What is Nonduality, Nondualism?

Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Raleigh, NC, USA

In a nutshell, nonduality is an ancient philosophy of perceiving and realizing awareness, consciousness, and all appearances as “not two” though appearances may seem separate and distinct.

What we see dualistically may appear to be separate and exist in time and space but perceiving nondually see only undivided wholeness.

Nonduality, or nondualism, points to the absence of a personal self even though what is perceived with the senses feels personal to a me located at the center of what is perceiving.

In our information rich world we forget that words, labels, and names are only metaphors bridging the nameless longings of the heart to the shadows cast by what the brain/mind believes it sees.

Certainly you’ve seen small children instinctively perceive and radiate a nondual aware presence until well-meaning adults fill children full of ideas and beliefs about their identity.

And yet, there is only a seamless, edgeless appearance projecting here, now, as this moment.

Perception and sensation are the magnificence, the intimacy, and the wondrous mystery of this aliveness, this aware presence, here, now, appearing as life, as reality, as the world.  Yet there really are no separate subjects and objects appearing, only undivided awareness.

Forget your name, your self, and let love journey you as you read these offerings…

And for a deeper initial dive into the philosophy and perspective of nonduality, please read a few of my essays and articles describing nonduality posted at the bottom of this page and also this link to Wikipedia.




Nondual-Self Inquiry

Nonduality Breadcrumbs


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