In the world but not of it

 

When we talk about spirituality, the words and view often speak to a particular phase of the awakening process. It comes from a particular place too, which sometimes is the same and sometimes not.

I was reminded of this when I heard the phrase in the world but not of it.

It speaks to minds identified as a human being, but in the threshold of finding itself as something more than that. It’s an invitation to notice what we are beyond form. To find ourselves as consciousness, awakeness, Spirit. Here, there is still a duality and that’s fine. It’s a more transcendent approach and emphasis.

When this is a more stable noticing, other pointers may be more helpful. For instance, noticing that we are that which any experience – including our human self, our human experiences, and the world as this human self experiences it – happens within and as. The One noticing itself as all there is. This is more of the Big Mind and Oneness approach.

Of course, we can go directly to the Big Mind approach and many do. It just depends on inclination and what’s available to us in our culture and place (nowadays, geographic limitations are less of an issue, of course).

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Initial notes…..

in the world but not of it
duality, helpful mid-way on the path (a (b) of duality spirituality somewhere between (a) no interest in spirituality and (c) nondual awakening)
but later, in the world and of it and all is the divine

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When we talk about spirituality, the words and view often speaks to a particular phase of the awakening process. It comes from a particular place too, which sometimes is the same and sometimes not.

I was reminded about this when I heard the phrase in the world but not of it.

It speaks to minds identified as a human being, but in the threshold of finding itself as something more than that. It’s an invitation to notice what we are beyond form. And eventually, that we are that which any – including our human self, our human experiences, and the world as this human self experiences it – happens within and as. We can call this awakeness, or awake space, or something similar.

In a later phase, when this is a more stable noticing, other pointers may be more helpful. For instance, noticing that

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