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What really distinguishes the non-duality crowd is that they are willing to deny what is absolutely most obvious to all 8 billion of the outsiders to this group. From their detached point of view they rely on logical constructs instead of empirical constructs. Here I won't go into how that might have occurred. "No doing, no doer, no time, no process, all appearances are projected mind”) Although I am not so sure that all of this is non-duality. Whether they deny process, or just deny “my process”, and it is true that all appearances do have A COMPONENT of projected mind. That’s the interpretation fraction. Even if that fraction is very big, who can know that is all there is? But non-duality is not saying there is nothing “out there”. It is only saying that it may be unapproachable in any pure state? This part gets confused.
Let’s investigate what ground of beliefs could bring someone to declare something that flies in the face of their own perceptions of every moment of life.
First is the notion of NOW. Now is a useful term when contrasted to the abuses of my childhood (the past) and my fear of next year’s tax returns, (the future). But I am sure that NOW is not very useful when speaking of one second gone by, or the next second approaching (or even micro-second).
We might believe that there are many varied motivations that inspire us to do what we do, and especially if we hold ourselves in high regard we may think that our personal motivations are very sophisticated and honorable. Thus we complicate and obscure the most simple. (If you're personally convinced that there is no "you" to be motivated, go to point six.)
I would find it of great value to bring the motivation equation down to the most simple terms, or to the lowest common denominator.
- First we are motivated into action by a feeling.
- If there was no feeling, nothing would appear on the radar of our awareness.
- (In this regard, our status quo is also a feeling.)
- We find ourselves acting to satisfy that feeling, to prolong it or to make it go away.
- Therefore I think it can be said that we act only to fix our lives. At least try this definition on for size while reading this post.
- Then the different “tastes” of action become defined from our belief structures.
Let’s just pull in real tight so that we have a concrete example, and talk about what motivates us to post on this forum. We read a post, “Oh, is that what he thinks about that? Interesting.”
For 8 - 10 years I have maintained a public platform where people can exchange views on what might be new ideas for them, (this Never Not Here). I have never really investigated my own motives for doing it, and perhaps they are as simple as “I can do it”.
You might say that you are breathing, and there is no verbal underpinning to that. It is just happening. I am not talking about that level of action.
Take engagement with non-duality as a good example, (teaching it, or being taught). The verbal underpinnings that are accepted by both parties are three.
- There is a such a thing as personal awakening that can appear as an event.
- I teacher, declare that I have it.
- I teacher declare that you will some day have it too (or someday know that you have it).
"My life experience as a teacher and my point of view, (perhaps a view from no-point) is assuredly more complete than yours. I know because I used to live like you."
Wow - is this a useful construction? Let’s see what its effect is.
Some things became apparent when people started suggesting that negating is a way to find your “true self”. I wouldn’t know about that. I do know that negating is the preoccupation of billions of the world’s people, and for them it has only brought them the world as it is. Anything that is life affirming, seems to be counter balanced with something horrid somewhere else in the world. I should just say “juxtaposed” not to intend an actual balance with any equity.
Do we need a personal event to start to shift those gears? Of course my first and most consistent action point is on myself. I have values (or I don’t) and I can apply them to my actions where I now can. I can also investigate them to see if they are truly life affirming, and change them accordingly. Values and the conscious stopping of my negating is in my hands, but only if I want to define it as a worthwhile pursuit.
!!What other possible way can the world shift, except by you shifting yourself!! I have never found one.
I think that I had a copy of this gita about 5 years ago and certain passages gave an open feeling. The one’s that I liked at the time (one by one) demolished everything.
1. I won’t repeat his letter, but I will address his points. First he relates to Exodus in the bible when “God” says “I am that I am”. "This is Advita where the knower, the knowledge and known are one."
Do we need to reach for these connections? Do they really have any significance, other than to prove someone’s point?
2. Then he finds that St. John of the Cross has adopted Neti Neti, which proves the universality of establishing yourself in the Godhead by negating. This one is not a harmless option.
Of course Christians (and Jews?) were completely ruled by guilt and shame, so negating is not a far stretch of the imagination. Is that how you want to run your life??
Negation has a heavy consequence with your feelings and in mis-directing your attention. You will always find yourself ruminating on thoughts and concepts and twisting and turning to avoid paying attention to what is your real and honest gift, your day to day life. (Where else can life be but day to day?)
On a couple of posts I said that “it is the erroneous choice of (believed in) words that limits us all”. This was met with some agreement. Yes, that is almost conventional wisdom, but let me expand upon it to make my intention a little more specific.
At this point in our lives (to those reading this) the interpretation of what we see is very automatic. It’s so automatic that it seems counterproductive to argue with that tendency. Maybe it is our nature. (Well it is our nature as a verbal creature.) I never orchestrate the war effort of trying to reverse this trend, although waging this war is almost universal in the spiritual world.
The power of recognizing this interpretive tendency is to realize that all our explanations are our current conditioning, and thus they are subject to constant updates as we experience the world.
1. With that insight I’ll ask, “what is the most limiting belief of all?” It has to be that ‘THIS IS TRUE’, doesn’t it? With that one addendum belief attached to anything, all updates are shallow, seen as a compromise, and actually out of the window. No further modification can be possible.
I posted this story some days ago and maybe some of you have read it. (No comments as of yet.) I'll leave the original post in blue so that you can trace the link and look the story over.
I have been reading a lot of short stories from various authors, a great way to get to know about lots of periods in lots of countries. Some are quick, fun reads, almost kids books, but I find some of them quite profound. Here's a fun (short) one. I want to say why I like it, but I don't want to take away your curiosity. So maybe I'll write some comments in a week or so.
The story is about a 12 year old boy, Liam, that dreams of all the things that he can become. His dreams are amazing, and of course we know that this wasn't written by a 12 year old. He has discovered many many values to run his life by, values that I would say many adults might take decades to discover. Maybe they are looking in the wrong place?
This brings up the question in me of how do we come by our values, and how do we believe that we could really embody them? First, these values are verbal distinctions, and until we have laid them out in the domain of language, I'm not so sure that they exist. We say that mother's love is instinctive, and maybe some other qualities of life are already here too, I don't know? Maybe they aren't fully activated, until they also become verbal.
1. In this case the boy has picked up these distinctions by reading gemstone manuals. He has adopted the belief that everything is imbued with a quality of energy, and gemstones are a font of pure energy, each with a particular focus or "power". Here is a list of the attributes that he seeks to add to his life.
Move into Openness as the most Effective Life
I am really enjoying my times with Fred. Notice how we are relaxing together. I look forward to the possibility of radical discovery about how the human being can move into openness.