word Advaita comes from the Sanskrit words ah meaning “not”
and dvaita meaning “two, or divided.” (We get our
word “divide” from this Sanskrit root.) Thus, Advaita
means “not-two” or “non-dual.” This is
different than saying “one” because as soon as we
say “this one” it immediately implies “not that
one,” which is already dualistic. How can you get beyond
dualistic perception? You have to go back, way back, to before
the Universe made any distinctions.
Universe was originally Being/Everything/Nothing. Being BEN gets
boring after a few billion light-centuries of not-yet-time. BEN
recognized that in order to be not-boring, it had to create something
or someone to play with. But because it was already everything/nothing,
it couldn’t create something other than itself. Then, BEN
came up with a solution. It could divide into two, then four,
then eight, then into trillions of fragments of itself. The first
division happened. BEN divided itself into two halves: yin and
yang, considered the masculine and feminine principles of the
Universe. It is represented by the famous Tao or Yin/Yang symbol
divided, black could be distinguished from white, left from right,
up from down. This created comparison, distinction, edges and
boundaries. Being was divided into beings. Mind was divided into
minds. Everything/Nothing was divided into things. Now divided,
minds can distinguish self from other, this from that, here from
is possible for Awareness (an aspect of Being) to return to the
original “non-dual” state, by returning to “before
division.” This BEN awareness existed before the Universe
split itself into infinite forms, and it remains. It is inclusive
of everything, and is prior to making any distinctions at all.
friend Alexander Shomlo created this exercise and meditation to
bring you into the state of non-dual awareness, or pure Beingness.
a few minutes contemplating the question: WHERE DO I COME FROM?
while tapping lightly on your forehead, either with one finger
between and above your eyebrows (the “third eye” point)
or with two fingers alternating (thumb and middle finger of one
hand, for example) above your eyebrows. As you do this, allow
your body to relax, and your mind and being to rest in effortless
presence. When you feel comfortable, stop doing anything (including
the tapping and the contemplating). Rest in the not-doing. Stop
trying to be anything. Rest in undefined beingness.
If you find yourself back in some form (body, mind, thoughts,
feelings, sensations, or anything else) start tapping again with
your attention on what arose. Contemplate by asking WHERE IS THIS
COMING FROM? If you can see where it came from, let it go. If
you can’t see where it came from, let it go. Simply release
it back into the void, from which it came.
In the event you run into something sticky and persistent that
won't release, ask yourself WHAT AM I HOLDING ON TO? and WHO IS
THE “I” THAT IS HOLDING ON? If you get an answer,
let it go. If you don’t get an answer, let it go.
Alternatively, if this thing persists, ask yourself CAN I LET
IT GO? Since it is your creation, the only true answer is YES,
but ask the question openly and truthfully. Follow this with the
questions WOULD I BE WILLING TO LET IT GO? and WHEN WOULD I BE
WILLING TO LET IT GO? Usually, the answer is “Now.”
Then let it go and return to pure awareness.
Keep going further and further, beyond and beyond whatever arises
until you are aware of your Beingness. (Do not try to articulate
it. Just be aware of your True-permanent-non-dual SELF.)
NOTE: This is a process of releasing and dropping layers of self-definitions,
your identities, all you are identify yourself to be, all your
attachments, judgments, preferences, desires and aversions. Mainly,
you let go of your doer-ego by relaxing, releasing all efforts
and resting in your Beingness.
The indication that the process is working and you are making
progress is noticing that your mind gets quiet, with a sense of
Beingness that is free, peaceful and happy. There is no connection
to any wanting or not wanting, and you are not dependent on any
condition or any need for things to be different than it already
is. There is no fear whatsoever and no concern with pain or pleasure,
gains or losses, success or failure.
can also spend a few minutes per day starting with tapping on
WHERE DOES MY ATTENTION COME FROM?
WHERE DOES MY BREATHING COME FROM?
(Proceed with the same procedure as outlined above.)
you understand the goal of Advaita and set your primary intention
to pursue it, you may come up with your own starting question.
The tapping is not really necessary, but it gives the brain a
set of sensations to integrate with the thoughts. This is the
basis of the trauma release technique called EMDR. Experiment
with it to see if it enhances and accelerates this process for
is the process of self-inquiry. It is a type of meditation that
awakens us to our non-dual, undefined essence. There is nothing
I know that is more laser-like or more profound.
Meditation to Dissolve the Ego:
exercises begin with enhancing a person’s sense of Self.
There are many people who have lost touch with their own center
(their own ground of being) by trying to be what others want them
to be, or trying to conform in order to fit in, or trying to accomplish
something by doing more and more. If the Self and the Will have
been trampled by parents, elders, or through religious indoctrination,
it must be rebuilt from the ground up, slowly, step by step.
Most exercises that engage the self actually empower the ego.
The ego is the part of us that calculates and acts to gain self-advantage,
recognition, and survival. There is nothing wrong with this. The
ego is the tool with which we create in our lives. However, on
the other side of the spectrum, if the ego grows too strong, it
can also take control of a person’s life. Their whole life
becomes focused on aggrandizement of the ego through accumulation
of power, control, wealth, or recognition. This path also leads
ultimately to suffering. When a person believes that they are
their ego, they will suffer when the ego is not being fulfilled
in some way.
Our ego (the doer) operates in a sort of dream state where the
ego creates dreams and illusions through various identities, or
roles. You may notice that your Parent identity, which you take
on when you are with your children, operates very differently
from your Child Identity, which operates when you are with your
parents. Your Employee identity operates differently in the world
than your Lover Identity when you are with your primary love interest.
These identities are like dreams when compared to the awakened
Self, which is beyond identities. We can learn to create better
dreams that enable us to accomplish more, get what we want out
of life, get rid of bad habits, or become a more attractive person,
but this is like a dreamer creating better dreams, and eliminating
Advaita is different because it dis-creates the dreamer. Without
the dreamer, the dreams end. The following meditation is designed
to eliminate both the dreams and the dreamer, dissolving the ego
as a whole, or at least as a controlling influence. Practice it
until it becomes second nature. Progress is realized when you
can reduce the effort you are using doing the meditation. Eventually,
it becomes effortless. When ego is absent, life is effortless.
a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted by any outside
influence. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Take a few
deep breaths and relax. Let go of everything, including all thoughts
you have about yourself.
your eyes. Observe your mental landscape. Sense who you are being
at this moment.
Notice that your mental landscape consists of a mixture of masses
and spaces made of various densities and held in place by various
degrees of effort. Some are heavy and fixated. Others are light
and loose, without fixed boundaries or edges. Find the lightest
space in your mind's landscape, the one that consumes the least
effort and energy to be there, and allow your attention to focus
all attempts to do anything. Release all efforting. Just observe
that light/easy space while staying neutral and dissolving in
the equanimity of this realm.
you are pulled into a more solid mass or space, appreciate who
you are being in that realm. Stay present and observe the unique
density and texture of whatever you are pulled into. When it loosens
up, and your attention is free again, flow your attention effortlessly
into the lightest space apparent in that moment. If you feel stuck
in something heavy, use your breath. Breathe into the dense area
to help it loosen up and dissolve.
loving, gentle and compassionate with yourself. Free yourself
from all fears, hurts and struggles. Continue the exercise until
you are resting again in pure light awareness. Realize your true
A. Alexander Shomlo is an Awakening Practitioner, and Financial
& Relationship Wizard. He offers non-dual sessions by phone
that can free people from any mental condition.
He can be reached at (904)268-4707 or by email: AAShomlo@Hotmail.com.