In the New Testament, in Romans, it is written:
So WE, though many, are one body in Christ, and, individually, members one of another.

And in Corinthians:
Because there is one bread, we who are many...are one body.

The fear you have of Oneness is loss of individual expression and individual identity. You believe that Oneness is sameness, yet it is not.

Humans will never be satisfied with "sameness," nor should they be. For the desire of the self is to individually express the unified wonder of Life. In the books and in the teachings of other cultures and other traditions as well, this truth appears. Through all the ages have I given it to you. In many voices have I caused it to be spoken. Yet this is the truth you are afraid to hear. This is the step you are afraid to take.

Yet self-expression does NOT have to lead to SELF-DESTRUCTION--and that is exactly where it is leading right now. Oneness does NOT mean "sameness." You can be all parts of One Body and be strikingly and spectacularly different. And you ARE. Oneness living does not mean DISAPPEARING, it means APPEARING AT LAST--as Who You Really Are.

You are so worried about losing your identity, or dissolving into the All. The irony of this worry is that dissolving into the All is the greatest desire of your Soul. And so you are a being at war with yourself. The largest part of you wants nothing MORE than to experience its Oneness with Everything, yet the part of you that imagines you are small cannot abide it. You are afraid of the thing you want most. Some of you call this love. Some of you call it God.

Yet now you are being invited to create a new nation, to build a new society, to seek a newer world. And in this world the Call to Oneness will be sounded without fear, for you will have realized that what you feared most--your own individual demise--you have produced not by moving toward unity, but by avoiding it.

Even as you begin to build your new society, however, you will never be able to experience yourselves as One, nor act as One, unless and until you understand another great truth: There's enough. There's enough of everything you need to be peaceful and happy upon the Earth.

There's enough of everything you need to survive. Right now you believe there is not, and your competitions and your hoarding and your stressing and your straining and your killing and your dying are based on that belief.It is true that in some areas and in some places you have made it look as if there is "not enough." But that is a fiction, a creation of your own devise, a manufacturing of poverty with the tools of greed.

Greed is what has allowed you to create a society in which less than 5% of the people hold more than 80% of the world's wealth and resources.

There would be enough for everyone, even in areas where you have failed to make wealth and resources and opportunities available, were you to "live simply, so that others may simply live." Yet even though there is "enough" on your planet, that of which there is enough can be wasted. And you are doing this now. You have used more of your Earth's natural resources in the past 40 years than in the previous 40 thousand.

You call this progress, and it IS progress--toward your own demise. You have blinded yourself with greed and cannot see your own headlong fall into the abyss of your own creation. You want to continue living as you have been living, and you don't want anyone to tell you that you can't. And, in fact, you can--for a few more years yet. And then it will be over. And like the empire of Rome, like the civilizations of Atlantis and the Land of Mu, you will simply disappear yourselves.

You will either do it through your own greed or your own violence--or through a combination of both.

Yes, now you are on the brink of more violence, having experienced unthinkable violence already.

I have sent you messenger after messenger through the years to talk to you of violence. May I remind you of what some of them have said?

Thomas Jefferson:
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong;and multiplies, instead of indemnifying, losses."

Martin Luther King Jr.:
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descendingspiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead ofdiminishing evil, it multiplies it.

"Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish truth.
"Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do notmurder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

These are the thoughts, and others like them, upon which you can build your new society if you choose.
But you must begin to do so now, during these very days and times. You can put it off no further, wait for someone else to begin no longer.

It is as I have said to you in the Jewish tradition:
"If not now, when? If not you, who?"