Ego is what tells us we are separate from God and from others, it is what tells us to be afraid, that we need to form and hold onto our attachments; attachments to illusions. When we release our attachments and go within ourselves we find the truth of who we are; we set into motion a healing and discovery of the truth of us. "God dwells within you, as you." In realizing what this truly means we begin to learn that things like joy, peace, compassion lie within us and not in any thing, event or person outside of ourselves. As we grow and evolve the whole of creation is uplifted. In bearing witness to the divine within ourselves we start to see it within all life and to fully realize in turn that ALL life is connected to us.
Do you wonder if this internal connection between all living things is real? When you feel compassion for another living things, when you feel empathy you are experiencing that connection. When you have felt sad, hurt or in pain and have been comforted by another you have experienced that inward divine connection that, though sometimes we let ego block from our consciousness, is ever present. Well here is one story that might give you a little insight, enjoy; "Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anothony died March 7. His family tells of a solem procession on March 10 that defies human explanation." http://delightmakers.com/news-bleat/wild-elephants-gather-inexplicably-mourn-death-of-elephant-whisperer/