Non-duality, Zen, Advaita, Enlightenment, Awakening—What's it all about?
It is the dissolution of every answer to that question. Being this utterly immediate, completely unavoidable and impossible to doubt, ever-present, ever-changing, happening Here / Now, this that remains when every belief and idea about this falls away: the sounds of traffic, the smell of rain, a tingling in the feet, the hum of a vacuum cleaner, the cheeping of a bird, rain splashing in the street, fingers moving over computer keys—undivided hearing-seeing-sensing-thinking-awaring-being.
Thought divides this ungraspable, ever-changing seamlessness into mind and body, form and emptiness, awareness and content, relative and absolute, spiritual and mundane, enlightenment and delusion, self and other. The dividing lines and the objects they seem to create are always conceptual and imaginary. Reality is undivided, unbound, nondual. If you look deeply, you may find that impermanence is so complete that no-thing ever actually forms (or persists) to even be impermanent. There is diversity and variation Here / Now, but not separation. Nothing is "out there." If you look right now with awareness rather than with thought, can you find any actual boundary in your direct experience where inside turns into outside, where self ends and not-self begins?
This seamless and boundless suchness cannot be grasped or possessed, but it is always fully present, for it is all there is. Reality is completely inescapable and thus completely unattainable, for there is nothing apart from it to find it or lose it. It is what you cannot not be. If you are searching for it, the very searching is already it.
Who is it that seemingly needs to be liberated? Can you actually find this one, or is it only a thought-image-sensation-story? Can you locate the source of your thoughts and actions? Doesn't every thought, intention, impulse, action and reaction appear here in the same way that the brain, the breath, the wind, the clouds, the trees, and the galaxies appear here?
There are many maps of reality, but reality itself is inconceivable and ungraspable. The pathless-path of being liberated on the spot is about seeing through ever-more subtle layers of delusion: the thought-stories and images mistaken for reality, the beliefs and identities to which we cling, the energetic resisting and grasping in the bodymind that happens below the level of thought—and coming in touch with the spacious immediacy and aliveness that is at the heart of everything, the groundless ground, the listening presence that we are. There is no end to this waking up; this never-ending Self-realization is always NOW.