OWL CREEK PARK, TEMPLE, TX—JimH linked to a couple videos of Tony Parsons in the comments of the previous post on No-Self, and as I was watching them, I was reminded of what I see as weaknesses in most nondual (No-Self) teachings. The following are just my opinions, not written-in-stone truths:
- It is too hard to go from ego to No-Self. The chasm between them is just too vast. Fading/weakening of the ego seems a much more effective practice.
- The constant denial of Self. There are no No’s in Oneness—only And’s.
- The lack of supporting evidence. Just as there is no evidence of the ego or Self (which nondualists adamantly deny), there is no evidence of No-Self—of things just happening without a do-er.
- Evidence of the God. Because synchronicity implies a divine do-er (Her/God), there’s at least evidence of a communication/unity between Self and Her/God (Mystical Oneness and the duplex personality). The implications of a living, interacting God are almost too profound to put into words.
I love the feel of the videos though—all the stillness and silent pauses and calmness (and you see this attitude all the time in popular teachers)—but I’m just not convinced that the message “There is no You,” is 100% accurate (maybe 50% accurate). More importantly, I don’t think, “There is no You (so what does anything matter)” is what the world needs hear (or be practicing) right now.
But then there’s also a complimentary aspect here, something else I intend to listen to on my retreat: What goes on in the head is not important, so don’t take any of this too seriously.