What is Nonduality?

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Tomasz Alen Kopera

The concept of nonduality points toward the combined concepts of oneness, unicity, singularity, sameness, specifically as “not two.”

Nonduality seems to be the new buzzword in science and spiritual circles and everything old is suddenly new again. The teachings of nonduality slowly arrived in the US as the foundational teachings of Zen, Tao, Vedanta, Sufism, along with the mystical Christian teachings of Jesus the Christ, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila.

Modern nonduality teachers like J. Krishnamurti, and Ramana Maharshi pointed towards nonduality by exposing the illusory veil of self-identity to the latest generations of nonduality speakers, teachers, and writers in the US and around the world.

Many are highly motivated to explore the “nondual” conceptual nature of consciousness, not understanding it naturally appears spontaneously, impersonally, and completely uncaused. Consciousness is not divisible so there is no possibility of there being a personal consciousness. Believing that you have a personal consciousness do not make it so.  The very fact what humans seem to notice the aliveness they feel spurs them to know more about the ‘personal’ consciousness or ego they believe they possess.

The personal ego, arising around the age of 18 – 24 months continually and relentlessly works to promote itself and the assumed perpetual personal existence.  It tirelessly works to name, claim, categorize and own each and every conscious experience as personal and unique to itself, totally oblivious to the impersonal nature of consciousness.

The ego claims ownership over the body and mind. In most spiritual traditions, dogma encourages and supports a personal ego or personal self to make choices towards one belief system or another in order to preserve the personal self after death, not understanding that all is the impersonal play of consciousness in an illusory dream of itself as itself.

Truly, a personal self can never be enlightened or self-realized since the personal self is simply an illusory projection by the brain/mind in an attempt to perpetuate the existence of itself.  There is only consciousness appearing as the dreamscape.

What is…is simply an uncaused, impersonal, choiceless consciousness, an emptiness appearing to hold everything, yet nothing at all…a timeless, edgeless, seamless, illusory dreamscape of itself as itself.

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