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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 30, 2013 -- Non-Dual Consciousness  (Read 1322 times)
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« on: November 30, 2013, 05:46:29 AM »


Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy
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Seventh Theme: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual
thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not
private perfection, is the goal of all religion (Goal).


Non-Dual Consciousness
Meditation 22 of 52


Contemplation teaches a different mind which leaves itself open so that
when the “biggies” come along (love, suffering, death, infinity,
contradictions, God, and probably sexuality), we still remain with an
open field. We don’t just close down when it doesn’t make full
sense, or we are not in full control, or immediately feel validated.
That calm and non-egocentric mind is called contemplative, or non-dual
thinking.

The lowest level of consciousness is entirely dualistic (win/lose)—me
versus the world and basic survival. Many, I am afraid, never move
beyond this. The higher levels of consciousness are more and more able
to deal with contradictions, paradoxes, and all Mystery (win/win). This
is spiritual maturity. At the higher levels, we can teach things like
compassion, mercy, forgiveness, selflessness, even love of enemies. Any
good contemplative practice quickly greases the wheels of the mind
toward non-dual consciousness. This is exactly why saints can overlook
offenses and love enemies! We must be honest enough to admit that this
has not characterized most Christian clergy or laity up to now. It is
not really their fault. No one taught them how to pray, even in
seminaries or the typical parish.


Adapted from Contemplation AND Action (MP3)
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... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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