“There are more techniques to get enlightened than most people imagine. Case in point: Turkey’s traditional Whirling Dervishes. Many Western tourists know of this odd-looking ritual, but how many of them know that this is a legit enlightenment technique? Developed by none other than the great Persian mystic Rumi.
Whirling is not just a hokey ritual but a form of active meditation. The spinning is designed to shut off the egoic monkey mind and produce states of ecstatic trance.
Read more about Sufi Whirling Dervishes on Wikipedia.
The symbolism of the ritual is pretty interesting too. The dancer wears a tall thick camel hair hat which represents the tombstone of the ego. The dancer’s white skirt represents the shroud of the ego which must be cast off (sound familiar?). The taking off of the black cloak prior to whirling represents spiritual rebirth into the Truth. The crossing of the arms represents the number one, for the nondual unity of God. The whirling is done around the center of the heart, which represents unconditional love for reality. And mantras are mentally recited while whirling to further still the monkey mind.
If you decide to give whirling a try at home, watch out that you don’t hit anything, or fall down, or faint from dizziness. This can be a physically dangerous technique. You can easily crack your head open. Best to do it out on a grassy field.”
“Monism is simply the idea that “strictly speaking, there exists only a single thing, the Universe, which can only be artificially and arbitrarily divided into many things” and that “only one kind of stuff exists, although many things may be made up of this stuff.”
This “stuff” is consciousness, or “mind”, out of which EVERYTHING is made. So… An atom is consciousness; a tree is consciousness; a car is consciousness; a rock is consciousness; the sun is consciousness; a mathematics equation is consciousness; a political party is consciousness; the Big Bang is consciousness; your skull is consciousness; the pixels on this screen are consciousness; and so on until every last object in the universe is accounted for. Reality is one unified field of consciousness which subdivides itself in infinite variations.
This is a very elegant and powerful explanation of reality. It also happens to be Absolutely True. It is so true that its truth is prior to any religion, philosophical system, scientific theory, or physical law. It is more true than 1 = 1.
I recommend you thoroughly read this Wikipedia entry on Monism. It’s a great encapsulation of metaphysics, religion, and God across history. Monism is just another word for nonduality, and every culture around the world has a storied history of it because it turns out to be the ultimate truth. The only problem is that ultimate truth turns out to be a tricky thing for the mind to grasp.”
I believe a society can exist without laws if we had a higher awareness level. I believe that humanity, from birth, has been conditioned to believe all sorts of horrors and that the world should be a certain way; when we drop these beliefs we can create pure and healthy minded human beings living harmoniously.