Feb 9, 2020
Whatever we happen to feel, is a byproduct of our thoughts, a visceral manifestation of our beliefs. If we believe certain thoughts, they may cause us to feel angry, sad, frustrated, or afraid, because those sensations are the tangible qualities of these thoughts. But if we believe we are what’s seeing, regardless of what’s seen, then we naturally feel open and receptive, because these are the characteristics of seeing, being felt experientially.
Seeing doesn’t judge, doesn’t hate, doesn’t fear, doesn’t fight, doesn’t feel limited in any way. Seeing has no need to be enlightened, it itself is the light. Whatever is being experienced, is simply being seen. It’s only later that the mind comes in and forms ideas about what was seen, whether it was good or bad, right or wrong. But identified as what’s seeing, even negative thoughts which generate suffering can be welcomed, while still remaining completely open, receptive and at peace. In this way, these suffering beliefs, these ideas of limitation, have the space and freedom to be fully experienced, and having fully expressed themselves, have run their course and dissolve on their own.
This could be called love or compassion, even though seeing didn’t do anything special, just what it always does, sees openly and impartially all that arises. All appearances, whether it’s the body, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions, they arrive on the stage, do their little dance in the spotlight, and once finished bows down in gratitude for your attention, then proceeds to depart from the stage. Yet you have remained what you are and have been the whole time, that which is seeing. By being so, you provide an essential part in the play of consciousness, because without an audience to bare witness, there could be no play.