Newsletter September 2021
When we get plugged into emotionally charged issues, the Aware Witness is overridden by conditioned feelings.
Consider that cold isn’t the “opposite” of hot. Cold is merely the relative absence of energy, expressed as temperature. Nor is dark the opposite of light. It is the relative absence of light. In a similar way, electricity is neither positive nor negative. Electrical charge is the absence or presence of electrons. From these physical examples, we might extrapolate to the metaphysical. Evil is not the opposite of good and hell is not the opposite of heaven. Both represent the absence of the realization of Oneness. All opposites and dualities are illusory creations of mind. Likewise, love and truth have no opposite. The “opposite” of love is the appearance of separation, which doesn’t exist, so love has no opposite. The opposite of truth is falsehood, which also doesn’t exist. It is merely the absence of truth.
One can’t resolve the problem at the level at which the problem exists.
When we allow ourselves to be present in the space of the moment that both includes and transcends seemingly opposite positions, we find the peace of unity.
As Rumi said back in the thirteenth century, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” We can be present with that field whenever we remember: All opposites or dualities are illusory creations of mind.The opposites that emerge from our limited points of view, from the senses alone and from past experience are “relative” truths.Prior experience, sensory input and past memories cannot encompass the “whole” truth. When we transcend to a level of awareness beyond our prior experiences — we can integrate the opposites that stem from positionality.
When we expand our awareness to recognize that perception is always relative based on past conditioning, we can see beyond both poles to a direct perception of what’s so. Awareness of the relativity of truth, at the level of duality, helps us to dis-identify with the content of awareness and our attachment to form. Once we release attachment to content, what remains is the context — awareness itself. This awareness is experienced as inner peace. It reminds us that all separation, all sense of opposites is illusory from this aware perspective.
Leonard Laskow – Excerpts from the book "For Giving Love"
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