Monthly Archives: November 2012

Psychiatry, Society, Industry, Economics, and Nonduality

Okay, we know how to celebrate nonduality for its diversity and wild freedom. Now we need to back up a little and focus on some of its niches, specifically nonduality and society, and nonduality and psychiatry. Because we can get lost in the celebration and forget that there are some untapped areas.

We’ve got the arts, sciences, psychotherapy, religion, even humor, pretty well covered. Western philosophy, literature, yoga, sexuality, and maybe even sports have some momentum to them. Ecology, which has deep nondual roots, seems to have stalled in the nonduality arena.

Addiction recovery is getting excellent coverage and Gary Nixon leads this effort, running what is essentially a department of nondual psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.
Gary exemplifies how one person can establish nonduality within a traditional university located in a community with zero roots in nondual thought. I mean Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada isn’t exactly Marin County, if you know what I mean.

But mostly, in my view, the “economic, social, or industrial infrastructure (quote from Wikipedia under Society)” needs coverage, as does the field of psychiatry. I’ve been in touch with some people in these fields. Maybe there needs to be an international conference on Psychiatry, Society, Industry, Economics, and Nonduality. PSIEN. This is where the rubber meets the road. Enough celebrating.

The Significance of the Nonduality Movement

Where is the nonduality movement — whose Eastern-inspired, Western roots go back to the late 19th Century — going? In my view it’s on the way to becoming less exotic and less spiritual and more ordinary, in the same way exercise and healthy eating have gone from being viewed as “kookie” to ordinary and widely accepted. But the significance of the nonduality movement is that it means living from the poetry — the honest madness — rather than the anxiety — the dishonest normalcy — of our lives.

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