Nonduality in its purest, most basic form, is not a religion, nor a practice of spirituality, but rather, non duality refers to the clear seeing or "realization" of the actuality of Oneness, or better said, the falling away of a sense of being a someone/thing, that exists apart from or separate from, the totality of experience.
A popular metaphor in nonduality is that of the ocean and
the wave. There can be great freedom in
coming to regard physical form and
experience as being akin to a wave that arises from and within the
One and only ocean, and that although the wave at times may seem to take on a
life all its own, it never becomes separate or apart from the ocean itself. The wave can be seen to be entirely dependent upon the ocean for it's existence. Such is the relationship between Being and experiential content. All that appears, has Being as it's foundation. Realizing this nonduality means realizing that the world arises within that which I am.
To really see and experience this atonement with the totality of all that is, is to experience a seamless, fluidity to life and a falling away of the sense of limitation and emotional suffering that one often feels and experiences when he believes himself to be ‘just’ a finite human being or person, existing in it's own right, as a separate some-thing within an exterior world of other separate somethings.
The importance attributed to nondual awareness, to clearly seeing Oneness, is borne of human suffering, borne of a belief in an erroneous idea about what and who I am. All spiritual seeking, like all quests to see ‘this’ in a way that will improve or better the experience of life, has at its basis, a sense of dissatisfaction with what currently is. If it were not for the fact that a belief in limitation, and an identification/attachment to the story of me, of being a separate, limited person that is apart from the Ocean of Consciousness was originally the case, there would be no sense of importance attributed to a non dual perspective....no seeking to find the Truth.
Why is this important to acknowledge?
As human beings, we cannot escape our innate bent towards a
better, more fulfilling life experience. We naturally gravitate towards a sense of joy,
freedom and well being, much the same way a flower naturally turns towards the
light.The realization of abiding nonduality in and of itself though, is not about having a better experience, but rather, it's about seeing the Truth behind the totality of experience.
The mind/ego always wants to make it about a better experience and thus, It’s very easy to become attached to ideas that appear to augment or support a better experience. The ideas presented within nonduality teachings can easily be conceptualized and attached to, just as the ideas presented in any religion/philosophy can.
When this happens, nonduality gets turned into a concept that we cling to. True abiding nondual awareness is beyond the conceptual. Yes, we use words and concepts to try to capture the Truth, that which can only actually be 'pointed' to, but the actuality of what is being pointed to, is not an idea, not a concept, not anything that mind can think about.
A conceptual grasp upon the idea of nonduality can result in the idea of “The wave is just an illusion,” becoming a sort of life-line. When this happens, there is reliance upon the idea of being the ocean, in favor of the wave, in order to diminish or avoid the pain we associate with being a lowly, limited human being. In identifying with the ocean, folks often negate or even vilify that which is regarded to be ‘just’ a wave.
While this may provide a sense of freedom in comparison to what was experienced prior to non duality, it’s a very limited freedom whose sense is very much conditional upon holding to a particular idea while rejecting another.
Thus, it's important to see the difference between a mere conceptual grasp of nonduality vs. actual realization of 'no separation.' The two are quite literally, worlds apart.
It’s important to acknowledge the fact that physical experience only requires reducing or to be diminished, IF it is regarded to be dangerous or in need of betterment.
There is a point where there is no longer any danger perceived in engaging with humanness, with experience as a whole.
In realizing there is no separation, that all experiential content arises within that which I am, and thus is dependent upon consciousness for it's existence, humanness is seen and understood to itself be part and parcel of that experiential arising.
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