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What is Advaita?

I get so many questions, which I cannot answer, because answering questions just engenders more questions and is of no true benefit to you.
The mind wants answers, but no answer will satisfy.
I’m not interested in speaking about it, but only of speaking from our direct experience of it, yours and mine. Then you and I are heading into the depths of what this really is and entails.

I’ll flesh out some aspects for you but I cannot answer your questions. I’m interested in what makes us real. Answering peoples questions will keep you and I on the surface and not into the meat and flesh, which wants to be stripped back to the bone.

So as I ‘flesh’ out these commonly asked questions I can only do so from my own experience, to be of any benefit to you.

If you have a deep burning question then feel that question , open to that question. Your direct experience is your answer.

This freedom is exactly how things look and feel right now with nothing added.
Is that Okay?
or are you looking for a way out of experiencing certain things?
That’s where your surrender will be, until you see none of this is a problem and there’s nothing to get.

My question to you is; Can you let it all in? Let yourself fall apart? even for just one moment.
Can you receive yourself? For only then will you be able to receive me.

If you can sit in being with it all, and see no answer will ever satisfy your soul, except the Truth of ‘who you are’, then there’s a beautiful opening and burning.
When you see there’s no way out, you’re lucky.

What is Advaita and The Absolute?

From the Absolute we are Absolutely Nothing and Absolutely Everything. Which means we’re here to embrace it all. Realizing you are The Absolute, the alpha and the omega, the light and the dark allows us to become intimately familiar to ourselves…… and to our own pain. This open hospitality requires a new level of engagement. It requires a deep self disclosure to oneself.

Every moment is a death. To live fully and deeply you and I need to be with the intimacy of death. To see its a flow of energy appearing and disappearing but always flowing as that eternal life.

Advaita means “not two” and is a branch of Vedanta, which stems from the Hindu Vedas. Meaning all is One.

‘Ramana Maharshi’, (a revered Indian sage) , encouraged persistent Self Inquiry into the nature of self, with the question “Who am I”? As have other adherents to Truth throughout all religions. In this question all other questions dissolve, as it cannot be answered with the mind.
However, this question wasn’t quite right for me. What transformed everything was when I started to really notice and acknowledge that I existed, that I was alive and here.
So I found myself saying “I Am Here,” noticing myself, with my attention re oriented and acknowledging this fact to myself, all started to become apparent. For me this felt closer than the question ‘who am I?”
And in this sense of ‘HERENESS,’ all collapsed.
It was a more embodied statement to declare to myself. I found in the declaration, Life affirmed “That”.
As i said yes to existence all of existence came in to claim me back to non-existence itself; To ‘That’ which is prior to time and space.

Advaita states that all suffering is only a result of being ignorant of ones true nature. That ones true nature is Consciousness and there is nothing that exists that is not Consciousness.
This is true and in my experience in seeing this one sees everything is the Beloved….. Everything is here to be used rightly by us.Then one no longer gets caught up in suffering, but can now feel the raw pain of everything. This pain can then be used as medicine.
Now, I no longer want to escape my suffering. Now I want to yield into it, be with it and love it Home.
Once there is a direct recognition that you are ‘THAT,’ then there is an unmediated rawness and vulnerability to reality as it is. And then the process of fermentation begins as we are mulched down into humus. The grand humbling.
It is seeing through everything you made up and once believed about yourself and the false belief that you are living this life, to seeing life is living you and you bring it all to Life!
In the absence of belief you are free.
Pain can still come and go, but there is no more suffering in the pain, because there is no longer a problem with pain. When we are discharging it in the unconscious it can no longer take charge of us.
The only thing with Advaita Vedanta is…. as true as it is, because it does speak of the Absolute Truth,…… it doesn’t go further.
Many Self-Realize, only to stop. They say transcendence is all there is, but Shiva the nothingness is nothing without Shakti, the life force that is everything. Without Shakti he becomes Shava, a corpse.
It’s not the end, but the beginning of the great descent into the body, into the Great Mother into the living embodiment of that Truth, that Love. It’s an endless discovery through all of ones humanity.
It makes you and I more real. We become more transparent as we see and welcome in all our human frailties and failings.
We become more human.

What is Non Duality?

Non Duality means oneness or at one in the unified field. It is when the duality or paradox of life comes together as one, (like the personal and impersonal) and you see both exist simultaneously. This is why when one speaks of the Reality behind all life, one cannot help but speak in paradox. The mind can’t get this, only the heart and soul of our Being hears it.
Unfortunately many have got caught up in alot of the nonsense surrounding non duality and the beliefs about it and about those teachers of non duality. I’m just a friend alongside you in the deeper discovery, just doing my best in being with it all.

This is not about belief, it’s all about our living direct experience, the discovery of reality as it actually is. You see what is real and not real.

It is an immediate knowing, where everything gets answered within the unknown mystery of life.
Then you can live the mystery.

You are the world and the world appears in you.
It’s not you appearing in the world anymore.
As Jesus said “I am the father and the father is in me”

One sees all is one and so now one can simply enjoy the many manifestations and appearances of creation. There is no longer a problem with separation.It is included and enjoyed for what it is as the beauty and originality or the love of differentiation actualizing itself from Source.

It can happen spontaneously as a permanent shift in clear understanding, and then in my experience is often followed by an ever deeper seeing into the unconscious and deepening release as I live this shift within my everyday life.

It can also happen as a gradual dawning in the life and then seen. It is unique to each individual, yet it is the same clear understanding that is seen.
Either way we cannot escape the pain and heartbreak of life. We can only yield, offer it up and live into it. In this comes great Joy and well being.

We are in the play of opposites, the play of duality, sadness and happiness, love and hatred. They come and go, not one better than another anymore. It’s now we can become the open vessel for all of life to flow through unimpeded.
If you fight or resist the play of duality, suffering ensues. If you yield into the pain, then it’s just pure pain. The divine pain that ferments and mulches us back to holy ground.
Either way it’s a humbling and grounding experience.

How does one see one’s true nature?

There is no concrete how, but to see that you are here, right here right now. This is a full stop back to yourself. Realizing the non dual nature affords a great relaxation into Being.

Just see that you are here just as you are, with no need to fix or change. just see that you exist and relax. You are here! That’s more than enough!

Keep your attention on the feeling of you, of you in that body right now, not the thoughts, just the overall feeling sensation in the body. this is a great place to start, because we can only start with where we are, or where we are at.

In this you will see that everything arises and moves within you, but you are actually unchanging. You are simply pure existence and then you’ll see very easily that you’re pure Consciousness. The unmoving awareness that is always here.
Your true nature is ‘THAT.’ 
It’s not an experience, it’s what’s here before, during and after any experience. Bring that which doesn’t move, your awareness to that which is arising and moving within and all around you. Then allow it all to penetrate you completely and move through you fully.
Life becomes more fluid this way no matter what’s happening.
These are part of the sessions I offer to allow yourself to begin tasting this direct experience of yourself. How to be with everything as true freedom.

Stop, relax and rest. See the human being, feel into the body, into the aliveness within and sense what embodies and gives life to this human being. It’s not what you think it is either. You cannot fathom it.

Some will speak and write about it and others won’t, it’s unique and different in it’s expression and that’s why there are so many ways of speaking or writing about it, but ultimately everyone is saying the same thing, just with a different twist on it and flavour and from their own direct experience which is unique and from their own character and/or personality. It is often repetitive yet never boring, because it can be said in so many different ways.

What is Presence?

It’s the spacious awareness of oneself as the Self, as Source energy.

This is the Radiance, which expresses itself as ‘I Am’. This sense of ‘I Amness’ is the ‘I am here’ as pure existence. It is the One Beingnness expressing through the vehicle of the body/mind or ‘little I’ which is just an idea of the ‘Pure I’. The ‘Pure I’ is that which is giving life to the ‘little I’, the ‘little I’, (god bless it), is an idea of the mind and therefore a false identity. When the perception has shifted to ones true nature, then one is absorbed by that, rather than being totally mind absorbed by the little story of you. You see through or rather you use the story correctly to keep feeling and seeing through.

Is there Choice or Choicelessness?

Well it’s both and it’s neither and it’s beyond both in Truth. Confusing, don’t worry, it’s meant to confuse the mind.

Whatever is arising or appearing in the momentum of life is choiceless, yet you do have a powerful point of choice in the Presence or present moment of Now. That’s the only real choice you have amidst all the patterning, conditioning and programming from your past.
That’s the moment of transformation in the momentum of the past. You do have a choice in the choicelessness. It’s Freedoms Choice. Your Presence in the present moment changes the past and rewires a new outcome.

Personalities are just the way they are. Tendencies, habits and patterns arise and actions happen as a result, which is cause and effect. However, who you are is causeless and if you look closely you will see you aren’t choosing to do any of it. Choices get made even at the 11th hour, life unfolds, but there is a profound sense of knowing, and a deep trust in the unknown, because you are the unknown and that life is doing it, living you and that no separate individual is doing it, yet you are also here as an individuating expression of THAT LIFE and so you are also ultimately responsible, because you bring it all to life.. So in this paradox the power of awareness shifts the direction of the momentum in the field of possibilities for a new momemtum to unfold.

It’s up to you to see if this is true or not. This must be seen your self and not taken on as another concept. Enjoy the investigation. It’s forever instructing, maturing, involving me in the involution and evolving me.
As Papaji said “It is vigilance to the last breath”

There is a spaciousness of choice in where your allegiance is. Where the vigilance and discernment is. You have no control over what is arising but you can turn your attention to it. The only actual choice in the choicelesness is to see you are here, right now, to be present to what is arising and in that everything get’s done. The impersonal and personal come together, the human and the Being, and you as spirit incarnate into your humanity.

You are being lived, so relax and let life live you.

What about Enlightenment?

This is a an outdated term as is awakening. They indicate a point of ending or achievement, but this is endless and there’s no body in truth to achieve anything.
There is no ‘enlightenment’ except ‘light in this moment’, to see you are here, just as you are, to see reality is as it is, right now. It is just to see every moment freshly and innocently in its wholeness and goodness and that feels good and joyous and uplifting.
The well being you return to is quietly peaceful and thrums in that harmony.

Self doesn’t need to be enlightened. There is no separate ‘I’ to be enlightened anyway. It already ‘just is’ and everyone is or no one is enlightened. It’s really an old idea conjured up by the mind. It’s great to see through this myth.

What about pre destination or making your own destiny?

This cannot be answered, but rather sensed and intuited into.
They are one and the same. They appear to both exist, yet again it is beyond both.

There is no making your own destiny nor is it all pre destined. It is the same as choice and choicelessness. It is the paradox again.

There is an apparent ‘doership’ in the life, but in truth, only Source is the doer or unfolder of life. Life itself unfolds life itself, It is enjoying the mystery too, as you, but guess what You are life Itself…. so you can open into and act creatively and joyously in the field of all possibilities.
We do not live in a deterministic universe.
It is vital, alive, creative and dynamic. You can make the decision to step into that field.
The paradox is we are being impulsed from life all the time. Our job is to listen and let that inform, guide and move us.

Once you see, then what?

Many, many, many of us are seeing this true nature, it is not a rare occurrence any more, as it was in the days of Buddha or Jesus. It’s like the 100th monkey or the domino effect.

Those who are aware of their true nature, are still everyday human beings. We will all still have the unconscious conditioning’s of our family, society and culture. There will still be imperfections, flaws, shadow aspects, outdated patterning, and we can still act out unconscious behaviours and self enhancing motivations. We may be awake to the pure Consciousness but we still have the responsibility to all that is unconscious.
As the Bodhisattva prayer goes “Sentient Beings are numberless. I vow to save them” meaning all the personalised unconscious and all the collective unconscious is down there for me to reclaim, because all our true power is in there!

As you can see in this recognition one still experiences periods of difficulty, none of us are exempt. There is no escape from life as it is, there is just no problem with it anymore. The Love you are just wants to embrace it all. The Great Mother could never turn away from her children. She only wants to cradle them all and bring her lost orphans Home.

This loving intelligence knows there is no escape, that’s the radical surrender. Then the entire focus is reoriented towards this, whereas the tendency before would have been to turn away from reality.
When the need to escape relaxes and drops then this affords an ease of being through any difficulty and thus a fresh seeing, deepening, releasing, softening and organic surrendering into the reality of life ensues. This release is known as liberation.

You see very clearly that you are no different from any one else and there is now no need to be different from anyone else. This is the only difference between recognition and not yet recognising. There is also no need to see or recognise as well! If you do you do, if you don’t you don’t. It will be clear, in it’s own way and in its own time.

There are no levels, just a maturing, deepening, softening, embodying and resting more and more, through fresh seeing.

What about Existence?

The only certainty is that you exist, you are here are you not?

The tendency is to follow the ramblings of the mind. The suggestion is to not follow the story, instead, use the story as an entry point into the feelings and deeper sensations the story engenders and thus into the depths of yourself.

Ask life itself to reveal itself to you. Ask it to reveal its true existent nature to you.

Direct seeing then can only be seen for one self, because none of it actually makes any sense at all, till one sees directly.

What’s life like for you?

This is a real question that I would also ask you?
For me, I love how obvious and ordinary it all is. I love how raw and real and vulnerable making it actually is, which makes me more real; like the story of the velveteen rabbit. Life is here to disillusion us to hollow out, forge us into things of great beauty.
There’s a great joy in it.
I love how it keeps stripping me bare, humbling me until I’m on my knees with my head bowed and I never want to get back up again.
It’s profoundly ordinary, deeply intimate, innocently passionate, full of well being and goodness.
It’s also a wild ride into the heart. It’s beautiful. It has also been terrifying, heart wrenching, heart breaking and always breaking me open and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Most of all I enjoy being an ordinary human being It’s an extraordinary thing to just rest and relax into being yourself. I keep discovering an exquisite tenderness in my humanity where all the beauty and joy of life is seen.
There is an ever deepening compassion for self and for all.
That’s why being a human being is divine.
What an opportunity we have been given.

What about poverty, evil and the atrocities in the world?

I cannot answer this question. I wouldn’t want to demean anyone’s suffering.
Life is heartbreaking, but if you let it break you open it will break you into a thing of beauty.
The real question is … Can you let it in?
I don’t condone any of it.
All I have is immense compassion for it all.
There is no rhyme or reason for it. I don’t know. Yet there does appear to be some strange expansion/contraction process going on in the involutionary/evolutionary process of humanity. The unmet shadow , the unconscious acting out? ……possibly? ……trying to be seen and met?…… perhaps? ……..who can really say? It appears that way, so it seems to me that bringing the consciousness to that which is unconscious is what life is potently calling for,…… maybe so? …… and that is all I can say on this matter.

What about Evolution?

Well from my experience there is an evolutionary impulse. I feel it, sense it and know it.
That is obvious.
Spurce as the unfolding universe is seeing itself through myriad forms, waking up to itself in myriad ways.
The next big evolutionary leap is the leap of Consciousness.
This is happening now.
Everything is coming together for this next big leap in this timeline. It’s a convergence.
Yet in pure consciousness, from the Absolute perspective,( prior to all,) nothing has ever existed , so evolution doesn’t exist, it is a relative truth and yet here we are, all still growing and evolving through and as consciousness.
We will witness the conscious evolution of humanity on this planet.
What was rare in the past is not rare any more. Many are coming alive to themselves as Life. Then we will all bring this consciousness that we are through form en masse!
A new age is dawning and we are the ones seeding the next great age.

Written by Jane Rosaline Hunter

Copyright 2009