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Nonduality: Definitions, Non-Definitions, Un-Definitions, and Anti-Definitions

There are endless definitions, non-definitions, un-definitions, and anti-definitions of nonduality. They are all pointings to the nondual.

I like to say that nonduality means there are not two things, so no things are separate. Yet things appear distinct, separate, and highly individualistic.That’s paradoxical, crazy, humorous, and not the case. But it’s a definition you can sort of “get.” It gives the mind something to chew on. It’s a definition with traction.

Just minutes ago I heard Peter Fenner on a video say that nonduality is “going beyond existence and non-existence.” There’s no traction with that definition. It’s “way beyond the mind,” Fenner says. It’s a different way of defining nonduality; it’s more of a non-definition. But it’s a pointer.

Dan Berkow has said that “defining nonduality is like adding legs to a snake.” That’s an un-definition.

Kenneth Madden recently gave this anti-definition: “Non-duality or Advaita then becomes the last refuge of the individual who is under threat. It is fodder for the mind. It becomes the new, best concept in town as it were.”

Stephen Wolinsky, at the last Science and Nonduality Conference announced cheerfully and insistently to a large audience, “There’s no such thing as nonduality!” Another anti-definition. He says the same thing on the video I mentioned above.

So there ya go. For another hundred definitions please visit http://nonduality.com/whatis.htm

Start with a definition you can “get” but don’t settle for it. Question it. The consideration of definitions of nonduality is itself a form of inquiry, a spiritual practice.

Nondual Verses

Verses from the free online book, The Wild Song of Standing Free.

8. I AM I AM AND I AM I AM. It is the one occurrence.

9. There are no ports and there is no sea. There are no implements of enlightenment and no stages of enlightenment, and there is no enlightenment. How can this be said? It is said.

10. Umba is neither the man nor the mantra. Umba is the atmosphere pervading Umba; the atmosphere in which there is Standing Free and which is not separate from Standing Free.

11. How can there be I AM? How can there be failure to grasp “I AM”? How can there be the world, this world, world or worlds on end?

12. The Absolute is that atmosphere, pure, unknowing and all-knowing, without a division.

13. Not air, not water, not fire, not earth, no thing contains consciousness. There is no location of consciousness.

14. Consciousness pervades consciousness.

15. There is no mind. How can there be concentration? The mind has fallen through the mind. Attention has been consumed by attention.

16. I am the Absolute, consumed in I Am. Not by analysis, not by transcendence, not by mutability does matter yield to the Absolute; there is no analysis, no transcendence, no mutability; no mind; there is nothing done, nor is there refraining from doing; there is no interaction between the mind and matter; there is neither mind nor matter. There is Grace. The Absolute. Truth. No division. I am The One Standing Free.

The Nonduality Movement: Part 1

The Nonduality Movement

The earliest use of the phrase “nonduality movement” was, to my knowledge, October 25, 1999, on the Nonduality Salon email forum, by myself.

The context was one of humor since, while it was clear there was both the energy present for a movement and the actual expansion of online communities, it was not yet clear that there was indeed such a movement as a social/spiritual/cultural phenomenon.

To play down the boldness of such a claim as a nonduality movement, and to thereby reduce the possibility for a ground of cultishness, I couched my announcement in humor. Also, that’s just my personality, to sometimes use humor when I’m not sure how else to approach an issue or topic:

“I think it would be cool if the Nonduality movement made it into the list of cults to watch out for. Any way we can push for that?”

This comment reveals three things: One, that a nonduality movement was perceived. Two, that I wanted to point it out. And, three, that I wanted to acknowledge its potential degeneration, but not in a serious way, lest seriousness feed the possibility of such degeneration.

Though I was preparing for the breaking down of the movement into cultishness, eleven long Internet years later it has not happened. In fact, the movement has no center, so cultishness of the movement as a whole doesn’t seem possible.

The movement has kept itself honest by inviting all voices and by encouraging the formation of new communities and welcoming the strongest criticism.

My way of encouraging the movement was by encouraging people to form their own email communities and to “steal” members from my email community, Nonduality Salon. That makes no sense in any world of business, but if you want to start a movement you have to give up your own position, the fruits of your work, and your own life.

Now, you don’t give anything up for a higher cause. You don’t give up anything for any reason at all. You let happen what needs to happen and later on you, or others, might look at what happened and describe it as having given something up for some purpose or some good.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “movement” as “A course or series of actions and endeavours on the part of a group of people working towards a shared goal.” I’ll talk about that definition in the next part of this series and give my modified definition as, clearly, I don’t think a movement has to be as intentional and organized as the OED implies.

A Tip for Publishing Your Nonduality Book

A prospective publisher or literary agent will usually ask whether your book is original. Here’s a way to approach that question:

To a vast audience, yes, your book is probably original. To a specific nonduality audience it’s probably less original.

The audience for nonduality books is layered like an onion. There is the “very hard core nonduality” layer , the “hard core,” the medium core, the soft core layer, etc.

I’m not going to give examples of each layer, but if you’re writing a book on nonduality I’m sure you have your own impressions. You can define each layer by the kinds of books, media, personalities, and lifestyles with which it is identified.

Your book will sell throughout all those layers, but the huge audience is outside the onion altogether, drawing its fumes.

Envision your audience and determine the degree of originality of your book for each layer and within the atmosphere of the fumes. (I hope you don’t hate onions.) Then communicate to the publisher a picture of the originality of your book. Show where and how your book fills a niche.

As part of a marketing plan, also show how you will enter each layer and hustle your book.

-Jerry Katz

Free online book: The Wild Song of Standing Free

The Wild Song of Standing Free, a book I wrote in a couple of weeks in 1997 as preparation for beginning my online work in nonduality, is available at no charge at

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OfHjwFRD-2wMD901XTa45kQXU99df0N4i9sF0rIk1yc/edit?usp=sharing

The book consists of short poetical verses inspired by the Avadhuta Gita:

“The title of this book is consumed. The beginning of this book is consumed. The middle of this book is consumed. The end of this book is consumed. This entire book is non-existent. To say the book is non-existent is to say it is existent. The sea of existence and non-existence is parted. All is essenced by the interval. There I know the One Day. There I Stand Free. The author is essenced.”

“Clearly I have not a body; nor have I knowledge of the Absolute. I am the Absolute. Do not think that I am in any way separate from any entity or that there are any entities at all.”

“I do not subscribe to anything; there is nothing to subscribe to. There is nothing manifest. There is nothing deep or wonderful. No out-of-sling purpose to anything. No secrets. No sevens.”

“The Truth is not a man or woman; it is not an idea or an intuition; it is not joyful or sorrowful; it is not bliss, being or consciousness. It is: I am the One Standing Free.”

Nondual Inspiration from J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger died on January 27, 2010.

Andrew Pyper writes in the Globe and Mail:

“It’s funny,” Holden observes at the end of The Catcher in the Rye. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

I have returned to these lines almost as often as those of Joyce’s The Dead, and though the former isn’t nearly as poetic as the latter, it offers the value of practical advice. Because it’s true, isn’t it? You tell yourself the story of yourself and no matter how alive you might feel, it’s like you’re looking back from outside of time, already a ghost.

Read the entire article.

The Nonduality Definer

Silence, non-definitions, anti-definitions, koan-like responses, or a whack with a Zen stick, may be the best responses to the question, “What is nonduality?”, but allow me to be more language-bound. Responding the following points will guide you in constructing a commonplace definition of nonduality:

A statement that nonduality means non-separation

A confession from your knowing

A statement that defining nonduality requires experiencing it

A method for experiencing nonduality

A metaphor

A reference to an authority

A disclaimer based on the paradox exposed by trying to define nonduality

Add another element, such as etymology, quotations from different periods of time, or different short definitions such as would appear in a dictionary.

For more information and examples of definitions containing these points, please visit
http://www.stillnessspeaks.com/what_is_nonduality/

Submit your definitions as a comment to this entry.

Also, if you are a lexicographer or have an serious interest in the history of the use of the words nonduality, nondual, or nondualism, and would like to work on a project defining those words for the Oxford English Dictionary, leave a comment or contact me at jerry at nonduality.com.

Nondualism Sneaks Into Everyday Life

I like to see how the words nonduality or nondualism are becoming part of our everyday language alongside meatballs, crotcheting, cigarettes, and coffee. This blog entry is a perfect example:

from http://bgoing.blogspot.com/2010/01/year-in-review-pt7.html

Friday, January 1, 2010

Year in Review, pt7
22 February (Denton)

I woke up, the morning after the party, at Matt’s house with Ryan. Ryan and I made our beds, gathered our things, put on our shoes and socks (our clothes were still on from the night before) and we left for coffee. We sat for two hours or so and listened to music and wrote and conversed lightly, then we took his truck to the shop to be fixed. His dad picked us up and drove us down to Corinth where Ryan lives with his parents.

We walked in and his mom was in the kitchen making dinner – still. It’s a two day process for her Italian cuisine. She made lasagna, meatballs, Italian sausage, manicotti, salad, foccaccia, and canoli. I showered, got ready, and helped her prepare for the family. Ryan showered after me and helped once he was out also. The food went in the oven and Ryan, his dad, and I left to get his grandmother. We left his other grandmother croche-ing in a chair in the living room. Ryan’s dad dropped us off at the store to get wine, went and got Grandma, picked us up and we got back to the house. Ryan’s nephews arrived. The oldest is only nine years younger than Ryan. Ryan’s the youngest of four boys in the family – by fourteen years. Family slowly arrived car-load by car-load of husband/brother/son-wife-children, a car of children-son/brother’s girlfriend, and finally, after we sat down to eat, brother/son/husband with wife and kids. It’s a baseball family – boys still in cleets – sister wore her cheerleading outfit. The family is big, Italian, loud. They love each other and show it through hugs, handshakes, trash talk. I ate three plates full of manicotti, lasagna, meatballs and sausage, and bread. The first plate had salad on it. Ryan’s mom re-filled my plate before I could comprehend what I had just shoveled frantically into my mouth – too delicious to pause. I gorged on food, drank my wine, finished with water. The family sat around and talked, shouted, played cards, and Ryan, his dad, and I stood outside with cigarettes and talked about philosophy – non-dualism, time, language, so on. We stepped back inside and hung out with the family a while longer, then they all left and Ryan’s mom gave me a blanket and pillow on the couch. Ryan layed on one couch, I on the other, we watched TV, he went to bed, I fell asleep.

I woke up the next morning, went to the toilet, Ryan was up, and we got coffee, sat at the table and talked.

Avatar, reviewed by Jerry Katz

Avatar

A review by Jerry Katz

I’m reading a book on conducting interviews and one suggestion for a print magazine interview is to hold the interview at the home of the subject. It’s an older book and an example is given of Fred Astaire. An interviewer noted that in Astaire’s home there were no photographs, mementos, keepsakes, or other reminders of Astaire’s past. Except for two Oscar statues quietly on display, Astaire lived in an ordinary home. You would never know it was the home of one of Hollywood’s most revered and appreciated stars.

The point was that one should note the surroundings of the interviewee, as they often say more than words. Clearly, Astaire lived in the present and must have felt burdened by tokens from the past. Anyone seeing him dance sees at once that Astaire was all about lightness and ease. Check him out here:

The advice of observing the surroundings I carry to this review. Maybe that makes this no review at all, but this is Avatar I’m reviewing so I think it’s okay to stretch and reach and see if I can pull everything together. Let’s look at certain surroundings of this film, surroundings I happen to encounter and notice.

I saw this film in IMAX 3D. IMAX is a Canadian invention begun in 1967. The first IMAX film was shown in 1970 and first IMAX 3D film was shown at the Expo in Japan in 1985. It was We Are Born of Stars:

“Using computer graphics, the film traces the development of life from the formation of atomic nuclei in stars to the molecular structure of water and DNA, zooming the audience through the five-billion-year evolution of our solar system.” [http://www.bigmoviezone.com/filmsearch/movies/index.html?uniq=124]

The history of IMAX 3D, therefore, is rooted in a film which connects the audience to their cosmic self, their biological self, their molecular self and which would, I imagine (I haven’t seen the film), give the viewer a sense of interconnectedness with literally everything. That interconnectedness and the intelligence associated with it, is what Avatar is about.

But let’s look at more of the surroundings of this film. I’m really indulging myself here as this review should have been finished by now. So on we go. Interconnections. Surroundings.

I had heard so much about Avatar, especially within nonduality circles, and had talked to several friends who had seen it, that I figured I better see it. I went on the Internet to find out the times it was playing. Then I bought my ticket online and printed it out at home. Surroundings. Interconnections.

Then I checked my bus schedule and walked to the bus stop and got on the bus which picked me up on time. Interconnections, interconnections.

The bus delivered me early, so I stopped into Chapters (aka Borders Books in the U.S.) and strolled amongst tens of thousands of books and accessories associated with books, the scent of Starbucks permeating one end of the store. Books are interconnections of themes and stories within interconnections of stores interconnected by computers, and all of it pulsing within an interconnection of interconnected supporting businesses and industries.

I haven’t stepped into the theatre yet but I feel I’m living the movie at some level. Avatar is about seeing interconnections and also the failure to see interconnections. The theme of Avatar is told in three words: “I see you.” Someone once sent me a book and inscribed it, “I see you.” The question is, who is this you? It’s the interconnectedness, the vast and deep interconnectedness, and the unknowable knowing that one is That.

It’s not hard to see interconnectedness. Anyone can see it in the Internet or a bus schedule or a military takeover. Avatar requires you to look at another person and to see interconnectedness as it was depicted in the first IMAX 3D movie. It requires the seeing of intelligence immeasurable and incomparable. I see you: I see nonseparateness; I see the immeasurable, the incomparable, the unknowable. That’s what the guy was saying when he inscribed that book to me. He’s a sage. What else is he going to see?

That’s the theme and message of Avatar. How was it delivered? Pretty well. Fact is, it was IMAX 3D. You could show an old sneaker in IMAX 3D and it would hold your attention for about 8 minutes. The movie was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, but not a great film.

There is one more layer to Avatar. After the story was over I watched the credits and listened to Leona Lewis sing I See You:

There were about 3000 names listed in the credits. For me that was a back story worth seeing on the screen, a story in names. Here was yet another layer of interconnectedness, another sheath of intelligence.

And so I left the theatre and walked to the bus stop, my awareness filled with certain surroundings of the day. The most impressive and notable layer of interconnectedness wasn’t the movie itself. It wasn’t the rolling credits or the bookstore or the Internet. What was it? The running of the buses, the meetings of passengers, buses, and destinations. The coming, the going, the waiting, the sitting, the departing and arriving, that meant interconnectedness to me more than anything else.

However, seeing interconnectedness doesn’t require a display of buses or anything else. It requires seeing something, which in this movie is called “you.” This “you” is the other — whatever the other is — and you, at once. Our surroundings are deeply interconnected and saturated with intelligence and wonder. Those themes are what Avatar is about and they are delivered in a very entertaining way. The same could be said for the day, any day.

-Jerry Katz

hmm … yeah … wow … ok … A nondual fly on the wall

I love how nondualism sneaks into the middle of this post, this life. This is a peek at a nondual perspective, a small bubbling up, a seed of nondualism planted in the legal profession. Reading this, I feel like a nondual fly on a wall.

from http://janeejgarcia.blogspot.com/2010/01/and-so-it-begins.html

Monday, January 4, 2010

And so it begins…

Day One:

BarBri: Temple Mason’s Lodge #6 at 8:30am. Check in. Give hugs to familiar faces. Pick up my stack of outlines. These outlines are to facilitate note-taking while listening to lectures – very cool. These outlines and notes will supplement the ten, very dense, books stacked in my house. All of that will supplement Barry’s Bar cards, purchased and installed last night. Today, I was made more familiar with the various parts of the bar exam. 2/23, day one will comprise of three hours allotted for six essay questions (30 min per question) from twelve state-specific subject areas, plus the six MBE subject areas (18 total subjects for the exam writers to choose from), then the final three hours are given to two Multistate Performance questions, 90 minutes each. 2/24, day two will comprise of two three hour sessions to complete 100 questions per session. That’s 1:48 per question. Connect with my fellow Bar exam-takers and establish community. Community is vital and a group of us decide to have lunch once a week. Calendar all classes, subjects, proctored practice exams, and various must-haves in my life. I just happen to be at one of two dropping off places in working a program and I won’t allow myself to fall apart now, not after ALL the work I’ve done and continue to do. i.e., I Skype weekly with a helpful person and that time slot is definitely calendared. It has to be or I die. Oh! I shared with her my thoughts on non-dualism and how I thought she would have been upset with me for dedicating time and neurons to a more spiritually advanced topic when I should be sitting with my written work, but she just laughed and remembered that tomorrow is my 90 days in another program. Okay, bar exam, then accepted help where it was offered, from a member of the Inn of Court who is also on the Board. She is sending their recommended study outline, but you have to ask for it because it’s not online and no one ever alludes to it. I just happened to jokingly ask her at the last Inn if she would give me a hint about where to focus and she said, ‘I’ve actually just picked all the questions for February.’ Oh my God. I was looking at a woman who knows the questions for 1/3 of my exam grade. Anyway, she told me about the outline. Then, drop a hundred at Trader Joe’s to stock up in the hopes that I won’t have to fret so much about healthy food & vitamins. Burn some CDs for happiness, cook up a shrimp lo mein (straight out of a bag!), and tape up the few simple rules I need to always remember throughout: Let Go, Let God; Easy Does It; First Things First; Stick to the course outline; Read less/ Practice more; Use the tools you’ve been given; Move & groove your body; You matter and You are doing it!

Introduction to Nondual Perspectives

a parade of nondual perspectives
from
www.theawakenedeye.com/nonduality.htm
nonduality

Most of the excerpts are taken from One: Essential Writings on Nonduality.

Nonduality means ‘not two’, nonseparateness.

When we speak, we speak from a disposition.
There are two basic dispositions: one from the place of oneness or “I Am” or Truth, Consciousness, God, Reality, whatever you want to call.
The second is the disposition from the Absolute, which is where the direct experience people come from. People like Tony Parsons or U.G. Krishnamurti. They say there is no God, consciousness or whatever you claim to be. They’re coming from nothingness, the Absolute. From that point of view there isn’t even nonseparateness. There’s nothing and no one. That’s the ‘real’ nonduality. That’s true Advaita. But no one can get it. You can’t do anything to get it. There’s no getting and no one to do the getting.

But we can get the nonduality that pertains to God, consciousness, truth, reality. We can get it through intention, inquiry, surrender, and different means. We can taste it and know it as our true nature, as the truth of who we are.

nonduality and art:
A mature creative life, which has discovered its source, finds it is linked to everything. When we are able to tap this source and link the illumined threads, we no longer want to live our creative lives separate from it. A creation that does not have the residual glow of its source can, at best, only sound a deathly rattle – however impressive that rattle may be.
Jerry Wennstrom

nonduality and education:
Awareness doesn’t need more information. It needs only enough information. This intelligence, the quality that mediates information into wisdom, is seldom referenced in school. If we do not include awareness in what we convey to our children, then aren’t we teaching them to be unconscious and to be consumers of an endless stream of pointless information and products?
Steven Harrison

nonduality and aikido:
The Art of Peace, begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.
Morihei Ueshiba

nonduality and cinema:
“Who were you that I lived with, walked with? The brother, the friend? Strife and love, darkness and light – are they the workings of one mind, features of the same face? Oh my soul. Let me be in you now. Look out through my eyes. Look out at the things you made. All things shining.”
The Thin Red Line

nonduality and haiku:

These intimate haiku-pauses ground us in the mystery of being as we open ourselves, time and time again, to new vistas and to keener insights into the living, changing universe we inhabit. They allow us to be attuned to the rhythm, colour, sound, scent, movement and stillness of life, from season to season, whoever, whatever or wherever we are.
Gabriel Rosenstock

nonduality and western philosophy:
Proving the nondual nature of reality is not an overall goal for Western philosophy. A few philosophers have created nondual metaphysical theories; and others have argued against metaphysics altogether. But most philosophers who dissolve or dismiss dualities are not nondualists. The dualities left in the dust by these writers are merely casualties of their other work. In fact, the cleverest and most persuasive arguments tend to come from the works focused on narrower issues. These arguments can be very helpful in the course of one’s nondual inquiry. As the old-time news editors used to say, “We can use it!”
Greg Goode

nonduality and psychotherapy:
Are awakening psychotherapists in the same lineage as the Buddha or India’s other illustrious sages? It seems obvious that any awakening or awakened beings will transmit their understanding according to their capacities and limitations in any moment. This holds true for psychotherapists and nonpsychotherapists alike. In some ways being a psychotherapist may make awakening more difficult, especially if there are strong attachments to theories about the mind. On the other hand, psychotherapists are in a unique position in modern society to offer a sanctuary for individuals to sort out their lives and more intimately explore their direct experience.
John J. Prendergast

nonduality and religion:
With the perspectives of religion, particularly Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, and Christianity, you’ll see expression from the disposition of the Absolute. It’s important to recognize the difference between the two dispositions.

advaita vedanta:
“The essence and the whole of Vedanta is this Knowledge, this supreme Knowledge: that I am by nature the formless, all-pervasive Self.”

buddhism:
“If anyone listens to this discourse and is neither filled with alarm nor awe nor dread, be it known that such a one is of remarkable achievement.”

sufism:
“… if you know yourself without being, not trying to become nothing, you will know your Lord. If you think that to know Allah depends on your ridding yourself of yourself, then you are guilty of attributing partners to Him – the only unforgivable sin – because you are claiming that there is another existence besides Him, the All-Existent: that there is a you and a He.”

judaism:
“Do not attribute duality to God. Let God be solely God. If you suppose that Ein Sof emanates until a certain point, and that from that point on is outside of it, you have dualized. God forbid! Realize, rather, that Ein Sof exists in each existent. Do not say, ‘This is a stone and not God.’ God forbid! Rather, all existence is God, and the stone is a thing pervaded by divinity.”

christianity:
“The truth of the body, then, is the revelation that Christ is all that is manifest of God or all that is manifest of the unmanifest Father. Self or consciousness does not reveal this and cannot know it. In the ‘smile’ there was no knower or one who smiles, nor was there anyone or anything to smile at or to know; there was just the smile, the ‘knowing’ that is beyond knower and known.”

native american tradition:
“We believe profoundly in silence – the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. Those who can preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence – not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the shining pool – those, in the mind of the person of nature, possess the ideal attitude and conduct of life.”

taoism:
Evince the plainness of undyed silk,
Embrace the simplicity of the unhewn log;
Lessen selfishness,
Diminish desires;
Abolish learning

Suchness and Neo-Advaita

What was important in my life of spiritual experiences was seeing the suchness or I-am-ness of everything. That levelled everything. What comes out of doing that is that the suchness looks back at you and suddenly there is a deeper experience of being.

The fog is a lightest when standing as suchness.

When the fog disappears altogether, a different kind of description of the world and reality appears.

What is seen these days is a lot of the fogless descriptions, confessions, showings. They form the genre known as neo-advaita, which tries to cut out the middle man of suchness. It tries to cut out all middle men except the neo-advaita teachers themselves.

It is not hard to see that neo-advaita teachers are saying the same thing in different ways. When that is seen, the suchness of neo-advaita is seen. Then it is possible that the suchness of all things is seen and is seen looking back at you. And the fog is lightest at suchness.

What the neo-advaitins (don’t know what else to call them) are talking about can’t be known in the same way suchness is known. All you can know is suchness. That’s all that can be taught and it is the most high spiritual experience. It is pure love.

What the neo-advaitins are talking about is exactly what is, “this,” and it can’t be expressed. Every expression of “this” has to rent a room at the hotel of suchness. But the fog is the lightest there.

So what can be done to know “this”? Absolutely nothing, except to depend upon a neo-advaita teacher to tell you more about it, to confess what it’s like to be/not be “this.” But the fog is quite light there.

The Nonduality Business as Stale Bread

Let’s not forget that we’re in business. Nonduality is a business. Your business is to find out your true nature. It’s not to get involved in the nonduality business. The nonduality business has been established to help you find out your true nature, or to see things as they are. You don’t need to be involved in the nonduality business unless you are driven to do so.

The nonduality business is always bringing you stale bread. That’s the best we can do. But in delivering that stale bread we deliver sustenance. It is up to you to break down the sustenance to substance and, further, to particles of reality.

Don’t get too invested in stale bread: all the books, websites, videos, satsangs, all of it. But take the sustenance that is least stale to you, least refined, and let it fall apart in your hands into the fresh and great display of existence, stale bread and all.

Lucid Dreaming Meets A Comfortable Bed

Are you ever frustrated that during a lucid dream you cannot fly, walk through walls, run fast, or get someplace you want to go?

Consider that your mind, by restricting your activity, is telling you to stop fooling around and to do what you’re supposed to be doing: sleeping deeply.

Sometimes the best thing to do during a lucid dream is find a comfortable bed and get into it.

Nonduality is art

My motivation isn’t spiritual as much as artistic. What I do in nonduality is art. I’ve created nondual adventures such independent nonduality, a wide open list of gurus and realizers, nondual perspectives, the genre of cinema nondualite’, the independent nondual chat space, a daily e-letter, and street nonduality or the bringing of nonduality to the everyday level of life outside the Internet.

I’ve noted that many people like what I do and some don’t.

It is art, “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” I am motivated to do the art, not to save anyone or the world. If anything or anyone is saved, that’s part of the work of art. I am an artist.

-Jerry Katz

How to Walk Through Walls in Dreams

The first thing you have to do is become lucid in your dreaming. You need to stop in the middle of a dream and say, “Hey, I’m dreaming.”

Then you need to find a wall, preferable one within the dream that is felt to be imprisoning you.

Then realize in your lucidity that you have to walk through the wall.

Next, realize that there is no wall. It is only a thought and has no existence as a solid wall. Make that realization within the dream.

Then lean against the apparent wall. Lean into the apparent wall. A resistance may be felt, but a certain kind of momentum will be generated to take you through the wall and into another dream space.

Where you go from there and how you apply lucid dreaming to your thoughts and your self-image in the waking world is the stuff of spiritual searches. Good luck!