The Singularity that dissolves to the Duality.
Experience as a whole transmutes into a perceived duality, constructed as a product of the ego. When wisdom develops to a certain extent, the duality returns to its true original state of singularity that simply is, undefinable in the true nature of being.
At the beginning the was pure simple awareness, an existence qualified by no words, no metaphors to relate the nature of its being. A baby knows not of the words, “life” or “death,” without the experience of the construction of metaphorical systems to try and navigate reality- it simply is. A vast emptiness without forms as we qualify them, accepted as the mystery of being. This is one of the goals, to return to the original state of awareness, that mystery rather than accept self-delusion.
Anything we qualify begins with a duality of perception, two extremes to describe that particular “form” or “experience.” The one that becomes two. It is most easily explained with physical sense stimuli: hot and cold to explain temperature, good and evil to describe the morality of deeds, strong and weak, knowledge and ignorance. We have been programmed to break it into a duality, trying to build connection to past experience and forms. We do this because we all want to be happy and free from suffering, and its the simplest way to denote this. Humans are a social animal, we strive for connection, we break it into a duality to try and connect with others. To put it in a common format that they would be able to understand.
We attempt to balance our interpretation of this duality, somewhere on the line between the two extremes of any particular object, any particular instance. The act and art of the balancing comes typically from automatic interpretation based on pas experiences.
Illusion lies at the very instance of the conceptualization of duality. We qualify into parts what rightfully simply “is.” If we knew not for cold, would hot truly have meaning? With no past experience of good, nothing that has occurred could be accurately described as evil. It just happens.
We use a system of metaphors and symbols to communicate, but hardly acknowledge that these are simply symbols. We build maps based on the metaphors which have been passed down on us, usually not even realizing the extent of these processes. We use these maps subconsciously so that we may navigate with ease in the realm of perceptions.
Body, Mind, and Experience:
What is your body? A perceptual notion of a sustained chemical reaction, a product in the physical world that is mainly nonphysical. All matter is mostly empty space. So our bodies are mainly empty space with the appearances of “solidity.” All external stimuli boils down to is a specific neurological-chemical reaction in the brain. It is a vessel for stimuli. The body would feel nothing if it weren’t for the minds interpretation of what should be felt.
What is your mind? It wants to appear to be a construct constituted of the ego, your particular interpretation of experience. That sense of “I.” But these are just constructs of the mind, rather than the mind itself. All you can really grasp when you attempt to look at the nature of mind, is your metaphorical map of what you believe constitutes mind. Without any true experience or stimuli, mind is naturally at a blank state.
Experience is what is in this present perpetual moment. All we truly have is the now. The past no longer exists except as an interpretation of “past” in the current moment. The same with the future, it doesn’t exist- except as conceptualizations within the now. Without experience, mind and body would be irrelevant.
At the level of the physical, body and experience are the two sides of the duality. We believe the body is what constitutes self, and that experience is the other. Our minds are the driving force that makes this distinction.