How to resolve these points of view: the One Reality and the experiencing of duality?
I guess you mean as they apply to one's spiritual approach or path. The key word to me is experiencing--one can take either end of a stick and get stuck there.
Is that supposed to be a koan or what?
Well, there's one stick and two ends. Why not allow for both? Why not see the whole spectrum, the bigger picture?
But one can also choose: a path that focuses more on the One Being or one that relates to I and Thou, more on the two, the seeker drawn by the love of the Beloved.
Yes, and one can also know that the Reality of the Beloved's state is that exact same Oneness. Bottom line: do what works for you, when it works. Focus may cycle in and out of these two approaches, and it may also wholeheartedly combine them as one whole.
Let me pursue something. You keep talking about a 'place of remembrance.' I thinks it's clear you're speaking metaphorically.
Much of what I say here is metaphorical. It's a necessary tool to resort to because it promotes some latitude to hint at what's beyond ego-mind's usual constructions, beyond its usual attitudes and conceptions.
OK. But however you speak about it, what can you add here about this place of remembrance.
Well, for one, that it's not within ego-mind's sphere of influence. It goes hand in hand with what I've referred to as our awakening-self that operates outside the box of our usual caged mind. So you could say it's a larger sphere of influence that includes ego-mind within it like a dot within a circle.
So a place, but not a place within ego-mind's time-space...
Otherwise you wind up with a schizophrenic or disassociated condition. Then this place of remembrance, this awakening-self (also called transitional self elsewhere) would be a counterfeit copy, a distortion or inversion, just another competing 'inner I' clamoring for attention. In short, real remembrance invites divine influence, the influence of Self eating away at self until self becomes Self, drop becomes Ocean.
There are so many claims to spiritual states and experiences. What's to say they don't all boil down to auto-suggestion?
Sure, that claim is made as well. Of course it overlooks the idea that our everyday state of consciousness is already one based on auto-suggestion.
Then who or what is doing the suggesting?
That's the key question, for our daily state becomes automatically continuous and self-reinforcing. Whatever thought and action we do helps maintain the programming that keeps our mind in tow. This creates a constant flow of suggestions that echo in our daily hypnotic state. Ultimately, do we dare say, it's Self Itself that triggers the most basic underlying suggestion, the prime directive, that we are God Unconscious becoming God Conscious, and that our travail of limited consciousness is our labor of love serving that goal.