Wonderful to think of being one with God yet still unique persons who can have relationship with God..the same substance as God and yet children of God found in our Father always..from Him and through Him and to Him are all things..we exist in Him and are part of Him..our whole existence is wrapped up in Him, our beings contained by and one in substance with Him..what a safe life! What a wonder to know we're always at home and are so connected with Him and so much a part of Him that there is no difference between us in substance and nature! Wow! God is my nature, I have the mind of Christ, we are His body..wow! Oneness and all the safety and joy that entails..and yet Twoness, all the joys of a real relationship of two beings! Two united as one, One with offspring growing forth from Him and so relating as Two! Like branches on the Vine, Children in the Womb, Drops in the Ocean! Operating as two in some way, yet One within, where we are ONE SPIRIT! One, not two!
I love this quote from a Richard Rohr devotional that celebrates our connectedness with God:
"Dame Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-1416) has this deep sense of the
organic union between the soul and God. Hers is still an optimistic
worldview. In Chapter 54 of Revelations of Divine Love, Julian
writes, "So greatly ought we to rejoice that God dwells within us, and
more greatly ought we to rejoice that our soul dwells in God. . . . In
fact I saw no difference between God and my substance. [Wow!] But as it
were we were all one. And still my understanding accepted that our
substance is in God." That is to say, God is God, and our substance is a
creature in that God. This is why she's still considered orthodox.
Julian is fascinated with that absolute unity, and yet she maintains the
I-Thou relationship of the two.  We are one and not two, and yet we are two and not one! Think about that." (Richard Rohr)
see this oneness and just know it's true, our natural state of being,
our "indigenous nature," as Rohr says, as we "pray from within," that
is, from the Spirit!! Seeing with our true
Spirit eyes, we see we are part of Him and can't be separated..that
would be like trying to separate our DNA from "us"..it is just part of
our makeup and can't be separated out..wow! We are part of God, He is
our very substance, we are made of Him...we came forth from Him and
return to Him, exist in Him as part of Him always. We are found in God
and in God alone can we be found. Where can we go from His presence?
Nowhere, for He is in us, as us! He is the deepest part of us, making
us who we are!
And yet in all the
oneness there is a distinct set of beings who are in relationship! We
look out from His eyes yet look through our eyes, whether blue or brown
or hazel green..we feel with His heart yet it's our heart that beats
within our chest, in calm beats or rapid thumps! We speak from the
Spirit within who prays in and through and for us, yet it is our words
that go to the Father's ears! We are one with Him yet we can relate to
Him, talk to Him and hear His response..we are one with Love and ARE
Love in the deepest sense, yet we can still BE loved, feel His love for
us and respond back in love to Him!
it wonderful how we are in union with Him, isn't it wonderful, this
mystery of being, of just being a human, a body somehow in union with
God, His Spirit in our flesh and bones! And what a Grace Moment when
God reveals Christ in us - IN US! Not outside us, wanting to get in,
but inside, wanting us to just let Him on out! Haha! Isn't it
wonderful? He was there all along, we just needed to see. Faith is
simply the seeing of this reality with our Spirit eyes.
What a wonderful thing this oneness with God really is!!