Living In A Non-dualistic World

September 9, 2010

The sage Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “The world is the creation of your own consciousness. It is seen only due to duality. If there is no duality, there is no world.” This is a very sublime teaching which we are not able to comprehend unless we are immersed in the state of non-dualistic experience. Even though we may not identify with such a world-view, living as if it is so, can accelerate the unfolding of the truth of this philosophy. This is a challenge when we look outside of ourselves with our separate identity, and expect to see divinity in all we encounter. When we can apply the teachings of a high philosophy in our own lives, then it is meaningful or else it is mere philosophy. I learned a lesson from a wise teacher that perhaps brings us closer to the experience of non-dualism.

We are all emanations of the Self that exists through all manifestations, there is no other.  With a world-view such as this, how do we remain focused in this state when we are not yet immersed in the experience of oneness? The path to the experience of oneness is a slippery slope when we are not able to identify with it yet.  All of life points to others and their impact on our experience. When the sage says, “there is no world,” how can that be when all our senses tell us otherwise. From the point of view of physics, we learn that all matter is a quantum soup of energy molecules colliding and coming together in a myriad of configurations, creating what we interpret as form. Yet I don’t think this is what the sage is implying when he says, “the world is a creation of your own consciousness.” It seems to me that these words are pointing us in the direction of the awareness of how we create the drama of our existence through our misinterpretation of the nature of reality.

One of my teachers is relentless in bringing me back to center through this one lesson, no matter what the cause of my confusion. This perspective teaches that no matter what another person or entity is doing, they are not doing anything wrong. In the dualistic society that we live in, a crime committed is punishable by law, whereas in a non-dualistic world-view, all actions are the soul’s way of learning about the Self. Even when a being breaks the law of non-violence, it means that that being is still in a deluded state and is in the process of learning about truth. When we are able to perceive all actions that we may judge as wrong in this way, it changes the dynamics of relationship. Then there is no one to blame, to fix, or to be the cause of our pain. All there is that is left to do about anything, is to heal the pain and suffering that is triggered in us by the actions of another.

When we hold the view of non-duality, all beings are the Self. We are all in the process of uncovering the illusion that prevents the experience of non-dualistic reality. When this is so, our wanting to change another person, judging what they do as wrong, we are being disrespectful of their soul’s journey by wanting to take away their learning process. Each person has to do what they need to do to get to the experience of oneness. This also applies to the body politic. That said, then how do we deal with the innocent victims of perpetrators that unleash undue suffering on others. We have to step in and bring comfort to all levels of their well being. Even in this situation there is a learning from the experience. An analogy is a child learning to walk. Only the child can do it, a mother can hold her hand, encourage her and comfort her when she falls.

Living in a non-dualistic world is a radical way of life, we go against everything we have been taught. The path of the spiritual healing journey is not easy. It leads us to the difficult work of seeing that all of life is about us. It is not about anybody else causing our suffering or about doing good to change the world. We can only change our own self, and perhaps by our presence, we can be a beacon for those with whom we come into contact. With a compassionate heart we reach out to comfort others, knowing that we cannot change their experience of the world, but can be a catalyst for their growth, a reflection of the truth of the divinity that we all are. Our approach to life becomes non-dualistic and as we live in this manner, we slowly begin to uncover the truth of our nature and learn that, “the world is the creation of our own consciousness.”

{ 16 comments }

1 Bruce 09.09.10 at 8:57 pm

So very well said, Miruh! Thank you. I saved it as ‘Oneness Explained’.

2 Nicole 09.10.10 at 2:51 pm

Miruh, this is a powerful reminder for me: “Each person has to do what they need to do to get to the experience of oneness.” I think we all find it difficult at times to watch others stumbling along their path, sometimes in ignorance, pain, confusion, etc. All things that can be perceived differently – If only they would try to see it our way. It is important for all of us to respect another’s chosen path, for they did choose it, however painful or difficult.

For me, accepting the paths of some is especially challenging, but perhaps if I can look at it another way, as you say “all actions are the soul’s way of learning about the Self. Even when a being breaks the law of non-violence, it means that that being is still in a deluded state and is in the process of learning about truth.”

I have a lot to think about … Thank you, Miruh :o)

3 Miruh 09.10.10 at 9:26 pm

Hello Bruce,

That is a good title, but if I named the post, “Oneness explained,” I would have a halo around my head. :D

Thanks for dropping by.

Namaste!

4 Miruh 09.10.10 at 9:51 pm

Hello Nicole,

I hear you, it is one of the biggest challenges to allow people to be themselves without wanting to fix them, especially those closest to us.

“It is important for all of us to respect another’s chosen path, for they did choose it, however painful or difficult. ”
I have to say that I am not sure if that is true and tend to hesitate to express it that way, “for they did choose it…”It opens up a whole can of worms about karma, free will and destiny, and what do you say about the starving children etc., did they choose that? I really don’t know. I tend to want to stay open and not have convictions on that subject. As much as I would like to have everything figured out, I accept that somethings will stay a mystery. :D

Sending you abundant vibes for a thriving business!

Love and blessings!

5 mergingpoint 09.11.10 at 7:11 pm

An highly contemplative quote by The great sage.

The Masters have clearly pointed out that the being is fine as it is…then who is to realize the oneness is the next big question? Apparently, this drama is all happening in the plane of the mind. The form with senses facilitates in this process. Instead of understanding the role of the form, when one gets trapped into it, then the dualism emerges to be the villain. Else, it is a beauty to slip and slide from form to formless and vice versa.

Thankyou Miruh for this powerful trigger to truth!

6 Miruh 09.11.10 at 10:55 pm

Hello Merging Point,

I agree, there is plenty of food for contemplation in these few words. To grasp the message, one has to live it. Then as you pointed out, “who is to realize the oneness is the next big question?” Ah…the Play of Consciousness, “It is a beauty to slip and slide from form to formless and vice versa.”

Thank you for your wise words my friend.
Namaste!

7 Linda M. Rhinehart Neas 09.12.10 at 1:05 pm

Greetings, dear Miruh!

Profound post…dualism is something I struggle with daily. It is so easy to see things as good/bad, love/hate, etc. In recognizing that we are all mirror images of Divine Energy, what we call God, we find that each person in our lives is our self.
Thank you for your wisdom.
Namaste, my friend!

8 Miruh 09.21.10 at 10:01 pm

Hello Linda,

The beauty in what you said,”In recognizing that we are all mirror images of Divine Energy, what we call God, we find that each person in our lives is our self…” is that this is the reason for our human existence. It is the recognition, the experience of oneness that we long for, that every time it happens is what matters. The struggle is the play of Consciousness, the Self sporting with itself. When you recognize this, there is no struggle, just enjoyment of the play. :D

Thanks for your insight my friend.

Namaste!

9 Alexys Fairfield 09.22.10 at 1:06 pm

Hi Miruh,

Ooh, what a lovely photo.

The bottom line is, “The world is the creation of your own consciousness.”

This is a powerful statement, amplified by the silence in our head and the action in our heart. Our emanation is our illumination of the Godhead.

Peace my friend. :D

10 Miruh 09.24.10 at 4:26 pm

Hello Alexys,

The image is a lucky find on a garden tour! I love it, devotional whimsy.

I love the sound of these words, “Our emanation is our illumination of the Godhead. ”

Let your light shine on sister!

11 brenda 06.28.11 at 7:30 am

LOVE IT

12 daniel 08.16.11 at 3:50 pm

Thank you
How does one live in non duality? How does one deal with his addictions fears and phobias? How does one stay anchored in beingness using the senses when the senses are all part of the illusion?
I have been using the witness as a means to anchor myself and get close to self but am now finding that the witness is not self either and i want to live as the witnesser.
Anyones help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Daniel

13 Miruh 08.16.11 at 10:09 pm

Hello Daniel,

Welcome!

Thanks for this question, the classic dilemma of the spiritual seeker, “How does one stay anchored in beingness using the senses when the senses are all part of the illusion?”

In the teachings I have come across, the sages point out that it is through this body and this mind that we can experience the Self which is our true nature.

It is through the finite form that we can experience the infinite. Many seekers interpret this as going beyond the senses, as separate from the personal reality that we are. I think this sets us up to create more duality, rather than experiencing all as inclusive.

To practice seeing everything as Consciousness including the experiencer and the experienced, is the practice of being the witnesser. And yet this is paradoxical; if you are conscious of the witnesser, then someone is witnessing the witnesser. You are in duality.

For me, the spiritual path is about persistent compassion for oneself, with all of our fears, phobias and addictions. Embracing our humanness is what we have to work with, not striving for what we think “staying anchored in beingness is.” We start where we are, when we can get to the heart of love and forgiveness of self and others, we are getting in touch with our true nature, the Self. Through the illusion of the senses, we get in touch with the greater aspect of who we are.

In my practice I try to let go of all concepts. The mystics point to a path, one of many, they tell us this is the way to the mystery,but no one really knows. The practice “Who am I?” helps with this. If we have any agendas, we know we are in the realm of duality.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the conversation deeper.

Namaste!

14 daniel 08.17.11 at 2:07 am

Thanks Miruh
Some gems there much appreciated.
I am grateful for this site and your work.
Thought of an interesting quote
“drop the mind to drop the dream, pick up the mind to particpate in it ”
True or false its something my mind likes to chew on hehe
blessings to all
Daniel

15 Bratislav 09.09.11 at 4:33 pm

What is necessary for one to do in order to overcome duality?
Thanks,

16 Miruh 09.10.11 at 4:11 pm

Hello Bratislav,

Welcome!

Your question is another one of the classic questions that the seeker poses. My response to Daniel above applies to your question too. The nature of duality is such that it is our experience of reality as it is, how do we step out of that awareness is the eternal quest of the seeker. If you read my blog entries, most of them speaks to the paradoxical nature of this quest.

I have listed a few of my previous entries having some practical advice about mindfulness, compassion and acceptance as the portal to the experience of the non-dual aspect of the self. Many of my earlier posts speak to the practices of meditation and contemplation as practices that help us to connect to this experience. Some seekers want to find the magic bullet that will give them the experience and to stay connected to it. In reality most seekers who have touched that state, do their practices daily to stay aligned while the journey of this life takes us in and out of it continuously.

Thanks for stopping by and blessings to you on the journey.

http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/acting-as-if/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/are-we-there-yet/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/no-effort/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/the-paradox-of-knowing/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/start-making-sense/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/living-with-emptiness/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/everyday-creation/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/nothing-is-real-part-2/
http://spiritualhealingjourney.com/unity-consciousness/

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