Since 1997, starting with the website www3.ns.sympatico.ca/umbada, I’ve been bringing forth a certain brand of nonduality or nondualism. It’s a people’s nonduality because no one is excluded and it doesn’t require academic, religious, guruic, ashramic, or even broad spiritual association.
Four elements describe this nonduality or nondualism, though some will have experienced one, two, or none of the first three.
1. A person experiences a sense, or an intuition, of existence (or God, Truth, reality, etc.). The sense may arise spontaneously, or out of suffering, or out of joy, out of immersion in a spiritual tradition, or out of any number of experiences whether combined or isolated. More mundanely, a person is curious about life and senses there are significant things to be learned.
2. Energized by a deep and persistent valuing of their sense or intuition or inner knowing of existence (or God, Truth, reality, etc.), the person is driven and drawn toward the pursuit of a full understanding or realization of their sense or intuition or inner knowing. More mundanely, a person hungers for all kinds of knowledge, goes to school, studies, reads, observes, develops intellectually and otherwise.
3. The person reaches the end of their journey or pursuit, although they do whatever, for them, is right, and which may include practice and study.
4. The various creative expressions emerging from the life lived within any of the above three phases, or beyond all of them, bear the hallmark of non-separation (sometimes accompanied by the more mystical hallmark of oneness experience). Regardless of whether or not I can associate the creative expression with any of the first three phases, I consider that form of expression one of nonduality. I am likely to bring it to the attention of people. As noted, the hallmark of non-separation is evident in utterances from people who simply recognize reality as nondual, without having gone through any of the first three phases.
No doubt I will be updating this description of a people’s nonduality. Your comments are welcome.