‘Non-duality’ thinking vs. ‘Duality’ thinking! Which is ‘Reality’?
Zen, The Buddha, and Science have promoted a form of thinking which many call Non-duality. The idea is that ALL is ONE and if I ignore the dualities of life (right/wrong, good/evil, matter/mind, self/other, physical/metaphysical, etc.) then I can achieve peace, wholeness, oneness, and a healthy mind/brain. Separation and distinction must be eliminated so I can be ONE with everyone and at peace with the world. Is this reality or is this a type of ‘mental illness’? Today, many are attempting to achieve contentment, peace, happiness, and a relationship with everyone based upon acceptance and non-judgmental thinking. Accept all lifestyles, behavior, and beliefs as being ‘equal’ and ‘right’ so everyone can think that they are normal, healthy, mindful, and without any ‘mental’ illness! All this thinking is supposed to lead to a healthy brain/mind (says neuroscience) and eventually to peace and happiness for all who adopt this mindset. But is this ‘reality’ or a form of ‘mental illness’?
Mental illness can affect each of us and does so via our thinking! I do not exclude myself! The mindset of Non-dualism seems to promote escapism from NOW realities!
Science basically views ‘matter/energy’ as the ONE reality from which I am supposedly composed…even my Mind/Consciousness derives from matter! Science generally denies the reality of ‘spirit’ or ‘mind’ as separate! To science ALL is ‘matter/energy’!
Peter Russell views reality as Consciousness (matter is an illusion). The message of nonduality is that the true nature of reality is non-dual. Non-duality simply means “not two” (i.e. that there is no separation in life). It is only our over-reliance on the mind or dualistic thought that makes it seem as if things exist separately. Consciousness is fundamental and the ONE reality!
A definition of Non-duality: In the last century Western scientists are arriving at the conclusion: That the universe does indeed consist of a single substance, presumably created during the Big Bang, and all sense of being – consciousness – subsequently arises from it. This realization has ontological implications for humanity: fundamentally we are all individual expressions of a single entity, inextricably connected to one another, we are all drops of the same ocean. Science and Nonduality is a journey, an exploration of the nature of awareness, the essence of life from which all arises and subsides. Welcome on board!
All is ONE and I am one substance!
This growing movement towards ONENESS appeals to many who have the belief that ‘reality’ is ONE and that science and philosophy have revealed this oneness via their thinking and research. All reality can be subsumed under the label ‘matter/energy/consciousness’ and even my ‘words’, ‘ideas’, ‘thoughts’, derive from this substance (matter and its derivatives) which science and non-dual thinkers assume as the ONE reality. The word ‘God’ (to these Non-Dualists) can be used to describe this ONE substance/non-substance and everyone is within this collective Source! There is no unique separate ‘individual’ or ‘self’ to discover. ALL is ONE! This mindset is, to me, a form of ‘mental’ illness and a ‘non-reality’ when lived in the NOW (real-time). What I witness as ‘reality’ (right NOW) is a DUAL nature which can not be internalized as ONE. Matter is separate from Mind (to me)! This is real-time reality as I live it (NOW)! Economics, to me, proves my view of ‘reality’!
Reality involves TWO or dual categories/realms!
Let’s focus on a substance which has served as ‘money’ for most of our economic history. This substance is currently called by the ‘name’ SILVER. Silver is also within this category of reality called ‘matter/energy’. If I break down my silver coin into atoms and then into the most minute particles (subunits of atoms), I still have a ‘thing’ which exists (in real-time). Even if I witness a particle entangled (mentally) with motion and energy (E=mc2), I still end up with the element called Ag or silver (in real-time). There is no way to remove this substance from my now ‘reality’ (unless I cease having awareness/consciousness). This means that a substance like Ag (silver) or any other element within our periodic table lives within one category of reality continually. Matter/energy are ONE and also interchangeable…within ONE category of reality! But is this final reality for me/you?
I am not separate from you…or the rose flower (this is non-duality)! In the reality of NOW, however, I witness TWO realities! The rose flower is one reality (separate) and my image of the rose within my consciousness is the other!
The second area or category of reality can be called the ‘Name’, ‘Word’, ‘Concept’ given to the substance (Ag) which exists (right NOW). The ‘name’ silver and/or argentum derive from my metaphysical Mind and/or Consciousness. This means that I live (right NOW) within TWO realms/categories of reality…not ONE! Reality, to me, is always: successive moments of now! The NOW is how I live, move, and have my being! We, therefore, could say that my ‘Words’ and my ‘Names’ derive from a different realm of reality (my metaphysical Consciousness) than the substance called Ag or silver (or any other ‘object’ from our material universe). This proves (to those who live in real-time or the NOW) that reality is DUAL and that Non-Duality is a fantasy/myth/mental illness! People live within TWO realms of reality continually and always (if they are living in real-time…the NOW). There are TWO different realities which I experience and which you experience! Economics and common sense reveal that Dualities are real and this includes all aspects of reality! We need to live in the present moment, however, to discern this reality!
As human beings (living in the NOW) we give ‘objects’ in space a ‘name’ (say Milky Way)! This implies TWO realms of reality as the ‘name’ is separate from the ‘object’! The ‘object’ in space lives separately from my inner ‘name’ derived from my consciousness. My ‘name’ is a tool for identification of various ‘objects’ in space/time!
I witness good/evil, right/wrong, self/other, negative/positive, prosperity/poverty, happiness/sadness, peace/war, cold/hot, brain/mind, etc. Life is lived in the NOW and the NOW reveals that I live within TWO categories/realms of reality continually. Non-Duality is a form of thinking which does not correlate with NOW realities. Those espousing this philosophy are promoting a form of ‘mental illness’ IMO. Denying the present moment is a form of ‘mental illness’. Denying one’s flaws is a form of ‘mental illness’. Attempting to deny existing problems as illusions is a form of ‘mental illness’. Promoting a mindset of positive thinking as always relevant for happiness is a form of ‘mental illness’. Those who promote one reality (Non-Dualism) as a ‘group think’ mindset for everyone are promoting a form of ‘mental illness’ IMO. Life is lived in the ‘now moment’ (always and continually). There is no past or future which is separate from the ‘now moment’. Think NOW and live in the NOW! That is my view of reality! Enjoy this view! I am: https://kingdomecon.wordpress.com.
The above is the philosophy of Kingdom Economics! Reality is lived as: successive moments of NOW! Within the NOW are two realities (matter and mind)!
P.S. An economic/financial holocaust is on the horizon and assuming that it can be avoided via ‘positive’ thinking or a mindset of oneness is ‘mental illness’ IMO. Economic reality has been based upon the reality of Dualism for thousands of years (two separate realities for exchange). The word ‘money’ (historically) describes a physical substance (say Silver/Gold) and the word ‘currency’ describes a non-physical derivation from one’s Consciousness (Mind). Silver/Gold are units of ‘matter’ and Dollar/Yen (currencies) are units of ‘consciousness’! Today’s currencies (now digits) are living within our ‘consciousness’ and this creates a form of ‘mental illness’ for those who can not recognize this real-time reality! Mental Illness is ubiquitous today within finance and economics IMO! Who is aware of these Dualities?