After reading The One Mind by Dr. Larry Dossey, I was able to reflect on some of my own actions and relate them to the common theme within the book. Dossey talks about the idea of being a collective consciousness that everyone shares and is united by, and I was surprised to see that he is not the only one that has proposed this idea. The idea of the “one mind” has historical roots and has been presented by various scientists throughout the century. It is because of this longevity that this idea appears to be one that is credible and something that I can consider believing in.
Dossey talks about his personal experiences in Vietnam and how the idea of the one mind has been incorporated into his own life. As soon as he described his own experience with this, I was able to relate it to my own experiences. Before going to Vietnam he consciously made the decision that he was going to do everything he could to protect his own life and that was his number one priority throughout the war. When in the heat of the moment, this commitment was thrown out and he began to act subconsciously. Instead of protecting his own life, he was willing to risk it to save others. He justifies this change of mind with the idea of the one mind. He believes that individuals choose to put others before themselves and above their own self-commitments because they feel connected to others through the collective consciousness that exists. It is the unity of consciousness that forces individuals to acknowledge the wellbeing and emotions of others.
After learning about Dossey’s experience and the idea of the one mind, it is easy to apply it to my own actions. I constantly find myself wanting to do nice things for other people, but do not understand why I subconsciously do this. It is something that I have been trying to understand myself because I do not make these behavioral decisions in hope that they will be reciprocated, but instead choose them because it makes me feel good. I believe that this can be explained by the idea that a collective consciousness unites all people together. Because we are all connected we are able to gain happiness by seeing other people happy. Therefore, if I do something for someone else and that makes them happy, I in return am happy myself. It is not because I am thinking of good karma or have other intentions for doing these deeds, but instead I do them because I want to and no other explanation is needed. By being able to relate this idea to my own life, I think it helps me believe in what Dr. Dossey is proposing in his book.