Awakening Into Life
Nonduality From the Heart
A conversation about nonduality is a conversation about words and about thinking; about language and abstraction. It is a conversation about the various ways that we give birth to our small, confusing worlds – and about what happens when we let them go. It is a conversation about facing our fears and opening our hearts – about living an authentic life from the very source of our indivisible Being.
~From the Heart of Bradley
Sun, 20 Jan
Winter Park Fl
An Introduction to Nonduality:
The Sacred Heart of All Traditions
Satsang in the Park: An open spiritual discourse on what nonduality means and how it shows up as the underlying premise of all major world traditions and their varied contemplative and meditative disciplines.
| 20 Jan 2019 | 3pm-5pm | 251 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park Fl – Near the Harp Fountain |
—Bradley Bemis is an Orlando-based spiritual teacher of non-duality and Self-realization, an inner presence coach and guide, and is currently working toward his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He offers a combination of public discourses and private sessions for those who are interested in exploring the enlightened insights of nondual wisdom.
Nonduality is the Pathless Path that Leads One Into and Beyond ‘Enlightenment’
Non-dual means “not two” or “one undivided without a second”. It is a way of expressing the fundamental nature of reality as a singular whole, in a manner that is beyond the ability of the human mind to fully comprehend. It is something that is only made directly and experientially apparent when one sees beyond the illusory limits of the conceptual, mind-made self and conceptual, mind-made world – a process often referred to as ‘awakening’.
The preeminent quality of nondual realization is the direct, experiential recognition that ‘you’, as you think of yourself, do not actually exist in the way that you ‘think’ you do. It has to do with the nature of our conditioned minds – at least at first. We’ve been taught to see the world a certain way – to see it as separate or apart from ourselves; to see ourselves as separate or apart from it. We’ve been drawn into a story about the way things are that simply isn’t true. We’ve become so immersed in, and identified with this story that we’ve lost ourselves to it. Nonduality is the clear seeing of things as they are, without our conditioned filters. It is to see through the illusion of ‘self’ and into that which exists ‘before’ the mind comes into being; into that which is ‘prior’ to the mind.
There are many other things that can be said about awakening from the dream of duality, but no point is more fundamentally important than this one – everything hangs on this single premise. For as long as you see yourself as isolated, separated, and apart from the whole, you remain caught in the net of duality. When the illusion of a separate self has been seen through, everything falls into place on its own – just like it’s been doing all along.
Visit Bradley’s YouTube Channel for a variety of videos on nonduality, Self-realization, and the embodiment of awakening.
Bradley has a very active Facebook page that focuses on nonduality. Feel free to send a friend request and get engaged in the dialogue.
The best way to connect with Bradley is via email: [email protected]
“Who are you before you create yourself as a mind? Can you steady yourself in silence and stillness long enough to discover the answer? “
Knowing Your Own Being
Always and Only THIS
Do you know yourself to be the silent sea? Have you seen, beyond the mind, into the wide open Space of empty-Presence? Have you understood, fully and properly, that this wide open space is your natural state? Your real Being? And that this state is ever-present – that you can never really lose it? Have you seen through the imaginary veil of separateness that is formed by layers of conditioned conceptualization and reinforced by a habitual pattern of attachment to the mind? Have you noticed the Noticing?
Have you then, floating in awareness, as Awareness, the Unblemish, Unborn, Unmanifest; have you then seen through to where you are anchored in your experience of all of this? Have you dropped down into the Heart and come to Rest? Have you been consumed by Love? Have you been drawn back into the Womb? Have you seen the true and tender preciousness of the apparent reality that is dancing before you? Do you understand that the relative is the Absolute, that samara is Nirvana, that hell is Heaven? That each of these dualities represents two sides of the same coin, and that there is no coin?
These are all ways of pointing at what may feel familiar to one who has truly seen things as they are. If any of this feels unfamiliar, then that’s where our work together is likely to take us. Many of us ‘think’ that we have spirituality all figured out. We ‘think’ that we know what ‘enlightenment’ is, what it is to be ‘awake’, to be ‘aware’. And yet there is still great suffering in our lives, a sense of discontent, a feeling that something is still missing. There is nothing missing from what I am describing above though. To one whom this way of seeing is familiar, it is impossible for anything to be missing! We are absolutely whole, absolutely complete, and absolutely perfect – far beyond whatever meaning you may give any of these terms.