There’s no denying our world is full of duality, especially during these unusual times.
Not sure? All you have to do is turn on the news, and the premise of right and wrong and good/bad seem more prevalent than ever.
But the endless list of duality goes on: Happy/sad, hot/cold, up/down, likes and dislikes, and all the seeming variations on them all. To make matters more complicated, we each have preferred tolerances within a continuum of dual extremes. We falsely believe that there is a point where, if certain outer circumstances aligned, we would be peaceful and happy; that everything would then be okay.
Duality makes the story of the world. History reinforces the “importance” of changing the present for a better future (time itself is a continuum between the extremes of past and future). In a sense, we are mentally “locked” on a world of constant change, and we believe that managing outer change is the way to betterment. It hasn’t worked, and yet we persist. Is this not the definition of insanity we have come to know (doing the same thing expecting different results)? It’s our yoga to journey within and begin to unlock the mind to choose a better way. As we unravel the mind and move closer to the love and light we share, the world we see changes. It takes faith, but that is what faith is for.
Enter nondual thought systems like the Advaita Vedānta, Platonism, Transcendentalism, and A Course in Miracles.
Many thought systems and more teachers and mystics taught from a nondual perspective: Buddha, Jesus, Socrates, Plato, Yogananda, Swami Prabhupada, Aldous Huxley, Echart Tolle, Mooshi, and many others. Each with their own perspective, they all espouse the same shared truth. Those who have experienced It want only to share It–many teachers, many paths, one destination. It’s practical and guaranteed to work because it is our truth. Not one nondual teacher would ask us to change our behavior; however, they will ask us to change our minds about our behavior gently.
What makes nondual awareness so difficult to grasp?
Quite simply, everything we see and sense is stacked against our awakening. There are loads of evidence for diversity, multiplicity, and complication but no evidence for singularity, simplicity, and oneness. Our truth is hidden by the world we see and our beliefs about it. At some point, we all ask for a better way and turn within to find it. Nothing need change but the mind.
A Course in Miracles is one of many nondual paths, but perhaps none better suited for the western mind. I was inspired by the course when I realized it held the answer to the koan of yoga: what does it mean to join? It transformed my life into an adventure with meaning and led to the book: The Yoga Mind, Yoga Loft, and Avita Yoga Online.
The Yoga Mind is a nondual interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Co-authored with my friend Gene Langlois, it is short, deep, and concise. For paperback book, send email to [email protected] Click here for the Ebook.
Avita Yoga could be a valuable part of your journey. It is an inspiration of nondual thought. Yoga has always been about accessing the one healed mind. Thus the body is a means to join and not an end in itself. Instead of perfecting fancy shapes, we use the body to access the one Healed Mind we share, which makes all the difference!
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