Kenneth Madden

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Non-Duality

Non- Duality is concerned with This, this right now. Non- duality questions if there is someone who has an experience or if there is simply the experience. It is concerned with this “Me” that we attach to everything, that we never question. It points to the ridiculous notion of there being a separate ‘You’ with a mind (my mind) and with a body (my body) as opposed to there being simply mind and body. More often then not misinterpreted in the realms of spirituality, Non-duality or Advaita (Not Two) is often turned into yet another process of becoming. A process of progressive endeavor towards a goal. The most popular of which seems to be processes or practices to help us ‘live in the present’ or to do things with ‘mindful awareness’.

This is yet another process of becoming, striving to be more present. We spend our whole lives moving towards one goal or another. We are in search of something and we’re never quite sure what it is. We are sure that it will be around the next corner, on the next page. We are searching in time for something that’s timeless. We are searching for Wholeness, Being. The divine comedy is that what we search for has never left us. It is the very life that pours through all of our senses. It can be seen (by nobody) that simply This is boundless liberation, is unconditional love and that the invitation to do so has been ever present. One of the most surprising things about Liberation is that it is nothing like what the mind imagines it to be. The mind can’t ever come close to it yet it is, at the same time, very ordinary. It’s the realization that what you’ve been seeing or looking at has never been really seen as it is filtered through ‘you’ or as if it is seen through a veil. When this veil lifts it is seen that it was never really there, that there is only Liberation. It is seen that the distance and time between subject and object is an illusion. Everything is new again, as it always has been. Boundless freedom in complete total and utter free fall.

Don’t mistake concepts for what they point to.
As Leo Hartong puts it in “Awakening to the Dream”:

They [concepts] are like different little stones thrown against your bedroom window.

When you hear them, you may get out of bed, look outside, and be surprised to see your lover there. Would it matter which exact pebble was the one that woke you?

  • The Open Secret
    Beautifully uncompromising message from Tony Parsons (No not THAT Tony Parsons!- the real Tony Parsons haha).  Watch You Tube Clip
  • Alan Watts Anyone with an interest in the human condition should check out the renowned philospher.  Watch You Tube Clip.
  • Jeff foster expresses it wonderfully.  Watch Interview on Conscious TV under Non-Duality heading.
  • The Wei Wu Wei Archives is an interesting introduction to the Irish Philosopher and essayist.
  • Leo Hartong’s book “Awakening to the Dream: the gift of lucid living.” is one of the best I’ve read on the subject, a very enjoyable read.
  • Richard Sylvester gives a great interview on Conscious TV under the
    Non-Duality heading.
  • Rick Linchitz gives some interesting interviews on Non-Duality in Germany. Rick is a renowned physician specializing in alternative pain and cancer therapy in New York. Also, although not concerned with non-duality, what he has to say regarding health and wellness is also well worth checking out at http://www.linchitzwellness.com/.  Also watch very interesting talk re cancer treatment here.
  • Check out Bod Seals Non-Duality Cartoons

Music

  • Kelly Joe Phelps. I saw Kelly Joe Phelps in 2002 and my musical world was changed forever. Ever evolving, always honest.  Listen to interview.  Watch Youtube Clip 1, watch Youtube clip 2
  • Paul Curreri. One of the best singer/song writer/guitarists I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Simply incredible.  Don’t miss an opportunity to see Paul live. Watch You Tube Clip one and Clip two.  Check out great photographs by Aaron Farrington on this site.
  • Good bio about Ali farke Toure. Phenomenal musician.
  • Malcolm Holcombe.  Check this guy out, great voice and guitar playing.  Theres an raw energy here that reminds me of Johnny Cash.  Watch You Tube Clip
  • Jeffrey Foucault.  Wisconsin native writes beautiful songs with melodies to match.
  • Devon Sproule.  Devon wins over audiences with captivating music and echos 1920′s jazz as much as blues or folk.  Her sincerity and quirky humour are a breath of fresh air.  Watch You Tube Clip
  • David Lindley is the best lapsteel guitar player out there in many people’s opinion, certainly in mine (more importantly I might add).  Watch You Tube Clip
  • His feet stomp out a grove you fall into and his thumb locks the bassline down.  Then you’re hooked and Chris Smither takes you with him using humour and wit.
  • I really enjoy Roesy’s music and art.
  • Check out Matt Curreri and The Exfriends.  Fantastic San Diego based band.
  • For anyone who likes bluegrass Tim O’Brien is a must see multi instrumentalist virtuoso.
  • I’m a fan of Ani DiFranco and admire the way she gave the two fingers to the record industry.
  • Dervish are a great Irish music band.

Photography

  • Photo.net. Great photography site- very high standard of photos submitted daily from around the world.
  • Jeanloup Sieff. A French photographer.
  • Ralph Gibson is propably my favourite photographer.

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