Inquiry: This cup is from Japan

 

This cup is from Japan. (Inquiring into one of those stories that seem obviously true.)

  1. True?
    Yes, that seems true. At least right now, before looking at it further.
  2. Sure?
    No. Cannot know for certain. It is only a story, and reality doesn’t conform to my stories.
  3. What happens when I take that story as true?
    • I take it as true. I feel that it is true. I find others agreeing.
    • I make stories challenging this one wrong.
    • I make the world smaller for myself. I pretend it conforms to my stories.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Receptive. Curious. Interested in how it is true, how it is not true, and what is more true for me than any one story.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • This cup is not from Japan.
      • Well, as an image on my own mind it is here now.
      • It is made of clay and glazes, and some of all of these may be from somewhere else than Japan.
      • It may be made somewhere else, even if it looks Japanese and says “made in Japan”
      • It couldn’t exist without the whole universe in its history and extent. So in that sense, it is a local expression of the whole and not really (just) from Japan.
      • It is no thing appearing as something. Play of images within and as awakeness.
      • When I am honest, I see that I really don’t know what it is.
    • My thinking is from Japan.
      • Yes, when I believe the initial story, my thinking about the cup goes to Japan.

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