Rupert just released this extract from the 2021 Mercy Center fall retreat. It is a beautifully crafted and loving answer to a question about manifestation. It includes several of his classic analogies woven together to offer a compact and compelling pointer to the truth of relative world we experience.Peace, love and the experience of being,
Walter @ FORS NY, Rupert Meetup Group
- 00:33 Nonduality does have a creation story, as explained through the story of Mary and Jane.
- 02:07 Mary dreams of being Jane in Paris, illustrating how the mind creates a world within itself.
- 03:29 The creation story emphasizes that everything is the activity of one’s own mind, leading to the perception of a separate world.
- 07:23 Sin or ignorance refers to the overlooking of one’s true nature, leading to a loss of touch with happiness.
- 14:21 The world is seen as the second person perspective on the unlocalized activity of Consciousness, as illustrated through Mary and Jane’s story.
- 16:43 The model emphasizes that Consciousness is the fundamental reality and that matter is an abstract idea not supported by direct experience.
“Is there a way of explaining creation from a non-dual perspective? A man who says he grew up with the creation myths from the catholic tradition asks Rupert if there is a similar story within the non-dual traditions.
Rupert says yes — it’s called Mary and Jane. Within Mary’s mind there lies all possible dreams, but while she is awake, she doesn’t have access to those dreams. So, she falls asleep and dreams she’s Jane on the streets of Paris. Her own mind, which is a single indivisible field of consciousness divides itself into a subject and an object. From Jane’s point of view, it appears that what exists is mind on the inside, and matter on the outside. But, when Mary wakes up, she realises there is no world, no separate mind, no separate self, no people and no objects — only the activity of her own mind.
This is, of course, a myth. I’m not suggesting that this is an accurate model of reality, but it’s the most accurate one I know. And if you look back, all the world’s great traditional societies and many of the world’s great religions have this in one form or another. They have this story of the absolute dreaming or imagining the world within itself and localising itself as a person in that world.
*This video is taken from one of Rupert’s in-person retreats at The Mercy Center, 24 to 31 October 2021. “To view and book for upcoming retreats (many of which can be attended online via livestream) go to:”