Dialogs With My Teacher #17

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching.

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July 10, 2010 (#17) 

Student: Can you say that where there is no other, there is none?

Michael: There is none. But there is, also, a paradox of the All showing Itself through this no-thingness. So it’s more accurate to say that there is “not one and not two,” or as the Advaita Vedanta tradition says, neti neti. One might also simply call it a mystery where a profound openness in which no-thingness shows itself as everything-ness. No-one and no-thing can return to this Truth since doing so would reify the delusion of separation: “I” can not return to this “Truth” since I, and you and we are this Truth.

There is, therefore, no return… no hiding… no escape… no abiding… no things… no self… no other… no anything… especially no 8-track tapes.

Student: Haha! But the thought keeps coming up that “I” keep “returning” to “delusion.”

Michael: You don’t return anywhere. “You” and “I” are delusion. We are also the subtle and overt grace of Spirit in action. We’re it. We’re everything. We are heaven and earth and everything in between.

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