Enlightening Post on NonDuality Group
- There was a question about what it would be like to be
"newly enlightened" on the ever interesting Nonduality
Group. Here's the enlightening answer given by their
Wizard behind the curtain, Gene Poole. Enjoy!
Here is the easy shortcut answer: (easy for me to give)
If you were newly 'enlightened', you would
get a very strong impression that the world
is a very different place, than you had known
There is now a very powerful ability to
'negotiate' with your 'host'; you discover
that every act you 'do' does initiate an
outward-ramifying field of force, which
produces an immediate 'feedback' with
no delay AT ALL. You know that the entire
universe is ALIVE, but that the most
important and rewarding aspect of the
universe to negotiate with is usually
You learn quickly to easily differentiate
between the 'cosmic feedback' and the
learned, idiosyncratic stuff that is of the
'person'. So it is possible to communicate
with the living universe by communicating
'with' a person. The person you are interacting
with does not necessarily know what you are
experiencing, and you will not necessarily
tell them. You will practice this until you
are 'natively proficient'.
The universe does not need to be pushed,
and it does not LIKE to be pushed. Basically,
it will respect you just to the degree that you
It is possible for you to find peace (ha ha... lets
narrow that down!) or a very neutral and quiet
place 'within yourself'. If you do, the whole universe
will become just that quiet and 'peaceful'.
You understand that the universe does NOT play
favorites. You are one of many 'units', and it is
your 'place' (not pushing!) to simply wait to be
contacted by an intelligence agent of the living
universe. On the other hand, you are that agent.
Because the entire universe is alive, you may
be deeply surprised to find that inanimate objects
can be animated, and made to display themselves
to you in unusual ways. The living universe will
give you as much as you can take; but you also realize,
that if you have blockages and ignorance, that
you must submit yourself to the universe's rapid
development forces. This is like a very compressed
course in 'how things work', and if you learn, you
will be spared many failures-by-experiment.
Consciousness will be known as a mutable 'force'
or energy, which can be dense, light, empty, dry,
moist, and/or 'still' and 'moving'. You will learn how
to manipulate your local atmosphere (the energy of
the space around you), to correct or take advantage
of these properties of consciousness.
Now... as to your many questions about social
propriety (because that is what your issue is),
remember that you know that everything in every
moment is a 'negotiation'. How you 'hold yourself'
(including letting go) is a 'signal' to the living
universe and the feedback is immediate and can
be felt... profoundly so.
So 'propriety' is AWAYS a matter of negotiation;
there are few relationships (potentials of interaction)
that can be stated as 'law'. What you 'do' will come
back to you, and you are not confused about this;
it is simply the way things are. You negotiate not with
'people' but with the cosmos; and the feedback of the
cosmos can express through others. But it always
expresses 'in your self' as a presence that is 'pro' or
'con' to whatever impulse you are tempted to enact.
Finally, you realize that the true 'balance of nature'
expresses itself 'geometrically'; that is, given the
forms of the moment, things either fit or not. You
know that in the next moment, what fit before will
not now, and vice versa. You appreciate the great
beauty of the flow of continual change, and you
accept your own changing nature as that.
You see clearly that the universe is itself 'evolving'
as an 'entity'; and that it is quite busy, but not too
busy to share itself with you. You learn by its
example; you learn to emulate the ways of the
universe. You may be shocked to actually see
that you are the universe.
You finally (and suddenly) understand that the
universe expresses itself everywhere, always;
and you finally 'get' why nobody could succeed
in pushing around the David Carradine character
(Cain?) in the TV series 'Kung Fu'. You see how the
principle of negotiation in ALWAYS enforced; there
are no exceptions. Selfish 'doings' do not 'fit' and
the 'clash' will reverberate within you, as evidence
On the other hand... it is possible (you see) to
simply live in simple harmony, you as your own
nature, in the living universe with its nature. There
are no mysteries, because the ongoing way of Being
is a harmonious flow, which relieves you of 'having to
figure it out'. There is little if any reward offered for
being or having a 'personality'.
Somewhere along the way, if you learn from the
experiences that are offered to you, you may gain
'administrative privileges'. You may be called upon
from time to time to perform important acts of
arbitration in certain 'hot spots' that can arise,
due to the ongoing theme of 'evolution' (learning
the effects of ignorance).
You will learn what it feels like to be 'wrong'; and
that it usually feels like nothing at all to be 'right'
(right is "not wrong", not right). Peace is your
'reward' for staying in balance, and every thought,
every impulse you have, creates immediate and
profound 'feedback' that you feel. You discover that
it is quite easy to 'stay on the path', because if you
stray a bit to either side, you feel the burn.
Awareness is not a matter of figuring it out, or
of interpretation; it is an ongoing negotiation,
which if allowed, can be so subtle as to draw
you into its very heart...