Life can deepen if we choose to give it the space, but that is difficult because we have become so crowded in our modern age, and everywhere we are filling up. What is happening outside in our visible world first happen within; the out is a reflection of the in. Our culture is a Pac Man devouring space and time. There an empty lot, built something; there is some open time, fill it. Dreaming about the good old days and complaining that they are gone does no good. And imaging some utopia in the future is also a waste of time. What can one do?
The first step is to begin to notice the external world as if we were just dropped here from outer space. Notice everything without judgment, and notice the demands and the perceived attacks on our self inside the space suit of our body. Billboard, TV, signs, radio, people at work and family, and then turning inward, thoughts come at us from the past and the future in little bombs of guilt and fear.
If we were to just notice all this without involvement, but with great attention and interest, something new would occur in our life. Some space would begin to open, and time would begin to loose its grip. That space is our thoughtless awareness, the consciousness that is the field in which the world of form arises. Gradually, our life would begin to have a depth to it, as if we were waves suddenly aware of the ocean upon which we have our being.
That ocean is the space of our own consciousness, and the waves are our thoughts and the forms that our thought thinks about. Being aware of the ocean allows us not to take the waves so seriously, because we know that we are more than the waves. Being aware of the ocean brings a great and vast peace into our lives, a peace that supports the waves, even when there is a hurricane on the surface.
All we have to do is start noticing, and the ocean will take care of the rest.
Posted under General Observations
This post was written by ed on July 31, 2007