Yes and no. If you say the Self is unchanging, then whatever changes is not the Self and that would be duality. The Self is all there is. Of course, the Self has changing and unchanging aspects.
Many teachers and teachings point to the substratum behind all experience and that is unchanging…that which is behind all changes and the comings/goings of things. Continue reading Isn’t the Self unchanging?
Let us start off by saying that awakening is clearly seeing through the illusion of “me”…no longer identifying with the body/mind, ego, or “I”. The personal “I” is simply a thought and never really existed. There is a knowing…in the here and now…that identification is no longer happening (and there is a memory of having had such identification). So there is a knowing or awareness that the illusion of “me” is not believed…that awakening occurred. Awakening is simply a happening in a point in time…prior – the illusory “me” was believed; and after – the illusory “me” is not believed. In this way there is a recognition of awakening. Continue reading How can we know that we are awakened?
Some people talk about feeling an inner knot or feeling contracted. We often identify with this sense of contraction. We also try to expand or open ourselves. Whether we feel contracted or open does not matter, who/what we really are is beyond both feelings. Do not be fooled by the illusion of thought…but also do not be fooled by the illusion created by this feeling of contraction or expansion. It is the same inside this bubble as outside this bubble…and the film barrier is only a thought and feeling.
Cease struggling against the feeling on contraction. Just recognize it as a passing feeling within awareness. It has nothing to do with a “me”. You are That…which includes any feeling of contraction, expansion, or any other feeling. Continue reading I struggle with feeling “contracted” & wonder if there is something there to unravel.
With this logic, you would not be most of your own body. You are not aware of what the adrenal or pituitary glands are doing right now. You are not aware of what cells in the body are dying and which ones are splitting to form new cells. You are not likely aware of your shins right now…well maybe now that I brought your attention to it. You are not likely aware of the inside of your nose nor your ear lobes. You are not aware of your ear drums. You are not aware of the backs of your knees. You are not aware of how many white blood cells you have right now or even feel one of them. I can go on like this…but I won’t.
My point is…not being consciously aware does not mean separation or not being it. Continue reading If I am everything, why am I aware of only me?
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?
I’ve heard this question different ways and sometimes with additional information. For example, the Self is always Awake, and there is only the Self & the Self has always been free.
Let’s start with the Self is always Awake. The massive fallacy with this concept is that we experience directly that this is not the case. This is not even the case when you are dreaming at night. You are asleep in your bed and a world is created from the mind. You see other people, trees, rocks, etc. It is all from one mind. There is no other. All in the dream is only you. Continue reading Isn’t Enlightenment the realization that there is no such thing as Enlightenment?
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?
What do you think that would mean? When people speak of pure nonduality, they often talk as if there would be an absolute nothingness/oneness or absolute non-differentiation. That they would not be aware of the appearances of the world or something or other. They don’t seem to catch the fact that the idea of “pure nonduality” is just another form of duality. There is not such thing as pure versus not-pure nonduality. There is just nonduality.
Life and the world itself is not dualistic…it has always been nondual. It is our minds that believe in separation. It is a mental fiction. There never was otherness. There is only the mistaken idea of otherness, because there is a perception of many things (that we then assume are separate). Continue reading Is there such a thing as living in pure nonduality?
Not at all. Nonduality is about seeing through our identification with this separate wave we call “me.” Even after awakening, the separate wave will still exist as a thing. But the “separate wave” has clearly realized that it is the ocean (which includes all waves). It is realizing that the separation existed only in the mind.
I have a question, what is a “thing”? What are we talking about when we talk about “things”? I recently spoke with a young man and asked him this question. He quite rightly answered that a “thing” is a noun. A noun is a convention of speech. Usually, it is used when we want to talk about a part of something. Continue reading Is nonduality all about getting rid of this separate wave?
Engagement does involve duality. I do not deny the appearance of duality and I do not say that duality ceases after Awakening. Nonduality 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?