It Takes One to Know One

It takes one to know one.

Eternal wisdom

I was in a cafe today listening to a group behind me gossiping about, reacting to and judging various people in their lives, as well as social figures. Some funny stuff. Some ugly stuff. But one thing was clear — they were simply, actually just describing themselves.

It isn’t a new epiphany that this happens, but as I grow, it becomes clearer and clearer: There’s no separation between our perception of others and the reaction going on inside us. It’s the same.

So, in essence:

  • When we condemn another, we’re condemning a part of ourselves.
  • When we ignore another, we’re ignoring a part of ourselves.
  • When we fixate on another, we’re fixating on a facet of ourselves.
  • When we hate our neighbor/enemy, we are hating a part of ourselves.

There’s no way around it. How we react to others is about us. Just the slightest pause and reflection can make this strikingly clear.

Thankfully it works on the flipside as well:

  • When we see God in another, we are seeing the God in us.
  • When we love our neighbor/enemy, we are loving ourselves.
  • When we respectfully handle conflict with others, we are managing conflict in our own mind.

Our realizations of this principle into what I find to be the Eternal Truth that we are all interconnected, and the world around us is a projection of a single Creative Force. There is ultimately no separation in anything, everything.

The gossip I described earlier was clearly squandering the participants’ precious time and energy. It wasn’t healthy. At the same time, it requires a herculean, unrelenting effort to shift our perspective to realize this Truth in all contexts.

So this realization, or series of realizations, might not immediately change how we interact with each other. However, as long as we’re clear on some level what’s underlying all of it, we’ll eventually get to a place of realizing non-separation of all things, people, and Consciousness itself. And that will make life so much more beautiful.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Mapper


  1. Golden!

    I met someone on the street yesterday who said they had a confusing morning. They said they had listened to a teacher speak about how everything we see and experience is us. They said, when you look at a stick for instance, what you are seeing is the light hitting your eyes, and the process of optics and cones, absorbing and translating this light and vibration into a sense-data that is then conceptualized. That conceptualization is the subjective lens of our consciousness. It is how we see everything, through a past-future self-reality.

    So when we see the stick we are really only seeing ourselves through the concept of the stick. We are not actually experiencing the “stick.”

    How do we stay in the present moment of experience instead of the solipsistic conceptualization of past-future suffering?

  2. Ranjeeth Thunga (Post author)

    Staying in the present moment, and the Eternal Wisdom, ultimately I find is akin to being solipistic in the sense that everything/everyone resolves into Self.

    This Self should be distinguished from our egoic, individualistic self however. We could use uppercase and lowercase Self/self to help distinguish.

    Whatever we perceive is a facet of Self and can never be other — but far from being a self-centered narcissism is this is the realization of non-separation of Consciousness.

    Thanks so much Golden for comment and please feel free to share more reflection.


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