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Oneness NOT Sameness WRITTEN BY LOUISE O’REILLY

ONENESS DOES NOT EQUATE TO SAMENESS. OUR VERY EXISTENCE PROVES THIS.

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ould you imagine telling your child: to be part of the universal oneness you must be the same as all other children?

Could you conceptualise the oneness of mumpreneurship as being the same for all mums in business? Despite having different children, circumstances, incomes, business models, marital statuses...? Oneness is inclusive of all differences including differences in cultures and ethnicities too. Oneness isn’t the notion of all people thinking, feeling, acting, and looking the same. Nor is it about believing in the same thing.

Our society has a strange idea that to be part of a group you must be the same. You must conform to specific and rigid identifiers otherwise you’re not accepted. This way of thinking is a narrow-minded-paradigm. It limits individualism, self-expression, and creativity. And it denies our personal and spiritual expansion and evolution. Sameness cannot grow us or our businesses. It only has the capacity for stagnation. Sameness as a definition for oneness doesn’t benefit a soul on the planet because… We. Are. All. Different. Oneness is deeply embedded in my Aboriginal culture. We understand

What we can do to honour oneness is to practice, and share the parts that are kind, accepting, and inclusive. 8

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how we’re connected to everything. We understand oneness. We know one tree is different from the next but it makes up the oneness of the forest. The ecosystem. And the oneness of all. It’s the same for people too. We’re all unique. We’re all different. And we make up the collective oneness. Oneness isn’t some level of spiritual attainment. Oneness is what we are. What comes between the knowing and feeling of oneness, is the paradigm of sameness. The idea that we’re all meant to be the same or that we’re the same being because spiritually we are one. While on another plane, this may be true, we must keep in mind that in this lifetime we’re an individual human being. Complete with individual personalities, experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and identities. Honouring our individualism and lovingly accepting our differences in this lifetime, is a great contribution to oneness. Doing this will open you to loving, honouring, and accepting others for their differences too. We can show love and appreciation for others including their differing cultures. We can embrace and celebrate them in their culture. But using another person’s culture for