Scott Kiloby, Remez Sasson, Joan Tollifson: three pointers to the simplicity of the answer to “What is Nonduality?”

The more I read of Scott Kiloby’s ‘Reflections of the One Life’ the more I appreciate its good sense.

‘Delaying the Simple Recognition of Presence

It is easy to turn non-duality into a philosophy or spiritual path leading to some future attainment. The mind gets preoccupied in the drive to understand non-duality conceptually or to have a powerful spiritual experience or shift.

Turning the realization to which these words are pointing into a philosophy or spiritual path is an act of mental reductionism. These words are pointing to simple presence, which is available only now. This presence is not a thought or a goal in time. Thoughts and goals arise from presence.

Although the recognition that presence is what you are may happen gradually, the only point of entry — so to speak — is this moment.

The recognition is apparently delayed by trying to figure out non-duality through thought and by seeking some future attainment of it. The recognition is only available when focus turns away from trying to mentally grasp spiritual awakening and chase future attainment, and towards the simple presence that is aware of what is arising right now.

In seeing what is arising now, it appears that identification with spiritual ideas and goals delays or obscures presence. This presence is immediately available as the very life that you are before you try to grasp what that means conceptually or reach towards some future experience. In reality, that presence cannot be truly delayed or obscured by anything because it is appearing as everything, including as every thought and goal.’~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/

COMMENT: It’s so simple – why does it take us so long for the penny to drop?

THE GEDDIT FACTOR: The geddit (get it?) factor has intrigued me for some time.

My own geddit has been a series of steps. I remember reading a beautiful passage by Ken Wilber.

Rupert Spira was a big step – and his teacher and teacher’s teacher.

Joan Tollifson was another big step – summed up in two things. Firstly the name of her website ‘The Simplicity of What Is’. Secondly the definition of meditation “Moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing and sticks to nothing.”

The simplest of all arrived very recently, recently – inspired by a fine piece ‘What Is Nonduality?’ by Remez Sasson http://www.lookwithinyou.com/what-is-nonduality/

Out of that came;

When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.
When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.
When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.

There is
no me and what I’m contemplating.
No me or her or him or them
No “me and the body”, “me and my mind” “me and the Spirit”- just Oneness.
No “me and ego” – just Oneness

When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.
When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.
When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.

The one line, ‘When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.’ is the most perfect, simple definition yet. It includes part of the how quiet (silence and stillness). Put it together with Joan’s “Moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing and sticks to nothing.” and the how is complete;

“Moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing and sticks to nothing. ‘When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.’ – or should the sequence of the two sentences be reversed?

You will note how I have differed from Remez Sasson – heart-mind instead of just mind and quietened instead of silenced.

When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness.

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