I keep coming back to how the Universe Story – the story of the universe, based on mainstream science and told as our own sacred creation story – leads us deeper into the transdual.
Through the Universe Story, we learn to see the Universe as a whole – beyond and including all polarities. We see the Universe as one single seamless process, expressing itself as galaxies, planets, ecosystems, plants, animals, humans, awareness, self-awareness, cognition, culture, cities, civilizations and so on.
We, who embody the local eyes and
ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos,
we have begun, at last, to wonder at our origins.
Starstuff contemplating the stars.
Organized collections of ten billion billion
billion atoms, contemplating the evolution of matter,
tracing that long path by which it arrived
at consciousness here on the planet Earth
and perhaps throughout the cosmos.
– Carl Sagan, in Cosmos
And through deepening into the nondual, we set the stage for it eventually popping into the nondual (probably with the help of some practices in most cases).
We go from dualistic to deepening transdual to nondual to nondual with transdual within.
From being exclusively identified with our human self, to expanding our circle of concern and identity, to finding ourselves as what is with no “I” anywhere, to integrating this with the diverse transdual views and approaches.
The first version of transdual is a deepening into the realization of Existence beyond and including any and all polarities, including existence and nonexistence, creator and creation, Spirit and matter, seer and seen, nature and culture, body and mind, and so on.
The second version of the transdual is a deepening into the exploration of that which embraces and is beyond all polarities, in the context of the nondual – from the direct and crystal clear realization that there is no “I” anywhere.
The first transdual is vaguely aware of the ground – it may be intuited or sensed, but seen somewhat as “other”. The second transdual is from an immediate realization of everything as emptiness dancing.