Everything is interconnected.
That is the opening statement of IONS Guiding Hypothesis, the theoretical premise that we use as a jumping off point for our scientific research and experiential explorations into consciousness.
It’s a concept that many of the world’s wisdom traditions have held as a core truth for millennia. Though they each express it from the nuanced framework of their particular perspective, unity is understood to be fundamental to experience.
The results of scientific research of the past decades are beginning to demonstrate support for this ancient concept. There is more and more evidence that at the deepest layers of reality, the sense of separation that we often encounter so intensely in our day-to-day lives is an illusion.
How might we personally experience this concept of interconnection? The options are broad and diverse — from a host of meditative practices, to lucid dreaming, to plant medicine, to expressive arts, and beyond.
One of my favorite approaches is a simple and native faculty, one that you have likely been using since you were a tiny child: imagination.
Imagination is a tool that offers rich possibilities for inner exploration. It is simple to use, costs nothing, and it is always available to you.
To give you an opportunity to explore the concept of interconnection through the imagination, we invite you on a journey of the mind. In this 13-minute guided meditation we use a visualization of the body as an entryway into an ever deepening experience of expansiveness.
Listen in, and experience for yourself what may lie beyond the molecules of your physical being.
Try the meditation, then feel free to “Leave a Reply” in the comments below and share a bit about what the experience was like for you.
About the Author
Kerstin Sjoquist is the Director of Experience & Engagement at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Prior to joining IONS, Kerstin was the founder and CEO of Consciousness Arts, Inc., specializing in psycho-spiritual products, classes, and services to assist people in expanding and enhancing their lives.