The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector…” (Luke 18.11)

DUALISTIC thinking is the product of a materialist, purely rational, in the head, kind of perspective on life or on reality. Things are either right or they are wrong. People are righteous or sinful. If I do good things, then good things should happen to me. It is hot in the Summer and cold in the Winter. Humans are conscious, animals and plants aren’t.

      Christianity has been handed down along dualistic lines. I believe in Jesus and confess his name, so I am saved. Muslims have half a picture, I have it all. I go to the true church; those chapels and that church have got it wrong.  This is so ironic. Jesus taught non-dualistic thinking. His signs and miracles, teachings and sayings, the company he kept, the people he held closest to him, all show a non-dualistic, spiritual perspective on existence. The ego is dualistic because it wants to feel pure, saved, moral, significant, justified, superior. But Jesus points beyond the ego to the true person, to true being. “We cannot allow God”, says Fr Richard Rohr, “to come down to us, which is the meaning of the Incarnation (see Philippians 2:5-8); we think we’ve got to go up to God. We’re usually going up the down escalator! And we miss Jesus on the way—as he de-escalates into our so very ordinary world.”

Stay where you are.

He’s right there.


~ by Fr Tim Ardouin on October 21, 2016.

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