Boundary lines, of any type, are never found in the real world itself, but only in the imagination of the mapmakers. -Ken Wilber
What is meant by non-duality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive. -Lankavatara Sutra
Today I find myself writing about mysterious things. Things like truth, religion, and energy. It is impossible to absolutely define these things, but I wish to express my thoughts in relationship to them.
My relationship to truth can be described when I imagine someone living an honest life. To me, this looks someone who lives in accordance with a unique morality, personal to him/her.
Mantra…My love of poetry leaves me thinking in metaphor, and therefore before words leap across the page, I see them first in image. A Mantra is a phrase spoken ritually to cultivate personal character and to strive for authenticity in ones life. Manta and truth are interwoven.
Think for a moment…ask yourself this: “What is a thought I have recurrently?” The answer (there may be many) will give you insight to your inner nature. I believe we all carry several if not thousands of them, some positive, some not so…These are the voices of the many dimensions of the self. Roberto Assagoli, the founder of Psychoanalysis named these subpersonalities.
Assagioli saw that people had two major phases to their psychological growth.The first was the development of the “I” or the center of the personality. There are “subpersonalities” within an individual which are internal structures that are formed through conflicts of normal human experience. The healthy development of an individual integrates and balances these subpersonalities into the I. Therapeutically, this process can be helped by “mapping” the unconscious through dreamwork, and psychological testing. He called this phase “personal psychosynthesis.” (pp. 57-58)
The second phase in psychological growth according to Assagioli occurs as a “spiritual psychosynthesis” when the personal psychosynthesis is completed. It is a phase where the individual begins to locate their superconscious, transcendent self or spiritual center which is when a sense of connection to all of humanity and nature and is experienced as unity. This process is also fostered in psychotherapy through techniques such as meditation, inner dialogue with an inner sage or teacher, and active imagination exercises (Battista, 1996).
Understanding inner “mantras” is a large part of this first psychological stage of life. Our use of these beliefs in relationship to others is our life-long journey into our personal religion.