Makes sense also in an ordinary psychological way

 

Exploring and discovering what I am makes sense in an ordinary psychological way too.

(i) There is this field of awareness.

(ii) Notice what happens in this field of awareness – sounds, sights, sensations, smell, taste, thoughts. Is that anything other than awareness itself?

(iii) Content of awareness – sensory impressions and thoughts – come and go. What doesn’t come and go? (Here, right now, the field of awarness, what allows awareness and the play of awareness.)

(iv) Am I what comes and goes, something within content of experience? Or am I what doesn’t come and go? Am I this field of awareness? Am I what allows awareness and it’s play as it’s own content?

(v) There is a story of being an object within that field, a story of an inside and outside, a story of a world (or not) our experiences refer to and so on. There is awareness and the play of these stories – which one is more primary? Are these stories secondary to the field of awareness? Learned? An overlay?

(vi) What happens when I take these stories as innocent questions about the world? As practical guidelines? What happens if I take them as real and substantial? If I do, when did I first do so?

That’s all. It’s simple, obvious in a certain sense, and not terribly mysterious. It’s all about attending to what’s here. As my old Zen teacher said, make it very simple, approach it as if you are a five year old kid.

It may not require any time to see this. And yet, it may take time to learn to trust it and live from within it. Many aspects of our psyche – who we are – were shaped by believing our stories of who we are and how the world is, so these may need to heal, align more with what is, and mature within this. It’s an ongoing process.

And it does really make sense in an ordinary psychological sense, although I also realize that for many it’s an unfamiliar way of looking at it.

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makes sense in an ordinary psychological way too

  • (i) this field of awareness
  • (ii) what happens there is (a) awareness itself and (b) part of a field
  • (iii) that’s what I am, I am that field of awareness – that’s primary, the one thing that’s certain
  • (iv) there is a story of being an object within that field, a story of an inside and outside, a world our experience refer to etc. but all of those are stories – secondary, learned, overlays
    • these are all innocent questions about the world
    • they are very helpful in a practical sense
    • and they make it appear very real
    • we are told it’s so, we are told it’s important to see it that way, so we make it appear very real and true – out of habit
  • that’s all, nothing more magical or mysterious than that
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Exploring and discovering what I am makes sense in an ordinary psychological way too.

(i) There is this field of awareness.

(ii) What happens in this field of awareness – all my sensory impressions and thoughts – is awareness itself.

(iii) Content of awareness – sensory impressions and thoughts – come and go. What doesn’t come and go is the field of awareness itself.

(iv) So that’s what I am. I am that field of awareness.

(v) There is a story of being an object within that field, a story of an inside and outside, a story of a world our experiences refer to and so on. All those are stories. They are secondary, learned, overlays.

(vi) Those stories are innocent questions about the world. They can be very helpful in a practical sense. And when taken as true, they appear very real. We are told they are true, we are told it’s important to see it that way, so we make it appear very real and true – out of habit.

(vii) That’s all. It’s very simple and not very mysterious at all, although it may take some time to trust it and learn how to live from and within it.

 

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