May all beings be in peace
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Ancient nondual wisdom for peace and liberation
Does God intentionally hide from us in order to invigorate
the play we are all in and charge it with emotion?
Could God and creation be the same reality, like water and ice, both sharing the exact same essence? The nondual mystic says, “Yes!” and the implications are mind-blowing!
You are not simply connected to God; every aspect of your being is divine! God is not just deep within you at a special place; you are divine at every level!
Here at Infinitely Mystical, I explore this ancient nondual wisdom in simple, easy-to-understand English.
The term “nondual” means “not two” and it comes about because God and creation are seen as one Reality, not two. This wisdom holds that the Creator arises as all of creation. This is like an actor arising as a character. There is a difference between the the actor and the character since the actor still exists even when the role of the character is dropped. The actor is the source of the character; it’s not the other way around. Yet when the actor arises as the character, they are identical. When you look into the eyes of the character, you are looking into the eyes of the actor. You do not have to go to a deeper level to find the actor. The actor transcends the character and yet also fully permeates the character. So it is with God and creation. It is God who is showing up as "everyOne" and it is God who is doing everything.
My mentor is Timothy Conway, author of the well-regarded book, Women of Power and Grace. Timothy had his first mystical experience in February 1971 while only sixteen years old. He was so transformed that he dedicated his life to both learning and teaching this ancient nondual wisdom. He first went to India in 1980 and met with some of the most renowned sages of the day, including his mentor Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj [1897-1981]. Around this time, he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the criteria for enlightenment, which was based in part on a massive review of hundreds of texts from the Sacred Traditions about enlightenment, awakening, God-realization, and “optimal well-being.”
Timothy started giving some public talks about this nondual wisdom in 1980 when he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. He later moved to Santa Barbara, California, and has been offering completely free weekly satsangs there since the late 1980s. (“Satsang” means “Divine assembly” or “association in Truth.”) Timothy is a very kind, gracious and humble man. This is combined with his tremendous scholarly knowledge to create a truly delightful satsang environment, full of warmth, love and wisdom. His extensive study of all the ancient texts still goes on today, even after over forty years. Timothy frequently puts this material on the table without making the room feel like a formal or rigid classroom and yet he primarily wants us to dig into this subject via our own direct experience so we do not have to rely on any authority figures. In this way, as always, Reality is the supreme teacher.
Timothy’s website is quite extensive and if you are inspired, you can read more here: enlightened-spirituality.org. And you can listen to or download Timothy's free but priceless satsang recordings from both Google Drive and copy.com. (Copy.com is another free cloud storage service. Both Google Drive and copy.com have the same files and folders. There are over 75 hours of recorded satsangs available as of July 2015 and more will be added as time permits.)
Much of my work draws from what I have learned from Timothy's satsangs, which I have attended weekly since 2005. While the message that I offer is truly ancient, I hope that my fresh presentation will help you understand this delicious material in the deepest way possible. Perhaps my work will inspire us all to respect one another, treat each other kindly, and work together for both personal and world peace.
Here's some information about my newest book:
My most passionate plea is for you to wake up to your true self as pure awareness. We have all heard it said that you are not a human being having a spiritual experience, but instead, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. While that shift in understanding is of course very important, there is still a deeper wisdom. In truth, you are not a being of any kind, physical or spiritual. You are pure awareness! And most importantly, your awareness is the One Awareness - the Divine Awareness - and as such, it is the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is your true fundamental self and this Source-Awareness is looking out of your eyes right now!
The correct understanding of who you really are is one of the most important aspects of enlightenment along with the ability to flow in harmony with all that life brings forth. This book will help you become more skillful in the art of acceptance and in doing so, you will more easily experience a deep and lasting personal peace.
Yet you were not created just to sit still in a state of peaceful acceptance. You are here to fearlessly dive head first into your life in your own unique way. Many of us have heard the phrase “you create your own reality,” but this does not mean that the universe is your personal mail order catalog, simply waiting for you to clearly make up your mind and place your order. If you are open to a deeper understanding of that phrase, then you are ready to make some real progress. When you release your limiting beliefs about yourself, the world, and how you fit into it, you will be open to the wonder of it all and be able to joyfully put your values of kindness and caring into action with an aliveness that cannot be matched!
So what do you think? Are you inspired to learn more about the paradox of enlightenment? If so, this book just might offer you the clarity you have been looking for!
Here are a few excerpts from that book:
Timothy was kind enough to write a short foreword for my book and you can read it here. He slips in some wonderful words of wisdom that you might not want to miss.
I wrote this essay for Graham Hancock when I was invited to be his Author of the Month for August of 2014. It is an excellent summary of some of the most important points of my book, Living the Paradox of Enlightenment. I offer it in the spirit of sharing my opinion about a subject that lies at the core of the ancient wisdom of nonduality. While this wisdom has been around for thousands of years, only a sliver of the population has any interest in it yet I still want to help all those who have an earnest desire to learn more about it. If you are inspired, please spend some time with this fascinating topic.
Is our physical world “the totality of reality” or is it only “part of the picture,” an illusion? Are we drawing the wrong conclusion because we are missing the bigger picture? And most importantly, how can we find out more about the big picture, what I call “the mystic's view?”
This essay was inspired by the book, Pollyanna, which tells us about the “Just Be Glad Game.” This game encourages us to try to find something about everything to be glad about. In this way, we see the immediate effect of our thoughts and attitude. While it is obviously very helpful to be happy most of the time with things just the way they are, many of us want to make real changes to our lives. But to what degree do we actually control our own life? Read my point of view about “The Serenity Prayer” and why I think that an open, flowing, adventurous approach to life is the most rewarding. Learn how you can be flawlessly aerodynamic! When you mix the mystic's view - that God and creation are the same reality in different forms - with optimism, you have what I call mystical optimism. With it you can glow with the flow and dance with the divine in a way that will bring a richness to your life, no matter what shows up!
In late 2005, I became aware of a man on California's death row named Stanley “Tookie” Williams. He was scheduled to be put to death in just a few weeks and there was an effort to prevent this. This is the story of my experience with the deep sorrow that arose within me when I learned that this reformed man had indeed been put to death. This experience was so profound that it changed my life in a very deep way. Perhaps you will be inspired by what I have to share about this.Tweet
And here's my first book:
Important note now that December 21, 2012 has passed: My book and free essays on the Maya calendar were ignored by the general public because I always maintained that the ancient Maya did not create the calendar as a prediction of any sudden shift in our world, either good or bad. My opinion that the message from the ancient Maya is this profound, timeless nondual message that all true mystics bring forth did not appeal to very many people. The only people who were buying books about 2012 wanted it to be about a sudden shift into world peace and anything else was pushed aside. But now that December 21, 2012 has come and gone and nothing of note has happened, perhaps more people will be interested in giving my work a closer look.
Obviously, everyone can make up his or her own mind about 2012 and what it means to them. This is just like life itself since we all get to pick what life means to us personally. You can pick whatever you want no matter what anyone else thinks about your choice. And you can change your mind whenever you want. How fantastic is that?
I stand alone in my opinion that the message of 2012 was and still is about the fundamental nature of reality rather than the common view that it is about the conditions of our world at this time - either the physical conditions or the spiritual conditions that give birth to the physical conditions. Even though the ancient Maya did not give us a prediction about world peace now, please keep in mind that we do not need a 2,000 year old prediction about world peace to actually create world peace. And I certainly don't think that the 26,000 year wobble of the earth has anything to do with the consciousness of humankind (or the animals, for that matter). Do the conditions of the world “wobble” back and forth every 26,000 years between good and bad? Peaceful and warlike? Awake and asleep? I don't think so.
In both my free essays and my book, I go over the actual astronomy of 2012, which the Maya saw as the sacred triple rebirth of the sun. Don't worry about this astronomy being to hard to understand; this is more like art than astronomy! It's easy to understand the pictures in the sky that the ancient skywatcher saw with their naked eye. No computers or telescopes were needed. While the astronomy is fascinating to me, much of my work was devoted to pondering the core meaning of the Long Count calendar.
The sacred triple rebirth of the sun was used as the foundation for a very deep spiritual metaphor about your three births: 1) Your birth into the physical world with only a materialist understanding. 2) Your birth into the spiritual world with your awakening to the existance of your soul. 3) Your birth into the understanding that you are not a human being nor a spiritual being, but instead, you are pure awareness. And most importantly, your awareness is the One Awareness - the Divine Awareness - and as such, it is the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is the One Divine Awareness that all true mystics talk endless about. This is your true fundamental self and it is looking out of your eyes right now!
For me personally, the discovery of all the material in this book was totally mind-blowing. Perhaps you will have a similar experience!
Mystical 2012 is available from Amazon both as a paperback ($10) and as an ebook ($6).
Thanks for visiting and have a magical and mystical day!