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The Unified Theology of One:
Introduction and first two entries to the work.

All is One and one is in All.

Dear Reader: The vast majority of theologies have been but a means to control the masses of our species. They generate hope by which humanity can band together in a common and shared goal; a means by which when the cyclical nature of fortune and Mother Earth, or the inept practices of humankind in our vain presumption of knowledge, turns bounty into strife we manage, at least in degrees, from turning barbarous upon our fellow travelers that share our time and sacred space. It would be remiss of me to not mention to you that paganism, shamanism, and most isms of our collective histories have not functioned without this alleged purpose either.

There is, however, threads of truth told and hopes of enlightenment reached within the teachings and dogmatic theologies for those who are brave enough to walk and commune with the Divine, for those wise enough to understand that credos are guideposts, not eternal law. I have labeled the Divine the Universal Gaia. Like many spiritually based concepts I concur that it is through inner reflection and silencing the inner voice that we can reach the Divine Spark. That piece within us that is from the Universal Gaia, our spirit, which is Divine.

Within the teachings of the eternal religion, Hinduism, New Age beliefs, neopaganism, spiritualism and other constructs that center on altruism, I have found beliefs, quite ancient, that directly correlate to my own concepts of the Divine, which I have spent the past 15 years pondering. It has been both joyful and depressing to find that my labored knowledge is not neoteric in design.

I was very proud of "All is One and one is in All", thinking I had obtained a new phrase and outlook on life to share with our species. Low and behold, The Emerald Tablet, a centuries-old book cherished by rulers and wise men hold these exact same words. Perhaps there is nothing new under the sun, and perhaps dear reader of my script, that includes you and I. However, I am jumping ahead, a not so subtle tease of things to come. But for now let me return to my opening line.

The Unified Theology of One is a collection of my individualistic concepts and means of walking with the Divine. We each have a Divine Spirit, and to each this connection with the Universal Gaia is a quest worthy of the adventure.

Reality as we have known it is the illusion, what abides, beyond space and time, lies in silence and stillness awaiting you to find this real and true Self.

May you have a good journey upon the wheel. May we as individuals find the off ramp before this illusionary reality ends some roughly 14 trillion years hence and a new reality begins anew. Vedic scholars and modern physicists concur that our universe will wink out of existence at approximately that time. The Vedic scholars however believe as I that the process of creation will begin anew.

"All is One and one is in All."

A fitting place to start as, with only slightly varying degrees, this is the bedrock of all theological, mystical, and spiritual concepts.

It is a very simple saying and yet, for many, beyond comprehension. The problem is not the nuance, complexity, or the metaphor of the statement. The block is generated by narrow-minded world-views and dogmatic beliefs ingrained within individuals. The masses cling stubbornly to accepted cultural beliefs because it gives them a sense of belonging and balance, unity within the herd. New conceptualizations (new here-as stated above is centuries old) are different from the societal norm, which engenders anxiety. Let us now return our attention to the quote and break it down.

All: This term means everything, all of creation. From an atom to any and every realm of existence, which may be, has been, or ever will be brought into being.

All, is also what we perceive as our current reality. We must bear in mind that reality, in the form of substance (matter) is an illusion. Physics shows us that elements of matter are composed of 99.99% empty space. This illusion of substance is held together by a vibrational wave or frequency that we perceive. It is held together by energy.

The One, note the capital letter, represents the Universal Gaia or the Divine that has created the All. Some call this Source, others God, Goddess, Allah or Shakti, for others still it would be referenced as The Great Spirit. There are, have been and will be many more names applied to the One.

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Anthony J. Gerst, is an author/columnist and activist. He resides near the confluence of the Iowa and Mississippi Rivers. His favorite author, Mark Twain, was an editor for the Muscatine Journal near where he lives. Mr. Gerst has offered (more...)

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