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“Does God intentionally hide from us in order to invigorate the play we are all in and charge it with emotion?”
“Could God and creation be the same reality, like water and ice, both sharing the exact same essence? The mystic says, “Yes!” and the implications are mind-blowing!”
“You are not simply connected to God; every aspect of your being is divine! God is not just deep within you at a special place; you are divine at every level!”
“It will seem as if you are opening to more and more of God’s love yet you will finally see that God’s love for you has always been infinite and perfect at each and every moment.”
“When we celebrate both our uniqueness in form and our unity in our Divine Essence, we have the balance that completely opens our loving heart. Everyone and everything is fully divine and it is only through the many that the One Love can be expressed.”
- Thomas Razzeto from his book, Living the Paradox of Enlightenment.
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This ancient wisdom is sometimes called “nondual wisdom”
The word “nondual” means “not two” and it’s used here because God and creation are seen as One Reality, not two. This wisdom holds that the unseen Creator arises as the world we see all around us. This is like an actor arising as a character. There is a difference between the the actor and the character since the actor is the source of the character; it’s not the other way around. The actor still exists even when the role of the character is dropped. Yet when the actor arises as the character, they are identical.
Since the actor is the transcendent source of the dependent character, it is wise to make a distinction between what seems to be two, and yet the actor also fully permeates the character in a way that paradoxically makes them one. When you look into the eyes of the character, you are looking directly into the eyes of the actor. You do not have to go to a deeper level to find the actor. Every single quality or aspect of the character is truly a quality or aspect that is being exhibited by the actor, and every single action that appears to be done by the character is really done by the actor. What appears to be the will and power of the character are really the will and power of the actor.
A similar thing is happening with God and creation. It is God (the One Invisible Actor) who is arising as “everyOne,” and it is God who is doing everything spontaneously without a script.
(You can read more in my 3-page essay: Why Do We Call It Nondual Wisdom?)
While the message that I offer is truly ancient, I hope that my fresh presentation will help you understand this delicious material in the deepest way possible. Perhaps my work will inspire us all to respect one another, treat each other kindly, and work together for both personal and world peace.
By the way, my mentor is Timothy Conway, who truly embodies this open-hearted wisdom. Much of my work reflects what I have learn from his satsangs, which I attended almost every week from June 2005 to July 2016. That was when Timothy and his wife Laura moved to Arizona. I am sure we will still keep in touch but for me, there was nothing quite like those weekly gatherings. I cherish them dearly.
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A Definition of Enlightenment:
Although there is no universally accepted definition of enlightenment, my mentor and I underscore two key criteria:
1) Being fully awake to the correct understanding of your True Self as this One Divine Source-Awareness, the One Self that arises as all apparent selves and
2) Being completely free from all selfish or self-centered desires, often called egocentric binding likes and dislikes.
These two aspects work together to automatically produce the unhindered flow of all the divine virtues such as loving kindness, compassion, peace, humility, generosity, patience, and the joy that comes from giving. In this way, your personal consciousness (your soul) becomes a well-tuned instrument in the hands of God sharing the fruit of enlightenment with everyOne, including yourself. So we see that being fully awake and being completely free leads to being entirely available to share the One Love of God, without any fear at all.
You can read more in my 8-page essay: What Is Enlightenment?
All my essays and excerpts are here.
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Here's the back cover of my book, expanded just a bit for my website:
Living the Paradox of Enlightenment
Ancient Nondual Wisdom for Today
My most passionate plea is for you to wake up to your true self as pure awareness. We have all heard it said that you are not a human being having a spiritual experience, but instead, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. While that shift in understanding is of course very important, there is still a deeper wisdom. In truth, you are not a being of any kind, physical or spiritual. You are pure awareness! And most importantly, your awareness is the One Awareness - the Divine Awareness - and as such, it is the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is your true fundamental self and this Source-Awareness is looking out of your eyes right now!
By “fundamental self,” I mean what you are in your most essential way. Although you are fundamentally “only” pure, formless, transcendent Awareness, through the mystery of creation, you arise as the totality of created reality (all form) and you experience your life from the perspective of your own “personal self.” In this way, the One Self arises as all apparent selves. This is how the One becomes the many. The intuitive recognition of this is what creates tremendous love and compassion for everyOne. You are inspired to engage in life in a wholesome way and to make the world a “better” place, as seen from the perspective of our ordinary world.
This book will help you correctly understand who you really are as Source-Awareness and this is the first aspect of enlightenment. The second aspect is the ability to unselfishly flow in harmony with all that life brings forth. You can become more skillful in the art of acceptance and in doing so, you will more easily experience a deep and lasting personal peace.
Yet you were not created just to sit still in a state of peaceful acceptance. You are here to fearlessly dive head first into your life in your own unique way. Many of us have heard the phrase “you create your own reality,” but this does not mean that the universe is your personal mail order catalog, simply waiting for you to clearly make up your mind and place your order. If you are open to a deeper understanding of that phrase, then you are ready to make some real progress. This is about removing blockages, not pursuing specific outer circumstances.
When you release your limiting beliefs about yourself, the world, and how you fit into it, you will be open to the full flow of God’s love. You will be able to joyfully put your values of kindness and caring into action with an aliveness that cannot be matched!
So what do you think? Are you inspired to learn more about the paradox of enlightenment? If so, this book just might offer you the clarity you have been looking for!
In truth, I honor your divine nature.
All my best, Thomas Razzeto
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