This website is guided by the Principle of Unity, the fundamental design principle of the Universe: Wholeness is the Union of All Opposites. We can most simply see this universal truth in action by the way we learn. Whenever we form a concept, we always form its opposite: black and white, large and small, female and male, etc., etc.
What this means is that when we egoically identify with one of a pair of opposites—to the exclusion of the other—we violate this basic law of the Universe, so often leading to conflict and suffering. For instance, we might identify with the sex of our bodies, the colour of our skin, the country we were born in, our jobs as positions in society, or our religious beliefs, such as ‘God exists’ and ‘God does not exist,’ whatever we might mean by the concept of God.
Such one-sided views have led throughout human history to many wars and much bloodshed, in the case of religious disputes, to holy wars—wars about the Whole—for holy, whole, and indeed healthy have a common Germanic root: heil ‘whole’. Furthermore, the long-running war between science and religion has been caused by our fragmented, split minds.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Erich Fromm began his book The Sane Society, published in 1956, with two challenging questions, “Are we sane?” and “Can a society be sick?” answering them with a resounding ‘NO’ and ‘YES’, respectively. As Osho and Eckhart Tolle, among others, have pointed out, we are all suffering from schizophrenia, detached from Reality, to some extent or other, from the Greek skhizein ‘to split’ and phren ‘mind’.
If we are ever to live in love, peace, and harmony with each other, Nature, and the Divine, it is therefore vital that Life heals the deep two deep splits in the human psyche. For it is Nondual Love that can heal the split between the human and the Divine, leading to Oneness or Unity Consciousness, and self-reflective Intelligence that can heal the split between rationality and spirituality, leading to Wholeness or Cosmic Consciousness, where there is a primary-secondary relationship between Wholeness and Oneness or Fullness and Emptiness.
Not that this is easy. For millennia, we have been taught that when opposites are contradictory rather than complementary they must be kept apart if our reasoning is to be valid. This divisive notion was encapsulated in Aristotle’s metaphysical Law of Contradiction, which states, “It is impossible for the same attribute at once to belong and not to belong to the same thing and in the same relation,” a proposition that is the implicit axiom at the foundations of deductive logic and mathematical proof.
Yet, the world we live in abounds with paradoxes and self-contradictions, which we need to include in our maps of the world if they are not to lead us astray. For instance, we are not exclusively female or male, as our bodies might tell us. Psychologically, we are all a mixture of feminine and masculine energies. So the healthy way forward for humanity is towards an androgynous society, where such opposites are maintained in balance.
While such a wholesome notion is very rare in human history, it is not unknown. For instance, Lao Tzu, Heraclitus, and Shankaracharya were pre-eminent both-and thinkers, encapsulated in these two lines from Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching: