Healing Duality

There are two paths in life. The first path is the acceptance that duality is real, that the good and evil we confront every day are simply fact, and we must do our best to struggle against them. The second path is to see duality as our choice. Although everything in creation appears to have its opposite, one thing doesn’t: Wholeness. The totality of spirit has no opposite because it embraces everything.

To choose the second path, you have to be willing to renounce your struggle against evil. This is the way of the wizard.

There is no doubt that when we see evil we react with fear and anger. From this reaction struggle is born, and because people want evil to go away, the struggle seems to be legitimate. But what if fear and anger are the cause of evil? What if our reactions keep breeding the same cycle, which never ends? With these questions, the second way was born.

You cannot renounce the duality of good and evil as long as that is what you experience. A deeper experience, one that is beyond words, must replace it. Wholeness and spirit are only words until they become real to you personally. Reality always means experience; therefore the question is how to experience the realm of light that Merlin spoke of. “Be patient with yourself. The fading away of duality takes time,” Merlin said. “And then unity will be born automatically.”

Because spirit is always beckoning, there are countless opportunities to come into contact with it. The first steps have already been marked outóbe willing to follow the clues of spirit, meditate to find the pure silence within yourself, know that the goal of spirit is true and worth pursuing.

Our free will is what allows us to break out of the cycle of good and evil. The way of the wizard is compassionate, because it solves the problem of suffering as the light of spirit draws nearer.

Adapted from The Way of the Wizard by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago


Samir Nassir
Past Member 3 years ago

The conflict of good and evil is eternal, it is important in the end the triumph of good.thanks.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this info.

Loxie Stock
Loxie Stock3 years ago

Is Merlin a character of literature? Would it make more sense to identify the idea as coming from the author? I completely agree with the main concept. I know it was said by Jesus in the new testament and probably by others in the old testament. I would be interested to know if this idea is taught by Mohamed. probably an idea from Buddah and others.

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

I can see the value of the truth in this short excerpt from Deepak's book.

However, I feel this explanation is not comprehensive enough to fit all examples.

On the other hand, because my bed-time is overdue, perhaps I'm reading too much or too little into these examples given by Deepak.

Heidi R.
Past Member 3 years ago

Other philosophies take this point of view too. It seems duality began with the Zoroastrians and developed from there. Interesting concepts. Thank you.

Miranda Parkinson

wise and wonderful!

Dot A.
Dot A.3 years ago

to know that spirit is your essence

know that the goal of spirit is true and worth pursuing

to know that you are wholly

Mukesh R.
Mukesh Ramteke3 years ago


Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago