“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness. People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.“ ………………Thich Nhat Hanh
“When your centre of regard, your centre of your consciousness, shifts from you as an individual to what all beings have in common, not just human beings, but all of existence—from the most distant star, to an empty space, to everybody in this room, to the chair that you’re sitting on, to the air that you breathe—you see that it’s all just actually one underlying reality. To really see this is to embrace life. To find that radical yes to existence.” ……………………Adyashanti
I am now in Norwich, England, and in the past week been watching a few episodes of the daily edition of “Monkey Life” on BBC. What struck me was the more you watch these wonderful primates in their own setting, how we can derive a close relational bonding and feel that the emotions they display and the gestures they employ are so closely related to the human species. What also became very apparent is that in the Gorilla group when there is an alpha male who is very dominant in an aggressive and in an egoistic way, he tends to get isolated. This is very same thing that happens to us when we allow our ego to play a dominant role. We get isolated from not only the community but also from with our own authentic self which inherently forms a part and parcel of the whole.
The words of Thich Nhat Hanh reflects this state of affairs in our life. From the very beginning of our lives, right from childhood, we are indoctrinated to possess, identify and experience all our objective perceptions as separate entities and which belong to the ego or the false self. Even when in childhood we need to share from the point of view of social bonding we prioritize an action of repossessing as something very essential. Our very early ancestors, as hunter gatherers had a very narrow domain of separateness between the hunter and the hunted. According to Jean Gebser, the eminent Swiss Philosopher and a person who had classified the evolution of human consciousness, the hunter gatherers, in all other relationship, especially with nature at large, had zero degree of separation. They were driven by self-preservation and procreation through the employment of ego initiated actions, we have employed our ego drives in every dimension of our lives such as accumulation of wealth, relationships, social status and power. This has resulted in a totally compartmentalized relationships wherein we assign judgmental attributes and tarnish the perception at its most fundamental level.
This is what Adyashanti says when he points out as “When your centre of regard, your centre of your consciousness, shifts from you as an individual to what all beings have in common………….” Our consciousness plays the central role in our perceptions and invariably we lock on to mental maps already stored through our sensory experiences. We never allow the time and space to question our earlier perceptions.
This is the reason why in the path to self-realization, it is important as the first step to consciously notice our bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions. Next, having noticed the above is to disown through differentiating that sensations, thoughts and emotions as not your authentic self.
This leads us to the fact that we are the awareness noticing these things. If we are able to bring ourselves to the realization that every perception, whether it be sensations or thoughts or emotions, is fundamentally conscious awareness but differentiated by our conditioned mind through pre assigned form and name, then we have made the transition to strengthen our non-differentiated awareness.
This non-differentiated awareness is the authentic Self. This is the very true composition of all manifestation.
It would be useful to define the relationships which plays out in our consciousness through which the true self gets hijacked in our daily lives.
Collectively, the primal mind, a heart of compassion and disciplined body constitute the authentic personality.
The true-Self is the very embodiment of the authentic personality.
But the true-Self has been corrupted from its true nature by being in the false perception through inputs assimilated in a lower consciousness state and believes it is the false-self (self-image).
The false-self is the vehicle of the ego personality.
The more ego structures we dismantle, the more authentic consciousness is freed up. This gradually shifts the balance of power from the false-self and the ego-personality to the true-Self and the authentic personality. Nondual perception becomes possible when the balance of power has shifted in favour of the true or authentic Self.