Learning to Appreciate the Apparent Paradox of Duality
For those who abide in presence as presence continually, there is nothing here.
For those who see thoughts and feelings and emotions for what they are, there is nothing here for you.
But for those who sometimes have clarity and sometimes get caught in the gravitational pull of thinking mind and its mental activity, maybe there is something here. Maybe not.
“Duality” is essentially a “function” of language. “Duality” does not exist in actuality. Every word has its opposite embedded within it. There are a variety of ways to express this embedded duality.
“Matter / anti-matter.” “White / Black.” “Right / not right.”
I am partial to using “not”. “Real / not-real.” “Awakened / not-awakened.” “Alive / not-alive.” “Duality / non-duality.”
Whenever we speak to one another or “self-talk” internally, we tend to express only one side of the dash “/”. Whichever side that is, that is the “surface” for us. The unspoken “other side” is what lies “beneath the surface,” out of sight. But just because it is out of sight, doesn’t mean it’s not exerting influence.
“I want to awaken / I don’t want to awaken.” When both sides are of almost equal strength, one is deep in “ambiguity”, where “ambiguity” means “competing” thoughts, competing emotions, competing drives. A reason many people don’t awaken is because they are ambiguous about it, they don’t realize they may not really want to awaken from their dream of “me”.
A dream is a dream is a dream, except when it is not a dream. Perhaps we are human beings seeking spiritual experience. Or maybe we are spiritual beings, formless awareness, seeking human experience.
Remember, duality is a function of language and thinking mind. “Life is good / life is not good. Life is evil / life is not evil. Life is hopeless / life is not hopeless.” This is mind at work. This is mind at play. Before becoming wedded to “one side,” consider “giving voice” to the “other” in order to experience the still point of inner balance.
Duality is the domain of thinking mind. To see duality in operation every day is to see the depth and breadth of thinking mind, and its pervasive daily influence. Conceptual understanding is language-based. Non-conceptual understanding is not language based.
To be able to see both sides of an idea or concept is to be flexible, to see only one side is to be not flexible, rigid. Seeing that duality is truly a function of language, you may begin to pay more attention to what you say to others and what you say to yourself, and in the process move beyond the gravitational influence of thinking-mind.