Q: Why is it said in nonduality that neither that which is SEEN nor the SEER is real?
MICHAEL: As there is already One Universal (100% impersonal) omnipresent Subject, the idea of a separate “me” or “I” to know or witness anything is an illusion. Thus, everything, without exception (so this includes the body, a thought, a feeling, etc.), is an appearance to the One Subject.
This not only includes all arising objects “in the world”, but also the “one” who is seeing it! And this is what is often missed by “seekers.” They have yet to recognize that what they think of as “themselves” is actually another appearance, as it too is known by this same impersonal, non-appearing, formless, Universal Subject that never comes or goes.
For example, if a bird is seen, than not only is the bird an appearance (as is the sky, sun, moon, stars, wind, trees, etc.), but also (and this is, again, what is almost always not realized) the “me” which claims to be seeing the bird is an appearance.
In Reality, no one (no separate “I”) is “seeing” the bird. There is just the constant, causeless, impersonal “seeing” of both gross and subtle perceptions… for no one.