Christian Non-Duality and Unity Consciousness

Christian Non-Duality and Unity Consciousness


in our discussion of non-duality it’s
important for us as committed to the Christian religion and the Christian
contemporary mystical tradition to think of what we what non-duality really means
for us I think it’s it’s the Christian word for enlightenment or transformation
or awakening and it course has a very strong conceptual background I spoke
about sacrifice the relationships in the Trinity are constantly giving themselves
to each other totally so that there’s this infinite exchange of love and
self-sacrifice in the holy spirit and then so that when Christ the Son of God
becoming become a human being enters into humanity which is the peak of the
evolutionary process that has now become conscious of the Creator and can respond
with gratitude and abstract ideas of is self reflective self conscious can be
forgiving compassionate and all the things that are are not found in the
animal kingdom except insofar as were kind of glorified animals in in the
classical definition of the human being it’s were described as thinking animal
notice thinking is only an adjective so we’re mammals were part of this creation
part of this earth part of this universe and part of the continuing education or
development of human consciousness as expressed in under these circumstances
so the idea of non-duality Zitz understood today appears often in all
the great mystics and and in the sacraments and Liturgy of the church
it’s implied and it needs to be more deliberately expressed in our times
insofar as as this terminology is is the one that’s being used in spiritual
circles today and so non-dual originally is the idea that the separate self sense
disappears and so that everything that that happens is a direct experience of
reality without being necessary a great experience is just being able to lead
ordinary life without thinking of once out so when you look at a tree is the
tree and not you looking at the tree which is the normal response of our
rational intellect so how do we grow in this well first of all Christ has become
man in Jesus and he’s come to show us how to do this and he’s taken the whole
human race into himself by becoming human as in Paul’s the teaching he’s
compared to Adam as the second Adam and so the
the emphasis there is that all humanity is in Christ in a special way because of
his divine nature he can’t help but penetrate everything in humanity and so
his experience extends to the details of being a human being from eating lunch or
having a cup of tea walking around taking a bath or whatever ordinary
humans are usually doing that’s what he seems to have done for 30 years
but what is clear that he was manifesting the love of God for human
beings by becoming one with him in order that human beings might become one with
God and this is a one of the classical statements of the early church fathers
that God became man in order that people might become God that’s a very strong
statement Jesus reveals that oneness quite a few times in his his teaching
especially in his last discourse at the Last Supper where he speaks of oneness
he speaks it and he prays for his followers to be one with the same unity
that he he has in the father and the father has in him so so that priestly
prayer is full of this idea of oneness and so then Paul develops this in his
reflections on the mystical body of Christ so that so the through baptism or
grace each human being is invited in and those who do certainly become a new
creature in Christ and ourselves in the mystical body so we bring our little
hole on or our little fractal expression of the divine geometry into ordinary life and everything we do
can’t be separated from this oneness dwelve in us as a kind of deepest self
and little by little were meant to develop into a capacity of being
conscious of that higher self from which we become so being aware of the self and
of God is a kind of duality and even in the transforming union though this is
like a union of mind and heart as well as body and in that unity people are
still two so here is where we have to understand what love is and in the
Christian religion love is the bottom line love God with your whole mind heart
soul and strength and your neighbors yourself because it’s the same God is in
them is in us so that all humans basically are equal in dignity and in
their nature and and they’re also inserted now into the mystical body of
Christ with a call to be to serve and to build up the body of Christ in various
ways so so once you are baptizing in grace you’re a living cell in a living
body that has the Holy Spirit as the lifeblood that fills the whole every
cell and indeed every particle of cells so it was tired to show them that says
that every particle contains Jesus Christ so since we’re made up of
trillions of them we’re really immersed in him and in God you can’t get away
from it we’re saturated with God we just haven’t been taught to
see it this way in science is contributing but it’s basically not
science or intellectual reflection that awakens to this reality but experience
and this experiences is the experience of relating to God out of a developing
relationship that becomes more and more intimate more more one so that the self
is no longer dominating and the emotional programs the happiness have
been laid to rest or moderated so that they they’re not the main focus of
conversation or communion with ourselves with God or with other self so as that
grows duality diminishes somewhat like a deep friendship in in marriage with the
couple as they grow through the various difficulties become more and more
appreciative of each other and sharing trials and and bearing with each other’s
imperfections and limitations they are concerned with each other and helping
each other serving each other bringing up a family if that’s involved and so
are these people – or are they more and more one in twenty Jesus speaks of of
marriage he says does he not that the two become one
flesh they’re married so so so there’s a certainly non dual concept so if we
remember the whole lawn and me and the other scientific metaphors that I’ve
been suggesting I deserve a little more attention
nowadays his it reaches the idea that this oneness of love is a form of
non-duality that has a personal quality being personal people and being having
come out of a whole background in which we belong to the human race and are
developing friends and parents and education and ourself is growing in
breadth of perspective and in relationship to God that this is a
Christian non duality then is this increasing merging of our all our
interests and body and soul and emotions into the body of Christ the new creation
who is through the Spirit has given us the source of a new motivation which
comes out of the fruits and gifts of the Spirit and so that the self may remain
as a kind of uniqueness that we’re in unique creation but its limitations as
itself from different lower levels of consciousness disappears into ever
greater oneness without having to leave behind the relationships that we had
before in other words we were building on them previous relationships that were
real but somewhat inadequate compared to what the transforming union and what
unity consciousness might might be so it depends a little on how you describe or
define what you mean by non duality that’s why I think Christian experience
of Awakening and the unity consciousness is is
it’s just is the is the true oneness that involves the full participation of
our humanity body soul and spirit distinct from the divine nature but
totally absorbed in reality with the realization of God in the degree that
yard wills for each of us to penetrate the mysteries of inner life which is it
a totally gratuitous gift a corollary of this is the importance of cultivating an
awareness or a faith or a conviction in in the divine indwelling that’s really
the source Andrew W of the spiritual life that it’s possible that it’s here
and so we don’t have to become anybody we already are all that we can be so
this when there’s nobody to become think of how free you would be relaxed you
only have to be what we are already which is the creature and the beloved of
God created perhaps eternally along with thee the emergent of the Word of God
from the bosom of the Father and and sent by the father into this world for
reasons that we may not understand that are perfect so everything just as it is
a Zen Buddhist a is perfect but from God’s perspective because he sees how
this is creature heavily endowed but of almost incredible powerlessness and
weakness is able to consent to the divine action to enrich it and to bring
it into fullness of love and to give the Trinity
what several mystics have said is to allow
God to love us so this is implied in our from the beginning in the centering
prayer which is to consent thank God where he is in relation to us and what
his plans are so non duality for the Christian is to be guided by the spirit
not by the one of the false selves of the ego so you have to let go of that
but also you’re freeing some of these virtues to start functioning in daily
life the infused virtues are really the work of the Spirit who spontaneously gets us to do what is right without even
thinking about it so that’s where effort would be a mistake because the soul
under the influence of the spirit that effort less total receptivity is the
best way to be open to God’s guidance it’s like being a container for God so
for a container to be filled what’s the best response emptiness openness it’s
very simple but very hard to do all you have to do is nothing try it but it
doesn’t mean you actually do nothing it means that you’re empty of all willed
proposals but open to God’s action so that you do what he wants to do
emptiness is not total nothingness but emptiness with an openness to becoming
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