What is Duality and what is Isness, and why does it matter what we believe?

Duality by dictionary definition is:

duality (djuːˈælɪtɪ Pronunciation for duality



(plural) -ties

  1. the state or quality of being two or in two parts; dichotomy
  2. (physics) the principle that a wave-particle duality exists in microphysics in which wave theory and corpuscular theory are complementary. The propagation of electromagnetic radiation is analysed using wave theory but its interaction with matter is described in terms of photons. The condition of particles such as electrons, neutrons, and atoms is described in terms of de Broglie waves
  3. (geometry) the interchangeability of the roles of the point and the plane in statements and theorems in projective geometry


View thesaurus entry

= dualism, dichotomy, polarity, doubleness, biformity, duplexity

Isness by dictionary definition: (also known as Being)

being (ˈbiːɪŋ Pronunciation for being



  1. the state or fact of existing; existence
  2. essential nature; self ⇒ she put her whole being into the part
  3. something that exists or is thought to exist, esp something that cannot be assigned to any category ⇒ a being from outer space
  4. a person; human being
  5. (in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality Compare becoming (sense 3)

“Be” by dictionary definition is:

be1 (biː Pronunciation for be1 ; unstressed bɪ Pronunciation for be1 )



Word forms:   1st person singular present tense am
Word forms:   2nd person are
Word forms:   3rd person is
Word forms:   plural present tense are
Word forms:   1st person singular past tense was
Word forms:   2nd person were
Word forms:   3rd person was
Word forms:   plural past tense were
Word forms:   present participle being
Word forms:   past participle been


  1. to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live ⇒ I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood
  2. used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only to pay a visit; go ⇒ have you been to Spain?
  3. to take place; occur ⇒ my birthday was last Thursday
  4. copula used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity ( John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute ( honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time ( Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)
  5. takes a present participle forms the progressive present tense ⇒ the man is running
  6. takes a past participle forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones ⇒ a good film is being shown on television tonight, I am done
  7. takes an infinitive expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation ⇒ the president is to arrive at 9.30, you are not to leave before I say so
  8. takes a past participle forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come ⇒ the last train is gone

Word Origin

Old English bēon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is


View thesaurus entry

= exist, be present, be extant
= be alive, live, exist, survive, breathe, last, be present, continue, endure, be living, be extant, happen
= be situated, be set, be placed, be located, be installed, be positioned
= attend, go to, be at, be there, be present, frequent, haunt
= cost, come to, sell at, set (someone) back, command a price of
= amount to, become, come to, total, equal, add up to

Translations for ‘being’

  • British English: being You can refer to any real or imaginary creature as a being. NOUNPeople expect a horse to perform like a car, with no thought for its feelings as a living being.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ser
  • Chinese: 生物
  • European Spanish: ser
  • French: être
  • German: Lebewesen
  • Italian: essere
  • Japanese: 生命体
  • Korean: 존재
  • Portuguese: ser
  • Spanish: ser

To the untrained eye, it may appear that there are always pluses and minuses. Good or evil, love and hate, war and peace, cold and heat, or light and darkness. Up, down, left, right, inside and outside, forwards and backwards. But you may be surprised to know that by a process we call relativity we can arrive at many other points of conclusion and or debate. Duality would have us believe that both exist side by side and that there is only one thing or the other, with it’s opposite at the point of us determining our viewpoint.

For example: if we are cold, that means there is an absence of heat. Heat exists as a concept like everything else, therefore if we are not experiencing it, we are subjected to it’s diverse opposite. The amount to which we are experiencing it is determined by our personal decision about where one ends and one begins. Quantifying. In this theorising model, both heat and cold are the same thing, just adverse ends of a spectrum of sensation felt by our bodies sensory receptors, with determinable advances towards or away from each end. Which of course also indicates/theorizes that there is/are no ends, on this linear scale.

If we go up, by relativity, we are no longer going down or stationary. Right means less left, and so on… I’m sure you are beginning to get my point. So if we move from one to the other both still exist in the material and tangible world in which we perceive this experience to be taking place, whilst another potential truth also exists. That we can move and not move and whilst we are moving, one of the perceived ends appears closer, but also that the non movement requires a silence, a pause which in and of itself is neither of the ends of the scale. Is the fog clearing, or are you still confused?

I merely offer another perspective that you and I can consider, to be able to diversify our relative thinking, and see this in and of itself as somewhat limiting to our being, our Isness.

Duality gives us a reason to feel comfortable in the main, because we can fit things into a neat box. We label it up and pigeon hole it and go away thinking nothing bad can come our way because we have organised our world as we wish it to be. Compared to the theory of complete chaos, relativity and duality appear very sound and dependable. Have we considered our own limiting minds in all of our calculations? Our emotions, beliefs, prejudices and bias, not to mention our paranoia that we don’t know everything and our rationality dictating our soundness of mind? Duality really implies that something is, and it is, because of what it is not. And by definition, there are many things it is not, all at the same theoretical moment in what we have constructed to evaluate this and called this time.

Being, Isness however allows us to accept all things as equal, as being one with each other. This Isness means logically that each occurrence is as important as any other. That what holds each thing together is as important and relative as any of the other component parts which it bonds/holds/controls to keep them where they are, will and should be.

Significantly we as human beings have for centuries tried desperately to control, understand and manipulate everything in our material and tangible existence, but without the wisdom to see that we cannot and do not have the power to control everything. There does seem to be a type of order in the realms of the known universe, and the tangible reality we have called life. And yet there is also a lot of mystery, chaos and apparent tragedy in it too.

My personal experiences have shown me that following a particular path can lead to treasure as also it can lead to disappointment. No one way is superior to any other in discernible and or credible values, other than does it serve me or not. For this reason I cannot judge one way as being inferior or superior, despite what other human beings state of their experiences. My truth is only that. My truth. It is a truth, based upon present considerations and data. Tomorrow it may change, or it may not, depending upon what event comes along to offer me a new way of evaluating that new data.

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