On Seeing the Blind

When we explored the difficulties of conflicting perspectives in the previous post it became evident that ‘seeing’ can be quite hard to deal with.

To be clear here, when we say ‘seeing’ we aren’t just refer to seeing something through the physical eyes but also to any awareness that comes with the same indisputable clarity and conviction that is experienced when you know that a tree exists, for example, because you see it physically right before your eyes.

Seeing is a great gift and is an inherent ability all conscious beings posses. It can be very helpful when you ‘know what is going on around you’. But for some, Seeing brings a set of ridiculous challenges and difficulty. I’d like to discus a common type of difficult experience that comes up when one Sees.

As stated before, all beings can See. This of course includes all human beings, all people. You can imagine the shock and unbelievable absurdity if one day you woke up and  you were the only one that could see and everybody around you was walking blind.

You can try to guide the blind, some will follow and others will not. But even if they do follow, they follow blindly.

So you might want to wake them up so they can see for themselves. But there comes an even greater shock. People seem to be actively blocking themselves from seeing and they avoid taking any responsibility for what follows.

This leads one to notice many situations that seem as ridiculous and absurd as a man putting on a blindfold , walking into a busy street, getting run over by a car, and then in the afterlife (or hospitable if he made it out alive) the man denies any responsibility or acknowledgment that he brought this on himself. The man might even claim to be a victim in all this.

As ridiculous and crazy as it may sound the experience of noticing a situation like that is very common among people who do See.

In fact it is even crazier. It is the nature of any conscious being to See, such is the nature of consciousness. This means that anybody that doesn’t See is actually in a very deep state of self-denial .

Note that we are not talking about conflicting perspectives as conflicts like that can always be resolved since there are many ways to See any one thing. What we are concerned with is the experience of noticing others who cannot see or more accurately pretend to be blind.

If one of the ‘blind’ people was to come out of his delusional blindness the first step would be for him to notice and See himself pretending to be blind. This would be a difficult process of unraveling and unwinding. Some sit in silence for countless of hours observing their own mind until they completely come out of their delusion.

But this is kind of work no man can do it for another and every one must do it for himself. For a man who does See, this is a painful truth, for some it’s even a burden. To See others lead themselves to their own doom without being able to do anything to help them.

This is where the gift of heart comes into play. At times all  one can do is offer love and compassion for others so that they will eventually See and come to grips with themselves.

Since the main reason for perpetual self-denial is the ridiculous accumulation of pain and suffering, even simple acts of doing good, helping others ease their pain, and letting them feel a little better, if coming from the purity of heart, goes a very long way to helping others come out of their delusion.

At the same time we are also sharing our love and compassion for all others who See people causing so much trouble for themselves. Deep in our heart, we are all one, we feel each other’s pain, and we deeply wish for us all to heal and feel better.

 

If you know of any resources that provide more clarity and insight on the subject  feel free to share them.

Conflicting perspectives

People ‘see’ things and then the ‘say’ things with great conviction. Two people might argue completely opposed perspectives (at least it would seem as though they are opposed) and yet both of them may be coming from some deep internal insight.
We are not talking here about opposing delusional perspectives. If both perspectives are delusional then there is truly nothing to talk about. But even if only one of the perspectives is delusional, how do you explain the fact that the other perspective is reacting to a delusion ? (reader’s input is welcome)

There is talk about there being a need for people to ‘see’ things a certain way. But there are SO many ways to ‘see’ things. When one is locked onto a single perspective it is certainly difficult. But how can he ‘see’ any other way ? It is certainly difficult if he identifies himself with the perspective (perhaps without realizing it) and insists that the other ways of seeing are opposing and this is the only ‘right’ way to see things.

Perhaps we might want to try to help this person. Giving him emotional or intellectual or even spiritual assurance that ‘his’ way is the ‘right’ way. Or perhaps guiding him to see that the ‘other’ way is the ‘right’ way. Both of these are actually almost the same in that whoever is trying to help is somehow ‘higher’ then the person and thus has the energy to re-enforce the person’s perspective or to guide him to different perspective. (the person may give power to someone to be ‘higher’ then him, but the talk about apparent energy ranks is something to be discussed at a different time)
I’d like to suggest a different way of going about conflict of perspectives.

Settling conflict of perspectives is unique, especially when we are not talking about changing or altering any perspective in any way. It is possible that as a result of settling the conflict the perspectives may be altering or changed or even dissolved completely but it is also equally possible that the perspectives will be unchanged or even empowered and reinforced.

It is important to first clarify what we mean when we are talking about perspectives. A perspective is not simply an intellectual idea about the world. It is also an insight and a way to perceive experiences and it can even a way to derive meaning from anything. A perspective carries a unique energetic charge it may manifest in many different forms but it will always have a unique ‘fingerprint’ and when one ‘sees’ in a certain way it is because he is experiencing this certain energy.
A person may become very attached to this ‘charge’. Perhaps he has had so many experiences that reinforced this ‘charge’ making it impossibly difficult for him to change his perspective. This is very similar to what was mentioned before as the difficulty when one identifies himself with the perspective.

Now, when there are two opposing perspectives, there will be intellectual and emotional energies on both sides, and the most powerful one will overpower the other, this is war.
When the conflict between the two perspectives is settled the intellectual and emotional energies will cooperate, this is peace.

It is important to remember that these two perspectives can be embodied in an single person, between two people, or any other number of people. We are talking about the realities that humans live, some may ‘see’ things only one way their whole life.
It is also important to recognize that the perspective on hand can be any way of ‘seeing’ things and that there are countless of them (poetically speaking, if every single living thing in the universe ‘saw’ things in a new way a billion times a second for a period of hundreds of billions of years they would not cover even a fraction of the the possible ways of ‘seeing’ things)

Settling such a conflict can be a very difficult task. Some might even argue that it’s impossible, and that is one perspective. But I’d like to offer another perspective (and maybe more then one).

Let us first clarify one thing. The conflict between perspectives is not because they differ, it is because they collide in an unbalanced manner. The ideas and emotions of the perspectives entered a battle arena and are going wild.
It would be helpful to first point out that in many of such conflicts feelings are being awakened (perhaps because of the conflict of ideas) making it impossible to rationally work out anything. This would be the major situation to deal with in many conflicts.

Metaphorically speaking, we are going to set up a mirror right in between the two perspectives. This will be a special kind of mirror. When any perspective is reacting intellectually or emotionally to the other perspective the mirror will reflect. But when a perspective is not reacting then the mirror will become clear allowing the other perspective to be seen.
In simpler terms, so long as a perspective is expressing energy as a result of conflict between a different perspective we will focus on this perspective is see how it reacts to it’s own expression. This will motivate the perspective to see itself clearly. Only then we will turn to look at the other perspective and see it clearly.
This is a process that may have to be repeated many times until we can look at the opposing perspective without reacting. During this process a great clearly will be established about our own perspective, it might change as a result (this may be especially true for delusional perspectives) or it might not change at all or even be reinforced.
Once the conflict has been completely eliminated a great form of cooperation will arise between the two opposing perspectives which will motivate great discoveries as a result.

I would like to encourage the reader to explore this for themselves. If these ideas resonate with you then find two conflicting perspectives and see if you can settle them. If anything writing here is conflicting with any of your ideas or perspectives then use it as an opportunity to get to know yourself and your perspective better.
I would also like encourage the reader to write back to me any perspectives or experiences on the subject that you would like to share.

This is my first writing in what would hopefully be a series of essays that are intended to help, guide, and offer perspective for overcoming various difficulties. I believe there is always room for improvement so helpful and constructive feedback is very much welcome.

Me and You

I am a person and you are a person.

Although we are both part of people’ we both maintain the notion that I am not You and that You are not Me.

It would sound rather silly to say that we are really one ‘thing’. After all I don’t know what You think and You don’t know what I think. But then it is possible that You would want to be like Me and I may very well want to be like you. This shows us that to some degree we want to be one ‘thing’.

We can imagine being completely one without having separate identities. We can also argue that really we are one ‘thing’ but we aren’t aware of each others experiences due to a reason which we don’t recall.

On the other hand one might argue that all this is nonsense since there is no evidence suggesting that we are really one ‘thing’. And quite the contrary, if I am suffering for example, You don’t feel my pain and You can go about your day as though nothing is wrong.

To sum it up, it is possible that we may very well be one thing but we can’t quite prove it since we don’t posses enough intelligence to explain why we experience being so separate.

It is possible to go on and on arguing for and against the notion of us being one ‘thing’. Instead of doing so I wish to explore the implication of what this would all mean.

If we maintain the notion that we are separate things then all we have to worry about is ourselves. It doesn’t matter to me whether or not you are suffering. All I care about is what I would stand to gain or lose. This will cause me to become a savage beast if I can get away with it. Of course it is only fair for me to expect that you would do the same thing.

On the other hand, if we assume that we are really one ‘thing’ then I would do my best to prevent you from suffering. After all we are one ‘thing’ and I’m bound to experience You and your suffering at some point. Of course it is fair for me to assume that you would also do the same thing.

It seems that the more we maintain the notion that we are one ‘thing’ the less suffering we cause and consequentially we can expect to suffer less. It would therefore seem like we have a choice regardless of what the truth is; we can live as separate ‘things’ or we can live as though we are one.

The Great Feast

Once there was a king who decided to make a great feast for all the people of his country. Since making such a big meal required a lot of manpower the king decreed that everyone should take part in preparing this feast.

All the people were greatly excited for the feast and set off for preparing it. Everyone had a role in preparing the feast. Even those who had no skill in making food still found a way to contribute. The builders, for example, began building great halls in which the feast can take place and the artists took to creating beautiful decorations and hung them on the walls of the halls.

And then the momentous day arrived. All the people were very excited. They washed and dressed in their finest and went to the halls anticipating the greatest meal of their life. But to their great shock, there was no food anywhere.

The king has not designated any waiters and all the food was waiting in the kitchen.

At first they became angry. They thought they were fooled by the king and this feast was never going to happen. But then some of the people wandered into the kitchen and saw that the food was there waiting to be served.

It was only then that they recognized the greatness of their king. To make such a great feast it wasn’t enough to just make good food. What made this feast really great was the fact that everybody wasn’t only eating the food but was also serving it to his fellow friend.

The universe as joy

Somewhere out there, there is a garden. Some call it the garden of Eden.

In Eden there is only pleasure and joy. There are all the delicious food and drinks in the world. There are also all of the most beautiful women of the world. Any form of joy and pleasure that one can only imagine exists over there in Eden. But it seems that the inhabitants of Eden don’t care much for it’s food and drinks or for the lovely women.

The inhabitants of Eden have one thing that gives them more pleasure then anything else. They call it the Existential Joy. And the greatest thing about it is that the people don’t need to do anything in order to have this joy. There are no words to describe the joy just like there are no words that would cause the joy. It is the pleasure from the very fact that they exist, from the very fact that anything exists.

We will assume that our universe is an inhabitant of this garden of Eden and is therefore aware of every part and every detail of itself and intimately enjoys it. The universe even enjoys all the suffering and pain the occurs in it. Because if the universe didn’t enjoy it, it would have not allowed it to happen.

For a human to understand or feel this joy he must be the universe. That is to say, the person must lose his sense of a self completely so that he sees no distinction between his self and the universe. Because the universe is made from all the things that are in it and since the person is in the universe and is thus part of it there really isn’t any difference between himself and the universe.

This doesn’t change the fact there there is so much pain and suffering out there but it allows you to see it from the universe’s perspective.

One can imagine that if a large enough group of people are ‘being one with the universe’ then over time pain and suffering will end, forever.