Non-dualistic thinking is primarily insight, yet more than this. It is spiritual discernment. It enables us to penetrate appearances and see things as they are – minus the masks and disguises of words and labels.
The door to such ‘seeing’ is the Jesus lens in which Christ is not only our life. He is the light through which all things are known and understood.
The Door to this kind of revelation is the door out of the compartments and false dichotomies of the knowledge of good and evil * – that realm of the letter that not only kills spirit and soul but traps the religious in the world of appearances.
LAND OF THE NEW COVENANT
There is a realm in which such insight is normal. It is the post cross country of the new covenant where we live not from laws and rules in separation from God, but in union with God through the person of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus we are one with God as daughters and sons in Spirit and in truth. Christ came among us in the flesh in Palestine and He comes into us in our flesh in the Spirit of Sonship.
Paul talked of ‘Christ our life’ because only in oneness with Him are we fully alive and exquisitely sighted. The reason being that when Jesus is our life – when He not only represents us but IS US, we have become soil in which the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation takes root and flourishes. Holy Spirit and the gifts added to the old covenant, is the same as buying a tree and leaving it in its polythene container all its life and not planting it in the soil. Nothing grows in separation.
SHARPNESS OF THE LIVING WORD
Nevertheless non-dualistic thinking does not ban logic, the ability to separate good from evil or name nonsense for what it is. Richard Rohr writes, “Once you have gained even momentary access to nondual unity, all previous stages can be returned to as needed, including your dualistic reason. In fact, your reason will have a new freedom and clarity, because it is less needy — it does not need to always be right, self-sufficient, or convinced it possesses the whole picture.” (1)
FALL CONDITIONED KNOWING
Law-based thinking is essentially dualistic, separationist and the epistemology of the knowledge of good and evil realm of ‘knowing.’ Non-dualistic thinking is the result of union with God. It’s how spiritual people think. It’s the conversation of the sons of God.
If a life given to religion is a life of muffled purpose and confusion, a life absorbed in Christ’s person is clarity with spirit and life. Thus in Jesus we have life and are light.
Jesus, John and Paul spoke with precision and clarity because absorbed in Christ’ life they had entered the realm of spirit and truth. By living in this mode we know what the Bible is saying and in every other realm we can see things as they are. When the gifts of the Spirit are coupled with this reality (which is the light of the world) we see things as they are – and live with authority and not as the scribes. * Some religious communities are almost entirely cultures of a Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil. The dilemma of such systems of belief is that they attempt to find liberty from the Fall by the principles of the tree that symbolises the Fall.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 118). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.