Is Duality Just an Illusion?

If duality is an illusion, then unity will not be established. Both have their values, and without duality, unity has no substance. Both are natural, both are true. That is the nature of the world. Like light and darkness, the contradictions exist, they are there. The North Pole is there, and so is the South Pole.

“The two fullnesses” complement each other. There is 100 percent diversity and 100 percent unity, both performing their work at the same time. That is the nature of the work of creation–this is true reality.

To us, one seems real and the other unreal. The reality is that both are real at the same time. As water is true, so ice is true. Both are quite opposed to each other, and yet their affinity is so great that the ice cannot exist without the water–it is water and nothing but water. So unity and diversity are there together and at the same time.

The highest goal of existence, then, is to achieve “200 percent of life.” Life is a field of unlimited possibilities. Such is the glory of total flexibility in the human nervous system. This is a tremendously important point. It says that we can bypass the limited, bounded choices that we are used to making and go directly to the solution of any problem. The basis for this assertion is that nature has already structured the solution in our consciousness.

The problems are in the field of diversity, while the solutions are in the field of unity. Going straight to the field of unity automatically hits upon the solution, which the mind-body system then carries out.


Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson2 years ago

duality is a paradigm. go back to your Kant and take it or leave it.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

great question

Les Rose
Les Rose3 years ago

Utter drivel, as usual from Chopra. Meaningless babble, hijacking the word `quantum' as if he has the slightest idea of what it means. How can anyone be taken in?

Marianne B.
MARIA B.3 years ago are the comments

Ron Grubner
Ron Grubner3 years ago

The story of the eating of the fruit of the tree Knowledge of good and evil,is about disobedience and exercising one's own will against the will of God.(sin) It is also about pride when Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation from" eating from that tree will make you just like God" ,the same sin that Satan ( Lucifer) committed to have him cast from Heaven.Within ALL people is the ability to choose good or evil but NOT at the same time.One does not overlap the other.It can only be right or wrong.What causes dichotomy is the ability we have to make that choice.Any " grey areas " are from our own doing but if we look at it from God's standing,sin is doing anthing that is against His will which means that it is definitely defined.But we are only human and since Eden,being sinful is part of our natures.We are very fallible and a real challenge in choosing rights over wrongs.Being analogous means we are able to choose and that we do have natures of " duality".So.we definiely need a Saviour because we so often choose the wrong way.

Chi Hoo
C H3 years ago

As in the "Yin/Yang" symbol, there is good within evil, and bad within good.
NOTHING is simply black and white, good or bad.
There are thousands of shades of gray.

Even the most abominable person on the planet
[I am sure you can supply some names--it is immaterial],
has some good within them,
and the most elevated, saintly persons have some elements of bad within them.

The thing that makes the difference is that, the "good" person has been able to control the bad within themselves; while the bad person has been unable to allow the good within themselves, to thrive.
...and there are millions of reasons for either of those happening.

In the end, in the big picture,
"Good" and "Bad" are subjective terms,
depending in what culture, time and place, one exists.
We are taught what these terms mean, in the relevance to the culture we live in, from birth into this existence.
IF suddenly, something vastly changes what we know to be "true" within that framework, we have terrible struggle with our sense of how things are.

The story of the Garden of Eden, and the eating of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, is analogous to our being born into a dichotomous world structure.
YET, we still exist within the Whole of One
--no matter what other diversity The One otherwise contains.

Was it, therefore, a sin that we got called forth to exist in this world of dichotomy?
Or was the "sin" the choosing to be aware of that dichotomy?

Ron Grubner
Ron Grubner3 years ago

When I started to read this,I immediately thought of Good and evil or if you prefer God and the devil.I see Teresa W beat me to it.But it's true...without one there would be nothing to compare the other with.Therefore we would have no choice to goes right back to the Garden of Eden and the "tree of knowledge of good and evil." We choose one or the other.Therein lies the difference between Heaven and hell is all good while the other is all evil.It's sorta black and white really isn't it ? I know what I choose even if it isn't so easy on earth

Michele Wilkinson