Each of us is like a wave riding upon the ocean, retaining a sense of unique identity, yet the ocean is the collective whole, the source from which we all come.
Each life is a unique wave flowing on the surface in its own space, time, and place. Yet we always return to the source from which we came. Over and over the waves rise up.
Never alone and certainly not separate. Capable of free will but always connected to that which is greater than us, to our creator. We are never alone.