The first question:
How does the internal world of experience relate to external reality?
There are not two realities. All duality is only in conceptualization. Reality is one. It is mind that divides: the lower and the higher, the good and the bad, the internal and the external, heaven and hell. It is mind that divides! But reality remains undivided. It is all one. You cannot demarck where the inner ends and where the outer begins. There is no possibility of demarcation.
The internal is the external, and the external is the internal. They are absolutely one.
To see this is to be free of all division and of all schizophrenia.
It is good to divide for intellectual purposes. It is good to categorize to understand things. But to know reality one has to drop all categories, all mind concepts, because they limit. They have to limit to define. You cannot define the unlimited. You have to divide and cut into pieces. Only parts can be defined: the whole cannot be defined.
But the moment you cut the whole into pieces, it is no more real. The whole remains the whole.
Just listen to these words of Lao Tzu:
The great Tao flows everywhere,
to the left and to the right.
All things depend upon it to exist,
and it does not abandon them.
To its accomplishments it lays
It loves and nourishes all things,
but does not lord it over them.
The Tao goes on flowing – to the left, to the right, to the sinner, to the saint, it is available. It goes on raining on all. It makes no distinctions of higher and lower, of the accepted, the chosen, and the rejected, the condemned. “The great Tao flows everywhere….” It knows no boundaries. It jumps from one thing into another. From man into woman, from yin into yang. The yin goes on yanging and the yang goes on yinning.
There are moments…have you not watched in your own being? You may be a man ordinarily. Sometimes you are not a man at all: you are a woman. You may be a woman ordinarily, but sometimes you are a man. The Tao goes on flowing. Nothing can obstruct it. There are female moments in every male’s consciousness, and there are male moments in every female’s consciousness. Man and woman are together, undivided, two aspects of one coin.