Excerpt About View of Totality

Addressing All Possibilities of Realization Spontaneously

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. What I like about the view of totality is that it brings everybody along, meaning it addresses everybody in terms of where they are. It includes all perspectives at the same time. It doesn’t speak from any one particular vantage point. It addresses all possibilities spontaneously and naturally without the mind having to think about it or figure it out or plot the right course.

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