2009.10.01 19:00 – Swimming in Non-duality

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Paradise Tennant. The comments are by Paradise Tennant.

    Paradise Tennant: hiya steve :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    stevenaia Michinaga: and thoughts arising?
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: hmm
    Paradise Tennant: well .. we could talk about duality
    stevenaia Michinaga: if you can make me understand the concept :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: whether or not observation diminishes the illusion
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    stevenaia Michinaga: that second one sounds yummy
    Paradise Tennant: well thinking there is more than a one .. a two .. a right a wrong .. a me a you ..
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: :) illusion
    stevenaia Michinaga: ok
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: * is
    stevenaia Michinaga: lets start with duality, sounds more basic
    Paradise Tennant: maybe come up with examples of dualistic thinking
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duality
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: nonduality implies that things appear distinct when they are not really separate
    Paradise Tennant: sums it up nicely
    Paradise Tennant: thanks steve !
    stevenaia Michinaga: it seems it's just a start
    Paradise Tennant: you and I think of ourselves as separate beings when on a big picture basis we are part of just one thing
    Paradise Tennant: nonduality kind of banishes the concept of loneliness :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: not possible
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Paradise Tennant: really
    stevenaia Michinaga: wonders about that
    Paradise Tennant: duality and dichotomy are illusory phenomena
    stevenaia Michinaga: on one hand I have never been alone, on the other I have always been in a relationship
    stevenaia Michinaga: (lonely)
    Paradise Tennant: so dualisms such as self/other good/evil passive/active are illusory
    Paradise Tennant: hmm
    stevenaia Michinaga: but can you have one without the other?
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems dualism creates balance
    Paradise Tennant: contrast ..it creates contrast like the shadows in one big painting
    stevenaia Michinaga: a painting w/o shadow (plenty of modern art I have seen has mono-colour canvases attempts to eliminate dualism, pretty boring, huh
    stevenaia Michinaga: so why is dualism illusionary, seems that is a very rich illusion
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: makes it interesting engages our emotions ..captures us
    Paradise Tennant: creativity .. would be difficult without dualism
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods
    Paradise Tennant: on one level only though
    stevenaia Michinaga: listens..,
    Paradise Tennant: I think if you were going to try to understand totality it is all that ever was and all that will ever be all at once really so a kind of cosmic creativity that is much richer than dualistic creativity
    Paradise Tennant: an infinite faceted prism .. whereby dualistic thought is only one reflection of
    Paradise Tennant: sorry a prism with an infinite number of facets :) is what I meant
    stevenaia Michinaga: did you mean dualism is one facet of "Totality"
    Paradise Tennant: hmm what do you think
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: Just checking meanings
    stevenaia Michinaga: it makes sense
    stevenaia Michinaga: in that context
    Paradise Tennant: nonduality is already part of us .....
    Paradise Tennant: in every moment
    --<place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">BELL</city></place>--
    Paradise Tennant: realization of it .. is the point of becoming aware...
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: shall we talk about your building now ..
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: lol
    Paradise Tennant: how is coming along
    stevenaia Michinaga: mind is swimming in non-duality
    stevenaia Michinaga: I have a tutor mentor
    Paradise Tennant: very spacious non duality .. lots of room to swim
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I assisted her in RL with building, seems only fair she return the favor in SL
    stevenaia Michinaga: of course I assisted her virtually in RL :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: :)) cool
    Paradise Tennant: nice to have help
    Paradise Tennant: wonderfully creative .. sl
    stevenaia Michinaga: one of the reason we all her here, assistance
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: here
    Paradise Tennant: sometimes view it as escapism
    stevenaia Michinaga: others call it creativity
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: speaking of creativity, now comes the best part... naming the evenings log :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: Best
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: hmm
    Paradise Tennant: what would you call it
    stevenaia Michinaga: I usually try to take something from the log
    stevenaia Michinaga: them rethink it and adjust it in the morning :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: then
    Paradise Tennant: mind is swimming in nonduality
    stevenaia Michinaga: swimming in nonduality
    Paradise Tennant: you post the log immediately ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: mind seems redundant
    Paradise Tennant: next day ok ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: next day ok what?
    stevenaia Michinaga: for posting
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: grinds, some take weeks
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    stevenaia Michinaga: *grin
    Paradise Tennant: ok
    stevenaia Michinaga: you can stop the log anything my selecting it too
    --<city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">BELL</place></city>--
    stevenaia Michinaga: I also do a light spell check
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: kk
    stevenaia Michinaga: enjoy your evening
    Paradise Tennant: well thanks Steve...
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: appreciate your help :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: let me know if things act up, them can always be adjusted later
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    <place w:st="on">Paradise</place> Tennant: kk have a good nite :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: night
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite


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