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).