An art. A creative impulse.
Awakening. Contemplating. Meditating.
We all begin somewhere
Nondual Proposition #1
Contemplation begins as we awaken. Many say we don’t have to do anything, there is no doer, no need to meditate, to contemplate. This is discovered. Usually after many years of meditating and/or contemplating.
Nondual Proposition #2
When you still think the Big Self is outside you
As we awaken, we meditate or become aware of the stillness.
When we begin to meditate (or be aware of awareness), we notice our thoughts (our self) and we realise there is something other than us – other than our identified self.
We think it is outside us.
This is when we transcend our consciousness.
Sometimes we get stuck here and we think we have no self. We are only that transcended self. Or become identified with that no self.
Nondual Proposition #3
There is no picture to draw 🙂
There is no universe.
Nondual Proposition #4
I mean there’s always another perspective. Isn’t there.
Big Self, little self. (Union)
Then we stub our toe. It hurts. A lot. Still.
We become still and realise that we are both the transcended self and the pain in our toe.
As we continue awakening or meditating we begin to integrate the two split selves – the transcended self and the sore toe self.
Nondual Proposition #5
You are the universe and so am I
We experience ourselves as one with the universe.
In yoga there is a Sanskrit saying ‘Soham’, pronounced ‘So hum’. It translates basically as “I am”. It is a fundamental principle and an ancient meditation as well as a mantra that helps us to come into harmony with life and the flow of the universe.
If we think about it (unless of course we have a Siddhi that allows otherwise) – we only see the world, the universe from our own eyes, our own mind, our own perception. Therefore we are the universe. I am 🙂
I used the circle as the basis of this design because it is a familiar symbol in all the philosophies and the traditions – representing the cyclic nature of life and in some cases the universe. I added the crosses as they symbolise our mortality within the universe – the four points representing : self, nature, wisdom, and higher power or being:)
Non-duality is Dualism United
Nondual Proposition #6
The creative impulse continues
We continue to have a body, until we don’t.
The yoga continues. The awareness continues, the love deepens and expands to others. Other bodies.
But the love was there all along.
Now we are it!
In Harmony. In flow. Creative. In Love. With our neurosis.
I love Jac O’keefe‘s down to Earth and articulate talks on nondualism