Edited by Jerry Katz
Why Nonduality? What does it mean to be nondual?
Nonduality Talk radio from July 23, 2014
Photo: Mary Jean in the middle, with friends
James Traverse and Mary Jean take a poignant, life-filled look at nondual consciousness from the disposition of experience, especially in nature, with the ocean, at the beach. This is a perfect conversation for people new to nonduality and trying to figure out what it’s all about.
We also talk about how conflict ridden and troublesome your life would be if an imposter acted on your behalf in every situation – even in your dreams! Is this the case now? Could it be that the most fundamental understanding of who or what the vast majority of human beings believe they are is false?
“The notion that all these fragments is separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion. Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today. Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people who live in it. Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it.” ~ David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980
“Happiness doesn’t even touch the feet of authenticity.” … “Every person on earth has post-traumatic stress disorder.” – Teal Swan
Spirituality 2.0 (How to Set Yourself Free) – Teal Swan
At a certain point in our spiritual development, we are confronted with the fact that the very things that once liberated us are now the things that holds us prisoner. We realize that in wanting to feel better or think better, we are asking ourselves to feel and think and be different. We discover that by trying to feel better or think better, or be better, we are resisting ourselves. And then the whole game changes. We leave behind the desire for manifestation. We replace all wants for the want for oneness with ourselves. We stop wanting to heal because it no longer feels good to think that something about ourselves is broken. Instead, we begin to crave integration. The spiritual apex we begin to pursue is authenticity. Authenticity is an idea that appeals to us when we begin to live in the present moment. We fall in love with what is.
And so, we trade the practice of going in the direction of what we want and chasing our positive emotions for the practice of going the opposite direction. And we begin by dropping into our wounds. We spend our time being with those unpleasant emotions and sensations and feelings with a listening and caring ear. We are present with ourselves with absolutely no conditions. We do not want to change the way we feel. We do not want to make the negative sensations and feelings better. We simply give them the attention that we never gave them before, back when we were so busy running from them with numbing drugs and distraction and endless self help techniques. We stop arguing against them. We become present fully with them and by doing so, these aspects integrate into our being. We learn that the reason we suffer so badly from anything, is not because of the thing itself, but because of our resistance to it. We learn that when we no longer resist any aspect of our being, when we let ourselves fully feel our feelings and fully think our thoughts, and thus we let ourselves fully be ourselves in this very moment. As a result, we become whole.
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Kuan Yin’s Mantra (c) 2002 Lisa Thiel – used by permission http://www.sacreddream.com