I am not ultimately a separate being: What does it mean?

 

When I sometimes write that what I am is not ultimately a separate being, what do I mean?

As who I am, this human self, I am a being that’s not separate from anything. I am both a somewhat autonomous whole in myself and an intrinsic part of a larger whole. I am a part of the seamless living system called Earth and the even larger seamless system of the universe.

As what I am, I am ultimately not a being and not separate. What I am is what the content of my experience – here and now – happen within and as. (We can call this all sorts of things, and those labels also happen within and as what we are.) This human self happens within and as what I am. Any ideas of separation happen within and as what I am.

So it can be understood in at least two different ways.

As who I am, as this human being, I am a being that is not separate from anything. And as what I am, I am ultimately not a being nor separate… although both of those happen within and as what I am.

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What is the opposite of taking ourselves to be an ultimately separate being?

This is pretty basic but worth mentioning.

When I sometimes write that we really are is not an ultimately separate being, what do I mean?

Do I mean that we instead really are non-separate beings? In some ways, that’s true. As human beings, we are obviously not separate from anything. We are part of this seamless living system called Earth, and we are part of the seamless system we call the universe. In a conventional sense, we are both relatively autonomous (able to move around, make choices, respond and react and so on) and we are intrinsic parts of larger wholes. We are sort of separate, and we are not really.

And there is another way that we are not ultimately separate beings. As what we are, we are ultimately not a being and not separate. What we are is what our experience – as it is here and now – happens within and as. We are what the content of our experience happens within and as. (We can call this all sorts of things, and those labels also happen within and as what we are.) This human self happens within and as what we are. Any ideas of separation happen within and as what we are.

So as who we are, as this human being, we are not really separate from anything. And as what we are, we are not ultimately a being nor separate.

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As who we are, we are a sort of separate being but not really. And as what we are, we are none of those things… although all of it happens within and as what we are.

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As who I am, as this human being, I am a being that is not separate from anything… although I also appear somewhat autonomous. And as what I am, I am ultimately not a being nor separate… although both of those happen within and as what I am.

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