A recalibration of the status quo requires a critical mass of people understanding the common bonds of life and demanding dignity across all layers of social and environmental interaction. This shift in consciousness will be facilitated by making decisions aimed at providing a joyful existence to everyone. To climb out of the mental ruts of thinking that all matters of life can be reduced to survival of the fittest for limited resources, we can reshape our mindsets by accessing the universal insights stored within us all.
Binary thinking only looks at part of a more complete picture. To expand our scope of awareness, we must look beyond our opposing views and focus on what unifies us throughout life.
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization.” — Mahatma Gandhi
We feel that wedge issues with strict opposing positions confiscate too much attention in popular discourse. We can appreciate the simplicity of how categories like liberal and conservative can easily create sides for people to choose between. Yet, this divisiveness fails to address the nuances and complexities that exist within each individual.
Rigid rules and boundaries dictate expectations and control conditions, but they also put up big barriers. When it comes to complex, multi-faceted problems, single-use solutions won’t be sufficient. To work with intricately connected, and often invisible, issues, the best approaches involve agility and adaptability (a portmanteau of these two strengths could be called adapt-agility).
“If you identify with the ego plane, you’ll find you’re in time, you’re in space, you’re a little body. But go to the spiritual heart, and there will be a doorway to the next plane of consciousness: soul land.” — Ram Dass
Non-duality refers to a spiritual awareness that transcends dichotomies such as “me” and “you”, or “us” and “them”. In non-physical, formless terms, a spiritual connection to supreme complexity emerges through non-duality. Rooted in Vedic, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Judeo-Christian traditions, the notion of non-duality speaks to an evolved, and perhaps primary, state of consciousness that many spiritual practices have sought to describe. There are, by necessity, countless ways to arrive at non-duality. There is not even one universally accepted definition of non-duality. This lack of definitiveness also feels appropriate. There’s room for everything.
“I’ve walked the future, I’ve looked at a record, I’ve seen a place, I have all the data.” — Paul Atreides/ Muad’Dib, Dune, p. 32
This notion of variety gives rise to a unifying principle inherent in transcendental awareness that we can apply to our search for global systemic transformation. Variation and repetition are key ingredients to achieving whole-systems integration of diverse elements arranged seamlessly like a knitted fabric.
Our inclination is to give attention to the differentiated space between dualities, binaries, and even double-entendres. Because these inter-zones function like waves between fixed points, they can offer fertile territories for positive transformation. Of course, contradictions will inevitably occur. Oppositions will pop up. What can we do? Certainly not just drop our convictions. Yet, we can also learn to see that our convictions only tell a small piece of a story. Without complete context, there’s only so much that can be understood. Oh, and how much more there always is to experience…
You are at the centre of everything.” — Adam Curtis
The notion of non-duality symbolizes the eternal: where everything exists at once. The akashic record and quantum hologram are two names for the idea that everything in existence—past, present, future—is integrated within a whole system in which all information and metaphysical phenomena are stored.
Philosopher and systems theorist Ervin László discusses the “Akashic field” in his book, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything, published in 2004. László’s work provides an understanding of the “Akashic field” as a “constant and enduring memory of the universe”.3 This field represents a way of seeing past, present, and future all bound within the same story. The acknowledgement that everything we ever encounter—whether in a current moment, after the fact, or even in the future—is available in this field has the effect of opening our minds and vision to a profound field of experience. Imagine looking around. In each direction, you see multiple versions of yourself extend outward in the field: younger versions, older versions, alternate versions. Each version silently acknowledges the limitlessness of expression of who you feel you are or might wish to become. Each stage of life is irreplaceable and integral to the narrative we each create and live out.
How might we learn to access a field of experience that accounts for the elegant complexity of who we are or might become? Rather than live with the belief that chance encounters shape the contours of our lives, might there be a way for us to intentionally experience non-duality as a means for leveraging the power of serendipity? Do coincidences really occur by chance and contingency? Or do they reveal a larger, potentially unknowable, field of coherence? We believe that by pursuing these questions, we might discover far-reaching answers that guide our journey into unknown futures with grace and the wisdom of immense experience.
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