Are not 2...
All of This
Cause and effect
Are uncaused and
When Richard Sylvester met Tony Parsons, he said -“That was the end of what I thought had been my life”.
(Notes from a conversation with Richard Sylvester)
Q: There’s no cause and effect.
Liberation is an uncaused spontaneous arising. So is this glass of water. Everything is an uncaused spontaneous arising. But the mind always has to think in terms of cause and effect. It’s natural for it to do so. The mind has to be in control and it can’t give up control of its own volition. When the mind says “I’m giving up control now”, it’s controlling giving up control.
The word sometimes seems subject to a "non dual" dismissal. Implying an observer and observed.. not deemed helpful. Some will say that the observer is an intermediate step, and the next step will be a merging with the observed. This process and story may appear as gambling with separation. "Observing" may offer aid, closer to closing an imagined gap. But that gap! Yet, if the I/me is found as separate and illusory, there is obviously no observing, in whatever guise. Only what is happening for no one..which may be the storied step into the void...ending this story...
Is a character
In a story..
"The peace that passes all understanding" is felt when there is a cessation of the striving for other, striving to understand, striving to know. Thoughts are seen to be empty, hollow, not even nothing underneath, as "nothing" too is a thought. It's seen that there is no knower as thought seems to create that too. Nothing can be or needs to be understood, as what seems to be understanding is also thought. There is no concern about thought whatsoever, no trying to control it, as the attempt to control thought is thought. It's seen clearly that thought belongs to no one, as a seeming one for whom it would belong is itself thought. It's like the mind, or thought stream sort of rests in itself as it's somehow known that it goes nowhere, knows nothing and names nothing.....completely impersonal, yet it's all there is of me, and you.
“I am convinced that Jesus was the first nondual religious teacher of the West, and one reason we have failed to understand so much of his teaching, much less follow it, is because we tried to understand it with dualistic minds. In his life and ministry, Jesus modeled and exemplified nonduality more than giving us any systematic teaching on it. Our inability to fully understand him and seriously follow him may be partly because we have not been taught how to see nondually ourselves.
Dualistic thinking, or the “egoic operating system,” … is our way of reading reality from the position of our private and small self. “What’s in it for me?” “How will I look if I do this?” This is the ego’s preferred way of seeing reality. It is the ordinary “hardware” of almost all Western people, even those who think of themselves as Christians. The church has neglected its central work of teaching prayer and contemplation, allowing the language of institutional religion itself to remain dualistic and largely argumentative. We ended up confusing information with enlightenment, mind with soul, and thinking with experiencing—yet these are very different paths.
The dualistic mind cannot process things like infinity, mystery, God, grace, suffering, sexuality, death, or love; this is exactly why most people stumble over these very issues. The dualistic mind pulls everything down into some kind of tit-for-tat system of false choices and too-simple contraries, which is largely what “fast food religion” teaches, usually without even knowing it. Without the contemplative and converted mind—honest and humble perception—much religion is frankly dangerous.
The dualistic mind is essentially binary, either/or thinking. It knows by comparison, opposition, and differentiation. It uses descriptive words like good/evil, pretty/ugly, smart/stupid, not realizing there may be a hundred degrees between the two ends of each spectrum. Dualistic thinking works well for the sake of simplification and conversation, but not for the sake of truth or the immense subtlety of actual personal experience. Most of us settle for quick and easy answers instead of any deep perception, which we leave to poets, philosophers, and prophets. Yet depth and breadth of perception should be the primary arena for all authentic religion. How else could we possibly search for God?”
- Richard Rohr, The Center For Action and Contemplation
"The allowing of life as it is – rather than any efforts to be rid of thought or ‘I’, or to become ‘enlightened’ – allows seeking to fall naturally away. Within the play, all efforts to be rid of ‘I’ merely reinforce identification with it.
You are Consciousness. Whatever Your present appearance, it is already perfect, including any play of identification as ‘I’, and also any seeking to be rid of ‘I’. Life as the character is simply the play of appearances in awareness and has no requirement for awakening. There is only already awakeness.
What Already Is
What is, right now, is perfection – presence has not arisen from the past and is not leading to the future. All appears presently as a play in awareness.
The apparently separate individual may be involved with self-improvement, spiritual life or anything else throughout the unfolding of that life. But only the clarity of what You really are undermines the search for awakening or for being anything other than what already is.
This communication about clarity has no particular relevance or significance over any other part of the play. It carries no merit and has no point. There is no purpose for You to find Yourself.
The Play of Life
The whole play has no purpose or point beyond present appearance.
It is Your cosmic entertainment. You are Your play. It has no
existence separate from You.
What has been sought all along is found to be none other than this which is the seeking. The ultimate goal or prize turns out to be what already is. There is nothing and no one to find. There is awareness with no one being aware."
"The separate sense is on a mission, it is searching for the impossible to know the end of itself, the end of the fear of death, the end of separation. The non- dual reality. In this search it will always fail. The situation for the sense of self is completely hopeless. As is its efforts to control its life by repeating the pleasurable and avoiding the painful which is the simple description of its entire life. There is no free will - that is another illusion.