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Duality vs Non-Duality

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Dualism and Non-Dualism; a look from what meditation yields




Who cares about the Truth? Not your mind, not the You who lives there.





Non-Dualism:

A philosophical concept that holds that reality is ultimately one entity and not made up of multiple parts.


It emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things, and that there is no objective or external reality.


It holds that the self is not separate from the whole, but rather a part of it. One’s knowledge and experience of the physical world is inextricably connected to their experience of the physical world. The ultimate truth lies in the recognition of this unity.


Non-dualists may seek a practice to transcend dualistic thinking. This involves self-inquiry, seated silent meditation, attention to the present moment and non-attachment practices.


It is often compared to Advaita and Hindu philosophy. It is an aspect of Eastern spirituality, but it has been explored by Western thinkers, including Ekhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Gangaji, Mooji, Jeff Foster, Alan Watts, Krishnamurti and Rupert Spira. And many others.


I subscribe to this BS (belief system), as it seems to be True whether we are living in a base reality or a simulation. A multiverse or not. A hologram or not. Whether there are 5 dimensions, 11 dimensions, or whether there are dimensions. I don't know but it's all one thing to me.



Dualism:

A philosophical concept that holds that there are two separate and distinct kinds of reality—physical and mental/spiritual. It is widely accepted by mainstream scientists. Scientists speak of the inability to address that which cannot be disproven; the realm of the unknowable.


Originating with Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, and culminating with Rene Descartes, Cartesian dualism has become the basis for the idea of mind-body interaction, with the belief that the body is influenced by the mind, and vice versa, but the two are not reducible to one another. They have fundamentally distinct kinds of foundations. There is a lot to unpack here, so my description is overly simplified.



The non-physical (or spiritual) world, is fixed, perhaps: permanent, unchanging and perfect, while the physical world is constantly changing and impermanent, although still subject to laws which we can ascertain. Laws which ultimately emanate from the non-physical world, which we may or may not be able to perceive properly.


It is used to explain the existence of good and evil, since the two are fundamentally different elements that have an equal part in the universe. Everything is in balance and so the forces are constantly interacting with each other, and so have always existed, exist now, and will always exist.



The ultimate Truth lies in a reconciliation of the two aspects of reality; societies must be mature, holding empathy for all, cultivating values of tolerance, open-mindedness, education, fairness, and equality for all its members. This is the fundamental belief system most if not all of us are operating with, when we attempt to confront the Truth of living in the world.




Truth in Non-Duality


Being the nature of everything, there is nothing outside of the truth.

God, Spirit, Consciousness, Awareness, the One, etc. are all Names for Truth.


If a spiritual truth isn’t also not true, then it is not a real spiritual truth. Be aware of the mind’s ability to see the duality in all things, as it is formed from the Whole but feels distinct and separate.


Ignorance, misunderstanding, confusion, chaos, what’s that about? Look at it, move toward it, inquire about it, there is wisdom. What can be done about this state you’re in?




There is nothing you can do. Life is happening through you. You are not doing anything. Abandon your self to what is, as you are what is. No reservations! Your belief that your mind can get you out of the predicament that you are in is both true and patently false.


Do not wait, however, for your mind to figure it out. Admit that you will wait for a long long long time.


This is not a philosophy. This is the living, breathing, Truth.

There is nothing you can do. There is nothing to do. There is nothing to be done. Thinking will not help you.


And so do everything, do it all, do some part, do a little, do nothing. It’s all gonna be Truth, when and if you experience it.




Profoundly simple teachings are tricky and deceptive; they seek to remove something from you.


Truth cannot be told. And yet it must be told. You know things the mind cannot be told. Things the mind cannot comprehend. Mind is trying to play catch up. The wisdom that comes from below the neck, from your being…that is wisdom.



The truth will remove from you all the beliefs that you have that lie in the junk door of your consciousness. The stuff that isn’t true, the stuff you think is wrong, bad, evil and untrue.


Beliefs in things will be stolen from you. The truth comes like a thief in the night and robs you of your deepest and most cherished beliefs.


Truth is What IS. Whatever happens, whatever you experience, is in service to the truth.


Are you resisting truth? Every second of your life is Truth. The secret thread of truth is what most of us are trying to avoid.


A total abandonment of fantasy and surrender to what is.


Suffer or be free. Those are your choices.


The last thing to do, if there is anything to do, is practice every moment moving the egoic identity to the side, and in the vast, open, spacious field of awareness, find honesty.




Sat nam, and thanks for watching. --Andrea



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