A common definition of matter is: “A physical substance distinct from mind.” And, thus, here’s my first question for you today: Has anyone ever found a physical substance, or object, distinct from mind?
Assuming your answer is no (I mean, you’ve never experienced an object separate from yourself, have you?), here’s my second question: Why is the realization that matter can’t exist separate from mind so important?
To answer, let’s go back to the definition of matter. Truth is, our culture is practically built on the false presumption or belief that matter is real (hence this head-scratching definition). Absent of the senses, or independently, matter has never been captured.
And this is so important. Nothing exists separate from you. Matter requires mind. Mind requires matter. They are non-dual. They are not two. This means that a circumstance—a conglomeration of interacting objects—has no actual power over you because without you it isn’t even a thing. This is why those who understand that mind and matter are joined at the hip epitomize resilience, and those who don’t inevitably play victim.
The fact of the matter is that matter can’t be found—separate from the senses, experience, or Consciousness, that is. In other words, substances or objects aren’t physical at all. They appear within Consciousness and are made of it.
Oh, and that brings us to the final reason that grasping the non-dual nature of experience is so important: It points us straight to what all things, including us, truly are: Consciousness itself. And while this realization won’t stop us from experiencing what appear to be objects and circumstances made of matter, it will change how we relate to our experiences. It will provide perspective.