I’m often questioned about my PS3 gamer tag: Dualist721. Due to the nature of online gaming and the intention of battling an opposing combatant, many people assume I made a mistake and misspelled ‘duelist.’ I completely understand the confusion considering that I transferred my personal philosophy to the title I use when playing a video game. However, there is a much deeper meaning to my selection of ‘Dualist’, and I just happen to incorporate my principles in all aspects of life. The name ‘Dualist’ and my allure to the concepts of duality came about while reading an incredible book my father bought me years ago for my 23rd birthday titled Temple of Man. This book is a sophisticated work that exemplifies the commitment of scholarly study. The author, Schwaller de Lubicz, spent a lifetime studying and analyzing the relationship between the cosmos and various disciplines including geometry, astronomy, mathematics and symbolism. Ancient Egypt became his primary source of study, and he spent 15 years there conducting his abundant research.
Temple of Man is not for the casual reader; it is complex and takes discipline and self-control to truly perceive the depth of Schwaller’s unrelenting scholarship. I still haven’t finished the book; a single page carries the weight of knowledge equivocal to 100 pages, but what captured my interest early on was the perception that we are of two forms of consciousness and possess the duality of intelligence in our hearts and mind. This concept isn’t unique to just ancient Egypt, other cultures including Chinese and Native Americans speak of the same concepts. But I’ve been intrigued by this notion every since, that there is intelligence in our hearts.
I incorporate this philosophy in my decision making, I consider who will be affected by the choices I make and am aware of the signals within my body. Thinking with your heart is not strictly associated with love or relationships, but it’s the recognition that the heart cannot exist without the mind and vice versa. It’s also important to understand the relationship between the two and their connection. Neglecting the heart’s intelligence allows the mind to get carried away and we have to potential to rationalize deplorable acts of humanity. Slavery perfectly exemplifies a lack of duality and ultimate intelligence. Slave masters rationalized their acts by considering their profits and demonizing African people. If even for a moment they listened to the pleading of their own hearts, they would not have been able to partake in those atrocities. We receive our mental knowledge from our worldly experiences, but our spiritual enlightenment is inherent in the rhythmic drumming within our hearts.