When one side is illuminated, the other is dark.
There is a common idea that delusion is multifaceted, and nonduality is one. What if we are precisely mistaken?
Dogen said that being and time are one. He didn’t say that when you see being, you see time too. That is the habitual perspective, imagining that our life takes place in time: the smear between here and elsewhere, here and nowhere.
He meant that when you see being, you just see being. Time disappears. One side is illuminated, the other is dark. When you see time, ‘being’ is just the noise in the huge mirror of this moment.
And likewise with, for example, self and world, expression and exertion, all tangled together to fit within a person.
When one side is illuminated, the others are dark.