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Center for Mindfulness and Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden – Southwest Patio Garden

I am not surprised to read the misleading content below from a well known and respected website about the science of nonduality:

“Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental intrinsic oneness.

For thousands of years, through deep inner inquiry, philosophers and sages have come to the realization that there is only one substance and we are therefore all part of it. This substance can be called Awareness, Consciousness, Spirit, Advaita, Brahman, Tao, Nirvana or even God. It is constant, ever present, unchangeable and is the essence of all existence.

In the last century, Western scientists are arriving at the same conclusion: The universe does indeed comprise of a single substance, presumably created during the Big Bang, and all sense of being – consciousness – subsequently arises from it.

This realization has ontological implications for humanity: fundamentally we are individual expressions of a single entity, inextricably connected to one another, we are all drops of the same ocean.”

With “factual” information like the nonduality information above circulating over the web no wonder seekers are popping up everywhere lately as they “awaken to their true nature.”

“That there is only one substance and we are therefore all part of it.”  Tell me please how this works – how do you have parts and parcels of an essence that is timeless, edgeless, undivided, seamless, infinite?  Can you divide the sky and be a separate piece of the sky?

Nonduality is a philosophy of appearances as appearing as not-two, undivided, indescribable, immeasurable. But it certainly feels really good to hold hands and sing that we are all part of the same aware consciousness while ignoring the main tenets of nonduality: there is no personal self, is no personal consciousness, no personal awareness, no time, no location, no space.

The universe or reality may seem to appear as awareness here, now, this moment, but there is no external reality. There is no separation into seven billion human units each with their own private thoughts, desires, and feelings.

There is only one…as in not two. And there is not even nothing beyond nor before this moment.

Moments cannot be strung together unless you are creating a fictional story or an irrelevant running commentary about what is appearing now. Even those claiming awakening are still believing in concepts of time and space, still believing in something, some essence, lasting beyond this perfect moment.

Be careful of most nonduality teachers until you completely vet them…some will use your innocence and take your money all the while feeling good and helpful since they honestly believe they really are enlightened.

Here is the gritty grit….it’s much too difficult, if not nearly impossible to awaken to absolute truth. The nonduality and new agey groups, seminars, programs and churches popping up now are teaching oneness, nonduality, and enlightenment but are sadly misinformed and/or they are misperceiving nonduality teachings and offering pleasant and upbeat pablum to folks to fill the offering plates and their wallets.

We long to uncover the natural, peaceful, and intimate timeless perfection as awareness since we have forgotten what we are…and it feels like a wound that will not heal.

And what better way to ensure the survival of the new-agey seminars, conferences, and churches than to tell you that you are part of the oneness, part of the whole, part of the infinite love and joy. Sounds so empowering and peaceful, right?

Certainly I am not suggesting all leaders of new agey programs are intentionally misleading the public…they may believe they are teaching nonduality.  A little bit of nondual language may seem impressive, and may soothe the hurt until you come upon a fully awakened nonduality teacher and begin seeing beyond the fabrications and the pretending. And yet, this too, is the perfection of the appearances.

So what’s the difference between human truth and absolute truth?  Let’s have a brief look below while knowing this topic seems unknowable from a relative perspective.

Truth projected from the relative brain/mind of a human appears to be the sum of thoughts woven tightly from complex concepts, hypotheses, theorems, laws, norms, prevailing wisdom, consensus, facts, and conclusions accepted by all as collective truths. Like gravity, time, location, and chocolate 🙂

Absolute truth is a different critter… beyond the limits and dualistic nature of the relative human brain. So in order to awaken to what you already are – and always have been – it may be helpful to understand how the brain/mind is programmed – – to ensure you continue believing you are separate.  

  • Absolute Truth is not relative and the human brain is  relative.
  • Absolute truth is not describable with languages based on subjects or objects.
  • Absolute truth cannot be taught, shared, described…only pointed towards. If it is describable it’s not Absolute Truth.  Words like abyss and void come as close as any words I’m familiar with but even these words conjure beliefs and opinions of what a relative void or an abyss is, is not, or could be and not be.
  • Absolute truth is.
  • Absolute truth cannot be earned, bestowed, transferred, diminished, expanded, refined, defined, or claimed and comprehended or understood with a brain/mind.
  • Absolute truth is not measured with time, location, distance or any other relative system of measurement since Absolute truth is all there is …and yet is ignored, overlooked, and dismissed by 99% of humans.
  • Awakening is not what you think. 😉 

anita

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6 Comments

  1. MV

    “So in order to awaken to what is, you must, must, must, understand how the brain/mind works, is programmed, to ensure you stay separate. ..and that is the focus and work of this website … to keep reminding you.” Oh, Anita, thank you for this service. Please keep reminding me. I am hungry for it. Thank you for this service. It is invaluable to me. MV

    • Yes, MV, just writing and reminding…pouring across the keyboards.

  2. gabriele boschi

    Hi Anita and MV sorry to intrude on the conversation , it look to me that any attempt to know what you are starting from a mind position is bound to fail , we can only find what we are in the void that contain everything , in the silence with in the noise , smart peoples are usually in love with their own intelligence and that become a limitation .
    Anita In regard of your post on non duality I totally agree with you, one’s you accept what you really are there are no parts of anything left , the limitations of space and time do not exists anymore and no personalization of any sort is possible .
    All infinite potentialities become absorbed into the absolute , there void and expression are the same thing …

    • Thanks Gabriele for your perspectives. Your comments are welcome and intrusion is not possible.

      Yes, the mind is a myth as is the illusion of separation.

      It’s not possible to fail, nor to begin, or to end, at a specific destination unless there is a belief of a doer present along with the belief in time.

      The best definition of the mind that I’ve come across is from Dr. Edward C. Mader:
      “The mind is the product of the interaction and integrated activity of various brain structures. It is the sum of modality-specific information processing taking place within large-scale neurocognitive networks made of interconnected nodes serving as anatomical and computational epicenters for trans-modal processing. Concurrent information-processing involving several neurocognitive domains results in sensation, perception, cognition, conation, and other subjective experiences which our brain synthesizes into a global experience that we decided to call mind.”

      Thanks for connecting here Gabriele!

      anita

  3. gabriele boschi

    Dear Anita ,

    what is the purpose of defining duality into a science ?

    It is not just awareness that create the limitation of form mind and spirit for the purpose of experience ?

    the duality is visible only if standing in the point of view of limitation , ones you step back and become all that IS then duality no longer exists

    So way what we are not require studying ? it look like a effort on the wrong direction

    would not be better focusing on letting go what we are not ?

    Is nice to connect to you too

    garbriele

    • Hi Gabriele,
      Thank you for your questions.

      Humans are so deeply programmed to believe a separate self resides within the body.
      Sharing the findings of quantum science may, or may not, loosen the grip of personal beliefs and spark investigation of the tricks played by mind.

      Personal beliefs are vaporous imaginings with no substance. Beliefs are the mind in action pretending itself to be separate.

      There is no separate self residing in a body that can choose to read or write this or that and move in one direction or another as much as it appears so. There is no separate self with the ability to focus or not focus, to choose to let go, or not let go. All is and is not aware presence playing as its own dream.

      These words I write are not mine, and yet in their appearance, they seem to be. I do not choose them any more than I choose which clouds move across the vastness of sky.

      Anita

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