Once upon a time, an ocean existed. It was a happy ocean. A clear, sparkling, big body of water. It did nothing. It just existed on its own and it was happy.
Then one day, a tiny part of this ocean jumped out and separated itself from the ocean. It became a ‘droplet‘. It turned around and screamed “I am a droplet! I’m going to set off on my own journey!“, and it left. Soon after, many droplets started forming, all with their own consciousness – their own ‘minds’ –, separating themselves from the ocean and setting off on their ‘own’ journeys.
And thus the ocean started dividing into tens, hundreds, millions, billions, zillions of droplets, all going off in their own ways. The once ‘one’ big body of water slowly diminished as it gradually turned into ‘many’ drops of water…
This didn’t upset the ocean though, for it knew that it still existed as a whole even though each droplet had gone off ‘on its own’. After all, each droplet was a part of the whole, and within each droplet the ocean still existed. It didn’t matter what individual droplets thought of themselves. It didn’t matter what they did or where they went. They were still made of the same thing. They were still the same thing… still ‘an ocean’ despite thinking of themselves as ‘individuals’ living under the illusion of individualisation.
So the ocean smiled. No… it was still one big ocean existing in and with each droplet.
Once upon a time, an ocean existed… and it existed regardless of what each “individual droplet” thought.
We are a drop in the ocean
We have our own personalities, our own lives. We have our own minds and our own consciousness. We have desires. We have aims. We have likes and dislikes. We are “our own person” on “our own journey”.
The truth is, we are so infused with “our own” things that we are unaware of the ocean that we form. We all believe that we are different from the other person on the street, or that rock on the ground.
We are the droplets that once set off on their own journey towards their own goals.
No matter what we think of ourselves, we are still a droplet in an ocean. We are as different from each other as a droplet is from the other identical droplet in the ocean.
“We” are not just humans. Animals, plants, objects, buildings, the weather, the Earth, galaxies, the Universe… We, collectively, form this ONE existence.
Just like each drop of the ocean, we are all made of the same thing.
If you think of it scientifically, it still holds true: all matter is made of atoms, which are made up of electrons and nucleons. They consist of protons and neutrons, each of which is formed of leptons and quarks, respectively. And these can also be divided into smaller classes of particles (e.g. muons, tau, neutrinos…) all of which are one of the sub-sub-sub-class of elementary particles called bosons and fermions.
In essence, everything you can and cannot see is made up of these ‘particles’. Therefore, we can safely say that everything is essentially made up of the same thing.
If you were to add two drops of water together, they would merge and form a bigger drop. Yet, it wouldn’t quite work the same way if you were to smash two humans together, and wait for them to merge.
The question is: if we are all the same thing, then how come we have all these physical limits and boundaries? Why do we all look and act different? An Asian doesn’t look the same as a Caucasian, and neither of them look quite the same as the grass on the sidewalk!
If we are all the same in essence, then how come we cannot hug a person and merge into a bigger human?
Illusion of Individualisation
Yes, there are so many ‘different’ things in existence. Yet, they are still the same thing. How?
They are different manifestations of the same thing – different ‘forms’ if you wish.
So, why can’t we feel like water droplets, able to merge into a bigger body of water? It’s because there is an extreme level of individualisation going on in this plane, which makes every one of us see ourselves as being different than others. In fact, we feel so different that we are two completely different humans with completely different lives.
We have a ‘we’ and a ‘you’, and ‘he’ and ‘she’. We have the “I” separating us from the rest. We have an “identity“. We have that notorious culprit called the ego.
So, even though we are the same, we have the illusion of separate identity. We so strongly believe we are our own different, separate person, that it manifests in this physical plane as just that. So, humans are separate from animals, which are separate from plants, which are separate from objects and so on.
We are so used to being with an ego that we can’t function without one. We can’t not use “I” or “you” or “them”. We can’t see everything as one.
The human ego has taken over our lives so much that, we even discriminate against each other (humans), let alone discrimination against other beings (e.g. animals).
We have a “status” and “titles” and “positions” and various other thingamajigs that separate us further. If you could zoom out and look at the state of humanity, it would look quite funny.
Imagine two glasses of water – identical glasses with identical amount of identical water in them. If each body of water behaved like us humans, the scenario would go something like this:
The ocean can teach us a lot about the “truth”.
Just like how every ‘drop‘ of the ocean is the same, we as each ‘being‘ in existence are the same. When you look at an ocean you do not see individual drops – you see a whole body of water. On a greater scale, and at a spiritual level, that is how we exist.
Just because we –quite literally- see ourselves as being separate than everything else, doesn’t make it true in the greater scheme of things.
It is our egos – the idea of “identity” in our heads – which causes us to see and define ourselves as separate beings.
In reality, we don’t exist as individuals, for an ocean is still one whole body of existence no matter how many ‘individual’ droplets you can form from it.