Oneness is not a system of specifically identified laws or rules that are laid out to be followed. It’s a system of beliefs that constitute a particular approach to Spiritual Living. This means that our Core Principles lay out the foundational beliefs that Oneness operates on.
There’s no new wisdom in these Core Principles and they’re not the only influences on our spirituality. However, these are the basic concepts the rest of our understanding rests on; the “lowest common denominators” of Oneness.
Together, these Core Principles invite us to continue to deepen our understanding of the Universe while also accepting large portions of spiritual wisdom that Humanity has been exploring, expressing, practicing and engaged in for thousands of years. If there seems to be a similarity between these concepts and other schools of thought, it’s because all of Oneness has been fashioned out of existing wisdom. This isn’t a claim of discovery, it’s an organization and innovation of existing wisdom and knowledge.
When we invite ourselves to embrace these concepts, they form a well-rounded philosophy for Spiritual Living, each Core Principle depending on the others to create a complete context. Much like the 4 Pillars themselves constitute the supporting structure of Oneness as a whole, Each Core Principle is a pillar of understanding in its own right and is vital to the integrity of the entire system. This is why It’s the First of the Four Pillars.
As we seek to understand these ideas, and the ways in which they relate to one another, we’re able to return to the simplicity of these Core Principles as a way of staying connected to the ideas. These Core Principles help Oneness to remain accessible to Practitioners both new and old.