1. How can one reconcile the concept of individual identity with the idea of nonduality?
The “idea” of nonduality is that awareness is true and does exist, appearance is untrue and does not exist. No-self is true self. Individual identity is an appearance and does not, in truth, exist.
2. If everything is fundamentally one, how do we explain the diversity and apparent separateness in the world?
3. Is nonduality a concept to be understood intellectually, or is it something to be directly experienced? How does one go about experiencing it?
Nonduality has nothing to do with experience. It is not a philosophy or cosmology or worldview. Nonduality refers to a stage of anti-development we must pass through on the longer journey of awakening. It is a vehicle we get into at Point A and out of at Point B. The only concept of nonduality is not-two, the rest is a matter of extrapolating the ramifications of that core truth.
4. In the context of nonduality, what is the nature of consciousness, and how does it relate to the material world?
Truth does not exist within context. Consciousness is true and does exist. The material world is untrue and does not exist.
5. How can nonduality be practically applied in daily life to address challenges and conflicts?
Nonduality has universal dreamstate application because it transforms the dreamstate beholder. It is a developmental process, not a spiritual one.
6. If there is no “self” in the ultimate sense, what is the nature of personal responsibility and accountability?
There is no self in any sense. Nothing personal exists. Responsibility is irrelevant. Accountability is futile. You will be unassimilated.
7. Can the concept of free will coexist with the idea of nonduality? How does agency fit into this framework?
Free will is a non-issue because there’s no self to possess free will, or to be predetermined, or to exercise agency. The burden of proof is not on those who say things don’t exist, it is on those who say things do exist.
8. How do emotions and suffering fit into the nondual perspective? Can one be free from suffering while still experiencing challenging emotions?
Emotion and suffering are dreamstate elements no different from war and peace, love and hate, whipped cream and cherries. Freedom from suffering has nothing to do with nonduality. In the dreamstate, everyone seems free to suffer as much as they want. (On a personal note, I don’t recommend it.)
9. How does nonduality relate to morality and ethical decision-making?
It doesn’t, except to clear the mind of delusions and misconceptions such as morality, ethics and decision-making.
10. Can nonduality be reconciled with religious or spiritual traditions that emphasize a personal relationship with a divine being?
Nonduality can’t be reconciled with anything except the nondual equation: not-two. It is incompatible with any belief system.
11. Is there room for devotion or surrender in the practice of nonduality, or does it contradict the idea of selflessness?
Without egoic surrender, no progress is possible. There is no practice of nonduality. There is, obviously, no self to be selfless.
12. How do you address the criticism that nonduality can lead to apathy or detachment from societal and environmental issues?
I don’t. It can. It does. In the sense that the nondual leg of the journey of awakening leads to awakening in or from the dreamstate – adulthood and enlightenment respectively – the issues of halfborn human children are left behind. Societal and environmental issues are dreamstate elements and don’t, in truth, exist. Anyone wishing to involve themselves in juvenile issues post-awakening seems free to do so.
13. Can nonduality accommodate the idea of progress and personal growth, or does it suggest a static and unchanging reality?
Progress and personal growth are dreamstate elements. Truth is static and unchanging, which is the reason for the dynamic and fluid dreamstate universe. What can’t be dreamt?
14. How does nonduality view concepts like time, space, and causality?
Time, space, and causality are beliefs and no belief is true. They exist only in the dreamstate, which is untrue and therefore does not exist. The burden of proof is on those who assert otherwise.
15. Can language adequately express the principles of nonduality, or does it inevitably fall short?
Not-two adequately expresses the sole principle of nonduality in English.
16. How does nonduality address the concept of enlightenment or awakening? Is it a destination or an ongoing process?
One can awaken in the dreamstate, which we can call the Integrated State of Human Adulthood, or lucidity. Or, one can awaken from the dreamstate, which we can call enlightenment. After enlightenment, one returns to the dreamstate theater and slips back into some semblance of their former character because there’s nowhere else to go and no one else to be.
17. Can nonduality be compatible with scientific understanding, especially in fields like quantum physics or neuroscience?
Science is a belief system. All scientific understanding, including quantum physics or neuroscience, are dreamstate elements and have no basis in truth.
18. How does nonduality view the relationship between the relative and the absolute, the manifest and the unmanifest?
Absolute is synonymous with truth and does exist, relative is synonymous with untruth and does not exist. The manifest might be considered appearance, which does not, in truth, exist, and the unmanifest can be thought of as awareness which does, in truth, exist, (and that thou art).
19. Can relationships, love, and connection be reconciled with the idea of nonduality, which suggests the absence of a separate self?
There is no idea of nonduality. All emotions are dreamstate elements and do not, in truth, exist. (The burden of proof is on those who say otherwise.) Nonduality does not suggest the absence of a separate self, it asserts not-two which destroys the illusion of a separate self.
20. How do you respond to the challenge that nonduality is simply another conceptual framework and that the ultimate truth cannot be conceptualized or communicated?
Nonduality is the absence of any framework. If anyone wishes to assert the truth of a framework, the burden of proof is on them. Nonduality is not a belief or an assertion, it is a simple statement of fact; not-two. Anyone who says otherwise should put up or shut up.
We’re all nondualists in the end.