NONDUALITY is to live as you truly are
Nonduality is where we can reflect the changing surface of our minds [waves], back to our unchanging consciousness [ocean]. The true meaning of the word consciousness is not a personal thing, but an impersonal no-thing.
Consciousness is not personal, not ours, it is a shared principle like the air, or the rain, or the blue in the sky. Consciousness is where all the things of this world appear to us. When you look at a tree, see that the tree is also consciousness appearing as its wave-form. So your consciousness of that tree is also the tree being your consciousness.
Consciousness is a single principle of everything that is shared in common by everyone. Seen in this way, the word ‘consciousness’ takes on a meaning quite different from mental, emotion and physical perception.
Perception then is only a partial appearance of consciousness, a piece of inform-ation experienced by our faculties of mind, body and senses. Our true self is consciousness, the infinite ocean, out of which arises the waves of our individual-ness. So beyond our seeming differences and appearances of personality, we are the same ocean of oneness that is pure awareness.
Perceptions change with changing mind but consciousness stays unchanging. It is impersonal and quite unaffected by the changeable conditions of our bodies and minds. The blue in the sky stays the same, no matter what the changing weather.
Consciousness is pure illumination. It is the commonly shared, underlying principle of light which illuminates all appearances.
Where perception is partial and belongs to the physical world, consciousness is completely impartial and formless. It is where the world arises from. Duality is where there is experienced an object with the idea that there is someone separate from and perceiving that object. Nonduality is where what is seen and that which sees is the same. The seer and the seen are identical. Consciousness is the ocean and the waves that rise from it. The world of appearances are the illumination of consciousness which rise up and dissolve back as waves. At this underlying basis of consciousness, there are no appearances, no objects, no events, no names, no forms, no qualities, no time or space. There is only pure illumination, pure awareness, quite unaffected by all the pictures and stories that arise from it.
Consciousness is all there is. Everything is established upon the formless base of consciousness.
The world comes after consciousness;
and it is here, in consciousness,
that all the world is found to stand.
Consciousness is all there is.
One who knows self as consciousness
has risen, from the seeming world,
to this unconditioned state
where everything is only light.
– Aitareya Upanishad
Acknowledgment Ananda Wood
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