“You think you understand one. You think you understand two, because one and one make two. But, you must also understand “and”. (Sufi saying)
A “state of consciousness” is like if you were a computer and had an operating system. It is the originating knowingness that supports and drives the next-level thoughts and behaviors.
The first of three operating states is called Oneness. It is literally unattainable, because it means being everything and nothing, which is still something, no longer nothing. We immediately face the dichotomy of the world. It’s discussed despite being indescribable because it is important as a way of setting up what is “wholeness”. Arguably, a person may experience this through meditation, but a person cannot be this, because we are already split from wholeness by being human.
The second, Twoness, is our normal way – duality or polarity – and is an awareness of self vs. other.
The third, Threeness, is the very obvious blending the two. I write about it to distinguish it from the normal way and encourage it to be used more often.
The Operating System
Consciousness is the “way”, or one’s approach, It is something fundamental to our expression that is pre-thought and not concrete. It’s where you come from. It’s the intention – where you originate from, what comes before action and reaction. A consciousness is the awareness you bring when you explore something outside yourself.
Like a computer’s operating system, the state of consciousness can be upgraded. The software (your personality) may naturally improve or need to be upgraded depending on the more foundational shifts.
Mindfulness, Enlightenment, Faith – Reasons to Upgrade
I write about this to encourage you to be more mindful, to help you increase faith through intellectual understanding, so you can have greater faith, to consciously experience love consciousness and to show you that you are already there on some days. It is a simple shift to be there more often and the more you practice, the more it happens naturally.
Simplest God Definition
I think about each OS in terms of base systems.
Oneness of Base One is the consciousness of the wholeness. Because we cannot be One, we dream of it, picture its presence, aspire to it. It expands to be the Beloved. Oneness is what is known in the hearts. It is the gurus’ “non-duality.” It comes before the self.
Oneness is far more powerful than can be imagined, as it is accumulation of all that is physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – all of it – and thus also has an intelligent non-physical brilliance which desires to relate to us through time and synchronicity.
Oneness is wholeness and thus contains all the various aspects of the whole, in accumulation. Because it is everything, it accepts everything and is love. All of us and everything there is, even nothing! – can be represented symbolically by the circle of Oneness.
Another very powerful symbol of this is the sun. That’s why I’m so into the sun.
And then there is zero. The symbol of a circle and the zero look alike. So the One of Base One is zero? How can zero be everything? This can be through ordering its containment, but that is conceptual. This just adds to the mystery of wholeness. Release the idea of boundary, see everything that is, and multiply it by a gazillion. Now add it all up. Viola, Oneness!
So, that is a possible agreement on the definition of God. The world needs a common definition for God.
Oneness, as an unattainable yet imaginable consciousness, is key to the new consciousness – Threeness. But first let’s look at a way to understand normal consciousness.
Being in “duality” consciousness is what is normal. As we move forward through our day as our self, our consciousness is naturally and unconsciously in a state where we are one side of the experience and everything else is outside of ourselves and must be dealt with as such.
If we go through this without integrating wholeness and realizing there’s a larger more overarching greater-ness at work, then it is like believing the world is flat. And we just go along with it, despite some apparent irreconcilable differences with our inner knower. Here are some “duality” approach truths:
Where there is assertion, there is withdrawal. There is right and wrong. There is good or bad, black and white, male and female, in or out, self and not-self. In a physical sense, there are the magnetic poles of positive and negative. Every thought automatically creates a split. That’s why it is said that the mind is the slayer of the real – where “the real” is wholeness.
Having opinions, protecting the ego’s points, and bearing a healthy sense of competition and drive is the common state of consciousness that we have when we deal with others. This is a consciousness of self-interest, attention and activity or drama producing, that we are all born with. Consciousness is heavily invested in the various boundaries and identifications of things. But it causes discordance because it ignores the wholeness of everything that is. Over time, this approach towards the world becomes very limiting, which causes problems for the human.
Authority creates more duality in its control over us. Parents teach through fear, control, punishment and shame. There is always a war going on somewhere – in the mind, around the kitchen table, in church, between us and society and/or in our communities, in far-away lands. There are suffering people and starving people, facing lives with unfathomable challenges. Life in this awareness can be intensely negative and reticent. Some believe that you need to be constantly aware of the dangers of the world in order to safeguard your life or you will die. But if you are not really living in the first place than what difference does it make? We use duality consciousness to ensure success in the world. The only problem is that it is a lie. Yet everybody tells it. The lie is not around its value but that it is of paramount value, without considering the value of the sum of all points.
Back to Oneness and Base Systems
Oneness changes its nature when looked at by Twoness (base-system wise, the circle split in two), making it quite mysterious and elusive (not so much in the little picture here, haha). In Base Two, One is the originator, a masculine energy, positivity and forward-movement, compared to the Two’s subjectivity, negativity, reticence, and tendency to split more.
In fact, Base Two creates three in its union and that creates many more. When I put the numbers in order around a cycle (a clock for two-dimensions but a spiral or the sense of the whole ball in three-dimensions), I get highs and lows, back and forths, ins and outs, duality galore!
Threeness, Base 3, Trinity Consciousness
Threeness is a more honest way to approach things. It’s addition, not subtraction or exclusion. It takes the whole picture into account. It “believes”/knows the God of wholeness, goodness and love. It sees from a perspective of integration.
The “objective observer” knows right from wrong while acknowledging wrong must be right in a world with loving Oneness at its core, and the one that directs the brain into its way of thinking.
Threeness is both the narrow vibration too small to detect (the eye of the needle), that stimulates the play between yin and yang, as well as the broad everything-ness of yin plus yang. It’s a blending of your knowing of the absolute Oneness within the duality state we normally live.
The two poles, working together, find balance. When three is forgotten, the poles grow further apart, without reason or awareness of three until eventually things get so bad on the negative side of the equation that something gives and love reveals itself through consciousness. Sometimes there’s a break and in the best case, there is shift to the three. Threeness is a great substitute for the unattainable Oneness. It comes and goes but can become a habit and sink into you on a cellular level.
Our minds have to do the work, knowing the way, defaulting to it for right reasons or as a habit. When the apparent reality of Twoness becomes overbearing, as it will, we use our will to consciously default to what is positive in the moment.
Ways to do this include prayer and healing, Three is the truth of the mid-point, the balance, the point where the various expressions of Two are encountered, worked and accepted. It is acceptance of what is with love and understanding that are the keys when real-life drama explodes.
Two Vs. Three?
Two versus Three is what happens when Two mistakes Three for Two, when not realizing that Two can’t be real. Within Twoness, there are highs and lows, so the highs begin to realize themselves as the Three, which of course they are not. I think all of humanity is headed in the direction of being more “real” without the need for religion or society to dictate. Why? Yes for peace but more because that is the way the world will heal. We want this to feel better, to correct our karma, and to increase happiness.
It is distressing to see what mankind is doing to our world by ignoring climate change, which is a result of the prevailing consciousness, particularly on the higher levels.
Threeness is acceptance, and that includes accepting ourselves as the flawed humans, even with the crazy focus on individual points beyond 1, 2 and 3 while dismissing the wholeness. After all, even when we’re confused or out of balance, it is only to get us back where we’ll be happy again, in balance. Threeness comes with patience.
The Pep Talk
Aiming to remember love more often in life is a choice that only each one can make. The good news is that the universe provides opportunities to build Base Three while operating under Base Two. Threeness is the potential as a more real truth for you to enjoy, and is doubly good since it also feels better to live that way. It’s about relationship with what is encountered. It brings love and life to a situation. It ignites the passion of the moment. Try it for a minute a day, and it will become natural.