Many teach that nothing happens and there is nothing done – do you agree?

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?

Is there free will or is there no free will?

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?

Why is the world considered an illusion?

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?

Who is engaged? Doesn’t engagement involve duality?

Engagement does involve duality.  I do not deny the appearance of duality and I do not say that duality ceases after AwakeningNonduality is not some separate state where there is no other only and duality ceases to exist.  That would just be another form of duality.

Let us say that one night while you are sleeping, you have a dream in which you realize you are dreaming.  This is known as lucid dreaming.  The entire dream comes from your own mind, so you are ultimately the creator of the dream.  So when you realize you are dreaming, you also realize it is not real…it is an illusion.  Also, everyone in the dream…including the dream character you are controlling…was created by you and is an illusion.  This does not mean the dream stops.  The dream can continue and as a lucid dreamer you can really enjoy the dream. Continue reading Who is engaged? Doesn’t engagement involve duality?