Dissolving Dualistic Mind
Dualistic mind is one that relates to something. The key word here is ‘relates’, as this is the relative reality we hear about, which is sometimes called conventional reality. We are seemingly constantly caught up in a subject-object battle, hence the word ‘dualistic’. It is always duelling! 😉 This describes the relative physical-mental world in which we live, and which is the cause of suffering.
Non-duality is our spiritual basis, our essential nature. It is merely being, without being something. Just empty awareness. It is beyond the physical-mental realm. To understand this, we must dissolve our confused mind. That confusion is our path, and that is why we meditate. Dissolving dualistic mind – a mind that has become full of concepts about itself – is merely a matter of recognising these concepts. In that moment of recognition, detachment occurs. Detachment – total detachment – is pure emptiness.
This is spontaneous but momentary. Dualistic mind has dissolved, but quickly comes back. This is happening all the time, very fast. Our job is to become more and more familiar with this recognition, and then drop all ideas about it.
Funnily enough, the stronger the emotion, the clearer the recognition! We tend not to admit to our emotions (especially pride and jealousy) because we feel guilty about them: we cover them up as we can’t be honest, when they actually have the potential to awaken. This covering up keeps us stuck in a dualistic cycle of suffering.
This is why we have to kindly bend towards ourselves.