Exploring subject and object

 

It is easy to assume that an object is an object and the subject is really and only a subject.

But what do I find when I explore what initially appears as object and subject? Experienced and experiencer? Observed and observer? For instance, how do each one appear through the sense fields?

When I bring attention to an object – pain, an emotion, a glass in my hand, the sight of a tree – and how it appears in each sense field, what do I find? Is it solid? Substantial? Lasting? What is it made of? Is it anything else than awakeness? Awake no-thing appearing as something, already awake to itself?

When I bring attention to the subject, to the sense of an observer, what do I find? Is it content of experience? Does it come and go? How does it appear in the sensation field? How does it appear in the mental field? What is aware of the observer? If something is aware of the subject, is it really a subject?

Can I find, in own experience and immediacy, how an object is really a subject, awakeness awake to itself? Can I find how the subject is really an object, content of experience as any other content of experience?

How is this initial appearance of an object and a subject created? What do I find here now, when I explore it through the sense fields?

Something happens within experience. A story says that this is experienced by (the image of) an observer. A story says what I really am is that observer. A story says that all awareness belongs to this observer, and not to anything else. It is all filtered through these stories, making it appear that an object is really an object, the subject is really the subject, and all awareness belongs to the subject alone.

What happens when an object is taken as an object, and the subject as the subject? What happens when this is investigated a little further, and the object is recognized as subject, and the subject is recognized as an object?

Do these labels cancel each other out, revealing it all as inherently free from subject and object, and free to temporarily appear as subject and object?

From a previous post:

And what about subject and object? How do they each appear through each sense field? Is the object awake no thing appearing as something, already awake to itself? Is the subject really an image of an observer, content of experience just as any other content of experiences?

Is what appeared as an object really a subject, awake to itself? Is what appeared as a subject really an object, content of experience as any other content of experience?

What happens when that is recognized? Do the labels lose their meaning? Do they neutralize each other, leaving all as awake to itself where it is, inherently free of object and subject?

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outline….

  • subject and object
    • when investigated, subject appears as an object and object appears as a subject
    • the labels neutralize each other, leaving all as awake to itself (medicine for a particular condition – of taking subject as subject and object as object)

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