Several Nondual Principles Worth Considering

All is connected; everything is but an element of the one Absolute Reality or God, which is composed of indescribable, undefinable, and unknowable form and formlessness.

The Absolute reveals itself in a continuum of forms, ranging from its own perfection to the basest of all objects. All objects that comprise the Absolute Reality are considered nondual, not two, and no one apart on its own.

Absolute Reality with Spiritual will functions from its perfection, is loving and just, producing a complementary harmony among all aspects of reality, moving all forward toward God’s and their destiny.

This nondual nature is inherent in human consciousness and reflected in human behavior. Contingent on the proximity of one’s consciousness to Absolute Reality, one’s awareness is either predominantly individual will or Spiritual will.

Until one is fully enlightened one’s awareness will vary between independent will and the will of God, sometimes even being a combination of the two in a particular situation.

Living in a world characterized by separation while attempting to live a unifying philosophy makes one prone to miscomprehend and misapply the principles of nonduality. This misunderstanding of the perfect nature of nondual reality is caused by fallacious beliefs regarding the three primary concerns of harmony, human awareness, and karma.

When individual will violates true perfection, the resultant disharmony produces harm because it hinders or prevents the supportive and reciprocal functioning, and also the evolution of elements of the Absolute Reality. From the perspective of worldly separation this disharmony shows itself as violence of all kinds, suffering, fear, and injustice.

From lack of knowledge spiritual seekers will often deny individual wrongdoing and refuse responsibility for it claiming, “everything is perfect” and “it is meant to be as it is”. Others may even blame the victim, citing that “everyone creates their own reality”. This is a denial of harm using the rationalization that one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are irrelevant because of nondual perfection, when in fact worldly harm does occur as noted above. It also mistakenly assumes an infallibility of one’s awareness, denying variability of awareness and the concomitant change in knowledge.

More realistically, one’s “doing” can only support true perfection and be guaranteed to be above reproach when it is completely determined by God’s Spiritual will. Awareness must be informed by Spirit so thinking is higher than reason, feelings pure, and action lovingly altruistic. It requires Self-Awareness, not self-awareness to surrender and act according to God’s will, use direct knowing, and be unconditional love. Only this in its true form qualifies to insure right nondual being and action. Therefore, unless enlightened one must monitor, and question one’s performance if one receives feedback about error or doing harm. And if rightfully accused of wrongdoing the appropriate response is to acknowledge one’s error, compassionately forgive oneself, rectify the situation, and learn from and not repeat the mistake. Through such corrective action one is working with, not opposing the Absolute Reality or God.

Though the world seems less than perfect when harm is observed, perpetrated, or experienced, nondual perfection remains intact because, as part of perfection, Absolute Reality operates through karmic principles to rectify the disharmony. Reality as a self-governing system holds all information and continuously creates, moving toward its destiny. In doing so it follows principles that require consequence for all actions harmonious or harmful. This happens regardless of their occurrence in apparent time as lessons are learned, harmony restored and supported, and destiny met.

Rather than resist this spiritual definition of perfection, perhaps rejecting it for “everything always being good and everyone having what they want”, the seeker is called upon to consider the nondual alternative noted and to act accordingly. Then, respecting harmony and functioning from Spiritual will or awareness, while also honoring and working with karma, faith awareness results, guiding one through all situations. And with the liberated conscience inherent in this guidance the risk of harm is reduced and there is an increase in the likelihood of benefit to all.

Being cognizant of these challenges to understanding and employing nondual principles can prevent harm to others and spiritual pitfalls for oneself. However, continuous examination of the philosophy, and courage and honesty with oneself about one’s actions and spiritual development are required. A supportive spiritual community willing to participate in the endeavor by bringing together its collective wisdom is also a must. Without this strong degree of commitment one risks strengthening, rather than surrendering the individual will, and blocking one’s access to, and identification with God.



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