One versus the other
Duality is an important source of our suffering. We see ourselves as separate from the other, separated from nature and its animal world. Me and the other. Me and god. Apart from all the institutions that benefit from dual thinking, it is also something that we seem to have inherited physically. Two ears, two eyes, two nostrils, even our mouth tastes different on the left than on the right. In our multi-dimensional world we can hardly escape seeing everything in a dual nature. In everything we experience, consciously or unconsciously, we are confronted with duality.
"The grass is always greener at the neighbor's!"
The Mysticism of Emptiness
If duality is a source of suffering, there must also be something in return that eliminates suffering, or does not involve suffering. The logical answer is of course 'yes', there is a way of experiencing where duality does not play a role, where no separation can be perceived. But how can you perceive in a non-dual way, perceive that there is no separation and that everything is one. Everything is Emptiness. It is meditation that is the key to Emptiness.
Meditation is used in every religion to gain insight. People often think it is something 'Eastern' but that is a misconception. Meditation is a way to calm the mind and only focus on, for example, breathing. Thought is the driver of dual perception, breathing, on the other hand, gives you the space to come into contact with the higher self. When you are just starting out with meditation, it sometimes resembles a ping-pong match: “when you start thinking about what you perceive it is observed already gone again ”.
Meditation is learning to let go is being in the Now. The Now knows no space and time, no you and me. In the Now everything is one!
Written August 28, 2008