When you perceive something and interpret it with your mind, the object or thing that you witness becomes the word, idea, or the concept that you interpret. What you are seeing therefore becomes the word...therefore you experience the mental image, the mental word. This is the basis of subjective truth. Subjective-ism occurs because there is a separation between the observer and observed. When you see something for what it truly is, without interference from the mind, you experience the observation simply as it is. Herein lies the experience of absolute truth for the "observer" and "observed" mend into one, into one experience. Observation at the level of duality creates a cognitive truth whereas the experience of reality without the interference of mind creates the experience of absolute truth. The latter is the experience of transcendence.
Truth cannot be uncovered by any formulation; through any means of cognitive understanding. Truth is. It is nothing more, nothing less; for truth...really...is undivided experience. Undivided experience is when experience is whole. Undivided experience is. Nothing more, nothing less. Truth, absolute truth, therefore is experience that is untainted by the mind because it is the mind that taints experience by creating separation and thus ending the "undivided experience."
The separation occurs because, through the product of the conditioned mind, the observer sees the "observed." The observed becomes something to be named or identified. This is the basis of duality. However "real" this may seem, it is only real in the cognitive sense. We must realize that "real" is subjective. Absolute truth, as the experience that it is, cannot be defined through a word, a idea, or an concept. The mind cannot touch experience. Only perception, untainted, can touch and hence taste absolute reality. We will go deeper into this as we proceed.
Concepts of the mind do not reside within the physically perceived reality. Abstractions [thoughts] are only observed because they are projected onto what we observe. Yet, how can something that is seemingly untraceable within the physical world, that being thought, dictate the way in which we experience the physical world? Yes, the mind is useful, but its utility is based purely on how it makes sense of stored memory [the conditioned mind]. To live through the mind, to perceive solely through the abstractions of the mind is to perceive and witness life through the past. Why than should an experience that is isolated within your own mind become the basis too which you see the world as it is now.
Living through the lens of the past, through the conditioned mind, we separate ourselves from the now. The past and the now can not overlap. Go deep into this...not with your mind...but with the sense of self that senses.
The observations we filter through the conditioned mind creates a sense of self that is separate, that is "unique," that is "individual," and yes this is "real," but do you not see how this "realness" forbids us from experiencing the grandeur of the undivided experience? Do you not see how this sense of mind separation is the basis of duality, and hence the ego? How are we to experience the truth of the undivided reality...the reality which is...if we are too far removed from this reality because we live through the abstractions that the mind and the ego create? How can the ego, which is an accumulation of all of our yesterdays, come to know and fully experience the now?
...The mind cannot touch the now...
Yes, "I" may be writing this, but at the absolute level, this is not "I," this is something collective coming through me. The experience of me writing this is an experience in the now, not necessarily a formulation based on the "truths" of yesterday. Yes, it is "I" that has had to focus and decipher between the ego me and the collective me, but if I divide this experience from you it becomes utterly meaningless. For these words are for us all. A writer without a reader seizes to exist. Do you see the profoundness of that? Do you see the beauty when the object and the subject, the outside and the inside, the You and the I mend into one experience?
The now inherently transcends dualism.
Yes, the object and the subject, the outside and the inside, the You and the I are perceivable...but this perceptibility does not render the dualism of this conceptualization as truth. Again, truth is. The truth is the all-encompassing phenomena of now. Is and Now are inseparable. They are verbs, not things to be defined. The now inherently transcends dualism. Dualism still exists, but only within the whole, within the oneness.
Do you get this? If not, witness the workings in your own mind. Witness how it seems that what you are reading is outside of you. Because "I" wrote this does not mean that it is not "yours." By how could this writing here, this piece of "intellect" be "something" if it were not to be received by "something," that something being you. This "conversation" implies unity. And it is this unity, this bond, that is beyond words, and beyond the mind. We can say it is a bond, a unity...but this definition does not undermine the experience of this bond...can you notice the difference? Do you feel this?
Feel this...do not think this...feel this...What does unity feel like? It goes beyond the word, does it not?
Now you see...there is something that is greater than the You and the I. There is something that is beyond all of this. This "something" that is beyond allows this experience to occur, allows this transmission of information to occur. Yes, this "something beyond" exists in tandem with the world of duality, yet, this something beyond allows us to perceive this duality and go beyond it. This is where undivided experience can be perceived. Are you beginning to realize the nature of transcendence that is all around us of which actually shapes our reality? But when, as a society, are we going to actually let this sense of transcendence shape our reality, or "norms" and our mode of collective being? [This concern is for another post]...
Typically we see the world and perceive it, and hence create our conditions, our norms, and our ways of being through the realm of perception that is just a step beneath the realm of transcendence, of "oneness." This is the realm [the level] of the mind, of abstractions, of the ego, and of duality. The concept of you and I as separate is real only insofar as we believe it to be. The conventional experience of "you" and "I" as separate is supported by this belief and therefore perpetuates the duality between you and I. Do we not see then how "belief" tremendously shapes our "truth?"
Is it possible to see that this "truth" [the truth of duality] is upheld by a subjective truth...that is that our experience of each other, of the you and I, occurs because we do not allow the something beyond to be perceived. This experience of transcendence then only becomes something we know about in books, in fantasy, or the like. If we try to understand transcendence with the mind we simply get more mind. Transcendence is an experience. It is a feeling. It is the feeling that allows you to experience the "something beyond." In this feeling is the experience that there is something beyond you, something beyond I, and something collective too where no division occurs.
Undivided experience is something you can see and feel, but it is not something which the mind can understand. It may try, but the actual trying only keeps the illusion alive that this "something beyond" does not exist. In reality it is this "something beyond" that is the fabric of our world, of our lives, and of our experience...that is if we choose to experience it. How do I know this? Well, I don't. I feel it!
Eckhart Tolle refers to this "something beyond" I speak of when he talks about the formless and timeless reality as the unmanifiested that animates the fabric of our world: He states
“In the stillness of your presence you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You can look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.”
So how do we choose to experience this? How do we feel this? Well, I suggest you stop seeing the world through the conditions embedded in your mind. Simply see the world. Allow yourself to experience the world without a dialogue in your mind which is defining this experience moment by moment. It is the dialogue of mind that creates the duality, the separation, the loneliness and the rest of it. It is the dialogue in the mind that labels the tree and thus experiences the label. Yet it is the perception, of which is whole and alive, that connects us all with the something beyond. The tree than is no longer a tree...it becomes an experience...it becomes you, and you become it. This is how experience is ultimately undivided. This is. This is the feeling of transcendence.
Go on...and melt into your reality...