Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.” Albert Einstein
In March, Italy announced a country-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Today, Venice’s canals—stripped bare of its usual water taxis and gondolas—are clearer than they’ve been in decades. Carbon monoxide emissions are down drastically in Los Angeles and in New York City you can actually hear the birds singing. In Beijing and Delhi, reduced smog and air pollution has given way to beautiful, clear skies. As we witness these incredible transformations, it is an important reminder to us all that our actions affect everyone and everything.
The world as we know it does not consist of separate things and we are not really separate from one another. We only seem to be. I’ve written about the Law of Oneness many times over the years in both my books and my blog and I know it is difficult for our earthly minds to understand. We live in a world of contrasts which gives us the illusion of separation but, in reality, we are not separate at all.
If you think this is pseudoscience, look around you. If the global pandemic we are experiencing right now is not proof of the interconnectedness of all things, I don’t know what is. Our very actions today are literally making the difference between life and death and affecting the future of humanity as a whole all over the world.
After taking a trip to Jamaica with my family, I wrote about the concept of oneness in a former blog post. Here is an excerpt from my post of July 23, 2017.
When asked what your body is made of you might automatically think: blood, bones, skin, organs, etc. But if you break down everything that you can see and feel to the subatomic level what you will find are particles and atoms.
As you look deeper and deeper into the workings of the atom, you will discover that nothing is there. Well, at least nothing very tangible. What you will find is an energy field or energy waves. These atoms, in other words, are composed of nothing less (or nothing more) than pure energy. So everything that you see around you (the trees, the sand, the sky, the ocean, your house, computer, cell phone, etc.) is made up of this energy and everything is connected to that energy.
Science has discovered that matter is 99.999999999999 percent empty space. So what looks and feels solid is not solid at all. It’s actually energy. In 1911, Max Planck was the first to demonstrate that the seemingly empty space between the planets, stars, etc. is actually teeming with energy.
If we all truly understood the implications of this on the nature of reality, the changes in our way of looking at life would be immeasurable. We are all connected by an unseen force that in turn infuses everything else. This is why it is so important to make sure we surround ourselves with positive people. The energy waves that make up who we are constantly collide or join with the energy around us.
We get back what we put out there in the universe. Taking this one step further, everything that we think, say and do influences our reality. If you want good, you have to do good. If you want love, you have to give love. You create your own destiny.
If you want proof, turn on the news or take a walk outside. Here in New Jersey, one of the places hardest hit by COVID-19, we remain on 24-hour lockdown. My niece Brooke and her fiancé Joe had no choice but to postpone their May wedding and I am growing increasingly worried about my elderly parents in Florida. I know several people who have either died from the virus or are recovering from it. Over the past few weeks, my prayer list is sadly getting longer and longer.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the world just stopped? Again, take a walk outside. Turn on the news. Streets are eerily quiet, stores and restaurants are padlocked, schools are closed and businesses are shut down as many employees struggle to work from home. In New York City, Time’s Square is virtually empty. As you know, no more than 10 people are permitted to gather at one time and when we do we must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines.
What we are experiencing is something I thought I would never witness in my lifetime but it’s nonetheless very real. What’s more, there is really no definite end in sight and we have no idea when things will return to “normal.” And speaking of normal, we may never see life as we used to know it again.
As we spend our time quarantined away from those we love and care about, I hope we can all reflect on and appreciate the many blessings we have been taking for granted for so long. As we deal with the loneliness and fear of the unknown, may we remember that we are all in this together and know that we can only survive this together. When we turn on the TV, the current message is that we are “alone together.” But the correct message should be “together as one.” In reality, we are never really alone.
Science is now echoing what ancient texts and religions have been telling us for a very long time: there is an unseen connectedness between all things. That is why every thought and every action affects the whole of humanity.
As we take this time to catch up on things and maybe even fit some exercise into our days in quarantine, may we also remember to exercise our minds. Be mindful and stay in the NOW. Doing so will help us to be grateful for all that we do have. I may not be able to see my parents or my daughter Erica, for example, but I’ve never appreciated my family or missed my friends more than I do now. There is a positive in every negative and a lesson to be learned in every experience.
Besides the environmental benefits, people across the globe, for example, have voluntarily made sacrifices to protect the lives of those who are considered more vulnerable to the virus (the elderly and those with diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases, etc.). As doctors and nurses work tirelessly to save lives, others deliver medical supplies and hand out food to the needy. The list is numerous but there are many unsung heroes out there who are putting the needs of others before their own.
When asked if the worst was behind us, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted, “I’m a very cautious person, but we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.” While there are no definitive answers, I must say that I do agree with Dr. Fauci. As we all get through these uncertain times, may we remember that light will always prevail over darkness. Love will always carry the day despite the loneliness and hope will forever conquer fear.
In the end, we will emerge a stronger, more compassionate world. As before, and perhaps now more than ever, we are together as one.
This blog is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives or who are fighting the coronavirus. I would also like to acknowledge those who are on the forefront (doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, EMT’s, etc.). Thank you. And to all those essential workers, for example, who continue to deliver our mail and stock our shelves at the supermarket, thank you so much.