October 12, 2010
from PreventDisease Website
This ancient Chinese saying well illustrates how narrow our vision of the world and the universe can be.
We see the world from our limited
perceptual framework. Despite evolution of our race, an average
human mind is severely restricted by what it can perceive through
the senses. What we hear is limited by the frequency our ears can
process; dogs can hear many higher frequencies and hence, have a
very different perception of the sounds out there.
From our knowledge of science, we know
so many things are just not what they appear - earth is not flat,
the ground below us is not stationery and the sun doesn't rise in
The world out there is an unprocessed
and formless data, waiting to be interpreted by us. The human
nervous system takes in only the minutest proportion of the total
energy vibrating in the environment. Research shows that each
conscious moment is actually comprised of many much smaller and
unconscious "mini" moments, each appearing and disappearing rapidly.
As Marshall Glickman describes in his book 'Beyond the Breath':
We are so engrossed in this fascinating
movie that we are unable to step aside to distinguish between the
movie and the reality.
Thus, we don't see a mosaic of blue,
white and colorless space, but sky and clouds.
We are also quick to dole out intrinsic qualities to things and people, thinking "this is beautiful, that is ugly," without being cognizant of the fact that these attributes are assigned by our mind.
As a Buddhist verse says:
As we gain deeper insight, we learn that the smallest units of energy are just in free flow thought it all.
We create a three-dimensional world from what is a continuum of free flowing energy, comprising of electrons and neutrons. Like the fish in the Chinese saying, when we cannot see this continuum, we notice the separate parts of the creation the trees, the animals, the objects - as disjointed from us, which in turn make us feel separate from the whole.
The question is would a tree falling in
a forest make any sound, if there was no one to hear it? It's our
presence and perception that gives way to the formation of reality
as observed by us.
The powerful thing is that among all the
living beings, only human beings have the ability to comprehend and
experience this reality. We can get initiated into grasping this
reality by starting to reach out to our inner awareness.
While it's easy for us to initially get
swept away by the thought patterns and not be able to observe,
steadily we can begin to recognize the observer as distinct from the
thinking mind and the actor. We can then discover that this
awareness is like a mirror - it only reflects what the mind is going
through, without any projections of its own.
In our normal life, we are so busy with
external stimulus that we lose connection with our true self. As we
become more attuned to this awareness, we begin to get closer to
understanding our own reality - which in turn allows us to better
comprehend the truth out there.