Though we call ourselves it is the actual seeing the fact of things that is at the origin of searching. Lectures, study, clinics all may help to lead one from the path of seeing, but the danger here is when one thinks that practices, novels and talks can do it. Talks, books, and practices are confined to surface comprehension – memory, feelings, etc. – which isn’t direct seeing. Direct seeing happens beyond consciousness; it is that infinitesimal split second when something strikes the brain like it came from left field, it’s whenever the mind realizes something really heavy for the first time,it’s that moment of truth once the light bulb goes away and you say to yourself,”Oh my!”
We must look no further than this six or five feet of body which we’re in. It is more entertaining to read books and do clinics, and these may help still your mind so you can actually take a look at your body peacefully and without bias, but it’s the looking and evaluation with a clear educational mind that counts in the end. Unless you can penetrate in the delusion of the body along with your possession of it, the world will continue to be the puppeteer, yanking on your strings, which are your attachments, and also the amount one attachment is mind and the body.
Because our bodies are basically a huge bag of water, which conducts electricity very well the reason that we are so vulnerable to lightning is! Our bodies are made of the earth’s elements, and it will again melt in the earth when it dies. We are the earth, and not something particular.
Then there’s the mind, what puts all its psychological and physical inputs together; mental inputs like when our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mind contacts a sense object and records it, then head will be impartial to the item, reject the object by pushing it away which lead to emotions of anger, hatred, etc., or adopt the thing by attaching to it and thinking of ways to get it a course in miracles, which result in feelings of love, avarice, lust, jealousy, anger, and hatred, etc..
And out of all these inputs, like memory and discursive arises our notion of itself. It sounds more than only a body and head, it becomes our personality that we must defend, and also a body that we have to protect. That is our constant burden of anxiety, and no matter how appealing our religions portray another world, with no direct insight into just what the human body and mind is now, we will never possess the liberty to let go of these, and rather be caught up in an infinite web of fear and uncertainty.
From what it is now though it is going to go on indefinitely, and think about any stress in their own lives as temporary, only until they get things straightened out one will see their world. They will also insist that head and this body is theirs, that they a re behind it all as an individual spirit.
It will be seen by true insight otherwise. There’s no personal world, just a psycho-physical presence that changes moment to moment, and can be under pressure without let up. There’s no owner of this phenomena; it had been created, will grow into components to maturity, decline, and shift out of its present form , no distinct from all other bodies in the bodily universe.