It is gorgeous
weather. Not too hot, not too cold and practically no wind.
I am sitting on a bench in the park. It is not just a bench.
It is located on my favourite spot, under a beautiful aged oak
tree. A butterfly lands right in front of my feet. Its fantastic
colored wings, black, brown and orange shine. During the time
of nine heartbeats it stays there in front of me, flattering
its wings, and tells me briefly about oneness. Then it departs.
How magnificent is this little butterfly and what did it want
to tell me? During this short interlude that he was within my
view, he told me volumes about the co-existence of all creatures.
a butterfly comes by, an all-white one this time. It flutters by
three times but does not settle. Also this apparently so very
simple colored creature tells me that there is so much good among
humankind, so that it, when one tries hard, almost becomes
difficult to think of that there also exists so much hatred
amongst humans. This hatred is based primarily upon fear and
ignorance. Take these two butterflies. One so gorgeously colored;
the other totally white. Notwithstanding that, both for us such
wee little creatures embody the love that exists between them. A
love that humankind also would want to feel for one another. Are
we not one altogether?
if to prove my thoughts, from the left arrives the dark colored
butterfly once again and from the right the white one. During the
time of a few heartbeats they circle around each other and seem to
be all one. Light and dark are intermingled in oneness, as well as
in color and in appearance. Once again they make it very clear
that we are really one, notwithstanding our fears, our
uncertainties and apparent differences. We are all one; we come
from the one source and are on our way to a common goal, the
re-union with God/Goddess/Source.
lark shouts his joy about the summer. The trees around me radiate
and tell me that they are healthy and are being taken care of very
well by the rain that is falling regularly and by the sun that is
shining aplenty. Sun and rain are indispensable for all of us, and
indeed especially for these apparently motionless beings.
these beings are not that motionless it seems, because I can see
that this large branch, that grows directly above me, moves
itself, independently from the other branches, a few meters
downward and suddenly I realize that the tree is greeting me! This
makes me really silent and when I move my field of consciousness
outward and adapt it to that of the tree, I discover that this
giant, that exists already upon this earth so much longer than I
do, has to tell me something. I set myself because this is the
first time that I in reality am talking to a tree.
the tree seems to say to me with a very low timbre. The pace in
which this creature communicates indeed is so much lower than what
I am used to.
"I understand that you would want to learn something about
the oneness that people ought to develop towards each other?"
"Eh, yes". I reply. "Every day I affirm that I am
open to new insights, so this should include it".
"Well then". The answer is. "Try to pierce your
very roots as deep into the earth as I have, because you will need
to be properly earthed for that which I am going to tell
"All right, eh, okay, I am ready. Cast off the shore, [a
Dutch saying] if you would. An impossible task for a tree, I
realise. "But this is not meant literally, of course."
"Ha, ha," the tree roars. It looks like his trunk indeed
is shaking a little. "You should know how many of my species
have been cast off the shore as a mast or a trunk or a rudder of
one of the great sailing vessels of late. But enough of this. This
is to be about oneness. Nada told me that you are searching for
the true thoughts that underlie the concept of oneness. It will
not be easy to make this clear to you however, because it is a
first sight it is not so difficult. Isn't oneness that which you
strive for to make your life a happy and rewarding one? The living
together with your partner causes a righteous feeling of oneness.
That at least is the goal at which both partners are aiming. But
unfortunately, this is not to be all the time and the striving
often becomes something that looks like oneness with yourself.
With that you allocate to yourself as much prerogatives, favours
and possessions as possible. If that happens without harming
anyone else, not very much can be said, but when it happens on the
expense of another being, it becomes a complete different
you just discovered, true oneness is something you live with each
other. With your partner, your family, your friends and relations,
and with every other soul that exists on this Earth and in this
Uni-verse. It is here that the controversies begin, because
everyone has got his own body, every-body has got his own
colouring, cultural background, needs, want of power, greed, and
of everything else that stands in the way of oneness. Above all it
is judgement that is looking around the corner. Do we not judge
everybody else? Always and everywhere? Oh yes, I hear you think,
not me. But look into your heart. Probably you are trying - from
time to time - but the question is, do you live it? That
open-mindedness? Can you really say that? I do not think so, do
I have to confirm. Theory is always easier than practice. I have
to admit that I catch myself regularly going into the wrong again.
"But", I say, "In the books of Neale Walsh, about
the conversations with God, once and again it is emphasized that
you cannot go wrong. In every instance it is possible to think of
a reason why it is that you acted like you did.
Thus you have been able to learn a lesson once again"
course", the tree replies. "It is true, but do not try
to fool yourself. Certainly, you have to strive for and aim
towards uplifting your own vibration. That is to say, you always
have to stay honest towards yourself and have to try to learn what
it is that is best for you in communio with every-body else. Once
and again. Then it will be time to realize that you and all those
you do not very much like, carry within themselves the same Divine
sparkle just like you and all of you are trying - each in their
own way - to re-member themselves where they are and how to return
to the road, the path. If you are standing there however, being
cross at someone, you are not standing in the way of the other,
but of yourself. Do I make myself clear?"
if you do want to put it that way. But then it looks like it is
all for themselves and God for us all, but that none of us will be
able to draw from the grace of others, who want to teach us how it
would be to become one. That we are all alone and there be no
oneness at all, as much as we try to reach it. I have to say that
all this is rather confusing".
on, courage gone, all gone. Think again about my colleague trees
that have done their jobs as a mast on the seas of the world in
order to propel the boats on which they were attached. All those
masts that have been, in collaboration with their sails, catching
the winds and in that way created the possibility for others to
sail every sea. They have been doing it out of a sense of true
oneness. They did not ask themselves, do I like this captain or
that boatman? No they just did it."
there would be three masts on a ship, they all worked together as
a unity for the common goal. They were separate, rigged with sail
and ropes, and did their work individually. But it was three masts
that were needed to propel the one ship in a proper way. And in
ONE-NESS they did their jobs. It is like that with people.
Sometimes a sheet may break, or a sail may be lost in a storm.
Even the mast can break down, but always it is the one-ness that
drives on the ship. When the one mast is gone, the others work
together to manage the job, to try and reach the goal in UNI-ty
with the broken one."
you try and project this thought to humanity, you can see that
indeed you cannot do anything wrong. Because there is no such
thing as right or wrong. It is only BE that exists. Out of that
'be' you can learn to reach the oneness in order to - together
with all other onenesses - try and finish the job and to together
re-member to return to the place from which this all has begun.
Search in peace, search in oneness, search with attention for and
with each other to that re-membrance, and in one-ness you will
learn to trust yourself. In that way you
will be able to give shape to the Love that reaches toward
oneness, toward Source".
tree seems to have spoken, because I do not hear anything any
more. I do see however that the large branch moves itself a few
meters downward again. As if to say good-bye. Slowly I adjust to
my surroundings. Far away I hear the sounds of the motorway. A
train glides by and I know that al those cars and that train,
carrying their occupants, all those people, are on their way to
their own goal. They are, just like myself, on a journey, all of
them in their own precious way...