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NonDual

October 20, 2008


Unity Through NonDual Awareness

There is only one life. It is living itself through all that is. Unity, Oneness, non-duality simply means this. There is one essence which expresses itself through form and formlessness.

Perhaps it is better to recognize oneness in the ways it appears most available. When we meditate and are not participating in the doings or drama of life, this is an entrance to that which is always present and waiting for us to discover it for ourselves. Of course it isn’t really waiting . Language has its limits when talking about that which has none. Another opportunity is being in nature. The forest is always stillness. There is no competition between trees to see who can grow the fastest or who has the nicest leaves. Oneness is reflect in the many different species growing there creating one forest.

While in the woods, do not talk incessantly about your “to do list”or problems. Rest or walk in silence and let the majesty surrounding you become you.

Poetry such as that by Hafiz provide insight:

Lousy At Math

Once a group of thieves stole a rare diamond

Larger than a goose egg

Its value could have easily bought

One thousand horses

And two thousand acres

Of the most fertile land in Shiraz.

The thieves got drunk that night

To celebrate their great haul,

But during the course of the evening

The effects of the liquor

Ands their mistrust of each other grew to such

An extent

They decided to divide the stone into small pieces.

Of course then the Priceless became lost.

Most everyone is lousy at math

And does that to God-

Dissects the Indivisible One,

By thinking, saying,

“This is my Beloved, he looks like this

And acts like that,

How could that moron over there

Really

Be

God.” by Hafiz

Every breath can provide a quiet place for oneness to be known. Listen to the silence between the notes in a piece of music. Space is necessary for the canvas of life and creativity to be played out upon it. Notice the space in which all things occur.

Be one with all of it and liberation is yours.

Many years ago when I began my investigation into awareness, it seemed a far out thing to do. Now I know many are embracing the beauty of this life as they look beyond the roles and situations they appear to be in. When 3rd Dimensional reality seems tough, going to that place beyond strife is more than a comfort. It brings balance and perspective to all situations. Sometimes the mind gets fixated on a situation or “problem” and refuses aid. When this happens I know it is an opportunity to go a little deeper and look behind the scenes in the play. It reminds me of the big booming voice of the wizard in The Wizard of Oz. No one sees him until the little dog Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal an ordinary man. When we look behind the scenes of the dramas in life sometimes it is a call to be more tolerant, compassionate, and loving with ourselves and others.

Unity is about being in the moment, fully present, and open to all experiences. Resisting anything or wishing life to be different, ends up controlling you. Move beyond living life through thought or emotion. Finding the way in and through your life is the way.

Who is it that sits

Behind those eyes…?

Come out and play by Padma

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