Starting February 1, 2018,
Nonduality.com will operated by James Traverse.
James Traverse has over 40 years
of experience in the art and science of yoga. He is
a yoga educator and writer who communicates the
direct approach to understanding your true nature.
This experiential means, which is founded on a
switchover from conceiving to purely perceiving,
flowered principally out of Jamesí studies with his
teacher, Jean Klein, who initiated him in the ways
of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Shaivism. His other
influences include the works of J. Krishnamurti,
David Bohm, Rumi, Adi Shankaracharya, Ramana
Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Atmananda
Krishnamenon and the yoga of B K S Iyengar, whose
method he studied intensely for the first 15 years
of his yoga journey.
This announcement from Scott Kiloby looks exciting.
I attended a weekend retreat with Scott recently and he offers a
powerful methodology for addressing addictions of all kinds,
whether to a drug, a behavior, or to the hockey game in the head.
Weeklong Retreat at NEW "Kiloby Center for Recovery" -with Scott Kiloby & Staff
I'm so excited to announce the opening of our NEW
Kiloby Center for Recovery near Palm Springs, California! The
Center officially opens in February but we are conducting a
pre-opening weeklong retreat in the last week of January for
anyone interested in taking the Living Inquiries as deep as they
One thing, among many, that excites me about the
prospect of having a Center is the ongoing, daily support we will
be able to provide those suffering from addiction. However, this
retreat will contain the same degree of ongoing daily support and
deepening. And you don't have to be suffering from addiction to
attend the retreat. Anyone and everyone are welcome! The
facilitators and I will guide you into whatever is happening for
you, whatever suffering seems to keep you from truly tasting the
most direct freedom and stabilized peace.
This is my first weeklong retreat, ever. And to have
it take place at the new Center is just perfect. I've been saying
a lot lately that when these Inquiries are used for an extended
period (like a week), they just work so much better. People really
get a taste of what I've known for years about this work and what
the facilitators have come to know through their intensive
training. This work is like "spirituality on steroids," as Jed
McKenna said. A thorough dose can change everything. Come join us
and see for yourself!
David is one of the founders of Nonduality Salon,
the first independent discussion group on nonduality.
A reader asks, "What do NonDualists believe". My
attempt at an answer.
by David Hodges
What do non-dualists believe?
Here's a bare-bones outline. NonDualism derives from
the Hindu Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy, but similar
realizations are found in all spiritual traditions.
1) The spirit in an individual person is divine.
2) The divine spirit is not a creator god, but
rather an Absolute Consciousness that is the source and becoming
of all that is.
3) The divine spirit is not different from the
4) The personal self is not a solid thing, but a
collection of processes and perceptions and mental processes that
people mistake for their personal self.
5) Everyone's consciousness is a reflection of
Presence, which is often called "I" or "I AM". This presence is a
reflection of the divine Absolute consciousness and can be reached
via meditation or spontaneous moments of insight. This Presence,
within each one of us, was there before our birth and will survive
after our death. No matter the vicissitudes of our life, the
Presence that is "I AM" says the same.
6) Radical NonDualists will say that everything is
an illusion, or Maya, and that everything we this is personal and
of our own selves is an illusion. This is a powerful idea which
manifests in many of Philip K Dick's books, in the Matrix movies,
and in the Reggie Watts quote (http://i.imgur.com/1xMd4vp.jpg)
7) Finally, the term NonDuality itself is from the
Sanskrit "Advaita", and means "Not Two". It means that the
individual spirit and the divine spirit are not two different
things. It means that all dualities are in reality aspects of the
same stuff but at different points on a spectrum.
This is obviously a huge topic. Implications and
parallels are found in the arts, in psychotherapy, in science,
and, of course, in spirituality. It should be emphasized that
NonDuality is not a religion and there is no creed or testament,
no clergy, no official bodies. If anything, it is a tool or
technology to aid in reaching self-realization.
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David Hodges is one of the most innovative people in
nonduality circles. We'll be featuring an exclusive written
interview with David in the next few weeks.