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Non-Duality: Moving Past Right and Wrong

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Dualities are the most dividing aspects of human existence on Earth. Considering how healthy boundary dissolution for the cultivation of peace and harmony within our personal lives and within society as a whole, transcending our tendencies towards living within a dualistic framework is something incredibly beneficial for us to do. Let go of your beliefs for just a few moments and shift your position of awareness to one that is completely neutral and allow these words to drench your consciousness with provocative thoughts afterwards.

A reality of non-duality means that there is no determined actualities of “right” or “wrong” when viewed from a higher level of consciousness. This is not to say that there are not consequences and repercussions for every action that occurs, which is demonstrative of the universal and nonjudgmental law of cause and effect (sometimes called karma).

Given the reality of oneness, any action or reaction in occurrence that is in contrast to the support of unifying oneness is contrary to the nature of the Infinite consciousness matrix, which we are all a part of. This means that if someone does something that harms either themselves or another, this is an action that is contrary to unity and oneness and should not be exercised, since it only manifests harm. The ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta expresses the same understanding, by explaining that dualistic concepts such as right and wrong are relative values that should not be used as some sort of absolute standard by which we would judge other individuals.

The creation of the idea that something is either right or wrong is one that stems out of a mentality in which one sees the world as a dualistic reality, with black and white polarity governing and interacting with everything. The perception of something being either right or wrong is not something that is established in factual objectivity, but is an opinionated subjective mindset where awareness is unable to perceive the underlying nature of reality as being non-dualistic.

Our conscience, which derives from our consciousness, has the built-in understanding that anything which divides us is an illusory construct of the ego. Oneness guides one’s conscience in making decisions. Those actions or reactions that go against a unifying outcome are not desirable in this respect. The conscience sees that anything that harms oneself or others is to be avoided, as well as anything that will create a feeling of separateness or duality. The perception of a duality in which a moral “right” and “wrong” exist is not one that comes from consciousness’s conscience. Rather, it stems from the ego’s desire for judgment, domination, and self-righteousness.

Unless dealing with facts within reality, the opinionated concepts of right and wrong are subjective, as opposed to being objective. This means that they are not things that can be empirically verified or proven, since they rely on the varying perceptions and beliefs or people. Something objective, such as the polarity of a magnet, is verifiable and can be evidenced as being one thing rather than another. This can understandably be a difficult concept to accept for those who have believed in a dualistic morality from malleable childhood onwards.

With an unbiased position of awareness as one is able to have, this can be seen as a false social construct of the ego that embodies the illusion of a dualistic ultimate reality. The non-existence of this dualistic paradigm of right and wrong in the ultimate reality does not negate the fact that there are objective truths. Rather, it demonstrates that our thoughts shape our reality and if we believe something to exist, from that point onward it truly does exist within our perception of reality. However, this perception is subjective and opinionated and does not necessarily reflect the true objective reality. By embracing the concept of non-duality. We embrace the concept of unity.

When an individual attains an enlightened state of consciousness, the incredibly firm conviction of humans, that there is a right and a wrong, is seen as a conjured up illusion that has its point of origin within the ego of the human being. This false self enjoys dictating and judging every and any action or reaction that occurs within its perceivable reality. Perception of right and wrong, while being the reason for seeing reality as dualistic, is enforced by belief perseverance.

Once a false perception finds some sort of rationale for a belief, it is very difficult to change. This is why such statements as saying that “right and wrong do not exist” are not taken with an neutral position of awareness. Rather, they have the power to rouse and enrage egos. People usually keep the explanations for their beliefs, such as those related to believing reality is inherently dualistic, because the ego does not desire to admit it is wrong. This is an important thing to remember in order for each one of us to have a mind open to an infinite amount of possibilities, whether we are able to understand them or not.

When someone, that has had become Self-realized and experienced the reality of non-duality, makes a subjective and comparative judgment concerning something, he or she realizes that such a judgment is being made. The individual understands that this is not a proclamation of the mind that will be the same forever. Rather, he or she knows that where in one situation, something is seen one way, it will not necessarily been seen that way in another situation.

Consider the age-old example of a glass that is comprised of 50% water and 50% of air. The glass can one time be looked upon as being half-empty if someone is having a melancholic day, yet another day he or she is feeling quite felicitous and sees the glass as being half-full. These judgments are entirely constructed according to the subjective perceptions that a person has concerning something and they stem from the person’s overall level of consciousness or emotional states.

Viewing the glass as being both half-empty and half-full dissolves the dualistic thought-pattern that many times arises in the mind and the unity which could not be seen before is now as evident as the sun in the daytime. Expand this out into other seeming-dualistic aspects of reality and see if you can experience radical shifts in your position of awareness and see things in a newly non-dualistic light. All is one, after all.

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