A Crash Contemplation on Awakening to Non-Duality


  1. Realise what you are (the Absolute),
    by understanding what you are not (the seeker).
  2. Stop seeking.

Understanding and Realisation


  1. Recognise that how you feel depends upon how you think.
    If the thoughts are in turmoil, so too the emotions.
  2. Recognise that how you think depends upon self concept.
    Thoughts are in turmoil because there is a belief in a real ego self, forever at odds with the conceptual view of the world.
  3. Recognise that there is no experiencer apart from the experience.
    The body-mind is of life, not in life: there really is no separate body-mind.
  4. Recognise that all forms are empty of inherent nature.
    Nothing is real without a separate observer and there is none.

If you are a changing physical or spiritual process whose interactions and very existence are interdependent with other processes (the world, other people, etc.), and working according to fundamental physical or spiritual laws:

  • Can there be any such thing as free-will?
  • Why are you, you, and not somebody or something else? That is - why do you draw the boundaries as to what deliniates 'your' process from that of 'others', in the way that you do?
  • To whom is it that you are known? That is - who is aware of this process?
  • Fundamentally, is your life a body, or a mental experience?

If you are a changing mental process whose interactions and very existence are interdependent with a physical process (the body, the world, other people, etc.):

  • How is it that you decide, the moment you make a decision?
  • From where do your thoughts arise?
  • Which mental appearances are you? (Thoughts, emotions, perceptions and the like.)
  • Where is the picture that is seen when your eyes are open?
  • Are you present when there are no thoughts? No sensations? No emotions?
  • Are you present when there is no awareness?
  • To whom is it that your thoughts are known? That is - who is aware of this mind?

If you are merely the knowing awareness of consciousness:

  • Where do you go when you are in deep sleep?

Is there anything about you that does not change or have the potential to change with time? Why then, are you, you?

If your separate self finds this difficult:

  • If you possess a separate self, then who or what are you? What is it that has a separate self?
  • Would it still be difficult for you, whilst in deep sleep, or if you were unconscious?
  • How does the difficulty manifest in mind?
  • To whom is this experience known?
  • If we wait for some minutes, will the difficulty still be manifest, or will it subside or be replaced by some other experience?
  • Is it a difficulty to that which knows?
  • Is it still a difficulty if the presumption of a separate self is suspended?
  • If all difficulty is known as a mental appearance, can there be any difficulty if such appearances do not arise?

If your separate self, as an appearance in mind, still finds this logic difficult:

  • What emotion or sensation arises in mind when two contradictory notions arise in mind?
  • What emotion or sensation arises in mind when a perception arises that is incompatible with or a threat to some aspect of the separate self?
  • Is it reasonable to state that given the multitude of potential arisings in the infinite, all possible views and perceptions will eventually arise?
  • Is it reasonable to state that mind seeks to resolve internal consternation?
  • Is it reasonable to state that such consternation when it involves some aspect of the separate self is uncomfortable?
  • What arises first, the conceptual perception (thought), or the discomfort?
  • Are there any thoughts of mind that are not made of concepts?
  • What would become of the discomfort if the notion of a separate self was not present?
  • Assuming the separate self is an insubstantial appearance, what then is the root of all experience, including the appearance of the separate self?

If a separate self appears simultaneous with the notion that this logic is difficult:

  • What is warm without hot and cold?
  • What is up without down?
  • What is good without bad?
  • What is time without past, present and future?
  • What is mind without thought?
  • What is self without other?
  • Why is loud, loud?
  • Why is pain, painful?
  • Is it possible to know black without white?
  • Are there any concepts that are not interdependent upon other concepts?
  • Does any concept have any inherent meaning?
  • How does the importance placed upon the separate self concept affect the meaning we perceive in other concepts?
  • Can 'our' life be known without concepts?
  • Can 'our' life be experienced without concepts?
  • Would life have any meaning if there was no knowing, no awareness?
  • Does it make sense to talk about things without knowing?
  • Does it make sense to talk about knowing without things?
  • Do things exist without concepts?
  • Is the separate self a thing?
  • What makes the separate self so special?

It seems you are rather mysteriously, no-thing, and yet, you know of 'things', so you must necessarily also be all 'things'.

If you are no-thing and all 'things':

  • What then is the 'separate self'?
  • What is there to do, or not do?
  • Who is really the 'doer' anyway?
  • Has anything ever really been 'missing'?

Stop Seeking

When you completely appreciate the ramifications of emptiness, and the relationship between form and formlessness, seeking will cease.

There is also another article that provides a more descriptive summary of The Non-Duality Principle.

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