#4634 - Friday, June 22, 2012 - Editor:
I apologize for sending three copies of my last issue. My
email program went haywire. That glitch messes up the numbering of the issues,
since YahooGroups, the host of the Nonduality Highlights, assigns a number to
each issue regardless of the content.
So when we reach a milestone, such as issue number 5000 in
the next year, about a dozen or so of the issues will actually have been
goof-ups of one sort or another.
But disruption can have its own value, so who am I to
For example, I received the following letter
from Highlights reader Ron, reprinted with permission:
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Hi Jerry, I just had to write to inquire about your
posting of the Lion's Roar three times yesterday. This is not to
complain, I love looking for synchronicity (or miracles) in my life and
this seems to be one of those events that presented
itself to me. You see, I have been writing for three years on the process
that most would know as "Life Review."
My inquiry has brought me fully into the ND arena and
to the concept of synchronicity. I have discovered much in my three
years of search and research and I will admit to finding myself a bit
concerned about my symptoms of seek-but-do-not-find.
There always seems to be one more book or one more expert I need to check
The message in the article from Dr Nixon on "Finding the
Lion's Roar" was timed perfectly. I have never posted on your site nor
have I sent e-mails to you but I had to inquire as to what possessed you to send
this out three times...enough to ensure it caught my attention? While I
often look for your posts, and thoroughly enjoy them, many do
fall-through-the-cracks along with hundreds of other messages we all get
daily. This one (or rather, these three) got my attention and I
thank you for that. Synchronicity at it's best. I'll look more
closely in the future for your single posts.
With a Smile ron
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Thanks for your letter, Ron. We love to get letters from
Nonduality State Park
Speaking of sychronicity, the following blog entries are
written by another person named Ron and they were selected prior to my receiving
the above letter from a different Ron. What is it with all the
Once, on a visit to the
Los Angeles Museum of Science, I came upon a curious object known as a Mobius
Strip. A Mobius Strip is essentially a loop, but with only a half twist in the
surface. This half twist is the feature that gives a Mobius Strip it's most
peculiar characteristic. It may look like a loop, but it only has one side and
one edge. If you try to paint only one side of it, you will inevitably paint all
of it. If you try and draw a line down the middle, of one side of it, you will
end up drawing a line that meets itself; because it only has one side. If
you try to color what looks like the outside edge, you will soon find yourself
coloring the inside edge; because it only has one edge. The Mobius Strip gives
you no choice about which surface to paint; because it only has one surface;
this makes it the perfect metaphor, for the concept of choosing
Choosing to see the One-ness
of all things can be a very daunting task, if the mind is still filtering
through the divided lens of duality. Years and years of conditioned thinking
from a dualistic perspective, will not easily yield to a simple suggestion, that
all is one. It is especially hard to see this, when the object you see is
manifesting as aversion; something or someone you have no desire to be one with.
We only want to be one with people or things, that pass a certain standard.
Beauty, pleasure, joy, in all their variations are welcomed; ugliness, pain and
sorrow are not. One-ness, like the example of the Mobius Strip, doesn't
give you a choice, if it did it would not be One-ness. To choose, to make any
kind of distinction, to show any preference intrinsically promotes the
exclusion of one over another. Choice, distinction, and preference are
antithetical to One-ness.
The elements of
choice arise simultaneously, and cannot stand independently. There is no
chooser, without a chosen; no chosen, without a chooser; and no choosing without
both a chooser and a chosen. Eliminate any one of the elements and there is no
concept called choice.
Where in One-ness is there
room for choice? There isn't; there can't be. That would be like saying all
leaves room for more. All means all; not less than, not more than. A circle has
360 degrees not 359, not 361. All is complete. One-ness is complete; it
can't be added to nor subtracted from, and from this standpoint, gives you no
choice. If there is no choice then, by logic, there is nothing to choose, not
Labels are all we have to
express the inexpressible. Duality, non-duality, One-ness, choice, all are just
labels; one more thing to cling to, one more thing to transcend. You can't choose One-ness
because you are One-ness; you are an aspect of the Absolute One-ness, and so is
every other person, and every other thing in all creation.
So, cut yourself a strip of
paper; give it a half twist and tape the ends together. Take a highlighter
and start coloring what appears to be a side. When you have finished coloring
your, "chosen side", you will have colored the entire strip. There was no choice
in the matter, there was only One-ness. Thank you, Mr.
Peace be with
Here's another one:
They remodeled the
Carl's Jr. , by my house, recently. I often go there to have a coke and read or
write. Sometimes when I'm there the Devil makes me eat chili fries. He sure
comes in handy sometimes. No...I'm not going there; put your holy water
Like I was saying, they remodeled it. Gave it a 50'ish look and
feel. The part that got my attention was the new booths. They lowered the back
rests. Now any two-year old miscreant can repeatedly stick a ketchup- covered
french fry in your ear while his mother.... Never mind. I like kids. Moms, too.
I'm just getting old.
So I'm sitting there and find myself staring at
this mirrored strip on the top of the back rest across from me. I'm trying to
figure out just what it is behind me that I'm seeing in the mirror. I can't make
anything out, so I turn around and look behind me. Nothing there. I turn back
and time stops!
There was no image in the mirror, in fact there was no
mirror! All along I had been looking at a silver refractive strip that was
doing exactly what it does by it's very nature. It was bending light! Creating
an illusion. Seen from one angle, you see half circles; from another you see
cones; from still another you see vortexes. As the light and angle change in
relation to the viewer, so do the images. A refractive strip. A light bender. An
illusion maker. Maya!
In that moment of timeless clarity, I understood
the nature of non-dual reality.
The illusions only existed because it was
the nature of the reality to allow for their existence!
never existed. The cones, half circles, and vortexes never existed. They never
had a separate reality apart from the refractive strip, and yet it could not be
said that they did not exist.
One reality, one essence, manifesting as
This world that we experience is like the above example. It is
ever changing moment to moment, a fact that cannot be denied. A perception
dependent on a perceiver for it's apparent reality. The twist is that the
perceiver is also a perception!
observing an illusion, believing in the reality of both.
Advaita, this is referred to as "ignorance". Ignorance is not our "natural
When the Self is realized, ignorance is overcome: we see that we
are Consciousness, limitless Awareness, The Absolute, One without a
In this seeing is the understanding that even the illusion of the
many is nothing more than an aspect of the The One.
manifesting as duality.
Peace be with you,