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Vision

To contemplate vision is an interesting thing as there are many ways to analyze the concept of vision. One could say I see, as in, I the subject, sees whatever is outside of me, any object, a star, or a tree. Or, one could say, I had a vision in meditation; an image was presented within the mind while one’s eyes were closed. Or, one could say, in my dream, I stood there, gazing at the earth, suspended in the middle of nowhere. Or, in a conversation, one might say, I see myself in you.


We see things in many different ways. One could see things within, and other things without.


If we were to contemplate the situations above, I think we’d realize that we’re always in a state of a subject observing an object. Sometimes the object is within the mind, other times the object is made of matter, so a person or a star. Subject, the perceiver, object, the perceived.


In Yoga, more specifically the non-dual bits of the Veda's, we're taught an ancient practice called self enquiry. At first, when I started to practice self-enquiry, I didn’t really appreciate it, but with constant practice, I realized how simple and profound it was. I was basically redefining my understanding of vision.


In the practice of self-enquiry, when a thought arises, one asks, to whom does this thought arise ? it arises to me, alright then, who is this me ? What is this me made of ? And the inquiry goes on and on.


In due time, it feels as if the mind collapses on itself, meaning, the mind sinks to its source, the source being pure awareness or consciousness. Once the mind is back home, things suddenly become crystal clear. The thoughts that arise, the perceptions that arise, they all arise in the mind, but are not observed by the mind. The observer, the witness of all that’s happening, is actually consciousness.


Now if we take a step backwards, and seat ourselves in the seat of consciousness, we realize this: vision, to see, is not what we think it to be. Meaning, there is no subject/object relationship, there's a unified present experience. I'm not seeing, but seeing is happening, and what we see is actually a manifestation of us, us as consciousness. So there is no in or out, all you see, is you looking at yourself, or consciousness experiencing itself. That's what the Yogis and Sufis have been saying for thousands of years. It sounds crazy I know, but this is how reality appears, given the mind and its constructs have been dismantled.


If that is felt or understood, we can conclude that the unity of existence, lies within you the reader at this very moment. You are everything, and everything is within you. The I that see’s, is the eye of the divine.


Maybe ask yourself, who's reading these words ?




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