Outside the Box

by Robert Wolfe on April 15th, 2012

Question: In reading your material...the point has been reached where it is obvious the mind must admit it no longer is of use in this "search". I can understand where a unitive perspective then requires an 'intuitive' leap. Do you have an suggestions in terms of how this intuitive perception could be nurtured, instigated, formed, switched to, enticed, facilitated, happened on, etc.? Is there anything discrete the mind might actually do that could be considered helpful in finding this alternative way of perceiving?

Response: The "intuitive leap," which is spoken of, is (as intuition is defined) immediate understanding, beyond reasoning.
You're correct in your surmise (from experience) that mere ratiocination generally has a limitation when it regards nonduality.

For you to think of something, there must be "somethingness." Can you think, in terms of objectification, of "nothingness" without conceiving of it as "some thing"?

Nonduality is (to use a favorite phrase of quantum physicists) counter-intuitive: when nonduality is clearly understood, there is no intuition apart from it that is understanding it. To put it in your terms, the mind that is searching for That, is That itself. Why? Because not anything which can be conceived (such as That) is not the same That which is doing the conceiving. To put it in Advaita terms, you are That--because all things (whether some thing or no thing) are That. And since all things are That, you (as That) cannot conceive of any thing which is not That.

See why there are Zen koans?

I'm not trying to sketch something that is more mysterious than it need by. But nonduality is the original thinking-outside-the-box. The box is the limited conception of limited forms (material or immaterial). Take away all six sides of the box ("no mind," in Zen) and what do you have? No conceivable "thing." You might say that the insight has to do with subtraction, rather than addition; or looking at this from the standpoint of a mind that is empty of notions, as to what is to be discovered.

In practical expression, if you are contemplating any two, or more, things, you are operating in the realm of duality. ("Me" outside of That.)

If you are aware that this actuality (which the sages are referring to) is thoroughly indivisible and therefore does not admit of any separate "parts," then it is intuited that there is no individual "you" which could possibly be incorporated in It. The "search" ends, with the "searcher." This, then, is nonduality: an understanding which is immediate, and transcendent of reasoning limited to dualistic conceptions. 

Posted in Monograph, Questions    Tagged with ratiocination, something, nothing, no thing, some thing, Nonduality, outside the box, nothingness, intuition, Zen, dualistic


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