Really, it does not matter if you call something choice or fate/scripted/preordained. Either you can say you chose it all or you can say you chose none of it. I find the “no choice” side tends to promote distancing and escapism. Distancing and escapism is contrary to nonduality. You are this and you can’t get away from it. So I tend to speak from the choice side. This tends to promote more intimacy and engagement with what-is.
Really either stance is fine, but the problem is when we say we chose something and other things just happen to us…that is duality. We want to pick and choose…some things are my choice and some things are not my choice. Continue reading Would you say there is no doer and no choice?
You could say Enlightened people make mistakes, but you could also say Enlightened people don’t make mistakes. What is a mistake? I looked it up and saw “an action or judgment that is wrong.” But what is wrong? How is wrongness determined?
For example, when we learned how to walk, we fell many times. Falling could be considered the effect of a mistake (some might even call falling itself the mistake). Falling however is a part of the process of learning a new skill and so is it really a mistake or could it really be considered wrong? We might have fallen a hundred times before mastering the skill of walking. Would you count that as a hundred failures…a hundred mistakes? Continue reading Do Enlightened people make mistakes? Do they feel regret for the mistakes?
I can kind of see how someone could say nothing happens and nothing is done. When you wake up from a dream in the morning, you realize it was all in your head and nothing really happened and nothing was done (in reference to the “real” world). Similarly, when you watch a movie in the theater…before and after the movie is just a white screen. The movie was a play of images, and so you could say nothing really happened and nothing was really done.
But this is an attempt to separate yourself from what is being experienced. It is a putting down of the experience. During that movie, you did experience things happening and it may have made you laugh or cry. During that dream, you may have experienced flying or being chased or whatever. For the duration of the experience…clearly something is happening and things can be done. Continue reading Many teach that nothing happens and there is nothing done – do you agree?
Whether in the dreaming or waking world, I hope we can agree that there is a happening and events. I do not deny the world’s existence (or the existence of dreams…they happen). Those events are not predetermined and it is not fate and it is not clockwork/mechanical. There is a will creating what is in the moment…ad-libbing and doing improv. There is only the eternal now, which is the Self, and even the Self does not know what will happen. Continue reading Is there free will or is there no free will?
I know when I say the world is an illusion that I sometimes receive a vehement denial from people. From them, I get a sense that they believe “the world is an illusion” is a denial of the existence of the world, a denial about the world’s importance, or otherwise is putting down the world (i.e. reality). This isn’t true of course (mostly), it is their own misunderstanding of illusions.
The world is an illusion, because it simply is not what it appears to be. To explain this further, I will use five analogies – mirages, magician’s illusions, movies, virtual reality (VR) games, and dreams. Hopefully, through the analogies you may get a glimpse to a deeper understanding of what is meant by the world being an illusion. Continue reading Why is the world considered an illusion?
A good question considering the most recent presidential election.
If one was so inclined to engage in politics, and one is Awake, then it would be remaining in the understanding that regardless who wins (for example, the last election – Hillary vs. Trump)…it was the Self that decided.
It is not a matter of keeping it all grounded in nonduality. That makes it sound like it takes some effort or doing. Awakening or enlightenment is the occurrence of the direct insight of the Self / nonduality. Once this realization occurs…it can not be denied. You feel it in your heart and bones. Afterwards, regardless of what goes on in the world (of appearances of duality), you are never fooled into thinking anything is other than the Self. Continue reading How would one engage in politics while keeping it all grounded in nonduality?