There are no entities. Object and subject are entirely created in a mental process of objectivisation known as dualism. When this process ceases, object and subject vanish, and phenomena is no longer regarded as such, but recognized as pure subjectivity, which alone remains. This is awakening. The realization that objects and subject are not, is also the realization that there is no “me”. Continue reading
The body is just another object. As other objects, the body is made out of our experiencing of it. There is nothing else to the body other than the colors that make up our seeing of it, the body sensations that make up our feeling of it, and the hearing, smelling and tasting of it. The cells, blood vessels and muscles we think constitutes our body are themselves nothing but colors and sensations. Continue reading
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
Well, there is neither sound nor tree, no forest nor fall.
The world is made out of sensing. The colors of the world, the touching of the world, the hearing, smelling and tasting of the world is all there is to the existence of the world. There are no atoms, no cells, no muscle tissue, blood vessels or biological compounds. There are no metals, no materials, no chemicals whatsoever and there is certainly no space nor time in which they could exist. No, the world is made out of colors and sounds, of sensations of touch, and of smelling and tasting – throw in thinking and we’ve got the illusion going. Continue reading
There are several meanings to the term non-duality. I’ve already covered one of them in my four part series refuting the external world – Consciousness is all there is. Another aspect of the term is that our experience is non-dual. This means that the triad of perceiver, act of perception and object perceived isn’t part of our direct experience, but is a product of thought; a mind-made superimposition, not only giving rise to the sense of the world being independent of me, but the sense of me as the perceiver of that world, and thus the separation between us. Continue reading
There never was a veil of perception. Nothing was ever covering up the external world because there is no external world. There is nothing out there existing outside of experience. There’s just perception. And the substance of perception is consciousness itself; it is what perception is made out of. Consciousness is the reality in which all experience happen and is all there is to existence as such. It is the substance of life. Continue reading
This post is the third of a four-part series. Please read The veil of perception and Concepts first.
How can we know what is behind the veil of perception? To know the accuracy of a copy we need to compare it to the original, but in this case we have no access to the original, for when it is observed it becomes a copy. There’s no way to access reality other than through the lens of representation – we can only access the copy alone. And it is from this copy that we get the idea of the original in the first place. No one has seen the world directly, yet we are convinced that it is there. This assumption of an external world (a world beyond our perceptions) permeates our language, thinking and way of living at the deepest level. We think of ourselves as part of this external world and thus is the belief of its existence the belief that our own human body of flesh and bones is real – that it exist out there in the world among the rest. But it is also the belief of a forever changing world, and in such a world, nothing lasts. Someday my body must die and that will be the day that marks the end of my existence. That is the bad news – although, it is hardly news to anyone. The good news is that the external world is only an assumption. It is a baseless belief and it can be refuted as follows.
To deepen our understanding of reality, we need to examine the building blocks that constitute our idea of it. Concepts are the way in which we define the world to ourselves and others, and these little cognitive units of meaning are what makes knowledge and reason possible. To understand them is to understand our thinking, and that is essential to our inquiry into the truth. Continue reading
If I close my eyes the world disappears.
Not the actual world of course, but my visual image of it. And I can make the image pop in and out of existence simply by opening and closing my eyes. The visual image, along with the other perceptions that make up my experience, is how I perceive the world.
Seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting is what the world is made of to me. They are my senses, and it is through them that I experience anything at all. If I could somehow stop them, the world would cease to exist for me – but the actual world, the world independent of me, would remain. Thus, we must conclude that the world and my awareness of it are not the same. The world is one thing, and my experience of it is something radically different – for if the existence of the visual image depends on whether or not my eyes are open, while the existence of the world does not, then they cannot be the same. Continue reading