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.