the infrastructure and social systems that would actually aid the people.

It’s not unusual for those who scream the loudest about their religious principles and moral standards who hand out the most unloving treatment to others. Take the words of the master Hafiz to heart, “Don’t copy those who make reciting the Book a cover for lies.” We can recite the words “do unto others” or we can live them.

At times that will mean we will be at odds with society and following our heart-directed conscience could put us in a difficult position. There are very few things in this world worth living or dying for. One of these is the opportunity to wake up to Reality and extend unlimited, unconditional love to All That Is. When Jesus said, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” he was willing to live those words. Are you?

~ Written on Oct. 16, 2011 by Lee & Steven Hager … in Love

The Golden Rule — A Lesson We Can No Longer Ignore

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