I and My Father Are One
Back in the middle 70's I attended a weekend yoga retreat in Brooksville,
Florida at a place called Unity in the Pines. At the end of the retreat, Paul
Funk, who was the Minister and managed the facilities, invited the group to join
his services, which I did.
I was “high” from the yoga, meditations and vegetarian food. To be really clear,
no drugs or alcohol were consumed.
It was a Christian
service, and as I listened to the words, I wondered what Jesus meant when he
said, “I and my Father are one.” The words stuck in my brain and kept
reverberating. What does it mean, “I and my Father are one.” The phrase
continued to monopolize my thoughts throughout the rest of the service, and I
was not hearing anything else that was said.
At the end of the
service, the Minister invited everyone to stroll the 14 acres and see the brook
at the end of the property, which I decided to do, but I was still preoccupied
with the words I couldn't understand. I walked out of the church and down some
concrete stairs. When my foot hit the dirt, I disappeared and could only see my
two legs from the knees down walking in sandals. Everything else in my view was
obscured. I felt only peace and sensed that something important was happening.
I continued walking until I got to the brook, where I stopped and looked around,
taking in the trees, sky, brook and ground. I kept hearing the words and
thinking, what does it mean... “I and my Father are one.” All of a sudden the
brook came alive and started to vibrate into energy, like snow on a TV screen.
The trees, sky and ground also vibrated into the same energy. I could see myself
as a pencil outline within this energy and the brook, ground and sky also had
pencil outlines. Then the pencil outlines of me and everything else disappeared
and I became this One energy. I was lost and found in this cosmic ocean of
energy, and I became everything, not able to distinguish myself from anyone or
anything. I saw myself as eyeballs in this cosmic soup, viewing other eyeballs,
essentially we were all formless.
The experience lasted for a short while until it faded. When I returned to my
human reality, I finally understood what was meant by “I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE.”
I had experienced “ONE WITH ALL LIFE,” and it was incredible! But incredible
does not begin to describe the totality of my experience. I will remember it for
the rest of my earthly life!
Edited by Peggy Steinberg