In the Person of Dualism [Guest Blogger]
by Robert Wolfe
Due to our habitual experience of sectioning and parsing the present reality, in order to manipulate it for effects in the daily world of relative needs, we tend to carry this inclination over into what would be our spiritual perspective.
To be specific, this can be noticed in the concern we express regarding the presumed relationship and complicated interworkings of such selective concepts as “mind,” “thought,” “witness” and so on.
To one who perceives in terms of being a (separate) “self,” that self’s mind, thoughts, awareness et al are elements of a fragmented reality which needs to be “harmonized” with effort.
For the one for whom the image of being an isolated, separate entity has dissolved, the problematic ideas of “mind,” “thoughts,” “witnessing,” “awareness” etcetera disappear with it.
The point of the nondual teachings has basically to do with freedom and peace. There will be neither, as long as there is a notion that the present actuality should not be what it is:
- “My mind should not be in this state”
- “It would be better if my thoughts were absent”
- “Sometimes I am the Witness, most times I’m not”
- “My awareness does not seem to be what my guru says it should be…”
When you can be present with whatever seems to be appearing as mind, thought, awareness, witness and so forth, without equivocation, that is the freedom and peace that the Rishis‘ are describing. When there are not preferences for some particular state or condition over another, where can consternation arise?