Nonduality Glossary

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Absolute An ineffable, indivisible, and intelligent presence that most spiritual tradition calls God, the Universe, or Source. Absolute is beyond relativity; not measurable; without any identity; not relational; indivisible; transcendent, immanent; containing no limitations, exists as every seeming appearance, space, place and is timeless, undivided, and edgeless.

Awakening – The initial falling away of the beliefs and concepts of a personal or separate self.  Thoughts are intellectually understood to be impersonal thoughts, and self-referential thinking begins to fall away.

Awareness  An energetic resonance prior to the arising of Consciousness within a human body.

Chakras  The energy centers or “energy transport points” of the body. There are seven major chakras that run from the base of the spine (root) to the top of the head (crown). The chakras relate to the body’s endocrine system and through this connection they exchange energy with the human energy field.

Consciousness – Perceiving the thought “I am.”  An ineffable, invisible, unchanging mystery which may project form and formlessness within and upon Itself as object and subject thus knowing Itself as existing.

Duality  Perceiving reality with subjects and objects thus creating a reality of separation and distinctness.  When perceived dually, time, space, and distance arise and the relative world of distinctions seem to exist.

Enlightenment Dissolution and death of the personal/separate self-identity revealing edgeless, undivided omnipresence.

God/Absolute/Consciousness/Tao/One – Ineffable, invisible, omnipresence; unchanging, unknowable; cannot be seen, described, spoken about, or understood within the framework of duality/relativity.

Mindfulness – Simply noticing the present moment – smells, tastes, touches, sounds, sights, and other body sensations without judging or creating a story. Receiving sensory information through the body.  Simply being aware of what is without judgment.

Mind/Mental Processes  The invisible relational process regulating the neural flow of information in the brain and body. Being relative (subject and object), the dualistic nature of the mind is the source of the division of words and thoughts into names, labels, categories, distinctions, and definitions. This relative source is the very foundation for the belief in separation, the belief in a separate being as a “me.”

Meditation – A quiet practice of non-judgmental awareness of the breath, thoughts, and body sensations while breathing, walking, sitting, reclining, or standing. Returning attention to the breath or body sensations when thoughts capture attention.

Meridians The “energy pathways” which connect the chakras and the physical body. These energy pathways are the foundation of many health and fitness practices such as massage, yoga, martial arts, reiki, feng shui, accupuncture and acupressure.

Nonduality – Not two. A modern science and ancient philosophy pointing towards the expression of one ineffable, omnipresent energy manifesting as the universe through form, formless, and beyond.

Noumenal – An object as it is in itself independent of the mind; as opposed to phenomenal.

Perception  The ability to see, hear, feel, or acknowledge input from the body’s sensory organs or become conscious of the appearance of the body and the world.

Phenomenal – What is perceived directly by the senses; what is called reality or life; contrasts with what is known as spiritual or noumenal.

Religion the belief in a God, god, or in a group of gods; an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a God, god, or a group of gods; an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group; commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance; a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices; a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.

Sanskrit  A classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism and philosophical Buddhism. The word means refined, consecrated, and sanctified. The body of Sanskrit literature encompasses a rich tradition of poetry and drama as well as scientific, technical, philosophical and religious texts. Sanskrit continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals and Buddhist practice in the form of hymns and chants.

Satsang  A Sanskrit word associated with the highest Truth. Satsang is   a relaxed gathering to uncover and discern the conscious and aware omnipresence that is beyond an intellectual or mental understanding.

Spiritual – of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; not of the body or the world of form; not perceivable with the senses; free of required beliefs, forms of worship, or regulated behaviors.  Free of dogma and doctrines; contrasts with phenomenal; has no need to relate to any dogma or religion.

Self-inquiry – Constant meditative attention and questioning of the inner awareness of “I“ or “I am” to uncover the un-reality of the belief in a separate “I” or self.

Self-realization A knowing beyond the mind and intellect of an ineffable, invisible, unchanging, unknowable mystery that cannot be seen, described, spoken about, or understood within the framework of duality/relativity. This mystery projects Itself as Itself upon an infinite, unchangeable, limitless, vast, silent, and still void.  Self-realization results in the death of the false identity of the separate self.

Truth – Truth is changeless, timeless, and unalterable.  Truth cannot be spoken or written, nor acquired. Truth may be revealed by subtracting what is not truth.  Opinions, preferences, laws, facts, and scientific assumptions and theories are not Truth.

Yoga – A Sanskrit word meaning to join or yoke and is a method or tool to gently blend the breath with the movement of the body to calm the mind and strengthen the body.