Thank you for visiting Not Two, we are blessed by your presence. This website is a free platform for the promotion of the Next Age of human spirituality –a multidisciplinary, post-modern paradigm shift toward holistic thought, universal compassion, and awareness of omnipresent divinity– and the “Avant-God” movement that pulls us forward as we evolve into it.
Found in all eras and civilizations, the Avant-God are that tiny minority of spiritual pioneers who challenge local religious authorities and customs, and open new pathways of progress toward realization of our divine Unity. The ultimate goal is universal awareness of both our individuality and our co-identity with the ground of Existence itself, what many people historically have called “God.”
The Avant-God utilize a global convergence of human wisdom that includes:
As a loose collective of freethinking individuals, it is completely non-sectarian, unstructured, and independent of any group of which it is a part.
In contemporary Western cultures, this has manifested primarily as the growth of various forms of Pantheism, a synthesis of the dialectic debate between theism and atheism. This groundbreaking alternative offers the greatest promise for the Avant-God to reach progressive mainstream theology and post-modern secular humanism with a message compatible to both, and thus it will be a focal point of our efforts to build this vital bridge.
There are innumerable sources of information and inspiration for pantheism and all other specific components of the movement, but we at Not Two feel the time has come to create a nexus for those sources, a coordinated network of guideposts that will help individuals coalesce and “come home,” recognizing in each other the same divine ground and the same goals for this earthbound journey. In realization of our togetherness, we can achieve more than we can dwelling in the illusion of isolation.
May all sentient beings realize their Unity in and as the divine source of being, and release themselves from the prison of belief in a solely temporal, conditional existence. Namaste.
The Dual Overview Effect of Pantheism — 8.21.17 (Pantheism)
My immediate thought upon first reading about the overview effect: If this isn’t exactly the non-dual perception that is the progenitor of pantheism, there is at least an enormous overlap between them. My research enhanced and confirmed the idea in two fully connected and complementary ways which, being inseparable aspects of the same thing, I will call the “dual overview effect” of pantheism rather than pluralize them.
Why I Distrust Disorganized Religion — 7.13.17 (Metatheology)
Success in the spiritual life is the ultimate mirage. Whatever your chosen adversary is, it wins by making you feel as though you won, and the disorganized teacher knows no better; the huckster guru is only too happy to oblige for a fee. Pay them no mind.
Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman (pan-Perennialism)
Imagine if every cell in your body thought of itself as an individuated being that wanted to do its own thing and “marched to its own drummer,” unwilling to die and be replaced, so on and so forth. This is an extreme but not inaccurate model of how a hyperindividualistic society functions.
The distinction between money and wealth is analogous to that between a person’s ego identity and the natural self. In this context, the natural self is the simple “I” experience of perception as a living organism with a complex, self-aware nervous system, while the ego is the product of that self-awareness, the feeling of being something behind that experience perceiving the perceptions.
Chapter 3: The Road of Excess — 5.23.17
Though based on a half-truth –an egocentric declaration of independence from the collective to which the ego is inherently dependent, as opposed to the deeper organismic truth of the interbeing of our natural self– the individualism of modern Western civilization has one trait that defines its breakthrough role in the development of human personality: its recognition of the dignity and integrity of the single human being.
Those for whom the word “religion” is not anathema, and who believe that the wisdom traditions of our past are still relevant for their symbolic conveyance of timeless truth beyond the reach of reason, will find the Metatheology section of special interest. Expect to have all traditions honored, but all literal and exclusivist interpretations of these traditions challenged to the core.
For others who prefer a more straight-forward and literal approach to the Divine, and relate better to Frank Lloyd Wright’s spelling of “God” (“N-a-t-u-r-e”), the Pantheism section will cater to this approach. The homepage also contains links to other pantheist sites that deal more specifically with the perspectives of science and deep ecology, as they admittedly cover these better than we can.
For the deep philosophy geeks and people of a more Eastern bent, the Non-Duality section will explore this keystone concept. In truth, non-duality is the underpinning for all ideas expressed on this site (hence the name), because non-dual logic IS natural logic –as opposed to the dualism of semantic logic– and it is the key to understanding how to take the conceptual leap from theology to metatheology. But the articles in this section take a more nuts and bolts approach to explaining why this is so, and that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
There are some (the author included) who find greater fulfillment in the integration of religion, philosophy, and the natural sciences than in any of them alone. For the born “puzzle builders” among us, we offer Pan-Perennialism, a more direct exploration of the interrelations between the specific themes, building on the groundbreaking work in “collaborative religion” by Aldous Huxley in The Perennial Philosophy.
You will also find sections devoted to Poetry and Books and Publications from ND Media written by Waldo Noesta, the primary wordsmith and contributor to this site. Please also visit our Recommended Reading and Links pages to explore the source materials and inspirations and the work of friends and fellow travelers.
Lastly, for those who prefer a blog format with entries presented in chronological order, you will find this on our Recent Posts page.
A little play on words, and voila –the Avant-God: those whose ventures into the eccentricity of original thought on the ageless questions cause our answers to pivot forward, giving our faiths new territory in which to explore and expand. Some of them changed the course of an entire swath of humanity. Most bloomed like flowers in the desert, forgotten by time but cherished by eternity. But they are all pioneers, leaders of untelevised revolutions, gardeners who plant seeds in the fall so that others may have fresh food in the spring.
In the words of J.D. Salinger, a superlative poem may take us within an inch of our lives. We may be forever changed by the words, but we will live to tell the tale. The avant-God are aiming for another class of poetry that attempts to do the same, and then go the final inch. The aim is to snap the reader’s mind out of its finite, temporal confines and into awareness of the Infinite and Eternal. It aims for a sweet spot on the lever by which it can permanently dismantle any notion that we are separate from anyone or anything in the universe.
In The God Delusion, his (in)famous salvo aimed at everything held sacred by everyone, Richard Dawkins dismissed pantheism as “sexed-up atheism.” He was right, in a way. But he got it exactly backwards. The small container goes inside the bigger one. Atheism is pantheism for prudes….The non-duality behind pantheism is the logical extension of something we have all known at times in varying degrees. Just the simple experience of being One with that which you love, recognized for what it really means: you are not “you” alone.
If theology wakes us up from our nightmare of the mortality of the self, then metatheology wakes us up from our dream of the immortality of the ego. Both are illusions that cloud our perception of Reality. They are distinct maladies calling for distinct remedies, but are rooted together as twin products of one human experience we all share without exception: the formation and development of the dualistic mind during our earliest years. Religion aims to remedy both by addressing and reassessing this one experience, and it is the mystic path within each faith that forms the bridge from the theology to metatheology.
Duality is a slight of hand. It is a line drawn in the sand where none exists. It is the parsing of All That Is into distinct thought-concepts that hide from the part its concurrent existence as the Whole. It is the subjective narrowing of attention upon an object, shrinking its full context, and ignoring the ground connecting it to the subject. Reality unveils the connections we trick ourselves out of seeing.
“Truth is One.” What to make of that? It is not so evident on the surface. The words and symbols used along these paths do differ, sometimes drastically. It takes some digging, and then, like dinosaur bones, you rarely if ever find an intact skeletal system –something a lot more like jigsaw puzzle pieces. Most people look at the pieces and see evidence of the same fragmentation that divides us on the surface, in the world of words and symbols…But there are some who make a vocation of putting together the puzzle pieces.
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