Duality transcendence, spiritual unity of all, transcending the ego (i.e. false self), and the illusion of self vs other

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Duality transcendence, spiritual unity of all, transcending the ego (i.e. false self), and the illusion of self vs other

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I am going to use this thread as simply a helpful directory of links to the topics I've already posted related to these subjects:
  • monism vs dualism
  • duality transcendence
  • transcending the ego (a.k.a. the false self) (This is something that others sometimes call "self-transcendence", but in that contest the self being transcended is what I call the false self or the unreal you.)
  • the unity of all things
  • the illusion of self vs other
  • Unconditional Love
  • Unconditional Forgiveness, or even more accurately, my belief that there is never anything to forgive
  • #JustLoveEverything

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The lion & the antelope share a spirit. Even your worst enemy is but a friend—you yourself in fact—in playful disguise.

I have inner peace because I shamelessly know I do only what I want to do, and I don't ever do what I don't want to do.

Commentary on self-transcendence, ego death, and dying before you die; with a finger snap more brutal than Thanos


You can also might be interested to see this full list of all tweets I've ever made that have the hashtag #JustLoveEverything. :)


Also, here are a couple Facebook posts tagged #JustLoveEverything:

Accept what you cannot change... Consciously appreciate holistic reality as the harmoniously beautiful timeless whole

Section 341 of "The Joyous Science" (a.k.a. "The Gay Science") -- Amor Fati

Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil


Finally, I leave you with these thoughts:

Instead of worshiping or futilely chasing more of the yin or the yang, what if you just love and appreciate the yin-yang as a beautiful singular whole with no opposite?

That which transcends duality transcends thinghood and thus transcends words, and thus is at least in a way inherently indescribable. But it does not transcend appreciation, meaning true conscious appreciation and a spiritual acceptance so deep, full, and unconditional that it warrants the word love.

You do not need to mediate, and if you do meditate you do not need to eliminate all verbal thoughts from your mind (or at least quiet and slow down the words so you can find the conscious silence between and behind them). But, if and when you do, it becomes much easier to see the unspeakable.

That's the kind of "eyes-closed seeing" and "eyes-closed truth" my book speaks repetitively about. Some say it's too repetitive, and others can be told it a million times and still never hear it.

For them I have no hate but sympathy: It's hard to hear the unspeakable truth in the silence if one's mind is loud. And the loudest minds are usually loud with anger and anxiety and criticism. For some, it's like being endlessly followed around by a loud talkative imaginary friend who just keeps putting you down and insulting you. "You shouldn't have done this", "You shouldn't have done that", "you're too much of this", "you're too much of that". For others, the annoying stressful imaginary blabbermouth is always getting worked up and judgemental about other people: "They shouldn't have done this", "They shouldn't have done that", "They're too much of this", "They're too much of that". Ironically, in both cases, the anxious comparisons and judgementalism sources back to the same fundamental illusion of self vs other.

Or, perhaps, they are just philosophical zombies. A philosophical zombie could never see it like we conscious beings can. The unspeakable truth in the silence is, in part, precisely by definition what a philosophical zombie cannot hear.

The truth you see with your eyes closed and the truth you hear in the silence of a great meditation session is something that can only be seen or heard by a true conscious person (i.e. a spirit). A philosophical zombie could never see it, by definition.

However, I have faith that there are no such things as actual philosophical zombies. Rather, they are just hypothetical creatures that cannot exist. I believe all people and animals have consciousness. In other words, I believe all people have a spirit, meaning the spirit, meaning our spirit. It is the spirit of all things. It is what my books calls the real you, the real me, and the real us. It is the spirit of everything. It is not yin or yang, nor solely of the yin or solely of the yang. It is the spirit of that which transcends thinghood and separation itself; it is that which by transcending duality transcends words and is indescribable, or at least would be indescribable to a hypothetical zombie who doesn't have it to see and hear for themselves.

Since you aren't a philosophical zombie, meaning since you have a spirit, I can indirectly describe it to you by pointing to the silence so you can hear for yourself and pointing to the eyes-closed truth so you can see for yourself that which an eyes-open zombie cannot see. Then we can say, it is that of which we speak. Thanks to our conscious unity of spirit, our seemingly separate bodies can use their respective mouths and ears and fingers to discuss the indescribable and connect on a spiritual level so deep and total and transcendental that it is practically unfathomable and nearly unspeakable.




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My entire political philosophy summed up in one tweet.

"The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master."

I believe spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline) manifests as bravery, confidence, grace, honesty, love, and inner peace.
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Post by Celestine Adhiambo »

Exploring concepts like duality transcendence, spiritual unity, and transcending the ego involves delving into various philosophical and spiritual traditions. It often centers on recognizing the interconnectedness of all things, overcoming the illusion of separateness, and understanding the nature of the self beyond egoic constructs.
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Exploring the interconnected themes of duality transcendence, spiritual unity, and overcoming the illusion of self vs. other often leads to a deeper understanding of inner peace and interconnectedness. Embracing the idea of transcending the ego involves recognizing the limitations of the false self and cultivating a sense of oneness with the broader existence.
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Post by Josphat Gisiora »

The spiritual unity of all emphasizes a shared essence that connects everything in existence. It suggests that beyond the apparent diversity, there is an underlying oneness that transcends individual identities. This concept often aligns with various spiritual traditions that highlight the interconnectedness of all life forms and the universe.
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Unconditional love is a profound and selfless form of affection that transcends limitations or expectations. It involves accepting someone completely, flaws and all, without judgment or conditions. This type of love is often associated with familial bonds, close friendships, or the unwavering love a parent has for their child. It goes beyond external circumstances and persists through challenges, fostering a deep and enduring connection.
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These philosophical perspectives have implications not only for metaphysics but also for fields like psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. The mind-body problem, exploring how mental phenomena relate to the physical body, remains a central topic in philosophy
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