All great religious and spiritual traditions ask the question ‘Who am I?’. What is the actual answer to this question, and what if the answer were so vast and all-encompassing that all suffering dissolves within it?
In this talk we will explore the peace that lies beyond belief through the non-dual teachings.
As we grow up, we are conditioned to believe that ‘I am’ is equal to the mind (i.e. conditioned patterns of thinking), and the body (i.e. feelings and sensations). This fundamental belief is so engrained in the way we live our lives that we rarely question it. And with the sense of separation that it brings, an inevitable quest for happiness begins. At first, happiness is thought to be found in external circumstances – relationships, jobs, wealth, or fame. After spending some time seeking for it in the outside world, some of us turn inwards and find practices that help us feel at peace, such as mindfulness and meditation.
According to the non-dual teaching, the peace that we sometimes find through such practices is who we truly are. As such, no effort is really necessary for us to be knowingly at peace and happy. Once we know our True Self, all thoughts, feelings, actions, and relationships slowly begin to be aligned with our True Nature.
This is ‘Life beyond belief’.