“In spirituality, nondualism, also called non-duality, means "not two" or "one undivided without a second". Nondualism primarily refers to a mature state of consciousness, in which the dichotomy of I-other is "transcended" . . . ."without dichotomies".” (Wikipedia)
The Yin-Yang symbol of Taoism symbolizes the transcendence of this dualistic way of thinking.
In Christianity there is a sense of good and evil as similar to dark and light. Christianity is basically dualistic. But is Christ really dualistic?
I recognize the role of the “adversary” as creating opposition – but I don’t choose to give power to that opposition. The way we give away our power is through fear. The truths I’ve found in A Course in Miracles support the non-dualist Christian philosophy, where Christ Himself speaks of Love encompassing all, and truth being complete as the reality of God.
The focus I’ve seen from those who fight within themselves or amongst themselves to “keep the devil at bay” or to resist temptation has a role at a certain level. But when one transcends that, it is more about choosing to focus on light. An analogy would be a child who is afraid of the dark, who is certain there are monsters in the closet or under the bed. In their mind, maybe there are, but as a mature adult we know that the darkness is benign. We know the sun is still as bright as ever, just shining on a different side of the planet. And wouldn’t it be interesting if we taught our children to tap into that image instead? To visualize the orphans in Africa feeling the sun on their beautiful, dark skin in that same moment that the darkness surrounds our pale, overdressed bodies?
God knows the darkness is benign and I am sure he looks down on us, amused, as we sleep with our swords of truth – all 1000+ pages - on our nightstands, or slather oils on us to make us immune from dark entities. And sometimes those entities feel so real. But are they really? Or can they be dispersed in an instant if we remember the Truth?
I ache for our ignorance at times. I check out because it’s hard to stay awake when so many others are sleeping. I grieve when my heart knows a truth but my voice questions the readiness for ears to hear. And sometimes I stay silent. In that silence I can still choose to feel and be with the Truth.
That’s when I remember the center line in the Tao – the edge of the black and the edge of the white. Unlike traditional non-dualism, I recognize that center. There is a boundary that distinguishes between black and white – Christ Himself will hold that center for us. Our job is to find Him, whichever side we are on.
As we gravitate toward that center, we find that we are One.
We are at One - and that is what He always ment
Author Cristine Ray #EndYourWar
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