In your daily experience it looks like
you are an individual with free will.
But is that really so?

Nonduality is a way to look at the world and ourselves in a total different way. It points to the idea that free will as well as the idea that you are a separate individual, are illusory.
Non-duality, or A-dvaita means not- two. Everything is one energy at play and everything is just happening.


Planets are circling around in the universe, the wind blows, the tree grows and you are reading this text. It all goes automaticly. Because a human being has self-awareness, we see ourselves as a separate individual. This idea is creating a lot of worries and frustration. We are continuously trying to maintain our self-image and we live with fear for what might happen in the future and frustration about things that happened in the past. But everything is one, everything is just happening.



Nonduality is an Indian philosophy that was written in the Upanishads (8th-6th centuries BC.) We are living in a time where the nondual vision is scientifically substantiated.

Neuroscience has discovered that there is no free will in the brain and from quantum physics we now know that everything comes from one source, also called the 'zero point field' or 'unified field'. All there is, is love.

Ik am an individual Everything is one energy/consciousness

Ik have free will Everything is just happening

Need to control Surrender to what is

Worrying Relaxing

Resistance Acceptation

Struggle Enlightenment


If you see the illusion
you are enlightened,
but if you think
that you are enlightened
you are in the illusion!

Papaji



Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves.

Nisargadatta Maharaj



We are afraid to lose control.
But how can you lose something
that you never had?

Isaac Shapiro


If the moon, in the act of completing
its eternal way around the Earth,
were gifted with self-awareness,
it would feel thoroughly convinced
that it was traveling its way
of its own accord

Albert Einstein


       




We are God realising
his full potential

Bill Hicks

Non-duality, also referrred to as a-dvaita literally means ‘no two’. This implies that everything is ‘one’; everything in the universe is made up of one and the same ‘stuff’, namely energy.  This energy takes on millions of forms, such as planets, water, air, plants, trees, rabbits, elephants and human beings.  We humans are also simply just one mass of energy.  Except in humans, something extraordinary happens when we are about one and a half years old.  At that time we start getting a sense of ‘self’, or an ego. All of a sudden, a toddler thinks: Hey, this is ME!.  At this time toddlers also start to recognise themselves in the mirror.

The ME idea and ME feelings that occur in children is very useful; both in order to be able to survive and also to be able to socially interact with others. The fact that we see ourselves as separate individuals is both useful and necessary. However, the ME/ego concept in humans is somewhat inflated.

As children grow, the ME idea becomes increasingly powerful. Then the time comes when another new idea is created. If this is ‘me’, then I should also be good enough!  And so we see that children, and especially teenagers, want to wear the right designer label clothes, identify with pop idols, football clubs or certain music, ride the right scooter and move around on the dance floor with an air of “please confirm that I am good enough”. Maintaining self-image then becomes a daily activity.

Such behaviour continues to increase and in both personal as well as in working relationships we come across people who are busy trying to be ‘good enough’. Some may do this by being domineering, while thinking: “as long as I dominate, and act aggressively and forcefully I will be able to prove that I am good enough”. In this case we are really dealing with an ego suffering from an inferiority complex, exhibiting compensatory behaviour, even though they often see it differently themselves.

Another might display placating behaviour, thinking “as long as they find me good enough”. This person tries to please everyone else, in order to gain approval and in so doing display subservient and conflict-avoidance behaviour. Both of these domineering and placating behaviours lead to a lot of issues. 

As we grow up we do not only think “I need to be good enough”. Another new thought to also emerge is “If this is ME, then I also need to be able to stay in control of everything”. The choices you make certainly greatly influence the future course of your life, so a lot depends on them. From a young age you already need to make study subject choices, the right work experience, the right job, the right partner, the right holiday destination and the right car insurance. It is not all that easy.

We live with the idea that our lives happen through our little egos and so we want to make sure that everything is heading the right way for us. But however hard we try to avoid hurt and find joy, we all encounter prosperity as well as downfalls.  And so, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Would you have predicted 10 years ago what your life would look like today? Even more so, when you look back at the end of the day at what you had planned versus what has actually happened, you often notice a big difference. But when life runs differently to what we want, frustrations arise. In addition, we live in fear of what might happen in the future. Also, many people carry ‘baggage’ from the past which includes regrets, guilt, sadness and anger.

So you can see little (thought) clouds of churning worries developing. This causes stress and tension and so we all suffer mentally. And because everything feels so dreadful, we think: “I’m going shopping”! And that works. I can recommend shopping to everyone!  Because once you have bought the new car or new shoes, a type of endorphin is released and just for a moment you will feel fantastic. Every stress and strain has disappeared, great! You drive around feeling liberated and as happy as a lark. But then, after a day or three the car’s excitement fades away and you think: “I should go and buy something else”. This is how our consumerist society has developed in which we completely try to suppress our stresses and fill gaps in our lives by supplying ourselves with new possessions. We do not just attempt to do this with new large screen TVs or new shoes, but also with food. Because chocolates, cigarettes and beer also work well. And, for the more advanced amongst us, there are always illegal drugs and anti-depressants.

Some people realize that all of these things only work temporarily and so they seek out new ways such as creating a career, thinking that: “once I get that job, everything will be fine”. And so you finally become manager or director and then..., the distresses continue! You say to yourself, “You know what, I am becoming spiritual”.  Incense arrives in your house; you busy yourself with positive affirmations. You book a trip to India undergo re-birthing and cleanse all of your chakras. And damn it... this too only works temporarily. “This is not going too well” you think.  “I need counselling”!  Together with the therapist you put your past under the microscope and you try to put things into perspective. After one of these sessions you probably feel OK again for a while, but gradually those little worry clouds start to reappear. 

So the question is: “what are we doing wrong”? The answer is: “Absolutely nothing”!  Everything is just part of the game we call life. Things can never be different from how they are. So there is nothing wrong with our consumerism either or with the rushed and stressful lifestyle we all share. Things are as they are. 

We often try to get rid of all of the little thought balloons by adding another one. But this only works temporarily. Non-duality revolves around pricking the first little balloon, namely the ME concept. This is the direct road to being liberated. Non-duality implies that ME/I is just a feeling and thought that originates within us. So, the idea that you are someone is just an idea. Sure, a nice and useful idea, but no more than that. There is no one! Everything is just one ever-changing energy, the wind blows, the tree grows, and the planet is revolving, and people talk and act.  Everything happens by itself, automatically. 

During your deepest sleep, ME/I feelings and ME/I thoughts are turned off. At this time there is no longer an awareness of being an individual. And yet, everything continues effortlessly: your heart beats, your blood flows, you breathe, wounds heal, your hair grows, and digestion occurs. And for this, ‘you’ are not needed at all. During your deepest sleep, tensions also disappear. And then you wake up in the morning in a lovely haze... then the hard drive in your head reboots and BANG! The tensions are back. 

Relief from tension develops from insight, not from input. As soon as you can see through the first little cloud (the ME/I thoughts) a deep sense of relief can begin. 
Tensions you lived with due to wanting to be good enough and to be in control of everything, fade away and then, life feels lighter, becomes more relaxed and involves more inner peace.

You do not have any control, because you do not have free will.  Moreover, there is not one individual who can have free will!  But if you are not an individual, then who or what are you? You are an ‘oneness’ and what that is, does not have a name. A human being actually exists within such a ‘oneness’ and can therefore never completely grasp this concept; just like an eye can see everything, except itself. Concepts that relate to ‘oneness’ include: everything is consciousness, everything is energy, everything is TAO, everything is the Self. Everything is a state of consciousness in which everything appears and disappears. Universes appear and disappear, as do planets, animals, people, situations and thoughts and feelings as well; totally by themselves, automatically. The realization that you, as you appear also just happen automatically/naturally provides a deep sense of tranquillity.  You have always been good enough just as you are - and life is an organised all inclusive holiday complete with all of its ups and downs. 




Today a young man on acid
realised that all matter
is merely energy condensed
to a slow vibration

That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively.
There is no such thing as death
life is only a dream and we are
the imagination of ourselves
Here's Tom with the weather.

Bill Hicks