There’s not two.
It seems too simple.
There’s not two.
Metaphors are great for disrupting current thinking. For breaking down an old model that doesn’t serve. They are less great for creating a new model, because the chances are, the logic of the metaphor will fail us.
I’ve got the simplest possible message:
– You are not bound by or to a body and mind;
– You are aware, and awareness is unlimited;
– You live in the world that lives in you.
And, if you like simple, you are done for today. That’s it.
You might be inspired to help people feel better. This desire might even have become what you do for a living. And, indeed, there is a role for psychology in stabilising an unstable sense of self. There are non-dual therapists and counsellors that I’d have no qualms about recommending to anyone who was swaying from joy to despair and back again.
I received an email recently, titled, “Sitting with Our Sadness.” And it began: ”Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side.” Now, in many spiritual circles, there’d be a nodding of heads at this. Maybe you know what I teach well enough to expect the opposite response here? Indeed, I was shaking my head.
We might like to believe that we are the storytellers, but in truth, the story came first. ‘Story’ could be a verb instead of a noun: ‘To story’, an activity of unfolding narrative.
What is ‘true nature’, beyond the fancy concepts?
If you are exploring true nature, principles, essence or whatever name you’ve given it, here’s an idea to play with:
The deepest longing of the heart is for home—for peace, freedom and joy. Through exhaustion, boredom or accident—sheer grace—we see that the world will not, cannot, deliver. We naturally turn inward.
There is, in general, a “thing”. A person, relationship, situation, or health issue. A thing that is crucially important to fix, resolve or manage before we’re OK.