Excerpt About Perspective

Different Ways that Being Manifests Itself

The important thing to understand for what we are doing here, which is exploring the fulcrum of realization in the Diamond Approach, is the relationship between, on one hand, the conventional view of the self and the world and, on the other hand, the nondual view, which is the view of recognizing the unity of reality as one beingness. And what we’re doing is not a matter of supplanting one view with the other, replacing the dual view with the nondual view. We want to see the relationship between the two in an intimate and detailed way. The view of totality recognizes that dual and nondual perspectives are different ways that Being manifests itself. Seeing how these two views interact opens up the possibility of experiencing reality in ways that are neither dual nor nondual. Simply moving from the conventional view to the view of the realization of pure awareness or absolute reality, which are dimensions we have explored in past teachings, gives us some understanding of the conventional view from the perspective of realization. But it doesn’t provide a thoroughgoing understanding of how the two conditions relate to each other. The view of totality, because it can hold both perspectives at once by being outside both of them, can give us a more complete understanding and appreciation of how they interrelate. Instead of alternating between views or progressing from one to the next, this view of totality has the advantage of understanding how practice is realization. We can come to understand what we are doing when we practice because we understand how things happen behind the scenes. The view of totality also has the advantage of a greater openness that heralds other conditions of realization, which cannot be apprehended simply by moving from dual to nondual understanding.

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