What is Nonduality, Nondualism?

In a nutshell, nonduality is an ancient philosophy of perceiving and realizing the world, all appearances, as fleeting, illusory and “not two” though appearances may seem separate and distinct existing in time and space.  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.

The essays and writings on this website are shared from a Christian nonduality perspective since the nondual teachings of Jesus the Christ and many Christian mystics have been my path for more than 40 years. Perceiving nondually, appearances are sensed as fleeting and undivided while also appearing to have distinctions, and what is perceiving is seen as illusory, as a mental concept that is reinforced and perpetuated through a myriad of cherished beliefs but never actually existing as a separate, solid, distinct, entity within the concepts of time and space.

Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

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 radiate innocence and instinctively perceive a fully-open-to-the-moment nondual aware presence until well-meaning adults fill children full of labels, concepts, and beliefs about what is appearing.  All children live in the moment before they are brainwashed to keep time. 

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 fleeting, 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, read these breadcrumbs and this link to Wikipedia.

Welcome!

Anita

 

 

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  • Breadcrumbs on the path...

    Silence is not the absence of thought. Silence is the absence of a personal self taking ownership of thought and thinking.