Monthly Archives: January 2008

Duality vs. Oneness

(See Comic) Text from the comic: The great spiritual teachers of human history, such as Buddha and Y’shua (Jesus), were pure non-dualists. And the fact that they were pure non-dualists is what made them so great; pure non-dualism is the mindset required to make rapid spiritual advancement. Unfortunately though, non-dualistic teachings when handed over to dualists get transformed into dualist teachings. This was especially the case of the teachings of Y’shua in the formation of conventional Christianity. Following in the dualist, old testament tradition, Y’shua was turned into the ultimate sacrifice, simply replacing the old animal sacrifices, to a dualistic God who recognizes such a thing as sin and demands reparation. (There is a reason that it is difficult to try to reconcile the few things Y’shua actually said that are reported somewhat accurately in the Bible with almost everything else in the Bible.) Here is how a common dualist sees the world: I am a separate body that was made by other bodies, born into the world outside my body. I didn’t necessarily ask to be here in this kill or be killed world, but I am here now. I will eventually die and be united in the dust with other bodies dying like myself. Perhaps I have an individual soul that will be damned to hellfire or accepted into the Heaven country club. I’m not quite sure about that, but just in case, I’ll pretend to do good (yet secretly resent it) in order to avoid godly punishment. And whether God made this world and my body, or it was some weird accident, I believe it is real. And I believe that what I do in this world I do unto something separate from myself. Here is how a pure non-dualist sees the world: I dreamt this all up. It is a dream built of the idea of two: the insane idea that I could separate myself from oneness. It is completely unreal and impossible in reality, which is oneness (A.K.A. God). Everything I seem to do in this dream I do unto myself because there is really no body out there but my own thoughts of duality. By realizing this, I undo the fearful thought of two that kept me dreaming and I thus awaken back unto reality (oneness), which I never really left. The Dualist or Non-Dualist Quiz Check All that apply to you God made the world -1 I made the world +1 I’m an atheist -1 I’m an agnostic +0 I’m a polytheist -1 Matter makes mind -1 Mind makes matter +1 What I do to others I do to myself +1 Other people are separate from me -1 Hell is real -1 Duality is real -1 God Punishes -1 Oneness is the only reality +1 God made Individual Souls -1 Add up your Score. If you scored below 0 you are a dualist. If you scored above 0 you might be a non-dualist. Monistic Idealism Coming Next: The Mechanics of Non-Duality

The Truth About Consciousness

(See Comic) Text from comic: Consciousness is a widely used word. Yet, it is also a poorly defined word. Even though people use the word a lot, What consciousness Really is Is for the most part a mystery. For example, Look at how mainstream science and spirituality tend to approach the mystery of consciousness: The mainstream scientific materialist approach to consciousness: A bunch of very complex physical, informational processes that we don’t understand, but believe we will eventually understand, evolved to give rise to the phenomenon of consciousness. Problem: Requires that the bass ackwards idea that matter makes mind is true. Unconscious Agenda: To keep people perpetually searching for answers outside themselves where every new piece of knowledge just reveals a new mystery.The mainstream spiritual Religious approach to consciousness: God (or gods) did it. And we have any number of contrived theories explaining why God (or gods) would do such a thing. Such as, God wanted to experience himself as other, or consciousness needed to evolve, etc. Problem: Requires a dualistic God with an undeniable sadistic streak; in other words, an oddly humanlike god. Unconscious Agenda: To sacralize the world and thus justify dualism. It makes the world out to be real & often condones the idea of godly punishment.Even though on the surface they seem different, what the mainstream approaches to consciousness have in common is that they are inherently apologetic to dualism. In other words, they treat duality as a given truth. However, the truth about consciousness is that consciousness is itself where duality comes from.So, here is the truth about consciousness: Although consciousness is often construed to be some kind of airy, complex, and lofty phenomenon, when thought about plainly, consciousness is really quite simple. Put plainly, consciousness is the awareness of otherness; it is a sense of me relative to another (observer relative to an observed) (subject vs. object). In other words, consciousness is the idea of two (duality); it is the quality of the awareness of difference, Otherness. Using this simple definition of consciousness, everything in the universe is definable as conscious--All the way down to the level of Turds & subatomic particles. And what this says about the universe is that it is built out of duality. And consciousness is the source of this duality. Coming Next: Duality versus Oneness: Since consciousness is a state of duality, consciousness is only a great thing if you think duality is a great thing. So the question is, are you a dualist or a non-dualist ??? definition of life, consciousness expansion