The universe is interconnected at countless levels from the most minute to the galactic. It is the extent of discernibility of these connections and forces that is sought by us.
The newly born baby connects with its mother. After a few weeks emotions develop; eye contact and feelings bring about deeper connections. With maturity, subtler senses, feelings and connections develop.
Consciousness of connections originates from our soul within the heart and takes physical chemical, intellectual and other dimensions. From that origin, numerous forces of connectedness emerge, most of which are invisible.
The different levels of connectedness and their priorities are understood due to the mind which is illumined by the soul.
From Spectrum of Reality by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri