Yes, all the above can be read as Three Cheers For Monism! In the debates throughout the centuries over spirit vs. matter, both philosophical and theological, the accepted dualism served religions’ agendas well, sourcing all its good vs. evil directives that funneled the faithful into the heaven or hellbound channels. Philosophers seemed to prefer the mind/body dualism with its current neurologists’ reboot, the mind/brain fracas.
Of course, all dualisms emerge from the One as soon as we do, leaving the radiant void, the ground of all being, to become a little being getting buffeted about by those slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Suddenly, with a form to rally round, it’s the self and the other, the warm and the cold, the male and the female, the right and the wrong. the eat or be eaten, the good guys and the bad guys, the good and the evil. They are all as inevitable and unavoidable as sun and shadow.
Wikipedia asserts three types of monism, – priority monism, existence monism and substance monism. Substance monism posits “that only one kind of stuff exists, although many things may be made up of this stuff”. And although existence monism has a lot going for it (“there exists only a single thing, which can only be arbitrarily divided into many things”), aligning itself with one of my old favourites, NeoPlatonism, (“everything is derived from The One”), for me substance monism wins by a nose.
It’s becoming a new age commonplace to say that we are, by our continued efforts, spiritualizing matter, and I’d be inclined to agree. That matter is completely malleable when directed by thought on the astral plane is obvious to experiencers and those who take the time to collate their reports and evaluate them. And as the physical plane’s vibration is gradually raised to that of the astral, such miraculous activity will veer toward the norm, the norm that is accepted and almost forgotten, and that, my friends, is spiritualising matter.
How long that process will take to come to some kind of fruition is anyone’s guess, depending, I suspect, on how many of us will resist it, albeit unconsciously, but given the now regular occurence of trips to heaven and back, courtesy of the nde, and that benign invasion of the orbs into our visual field and that of our digital recorders, I would venture sooner rather than later.
I see the term monism was introduced by Chritisan Von Wolff in “Logic” (1728), to “designate types of philosophical thought in which the attempt was made to eliminate the dichotomy of body and mind and explain all phenomena by one unifying principle” and that monism lost popularity due to the emergence of analytic philosophy in the 20th century, and whose chief proponents ridiculed the whole question as “incoherent mysticism”.
Transcendental experience is often incoherent to those who study with a logical and analytical bent. But to those who surrender to the experience, casting off their safety nets and crutches with glee, that apparent incoherence is transformed. Transformed beyond a higher level of order into game playing gestures commensurate with giggling.
That’s the cosmic giggle, the one that mocks our strivings and attachments, urging us to sing and let go as we drift in the winds of life. That’s the crazy wisdom that unhinged teachers teach. If you meet the Buddha on the road, give him your mirror.