Nonduality in short
Usually, there is a deep anthropocentricity in our basic idea about the nature and manifestation of reality. Reality existed before the evolution of mankind on planet Earth, will still exist after our disappearance, and obviously also exists where humans are not present. We must therefore define the nature, or essence, of reality in the most general terms possible, even to reason about reality as if we did not exist at all, since the fundamental principles concerning its nature and manifestation should apply regardless of our existence or that of anything in particular.
We can therefore affirm that reality simply consists of all that exists, regardless of its form. It follows that “if something exists, then it is real,” and even a “blue spotted purple elephant” is real, in that it exists as a definition, as a mental image and as a discussion topic!
The oneness of existence and the absence of any substantial separation within it are the most recent discoveries of scientific research investigating the natural world. It means that, as regards the nature or essence of reality, there is no actual multiplicity to be brought back to unity, since reality is one only, and with respect to its manifestation, whatever we may consider within it is only one of the infinite ways it happens without any separation.
In short, the non-dualistic vision of reality affirms the following principles:
- reality is one only, therefore it is nondual = not two. There is only one reality and therefore the nature or essence of all that exists is the same.
- its manifestation is unitary. Reality is a dynamic ever-changing process preserving at any time the fundamental characteristic of being unitary, therefore not generating any substantial separation between its elements. As a consequence there is no substantial separation to be brought back to unity.
As regards our belief of living a dual reality, we usually consider as certain and evident our state of separation from the rest of the material universe and our fellow humans, but on what basis? Why are we so sure that we are separate from each other and from everything else? Why do we read what is different or distant to be separate? Considering that reality is made of energy, the question of distance or contact between any part of it (be it a body or an object) is actually meaningless. In fact, what we can singularly identify within reality is always simply the same energy but aggregated at different degrees, thus there are continuous interactions between what is usually regarded as being different, distant, or isolated parts of reality.
However, we truly feel that we actually live in a dual reality and that the dimension of our existence is characterized by separation mainly as a consequence of the combined action of our senses and our cognitive system that manages our understanding of reality as perceived in our individual experience. As a result, our awareness about the true nature of reality is imbued from its very beginning with inputs affirming, also through our own idiom, that duality is its main characteristic, reinforcing the idea of a concrete separation between us and what is considered as being different from us at every level, physical and metaphysical.
Reality is a meta-process made up of infinite sub-processes, each in turn composed of a number of elements connected by a relation or interaction that qualifies and defines it and to change our vision of relity it is indeed necessary to understand the way it manifests.
Understanding nonduality through color is a method based on the use of colors to interpret any aspect of reality coherently with the non-dualistic vision and at the same time to train our mind to overcome our belief of all being separate entities within a dual reality.
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