A Non-Duality Teacher’s Perspective

I wanted to share with a bit of my perspective on ‘teaching’ or ‘sharing’ non-duality, if you will permit me to phrase it that way. These are some things I have noticed over past few years that I did not necessarily realise before I started to teach/share.

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you will know my expression does vary a fair bit. This variance seems to depend on who I interact with. The teachings seem to pour out of me spontaneously in response to interactions with seekers and their energy. Sometimes the response is absolute and uncompromising, other times it delves into the body-mind-world-psyche. Both can be deeply transformative, depending on where the seeker is at.

One curiosity is that in many ways I am actually not that interested in sharing this (if you can believe that!) but the sharing continues, for now at least. I find it is the seeking energy and questions that ‘pulls the teachings out of me’ and keeps me turning up to my own meetings. Even this post was written only due to certain interactions with seekers/seeking energy.

Interestingly (to me at least) when people express a simple and pure gratitude and love for ‘my teachings’ and for what ‘I share’ without putting me on a pedestal (please don’t do that!) I have noticed it often energetically impacts my body-mind and draws my body-mind to ‘teach’ more, even though at my core I don’t really care for gratitude or praise. I have often wondered if this is why traditionally gratitude and devotion to a guru is often encouraged. Even though I feel a strong devotion to Ramana Maharshi, devotion to a guru/teachings is something that I am very cautious about in general (and I don’t encourage it for the most part) due to the potential for abuse from the guru. However I never saw this aspect of the interaction until I started to share/teach myself and it is another thing that surprised me, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I must warn you that I have no idea what I am about to say a lot of the time, lol! But the feedback I often get is how I ended up saying the exact right thing at the right time. It’s continually surprising to me that what I express can be so helpful for some. I really don’t know how it all happens but am continually humbled and amazed by it! Often I hear ‘my teachings’ for the first time as I am saying them and think to myself ‘wow – that’s a great teaching!’

In addition to the verbal teachings, I have noticed there seems to be immense benefit that can occur with a direct interaction in the meetings that is beyond the words, irrespective of what is said. There can be a certain transformative energy in the meetings. Again, I’m not really sure how it works – to me it is like magic, a magical mystery! I’m still learning about this and how it all works, watching it unfold in front of me – I don’t think this is something I will ever understand, nor is there a need to understand it really (I’ll let you know if I figure it out). It is just the way things are, just what apparently happens – as I said, it’s a mystery.

I hope this post doesn’t come across as me being arrogant in anyway. I am not saying how great I am, but rather that these teachings I share are not really mine at all. They are magic! I’m sure I’m not that special in this regard, and perhaps many of you have also had similar experiences in sharing this or similar things? I’d be interested to hear from you about this. Yet I cannot deny the apparent value of what I share for one apparently stuck in illusion of duality and for the one who appears to be suffering.

On one level, no teaching is needed at all, as we are already whole and complete, lacking nothing, and the ‘I’ that is seeking is an illusion, as is the teacher and teaching. On another level, many have seemingly benefited from interacting with me – at least that’s the feedback I get – I am frequently told that peace comes forth, suffering and egotism drops away and liberation is realised, slowly slowly, wonderfully wonderfully. Often people approach me having had awakenings and spiritual experiences but remain deeply troubled or have seemingly endless doubts, but in just a few exchanges during meetings or 1 to 1s doubts are cleared and insight and illumination springs forth. What may have taken months or years of scraping around in books, YouTube videos and Facebook posts can sometimes be cleared directly in a relatively brief direct personal interaction. Amazing!

So, if you resonate with what I share, I do encourage you to come along and join me in one of my meetings. And if you do resonate, I encourage you to keep on coming back for as long as you need to and not turn away when the ego-mind says ‘I’ve got it now and so I don’t need to attend any more’. I try to make myself available through online meetings twice a month (the next one is this Thursday at 8pm UK time – see my timeline for details which I will post shortly), and also through online 1 to 1 sessions and in-person meetings in London twice a month.

That said, I am also sure there are many who probably gain very little from what I share and feel very little resonance. I guess this is just the way of things, and different (apparent) people resonate with different (apparent) teachers. So I make no promises – you were warned!  And I trust that you will be discerning enough to find the teacher/teaching/path (or non-teacher/non-path!) that is right for you at any point in time – listen to your heart – the quiet unspoken voice-feeling in your heart – it will guide you – it is always guiding you 

I wish you well whatever your path and journey, and invite you to attend a meeting with me, but only if you are drawn to do so. The hope is what I share is of benefit to you in reducing suffering and inviting and actualising Liberation.

Wishing you Love beyond love and Peace beyond peace
(ie. what you already are in Truth)

Namaste and with thanks

Tom
🙏

5 thoughts on “A Non-Duality Teacher’s Perspective

  1. I am curious that you wrote ‘I hope this post doesn’t come across as arrogant’, implying that you care what other people think of you/your post/ your teachings. Is this not the ego speaking? Why do you care what others think? As you implied earlier in your post, you ‘teach’ because now it feels right and it seems to benefit some of the people you talk to. As a teacher myself I say surely that is enough? Keep doing what you are doing if it makes you happy (whether other people resonate with your thoughts/’teaching’ or not!). Peace.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and you make a good point. Going further, why even hope to benefit others or even teach? It is the same. Let me explain: I hope that this post doesn’t come across as being arrogant as that is a possibility with this kind of post and that would be an inaccurate communication. I want the communication to be as effective as possible, so I wanted to address this potential failure in communication within the communication itself. Make sense? It is a practical thing rather than egoic to make the communication as effective as possible. Ultimately all these things, teaching, helping, communicating – all these are superficial and really dont matter at all. Yet this is the way things are happening for now. Hope your question is clarified.

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  2. Thank you for this insightful response. I think that it is also worth noting that, even if your communication is as clear as you wish it to be, different people will always respond differently to your thoughts and ‘teachings’. The spiritual teachings of the illusionary belief in identity may resonate deeply for some and for others it may not. We are not in control what others think or how others respond to us. What is in our control is how we act: to be kinder (to ourselves and others), to forgive, to approach everything with unconditional love and to do what feels right in the present moment. To trust the universe. Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you too, and I agree. I hope that sentiment came across in the 3rd to last paragraph in the post itself. Of course, this ultimately goes beyond any notion of trusting the universe too: even though this trust and faith is a valuable and worthwhile teaching, trusting something is yet more duality. Best wishes to you too, Namaste

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