Well, it's not something we should entirely confuse... this other being is still you. And you are the being right now. Yes it can create a type of dualism in that we often externalize the being which is still us as some other entity or artifact of ourselves.
Originally Posted by DawnEye11
My views is likely more that of panthiesm in that I believe God is at the individual level in every aspect of existence and reality, that it's an interconnected system where we are all parts of a whole.
This is also viewable in how our reality is structured from the tiniest part, to the larger groups. For example how an atom is composed of sub-atomic particles, which make up a molecule, that makes up our RNA/DNA, that makes a cell, that makes groups of cells with different roles in our body, which in turn makes us. We as individuals make up a family that make up a community which makes up a country that makes up a planet that is part of a solar system which is part of a galaxy that is part of a Universe which is part of a reality-system. Every piece of us comes from the birth of the Universe, every atom has been something else, in something else, used as something else. Life recycles itself over and over again. We are part of both our mother and our father through the passing of DNA.
Everything electromagnetically is connected, everything from at the quantum scale is entangled. All of us parts of a reality-system which is sum of all our parts (stars and galaxies included ).
If you look at the small thing that you are, you are a Universe in and of yourself with small solar systems in the form of atoms in your body. When you sleep, you play God and create micro-dream Universes effortlessly and endlessly in this creative process. You are both a part of reality, and reality itself living and breathing through you.
You may think of yourself as just what you are in the present moment, but you have existed in the past and will exist in the future spanning a long journey through time and space. We are very deeply rooted in this system and are more than just mere fleeting moments within it.
As for the sick and dying part of life. The Earth is this way because it's designed to be this way thus in order for new people to be born, old people must die. As terrible as death may seem we do survive it which I don't have to explain, we all find that secret out come our time. But still, if we were all immortal beings on earth that needed to eat and have immortal babies the planet would fill up exponentially until there was nothing left but mountains upon mountains of humans. Death brings balance to the system and is necessary in order to recycle life.
The drama, suffering and all the bad stuff that happens to people here is part of the nature of balance, but we do learn from these negative behaviours. For example, why is there suffering? Suffering teaches humility and people who suffer in life are often more empathetic to others around them. They learn through their hardship that as bad as it was to them they likely wouldn't want the same for others. People who do not suffer and have everything handed to them tend to be more sociopathic with less empathy towards others. They put their money, their ego and themselves above all else.
Where these lessens become very apparent is not just in a single lifetime, but in many lifetimes. Again this is hard to see when one is locked into this system, but we are evolving and growing to become more loving, more compassionate based on these extremes that we go through in life. There is a lot of learning that comes with being a human on Earth, we are constantly learning and evolving so I see that as a good part of the negative branch of thinking. The light at the end of the tunnel so to speak.
Due to my odd awakening, I do see everything as a completely connected system of the self; thus what we do to others we ultimately do to ourselves. So people killing in the name of God are actually killing the very God they seek, they are killing a part of themselves and do not have the awareness and reason to see just how connected we all are. Thus the snake eats it's own tail in violent acts within the larger picture.
I mean, I could be wrong... but that is how I see interconnectedness and oneness within may individuals which are all part of Reality as a whole.