Inquiry: I am an object in the world

I am an object in the world.

  1. True?
    Hm. I can find where it feels true.
  2. Sure it is true?
    No. It is just a feeling. An image. What people say.
  3. What happens when I take that story as true?
    • I feel like an object in the world. I take myself to be an object in the world. I see an image of myself as this human self, an object in the world, and tell myself “that’s what I am”.
    • There is fear. I am afraid what will happen to me. I was born, and will die. I am at the mercy of things that happens in the world. I can get hit by something. Injured. Infected. I may get cold. Without food. Disliked by others. Innumerable terrible things can happen to this human self. And it will die. It seems pretty hopeless.
    • I try to escape. I try to imagine I am not this human self. Maybe I am a soul? Maybe something survives? I hope so, and it feels better to imagine it is so. But I also know I am just telling myself it is true, I try to pretend, so it doesn’t work. It only makes me feel worse. On top of a difficult situation, I try to deceive myself.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Receptive. Curious. Interested in my own experience. What do I find? How does this seem when I explore it in my own experience?
  5. Turnarounds.
    • I am not an object in the world
      • Hm. Well, I don’t know. That is the honest answer.
      • When I look at my own immediate experience, I find that everything – including this human self and the wider world – is happening within and as awareness. Any sense of an “I” – a doer or observer connected with this human self – also happens within and as awareness. Here and now, when attention is brought to it, it does appear that I am not an object in the world. The “I” is an object in the world, but reality is not. It all comes back to what it is all happening within and as.
    • The world is within what I am
      • Yes. As above, when I look, it seems so. It is clearly so. Even my stories of a world “outside” of this, happens as images within experience.
    • My thinking is an object in the world
      • Yes. That is definitely true. My thinking happens within experience, as objects within experience. Even my images of a me and I happens within experience. Within and as what is.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.