Dialogs With My Teacher #61

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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 the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching.

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February 22, 2011 (#61)

Student: Why does “other” show up out of oneness?

Michael: It’s a great question. Why is there anything at all? There are all sorts of glib answers but I’m guessing that the Infinite wanted some entertainment.

Student: So the Infinite does not create “otherness” in order to know Itself. The Truth is already fully known and the Infinite, or Big Self, only sees Big Self in all things. But “other” is created, then arises and is seen simply for delight. Is this qualitatively different than saying that the Big Self wants a dance partner?

Michael: As long as we see the Infinite and the Big Self as one and the same, there’s no difference. But, to be clear, know that the Big Self sees Big Self in everything and its delighted that it can also see the many small selves have been invited to the party.

Student: Everyone’s invited.

Michael: Everyone and everything. All the time.

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