Most all religions teach DUALISM., they consider this world as Reality and some, but not all, believe in a separate Spirit world or visits by aliens. Most all Gnostic teachings lean toward a non-dualistic view but in all cases they try to justify, what they still feel as this world expressing good and/or evil. It wasn’t until I was introduced to “A Course in Miracles” that I began to consider if there was any truth in a full belief in non-dualism.
Non-Dualism, what does it mean? I love the way the ACIM states it:
“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the Peace of God.
There’s only ONE REALITY – GOD, expressed HERE by many words – All, Truth, Love, Mind, Idea, Thought, One, Elohim, everything else is but a denial of God’s presence or ONENESS and is an illusion or dream of Separation or the desire or belief in specialness and doesn’t really exist.
The author of the ‘Course’ is purported to be Jesus, ‘Is this the same person as expressed in the Bible?’. in the Bible, Jesus, taught using the words and symbols of a Dualistic religion, BUT, did He express ‘NON’ Dualism?
Consider what Jesus stated “I and the Father are One”, “I AM”, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”. “My Kingdom is not of this world,” and more specific in the Gospel of Thomas-# 3
“Rather, the kingdom is inside of you and outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will realize that you are the children of the living Father. But if you do not come to know yourselves, then you exist in poverty, and you are poverty.” and #29
“If the flesh came into being because of the spirit, it is a wonder. But if the spirit (came into being) because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has taken up residence in this poverty.”
Jesus is the Light of TRUTH, – He brings the illusion of this world to the Truth of the Non-Dualistic God. “Elohim”
God is ONE, – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – “The Elohim” is ONE Another name for the Son is Christ – “The Son of the Living God”
Here’s a great explanation by Kenneth Wapnick about ACIM’s non-dualism.
God Blesses Christ Blesses I Bless