All Is One: Understanding Entheogens and Nonduality by Martin W. Ball

By Martin W. Ball

During this brief, yet provocative, book, entheogenic researcher, Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., maintains his ongoing elucidation of the Entheological Paradigm, nonduality, and the function of entheogens in own awakening and transformation. half I covers nonduality, the character of the ego, and the vigorous adventure of entheogens, taking an in depth examine what nonduality either is and is not. half II comprises choices from Martin's new novel, past Azara, that depict the 5-MeO-DMT adventure with "Slipping into Infinity" and a glance at how fact works as a unified vigorous approach with "The tale of the One." half III positive factors "God's instruction manual for working Human Vehicles," a major but tongue-in-cheek consultant for residing authentically as an immediate embodiment of the only common realization. The venture wraps up with a few verse urging "Sleepwalkers, Awaken!" For an individual drawn to nonduality, the unitary nature of truth, and the robust position of entheogens in human wisdom, this can be a needs to learn.

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They try out these different strategies for themselves and decide which serve their self-interests best, which then serves to help construct their sense of self as an individual with motivations and possible actions. Their primary source of behavior, it is important to note, is adults who have thoroughly developed egos. They therefore learn, from a very young age, what it means to operate with an ego, and this is what they model their own developing sense of self upon. In general, children do not have nondualistically enlightened individuals to observe and learn from within their environments.

The ego is an individual’s sense of self as distinct from other people and things. Regardless of any culture’s worldview or religious or spiritual practice, the default state of being for humans is to have a sense of self that is experienced as somehow distinct and separate from others. This appears to be a distinctly human problem in that the development of an ego is a normal and fundamental part of human conscious development that does not seem to be present among other living beings. It is the aspect of our awareness that allows us to self-reflectively ponder the nature of our being and provides for a sense of personal identity.

Is saying that All is One just another belief itself, and no more factual than any other grand statement about the nature of reality? Or is there something genuinely true here, and if so, what is it, and what does it mean for any given individual? As someone who has accepted the nondual nature of reality, I personally feel that it is worthwhile, and to individuals’ benefit, to sort out the above, and related, questions. I came to what might be considered a radically nondual perspective on the nature of reality, not out of philosophical study or intellectual discernment, but rather, through direct, immediate and unmediated experiences of the fundamentally unitary nature of reality.

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