THE NONDUALITY RULES (Neo-Advaita Subsection)
(In case there is any confusion, Suzanne would like to point out that the following post is largely tongue-in-cheek)
1. Nothing exists.
2. Everything that seems to exist is illusory.
3. This appearance is meaningless, yet miraculous, and is its own purpose.
4. All apparent dual reality is oneness.
5. Any thought, feeling, sensation, or action that seems to occur is perfect.
6. No matter how paradoxical the happening, it is perfect, i.e., fear-based ego reactions “after” oneness has been “seen” or apprehended.
7. There is no time. All there is, is this, this ever present “moment”.
8. There is no space. Space is part of the illusion; what is perceived is an appearance only.
9. Everything is allowed, as everything is one, including rejecting oneness.
10. There are no separate individuals; this is the dream. The mind/body organism is lived.
11. The sense of separation is the longing for oneness.
12. As oneness is everything, there is no true separation; everything the seeker looks for has never left, as it is everything.
13. When writing about oneness, simply dropping the personal pronoun doesn’t mean the apparent writer has “awakened”. There is no one, so no one can “awaken”.
14. Oneness (or enlightenment, liberation, consciousness, as variously referred to by different writers) cannot be described, as it is not a concept, a feeling, or an experience.
15. Paradoxically, the story in time seems to continue whether oneness is apprehended (by no one) or not. Often, the story seems to go more smoothly, and seems much more informed by compassion and unconditional love, but there is no guarantee.
16. The overriding quality of oneness is unconditional love. Unconditional love is just that, unconditional, and accepts everything, as it is everything.
17. What the seeker is seeking is life, just exactly as it is, in all its imperfection and multifariousness; thus, “awakening” can seem to be a bit of an anticlimax!
18. The intense feeling of aloneness is exactly the same for every apparent individual, so is actually all-one-ness.
19) Clever wordplay like “aloneness/all-one-ness” is entirely optional.
20. There is absolutely no way to teach this, as it is already what every apparent thing and individual is.
21. There is absolutely no point in writing about oneness. There is absolutely no point in any apparent activity, except in its intrinsic value.
22. There is no right or wrong; all is unconditional love, in endless guises.
23. There are no goals, not even the loftiest ones, i.e., ending suffering, stopping war, saving the planet. Who is it that would do these things? There is no one. Whatever is meant to happen, happens.
24. This message is exceedingly unpopular. It means that everything the separate individual ever valued is valueless, yet wondrous; meaningless, yet extraordinary.
25. There is no one, so no one reads writings about oneness; reading arises.
26. No one writes about oneness; words are written.
27) The best part of spiritual practice is that the seeker may get fed up and give up. However, there is nothing wrong with spiritual practice; there is nothing wrong with anything.
28. There is no one, so there is no personal responsibility or volition; every choice made, chooses oneness in another guise.
29. When life is a miracle, life-affirming actions usually seem to be the story; yet there is no guarantee; in duality, there must be dark for there to be light.
30. There is nothing, despite appearances, including these rules.
For crap’s sake, “everybody,” enjoy yourselves and try not to be too hard on yourselves, and “others”. If there is a goal, not taking it all too seriously just might be it.