We Live In Two Parallel Universes
at the same time.
Scepticism in an open mind
It is interesting that, when one takes a step into the mind, another step presents itself; this is how one evolves. It is we who take the step, and the teachings become alive.
This is also why questioning is so important – it is scepticism in an open mind: “So … the mind is empty, is it? Oh! It’s empty…it really is empty, clear and knowable!” Actually, it is not only clear and knowable: it has marvellous, inspirational workings.
Being told that the essence of mind is emptiness throws up scepticism – or it should. We need to question what this means: to repeat, the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it.”
If our life is about questioning, there is the frustration of no answer, and in that instant of giving up, space can arise: there are empty moments of clarity when we suddenly say, “Why didn’t I see that before?” These are the little eurekas! We didn’t see it before because we didn’t step back. The same words may be being used but are seen slightly differently – although this may not be understood by others because they may not have asked the same questions.
So how do we live in two parallel universes at the same time?
Our mind is not our own: rather, it is a product of our environment. We do not have any original thoughts; our mind just acquires and reacts. “But the universe is one of love!” Only could be – there is a great difference between love and my love … ‘my love’ is sold to us every day.
Here is what happens:
The physical and mental universe is created from the three principles of attraction, repulsion and inertia, which are equivalent to the emotions of desire, aversion and ignorance. These principles control the thinking mind; to be more accurate, it’s the primitive, reptilian brain that is governing us, giving rise to emotions and driving us mad. Notice that, when we walk into a room full of people, we are attracted to some and averse to others, while we ignore the rest. We are picky, and so there is a lack of true love.
Parallel to this manifestation is another universe – one of true love – and it’s not picky! When it walks into a room full of people, it just walks into a room, and addresses anything that comes to pass. This love is pure, aware and compassionate, and it understand the true nature of all sentient beings.
“…When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man/woman, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Corinthians
Through understanding Dzogchen, these two universes are inseparable. Chaos is wisdom. Confusion is wisdom. Because we now know, we are “seeing through a glass darkly…”
Dzogchen = “Confusion dawning as wisdom.”
Here is the correlation:
Desire = Emptiness.
Our being is Empty: desire fills that space with concepts.
Aversion = Awareness.
Our being is Aware: aversion arises when an “I” is created and starts judging.
Ignorance = Compassion.
Our being is Compassionate: ignorance arises when empty awareness forgets
the middle way of the unity of emptiness and awareness,
which is our true nature and that of others.