Relationship

You are already in relationship with all beings.

That’s it, statement finished. 

Now an attribution: This is the first tenet of ‘The Zapchen motorists guide to relationship’, written by one of my teachers (Julie Henderson). I read that first line and thought: “Stop! You have already said everything that needs saying”. Julie’s guide goes on to stress the difference between Relationship (in the conventional, personal sense, as in ‘I love you’); and the noticing of relationship as a simple, universal fact.

Ultimately, of course, even relationship is an illusion, as separateness is only possible in manifestation. And manifestation is brought forth and shaped by the Divine, which is One. This is the essence of the non-duality teachings of Advaita.

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