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The Dynamic of Realization Combines the Dual and Nondual Views in an Inextricable and Indescribable Way

The dynamic of realization—the dance of practice and awakening—is a dialectic that combines the dual and the nondual views in an inextricable and indescribable way. We inquire as an individual who is exerting, who is endeavoring and is fully engaged, fully interested, fully committed, and fully devoted. And yet, being fully engaged and devoted means that it is true nature expressing itself in those ways, and its purity is expressed as the practice of an individual consciousness. This is how grace is inseparable from practice, from our own activity—or, at least, what we consider to be our own individual actions, orientations, and attitudes. How else is true nature going to express itself as Total Being? How is it going to reveal itself, illuminate itself, liberate itself, and wake itself up, except through the individual? The individual is both its organ of perception and its organ of action, the lens through which it perceives and the instrument through which it operates. The dialectic between individual practice and realization—the fulcrum of the path—reveals the mystery of two that are one and one that expresses itself as two. Practice and realization are not separate, yet they are distinct. Neither practice nor realization subsumes or displaces the other, and yet they are inextricably one. They are distinct and yet one; we cannot rightly consider them two separate things nor the same thing. It’s true that we can see their relationship as dual—as two things that are related in various ways—or we can see their relationship as nondual, as the same indivisible unity. But the fourth turning reveals that the relationship of practice and realization is far more mysterious than either of these possibilities suggests.

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