Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
-- Chief Seattle
In ordinary life, we are not aware of the unity of all things, but divide the world into separate objects and events. This division is useful and necessary to cope with our everyday environment, but it is not a fundamental feature of reality. It is an abstraction devised by our discriminating and categorizing intellect. To believe that our abstract concepts of separate 'things' and 'events' are realities of nature is an illusion.
-- Fritjof Capra
As science and spirituality both move forward, it is becoming obvious they are leading to the same place and the same understanding of the universe, the nature of reality, or truth itself. That reality or truth is that everything and everyone is part of the same whole. The separation we see between ourselves and the world are constructs of our own conscious mind, and not absolutely true. This has profound implications for us. It means that when we wish someone well, we are also wishing ourselves well. The inverse is true as well, in wishing someone ill, we are also wishing ill upon ourselves. In fact the simple act of planting a flower changes not just the the seed, the soil, and the garden. Planting a flower changes us as well.