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Freedom from Adhering to Any Ideology

As we explore the view of totality, we see it is a perspective that includes all possible views of reality. But what exactly do we mean by “totality”? The view of totality does not mean that there is a totality that we are viewing. I call this perspective the view of totality to indicate that it is an open-ended view that includes other views. It is actually an aperspectival understanding. In other words, it is not one particular view. The view of totality is an understanding that allows and holds multiple views at once: the ego view, the essential view, the boundless view, the view of one or another realization, the Christian view, the Buddhist view, the view of nonduality, the dual view, the view of being an individual, the view of not being an individual, and infinite other views. The view of totality holds all these views, and also allows views that are not yet known by the individual, or by anybody else for that matter. So this view is totally open and open-ended. The importance of such a view is that when we fully understand the view of totality, we don’t need to adhere to any one particular view. We can acknowledge and include many different views and, at the same time, the perspective of totality gives us the freedom to take any one view at any particular time without having to adhere to that view as our ideology or as the final word on reality.

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