Nonduality?

 

I don’t often use the word nonduality. Perhaps it’s because it’s almost too neat a way of phrasing it.

Our experience of life is already nondual, in a sense. It’s of a seamless whole which contains any other experience, including of dualities.

Nonduality is sometimes described as not one and not two. On the one hand, it’s “not one” because it’s rich and diverse, and it’s “not two” since it’s a seamless whole. It’s also neither, since both are images, an imagined overlay, and not “reality itself”. The description – not one, not two – may be as accurate a description of experience as possible, and yet – since it comes from an overlay of words and images, it’s also possible to make that too into an ideology, and take it as real and solid.

Really, duality and nonduality are both unfindable. When I look, I cannot find either outside of words and images – and the sensations associated with them which lends a sense of reality, solidity and meaning to those words and images.

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– nonduality
– not one, not two – usual way of describing it
– not absolutely two
– duality + nonduality, both unfindable, cannot be found outside of words, images + sensations associated with it (lending the words/images a sense of reality, solidity. meaning)

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I don’t often use the word nonduality. Perhaps it’s because it’s almost too neat a way of phrasing it.

Our experience of life is already nondual, in a sense. It’s of a seamless whole which contains any other experience, including of dualities.

Nonduality is sometimes described as not one and not two. It’s “not one” because it’s rich and diverse, and “one” is an idea. It’s an imagined overlay that our minds use to interpret and label. And it’s”not two” because it’s a seamless whole, and “seamless whole” is also an imagined overlay. And although both are ideas and images, they are both as accurate a description of immediate experience as possible.

Really, duality and nonduality are both unfindable. When I look, I cannot find either outside of words and images – and the sensations associated with them which lends a sense of reality, solidity and meaning to those words and images.

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