What does Unity Consciousness mean?

buddha shining through a leaf (Unity Consciousness)

The concept of ‘Unity Consciousness’ essentially means a state of consciousness or awareness that includes the totality of the universe.

At least the part of the universe we call our planet. faeries, trees and water in union (Unity Consciousness)

Or at the very least the part of this planet that we call humanity.

The very same thing and state of being has been called ‘oneness’ before. Experiencing and practicing the state of oneness was the goal of various mystical traditions throughout the ages. Following the assumption that God/Spirit equaled everything this unity with the Divine was achieved through energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual unity with all that is.

All that is, was and will be.

This unity traditionally included rocks, trees, other plants, various non-manifested spiritual beings with their unique individual agencies, fungi, birds and other animals – including other human beings.

In my mind: True Unity Consciousness still does.

At the same time those people who seem to use this term the most in many cases seem to have forgotten that actual intimate union with all that is is part of that equation.

A lot of people who claim to aspire towards Unity Consciousness, increasing consciousness and expanding awareness actually do not practice this.

What most of them seem to practice instead is blissful ignorance that is justified and maintained by ‘positive focus’. A tool, that can be helpful at times if our perception of the world is exclusive of all that is right and beautiful, but that can be really detrimental to spiritual growth if used to exclude all that is perceived as negative, ugly and violent.

The desire to only see what is beautiful is understandable. Bearing the ugliness and violence of the world (particularly humanity) can easily navigate us into the waters of depression and hopelessness. Nobody wants to feel bad. All of us ultimate strive for joy and pleasure.

Police violence against a young boyAt the same time the ability to focus purely on the positive is a privilege. A privilege that is not given to the families of black boys shot down by a racist police force within the United States simply for being male AND black on what almost feels like a daily basis. A privilege that is not given to the transwoman (especially if she is ‘of color’) who gets bullied, attacked, raped and tortured in some back alley. A privilege that is not given to the farmers whose fields are destroyed and flooded by human-made climate change. A privilege that is not given to the ancient forests of the world being cut or burned down for toilet paper and cheap oil. A privilege not given to the frogs, snakes, monkeys and other animals beings burned down with them. Or the activists and indigenous people being beaten and murdered for trying to protect them.


If you feel like running away from this, breathe. If you feel like my words are poison because they put a crack in your carefully crafted bubble of perception: breathe.

I’m not denying that there are a lot of things in this world that are beautiful, healthy and worthy of celebration. These are still true. These deserve to be seen, too.

My observations is, though, that the beautiful aspects of life on this planet are simply not the whole picture of what is going on right now.

How can we raise awareness and expand consciousness while also ignoring these more challenging aspects of our reality?

We can’t.

They need to be included into our journey (like our own negative emotions as well) if we truly aim for growth, awareness and expansion.

We can not strive for a consciousness that is inclusive of the union of all that is while we exclude parts of the picture.

We also cannot refuse to look at what currently is if we want to make any difference.

Women intersecting with all kinds of animals in true Unity Consciousness (interconnectedness)

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