Inquiry on separation

 

A quick inquiry on separation:

Look at the word “separation”. Is that the actual separation? (It feels like it, I feel it in my throat and inside of the mouth.)

Go to that sensation, feel it. When you are ready, see if that sensation is the actual sensation. (No, but I see an image of my body sitting here with a boundary around it, separating it from the rest of the world.)

Look at that image. See it as a print on the wall. Is that image what we are looking for, the actual separation? (No, it’s just an image.)

Where can you find separation? (I see another image, of my body from the outside with a distance separating it from the world.)

Look at that image. Is that image the actual separation? (No, but I seem to find separation in the sound of the word “separation”.)

Listen to that sound. Repeat it to yourself a few times. Really listen to it. Is that sound what we are looking for, the actual separation? (No.)

Where can you find separation? (I have an image of me as a kid, after starting school, feeling isolated and separate.)

Look at that image. Is that image separation? (No.)

And so on, on whatever comes up, until there is nothing left to be found.

Going through this briefly now, I already notice that the concept of separation seem less solid and real to me. It feels transparent. It’s still a word I can understand and use in everyday situations, but it doesn’t feel solid or a problem.

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