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The Nonduality and Creativity of Silence

Posted Sept. 14, 2010 by MaryKlida in Open

commented on Sept. 22, 2012
by telephoenician

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According to twentieth century philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), Jean Klein, it is only in a "spontaneous state of interior silence that we can open ourselves to our true nature: the 'I Am' of pure consciousness." Klein goes on to define this silence as “the natural state is a non-state of not-knowing, non-concluding. When there is knowing, there is a state. But your real nature is not-knowing. It is a total absence of all that you think you are, which is all that you are not. In this total absence of what you are not, there is presence. But this presence is not yours. It is the presence of all living beings. You must not try to be open. You are open.”

Klein redefines intelligence as “spontaneous behavior. It is creativity. When you are free from the person, from the “I-concept”, when you are free from psychological memory, then you are open to intelligence. This intelligence is in you, it is not outside. When you are intelligent, there is no quantity or quality to that intelligence. It is right acting…This spontaneity does not go through the discriminating mind. Spontaneous, intelligent acting occurs naturally the moment there is pure perception, perception without conceptualizing.”

So thought and feeling arise in us, but we do not need to attach the “I-concept” to them. We, instead, take the viewpoint of ever present awareness of all living beings, with a quiet mind and open heart. We act, not based on ego or “I concept,” but on the creativity that comes with our pure perception. Is it possible to live our lives in this silent manner?

What do YOU not think?

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  • telephoenician Sep 22, 2012

    Dear Dustproduction,
    I hope you will be patient with me as I am new to psi and still trying to get used the nomenclature associated.

    In the realm of consciousness, verbal, human communication is but a small part. Even in a non-metaphysical sense there are non-verbal forms of communication like body language and tone of voice. One may also gather much information from the words people choose -or even the words the avoid using. Style of dress, carriage of the body, gestures and facial expression are all physical cues.

    If you should like to de-mystify vibrational commuication, you only have to wonder how machines communicate. For what do words and images look like as they pass through whichever medium; wires, RF, etc. One doesn't see words and pictures flying through the air whilst using the Wi-Fi at the local cafe.

    I do have very fine hair that reacts more readily to static than say someone with heavy coarse hair. I often wonder sometimes if that isn't the medium through which I am perceiving (eg: Cats) -though I can't say for sure which organ in the body is responsible. Perhaps it's a combination of many, or all.

    These concepts mentioned above might only tend to cover sense under close proximity which has not been a requirement since I often know who's ringing me on the phone without looking at the caller id. I can often anticipate the mood of my boss, long before I ever get to work. Lots of things, but I don't want to sound too hocus pocus-y.

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    dustproduction Sep 21, 2012

    re: "When I'm sensing others, the meaning comes across as, for lack of a better word; vibrational -as opposed to 'literal'.

    What are you saying here? What "meaning" of others is sensed? Which of your senses perceive the vibration?

    re: "when processing my own inner thoughts"

    Who's inner thoughts besides your own would you "process."

  • telephoenician Sep 21, 2012

    @ Mindlink0:

    "Nonduality, in my experience, is consciousness without an object and without a subject: a condition which is ineffable, beyond the ability of words to describe. "

    When I'm sensing others, the meaning comes across as, for lack of a better word; vibrational -as opposed to 'literal'. This also occurs frequently when processing my own inner thoughts and to which I feel I am gaining the most insight into what it is I'm trying to tell myself. For me, it is the difference between believing something and knowing something -without need for some sort of external verification. It's how I get around all of those nastly little pre-conceptions about things and sometimes the information I gain wasn't what I was looking for at all.

    This is where, too, I feel like I am creating my experiences as opposed to things simply happening around me.

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    dustproduction Sep 20, 2012

    re: "spontaneous state of interior silence"

    Is there such a thing? "Resting-state activity is important, if the amount of energy devoted to it is any indication. Blood flow to the brain during rest is typically just 5–10% lower than during task-based experiments. And studying the brain at rest should help to show how the active brain works. Research on resting-state networks is helping to map the brain’s intrinsic connections by showing, for example, which areas of the brain prefer to talk to which other areas, and how those patterns might differ in disease."

    http://www.kurzweilai.net/what-happens-during-the-brains-resting-state

  • telephoenician Sep 20, 2012

    Reminds me of "Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.

  • Mindlink0 Oct 12, 2010

    Nonduality, in my experience, is consciousness without an object and without a subject: a condition which is ineffable, beyond the ability of words to describe. Every time we use a noun or pronoun, we are talking in dualities. Words like state, silence, we, ourselves, nature, consciousness, etc., etc. convey concepts of objects and subjects which are irrelevant in nonduality. Nonduality, in my experience, is not a separate level of consciousness, but is rather a greater level of knowing which embraces our limited perceptions of physicality, subjects and objects, and which enhances, enriches and enlarges the relationships and influences among our limited perceptions of physical reality. Experiencing nonduality, for me, is like learning to ride a bicycle -- it's with you for the rest of your life. You may not choose to ride a bicycle for the rest of your life, but the experience is available to you whenever you want it. Similarly with nonduality.

  • frequencytuner Oct 11, 2010

    It's all in the perception!

  • Fallensoul Oct 10, 2010

    Seems impossible to keep the waves of the mind still for good? Wouldn't it be better to stop identifying ourselves as the reflection, that would solve the problem at the root.

  • frequencytuner Oct 08, 2010

    Like looking at your reflection in water. If the water (your mind) is disturbed the image becomes distorted. Only when it is silent and still does the image become clear.

  • Mingus Sep 28, 2010

    I have had that same experience Marlene. It can be amazing and sometimes a bit scary :D.

  • Marlene Sep 25, 2010

    "Klein redefines intelligence as “spontaneous behavior. It is creativity."

    So true, when I write with dedication and a quiet mind, words and phrases pop up after 10 minutes of 'warming up'. Beautiful creations flow without effort. Reading my own letters, text, ... again months or years later, I often don't even recognize it. As if it isn't mine.

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