Identity Trap

Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden – Raleigh, NC

Do you sometimes sense your true essence extending beyond your skin?  Does spending time in nature or seeing and sensing great beauty expand your awareness and quiet your mental chatter?

Many of us are searching for relief from the incessant thoughts in our heads. We want inner peace and calm and have forgotten the simple wonder and aliveness we felt as children before we were taught to name, label, and claim what we perceive through our senses.

Nearly all of us were educated to believe we would grow and mature into adults.  What usually occurs, unbeknownst to us, is we are deeply programed by society, family, educators, and religion to enter the Identity Trap.This trap is the widely-held belief that “I am appearing as a separate person.”  Very few in society, science, and religion ever question this assumption as it is a consensus belief.This one false belief sets the stage for untold suffering.

This one singular belief also creates a stunning and mind-numbing cascade of millions of subsequent beliefs pointing to a seemingly tangible world of subjects and objects with a separate and personal me at the center looking out upon a solid and lasting world of others, things, and places.

Yes, this sounds crazy if this is the first time you have been pointed towards this natural, original way of perceiving. Imagine my shock when I finally realized in 2011 that Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, Lao Tzu and many historical teachers were echoing the same wisdom, the Perennial Wisdom Teachings, in both Eastern and the Western cultures.  Become as little children as Jesus the Christ said in the New Testament.

Nearly all of us, about 99%, have so much invested in our identity as a person and the story about our life that we have no interest in exploring what’s behind these mental and emotional projections we call life. We fail to see these stories and beliefs are the root cause of all our personal suffering. This will cramp the brain and our carefully crafted stories and memories we’ve created of ourselves.

So, if you and I are not separate, what/how are we?  Sages and Saints across all cultures and ages have described this Identity Trap.  Some are crucified for uttering this truth and others are banished.  Most are ignored and/or labeled as crazy and possessed.  Some live in exile, and some pass the teachings on to their students or followers.

Personal suffering is optional when seen in this light.  Mere words and language will never adequately describe what is beyond a relative view or perspective of life since nearly all language is relative.

Music, art, dance, and poetry come closer to describing the elusive and fleeting nature of what is seeming to appear than mere words.  What is appearing cannot be reduced to a simple subject and object relationship as is required by speaking and writing most languages.  If you believe you can become enlightened then this website will irritate, trouble, and confuse the separate you that you take yourself to be.

The appearance of the body and breath are the invisible door to seeing and being this seamless, edgeless, oneness which already exists, here, now, as this perfect moment.  I believed deeply for more than 45 years that I was a separate being.  Suspend your doubts, at least a bit, and open to the possibility that Jesus, Buddha, St. Teresa of Avila, Rumi, and others were not teaching separation of energy into individual bodies, but that energy is edgeless, infinite, and perfect as it is here, now, regardless of appearance.