Nov 16, 2019
When looking out at the world, from where is that looking originating? Is the body the source of perception? This seems to be the default belief of mankind. It’s definitely a reasonable assumption to make, since the body appears to be at the center of whatever is being seen. It’s thus concluded that perception must be arising from that body, which remains while all other sights come and go.
If this assumption is never challenged, one will build an identity for themselves out of the experiences which occur through the body. Identified with the body, one will look out at the world as something foreign, something separate, something which we must contend with for our survival. Seeing that the body has a beginning, it also has an end, and so we end up fearing that when the body dies, so do we. This belief therefore naturally produces fear, as a result of the idea of separateness.
But is it true? Is the body where perception originates? If it is, how is the body, which is thought to be the source of perception, itself being perceived? Who/what then is perceiving the body? Examine your current vista, and you’ll see that the body is a part of the whole scene. It may happen to be in the middle of it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s where perception is originating. It would be a logical assumption, but nonetheless, an assumption still.
Discard all assumptions and find out where perceiving is truly coming from, and you might be surprised with what you find. That no object seen can obviously be the source of what’s perceiving it. That what you are and always have been, has nothing to do with the stories that were created while identified as the body. That you are the very source of all that is perceived.