Excerpt About Hierarchy / Nonhierarchy
When we realize the truth of nonhierarchy and the self-creating dynamism of true nature, any real experience, state, or knowledge can catalyze the process of endless realization. But if we take the view that some realizations are deeper or more fundamental than others, then we have to proceed gradually through all the steps, stages, levels, and degrees of realization. This is fine, of course, because it is one way that awakening and enlightenment can occur. What I am presenting as the liberating power of the philosophers’ stone reveals another possibility. When we see the identity of all the manifestations of true nature—which are one even though they are different—true nature spontaneously unfolds to reveal the mysteries inherent to it.