Oneness – Advaita: Spiritual Awakening Into Oneness

by Houston Vetter - DocResults on October 24,

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Oneness – Advaita: Spiritual Awakening Into Oneness

Oneness, Advaita:  Spiritual Awakening Into Oneness

This concept of Oneness or Advaita or non-duality can be a very confusing idea to the human mind. On one hand the mind is really designed to create illusion and the first illusion it creates is, there is a truth to be known and you the individual can know it. On the other hand the mind is totally central to the energetic sense of a separate individual. The mind is an energetic creation used to create, or give and add meaning to meaningless events.

Just imagine, if the concept of Oneness, Advaita or non-duality can be confusing how challenging the experience of it can be.

A child coming into the physical has no concept of itself as separate from anything. Its experience is everything as one. A child is not even aware of itself as something not connected to everything else, until a certain amount of time has past. That sense of separation happens as the mind is developed.  As the mind starts the process of ADDING meaning to meaningless events.

Please be aware that these are not judgments about anything only observations of the process that takes place. There is no accusation that this is either right or wrong, only a description of what is.

As a child grows (and what some refer to as matures) in the awareness of duality the less the awareness of non-duality, i.e. Oneness is there.

Some spiritual traditions hold that a person’s underlying, and often unknown to them, desire is to return to the Oneness that they actually are. While this can be a useful idea it usually sets up a dualistic concept of a journey to get to Oneness.

Advaita is a Hindu word that literally means non-duality. Wikipedia has this to say about Advaita (non-duality.

Advaita Vedanta (IAST Advaita Vedānta; Sanskrit: अद्वैत वेदान्त ) is a philosophical concept where followers seek liberation/release by recognizing identity of the Self (Atman) and the Whole (Brahman) through long preparation and training, usually under the guidance of a guru, that involves efforts such as knowledge of scriptures, renunciation of worldly activities, and inducement of direct identity experiences. Originating in India before 788 AD, Advaita Vedanta is widely considered the most influential and most dominant sub-school of the Vedanta (literally, end or the goal of the Vedas, Sanskrit) school of Hindu philosophy. Other major sub-schools of Vedanta are Viśishṭādvaita and Dvaita; while the minor ones include Suddhadvaita, Dvaitadvaita and Achintya Bhedabheda.

Advaita (literally, non-duality) is a system of thought where “Advaita” refers to the identity of the Self (Atman) and the Whole (Brahman). Recognition of this identity leads to liberation. Attaining this liberation takes a long preparation and training under the guidance of a guru.

Often those who have a passion for Advaita or Oneness/Non-duality fall into a trap or two or three. That’s not a good thing or a bad thing; just part of the ‘wanting something so much and it seeming so far away or hard to get’ energy.

Often those who are seeking Oneness or are a follower of Advaita philosophy wind up, maybe not on purpose but, trying to get away from Duality and get to non-duality. This same trap happens to many other spiritual seekers that are not necessarily familiar with the concept of Oneness or Advaita philosophy. You probably know someone like this… they equate the physical as less than and they would give anything to be more spiritual than physical.

Yin and Yang vs Yin or Yang

For the western seeker, more so than the eastern seeker there is more ‘either/or’ mental programs to shift than ‘and’ mental programs. Many eastern seekers are familiar with the concept of yin and yang, where often the western mindset would be more a yin or yang filter.

When the filter is ‘either/or’ it creates a value of better/worse, where the ‘and’ filter creates a view of different without adding a value.

I was recently listening to an audio of someone teaching abundance and healing because the name of her method was “Embrace ALL That IS Technology”.  The host was telling everyone that all the Healers and Teachers this season were talking about Oneness being where everything is. Disappointment set in as I listened to the presenter present as if Oneness was better than duality and she didn’t even know she was embracing some things and resisting other things.

The reason this continues to happen to spiritual seekers goes further than the ‘either/or-and’ distinctions. It misses the ‘as’ condition.

The way the Oneness experience is usually explained is there is only Oneness or non-duality. What individuals hear is ‘there is no duality’ so their desire is to get rid of duality and only experience Oneness. For the longest time I taught classes on Oneness inside Duality, which still had Oneness and Duality as separate items. What I, as separate individual, and most miss is duality IS Oneness expressing. They are not separate things they are the same thing.

There are three different views; which one is your experience?…

  1.  Oneness vs Duality
  2. Oneness in Duality
  3. Oneness AS Duality

Spiritual Awakening into Oneness is a different experience. There are a lot of different spiritual awakening experiences that can lead to Oneness, sooner or later. All problems/non-problems, illnesses and diseases/health are an invitation to Oneness.

Probably, besides the realization that Duality IS Oneness, the other hindrance to waking up to Oneness is the sense of an individual self. When one loses the energetic sense of being an individual then the experience of Oneness being is all there is.

As has been said elsewhere no one gets enlightenment. Spiritual Enlightenment is ‘nothing being everything’, not something (an individual) being everything. The sense of being a separate individual is possible the biggest stumbling block to an individual fully experiencing Oneness. Many have experiences of Oneness and yet they experience themselves having the experience. In other words they experience themselves as experiencing Oneness, which is a dualistic experience.

Not taking anything away from having the experience of Oneness and yet when the full experience is had there is no you/I, only being.

Now the beauty of this is when Duality is seen as Oneness the sense of a separate individual self diminishes tremendously. And the less you have a sense of a separate self the greater the experience of Oneness, Advaita, Non-duality.

Often when hearing a person speaking about their Oneness experience they speak of the fact that the individual (or the sense of a separate me) is no longer there.  The sense of self has been included so deeply that it is just nothingness expressing through what seems to be a person. It is life expressing, the experience of nothing being everything.

From a dualistic thought process it would also include everything being nothing as well. Oneness includes everything including the dualistic both sides of the coin.

Oneness IS…

  • Silence sounding and sounding silence
  • Stillness moving and movement stilling
  • Darkness lighting and light darkening
  • Emptiness filling and fullness emptying
  • Oneness separating and separateness combining
  • Nothing being everything and everything being nothing

There is nothing that Oneness is not.  However, in the apparent absence of that which is not, that which is, is not.

In other words for there to be a Oneness to experience there must be a seemly non-Oneness or Duality which is perceived as not Oneness otherwise there could be no experience of Oneness OR Duality for that matter.

Even though Oneness actually is Duality or Duality is Oneness expressing… unless they can be perceived as separate from each other they do not exist enough to be experienced.  Once they are experienced as separate then they can be experienced as Oneness expressing or showing up as Duality. And there is no one doing the experiencing or expressing. It is only Oneness being.

Other labels for Oneness could be NOthing or Nothing or Life or Unconditional Love.

 

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Hans October 25, 2012 at 1:44 am

Hi There,
Reading through the first chapter of your book reminds me of similar teachings and talks I have facilitated some years ago here in Australia.
Most certainly, there is only oneness. The duality of our being we can link to the separation from God in one of the dark ages.
Personally I do not believe in unconditional love. Simply because, “there is nothing unconditional on our planet or the universe!”
There are conditions attached to everytthing.

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Houston Vetter - DocResults October 25, 2012 at 7:57 am

Hans,

Thank you for your reply.

Here is something to consider… if there is only Oneness there is actually no such thing as “personally I do/do not believe”. Unless that is Oneness pretending not to be or Unconditional love being conditional.

From an energy POV unconditional/conditional is really just a matter of charge/no-charge (hook/no-hook). Without a charge that hooks, constricts or blocks it is all balance and flow (unconditional).

To Your Best,
Doc Houston

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Clem October 25, 2012 at 3:00 am

This is a world of opposites and as such, no one can run away from duality. It is a question of ‘when in Rome, behave like the Romans’. But in truth we all are in a state of oneness, But our awareness of this vary.

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Houston Vetter - DocResults October 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

Clem,

Thank you for your thoughts.

The question that comes up is how does one utilize everything… Oneness, duality, oneness and duality, oneness or duality.

And I thought when in Rome act like a tourist.

To Your Best,
Doc Houston

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Paddy McAlister October 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

Great words of wisdom, Houston….

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Houston Vetter - DocResults October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

Paddy,
Thank you.
To Your Best,
Houston
Dr. Vetter

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Rick October 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I would have to rephrase the 3 statements above on the oness/duality topics as ” duality IN oness”…..
From a self expreienced point of view almost a decade ago, after losing the energetic sense of being an individual, the self awareness factor kicked in and allowed the dualistic nature of my “oness” self, to be fully expereinced thru the senses. Realization of this merges the aspect of duality back into the “ONESS” of being!

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Houston Vetter - DocResults October 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Rick,

Thank you for your thoughts.

In the model presented 1) oneness vs duality 2) oneness IN duality 3) oneness as duality… 1 & 2 have a dualistic feel and linguistics where 3 feels and linguistically portrays as one and the same (sameness) or oneness.

Duality IN oneness, which is the reverse of #2 linguistically still presents them as separate and distinct and yet incorporated into each other. And is useful on the move to incorporate and include everything.

As an example in the USA the phrase “Barack Obama IN the president” denotes two separate things where “Barack Obama AS the president” denotes Oneness or the same. Saying “the president IN Barack Obama” is closer to oneness and yet linguistically it still separates two things. The phrase “the president As Barack Obama” doesn’t fit linguistically and makes no real understandable sense.

The actuality is using words to describe nothingness, nothing being everything (total inclusion) is always a challenge as words and descriptions are three levels away from personal experience and four levels away from experience without the an energetics sense of being a separate individual. And the outcome of words is separation and exclusion. It is always an adventure when NO-thing (beingness) attempts to explain ‘being’ to NO-thing (beingness) pretending (thinking & feeling to be an individual) when it is really (NO-thing) Nothing being everything.

And it really is all is good and everything is unfolding as it should.

To Your Best,
Houston

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