Monotheism or Non-Dualistic

Sawadee Khrap

Yesterday had a great conversation on the differences between Mono-theism and  Non-Duality.     Monotheism says that there is only ONE God but also implies that this God is apart and distinct from its creations, whereas Non-Duality states there is only one REALITY, inclusive of God and any and all creations.     “I AM”, is Non-Dualistic statement.   Anything beyond this statement  introduces limits or a finite nature and is Dualistic.  Non-duality also expresses the true relationship of PEACE, TRUTH and LOVE for there is nothing in opposition or to be in conflict with. 

Only the desire to name, limit or be special, in any way,  would produce a dualistic view and possible Mono (or Poly) theistic worlds.   And of course, this is exactly what the Bible story is about.  Sin is the desire to be “special” and have the power to make judgments. Adam wanted the power to know good from evil and to name all the animals – but what is this but the perceived power to judge or change reality,  knowing Adam was not the Creator. 

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus summed it up:

(#22)  Jesus saw infants being suckled.  He said to his disciples: “These little ones being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.”  They said to him: “Then will we enter the kingdom as little ones?”  Jesus said to them: “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside and the above like the below —  that is, to make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male will not be male and the female will not be female —  and when you make eyes instead of an eye and a hand instead of a hand and a foot instead of a foot, an image instead of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].”   -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.”

And ACIM Lesson #284:

I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt

“Loss is not loss when properly perceived. Pain is impossible. There is no grief with any cause at all. And suffering of any kind is nothing but a dream. This is the truth, at first to be but said and then repeated many times; and next to be accepted as but partly true, with many reservations. Then to be considered seriously more and more, and finally accepted as the truth. I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt. And I would go beyond these words today, and past all reservations, and arrive at full acceptance of the truth in them.

Father, what You have given cannot hurt, so grief and pain must be impossible. Let me not fail to trust in You today, accepting but the joyous as Your gifts; accepting but the joyous as the truth.”

God Blesses    Christ Blesses   I Bless