John, I can't explain to you how such different understandings fit together, because I don't know. I only know that we both exist and are able to communicate with each other about our perspectives. I think our personal experience only shows the differences in our ability to perceive. It isn't so much about who is right or wrong. We are communicating through a limited system of words (that have multiple uses) with minds that have entirely different experiences of life forming the filter of meaning. Of course it is difficult to explain our true perspective at times! There are a lot of people who don't believe in a "pure identity and awareness" ... They aren't so much wrong as they are unaware because they haven't experienced the ability to step back and notice yet. For them, it might as well not exist. To make this idea more tangible, we know why a blind man doesn't understand color. If we have the chance to give him functioning eyes ... then he will have the ability to notice color and he will figure it out for himself because he will finally have the awareness to process color. More likely than not, he will say, "It all makes sense why you say this apple is red, and the other green! I always wondered what the difference was." I think there are additional senses that we are all learning to access, and sometimes one person will have more of a certain type of perception than another. If I "taste the apple" and you "see the apple" we are not wrong ... just different.