What is the point of nondual teaching, especially in these times?
Well you might ask, my friend, well you might ask.
Sometimes, facetiously, I say there is no point. Because, usually my friend is asking will it mend something – a broken marriage, a broken career, a broken body. And, the answer to all those is no, however much I wish it otherwise.
But there is a point. Something that goes way beyond mending the broken with liquid gold.
And it’s this. Somewhere along the line you learnt you were separate. Separate from the most fundamental experience. Separate from love, peace, freedom, abundance and wisdom.
By love I don’t mean attraction and affection. By peace I don’t mean calm. By freedom I don’t mean liberty. By abundance I don’t mean wealth. And by wisdom I don’t mean cleverness or intuition. Those are all limited concepts. I’m doing my best with words to suggest unconditional, unlimited love, peace, freedom, abundance and wisdom.
I’m going to talk about love, but you can swap in peace, freedom, abundance or wisdom, if you prefer.
Somewhere along the line you learnt how to feel separate from love. You learnt to feel separate from wholeness. You learnt to feel separate from yourself. And, not surprisingly, you went looking for love in the world. You went looking for wholeness in the world. You went looking for yourself in the world.
And, you saw yourself everywhere, you saw wholeness everywhere, you saw love everywhere. But you didn’t recognise yourself. You believed the essence of what you saw was something other than yourself. Something to be acquired, managed, held onto.
It was never going to work. Those fleeting glimpses of love were like snowflakes that you brought into the warmth to keep safe. Believing the world to be other, and asking it to bring you love is like declaring your foot to be an ear and trying to hear with it.
What does the nondual teaching bring? It brings this:
When you aren’t seeking love, you notice you are Love.
When you aren’t seeking peace, you notice you are Peace.
When you aren’t seeking freedom, you notice you are Freedom.
When you aren’t seeking abundance, you notice you are Abundance.
When you aren’t seeking wisdom, you notice you are Wisdom.
The nondual teaching simply points this out. There is no instruction to stop seeking. Merely an indication that seeking is a resistance to the very thing we most want, a resistance to love, a resistance to wholeness, a resistance to knowingly seeing your own true Self. And that hurts. Like hell.
When you aren’t seeking love, you notice you are Love. That’s it.
That’s worth exploring.