The part is not the whole…but it also isn’t *not* the thing of which it is a part. As Alan Watts is so often quoted in pantheist circles as saying, “A wave is a function of what the entire ocean is doing,” and so is the feather of a duck. If you point at a duck’s feather, you are also pointing at the duck that grew it as part of its body. Your ability to isolate your attention on the feather does not remove it from its natural context of duckness.
We are the timeless essence of Existence, expressing itself in time as you and me, him and her, this and that, giving each its own unique perspective of the Whole. The experience of the soul –perhaps the verb “souling,” however clumsy for its newness, is the clearest way to convey it– is to be uniquely aware of the the universality of this expression.
“Every one of us is followed by an illusory person: a false self. This is the man I want to be but who cannot exist, because God does not know anything about him.” –Thomas Merton POSTULATE: The individual self — ahamkara in Vedanta, and understood in the West, incorrectly, as the ego — has neverContinue reading “Ego and “The Ghost In the Room””
POSTULATE: The perception of the absolute attributes of a monotheistic God is none other than precognitive, intuitive awareness of the non-dual, pantheistic “All” (aka Brahman, Tao, al haqq, the Godhead etc), filtered through a cognitive process that, by its nature, renders the All as an object conceived by a separate subject. (Though I have aContinue reading “Rethinking the Omnis: How Monism Saves God From Being Smooshed By His Own Rock”