WICKHAM CP, FL—I often hear from theoretical nondualists—people whom enlightenment is a concept based on research rather than what is experienced during day-to-day life—that the Soul is just another illusion and therefore I obviously can’t be enlightened since I’m such a proponent of the Soul.
This post isn’t to prove or disprove whether I’m enlightened or not (I don’t care what people think of this Wayne-thing), but to point out the flaw in the above argument.
The Soul is real. It is just as real as an electron, a photon of light, or any of the 11 dimensions required for string-theory. Just as you can’t see an electron, photon, or higher dimension, you can’t see a Soul. Nor can you measure a Soul (and ditto the higher dimensions of string-theory), but there is ample evidence for all these things—including the Soul.
Theoretical nondualists will argue, “No! Everything is One! All separation is Illusion! You’re a fool and hypocrite for stating otherwise!” but Unity is only half the story—indeed, Unity is a nice theory, a rational theory, but in the end it is all theoretical BS.
The flaw in this logic is confusing unity with identity.
Enlightenment isn’t about just understanding that all is One (it is), but in no longer identifying with anything (believing in who or what you are):
- No longer believing that you are a body
- No longer believing that you are an ego (the personal self)
- No longer believing that you are a Soul
- No longer believing that you are Radiance (an opening for the Divine)
- No longer believing that you are Emptiness
- No longer believing that you are anything
Enlightenment has nothing to do with Unity vs Separation—about One Thing vs Many Things. It’s all about realizing that you are not anything that your mind thinks that you are.
The mystic lives in paradox. The mystic lives between the two truths of Unity and Separation—and the reason the mystic lives between them is because he can’t exist in either place. He can’t because he knows that “he” doesn’t exist (as odd as that sounds).
I acknowledge my body.
I acknowledge my ego.
I acknowledge my Soul.
I acknowledge my Radiance.
I acknowledge my Emptiness.
But—just like I am not my body—I am none of these things.
I see and experience Life through these things, but I am none of them. They are simply my vehicles.
Don’t confuse nondual awareness (unity awareness) with enlightenment. Don’t confuse One Thing with no-self.
My point (of this convoluted post) is: Don’t call these vehicles illusions—they are very real—but don’t confuse yourself to be one of these vehicles either.
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