Imagine there’s only one thing in the whole universe. It’s everything and everywhere, but it’s kind of lonely because it’s just… one. How does it get to know itself? How does it have fun or learn new things?

Think about it like this: When you’re by yourself, you can’t see your own smile without a mirror, right? So, the universe, which we’ll call “the One,” is like that. It wants to see its own smile, so it creates a mirror made of stars, planets, and people – like you and me! But here’s the twist: it’s still the One, just looking at itself in a zillion different ways. This is what some folks, like Bentinho, call the illusion of many.

Now, you might ask, “How does the One start wanting things if it’s everything?” Good question! It’s like when you suddenly want a cookie – that want is part of you, right? So, the One’s wish to experience itself is a part of it too. Nothing’s really separate from the One, even the stuff we think or desire.

This is pretty deep stuff, and it’s not something you can figure out just by thinking hard about it. It’s a mystery, and that’s okay! We can feel it when we’re super relaxed, and we just know things without having to think them through. Some call this intuition, and it’s like knowing there’s a chair in the room without having to be told. It’s pretty awesome!

If you’re curious, you can try this yourself. Just chill out, ask yourself a big question, and let the answer come up when it’s ready. You’ll feel it deep down, and it’ll make sense in a whole new way.

Now, let’s bring in a cool quote that Bentinho once said: “The One is everything and everything is the One, and that can never be separated.” And here’s something from the Bible that kind of fits with this idea: “For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

So, when you’re out there looking at the sky or hanging with friends, remember that everything you see and experience is the One having a blast, learning about itself through you and me and everything else!