With time various topics, most connected to the 'ancient ways,' will be covered. Some of these might be controversial in nature - you're most welcome to contribute.

Monday, September 16, 2013

About Seeing ...

I often 'write' about 'seeing,' because it is such an important, but very neglected, ability we have.  In Buddhist philosophy the aspect of 'right view' or right seeing is very important and the first item of the Eightfold Path.  I am lucky, as I've found a book all about 'seeing:' Separate Reality: Conversations With Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda.

"Don Juan's particular interest ... was to teach me to 'see.'  Apparently in his system of knowledge there was the possibility of making a semantic difference between 'seeing' and 'looking' as two distinct manners of perceiving.  'Looking referred to the ordinary way in which we are accustomed to perceive the world, while 'seeing' entailed a very complex process by virtue of which a man of knowledge allegedly perceives the 'essence' of the things of the world."

I can't help making a very strong connection between 'those who see' and Nature.  Nature very rarely gives us the full picture ... it leaves little tracks and trails ... and me must read all of this, connect all the dots to 'see' the full picture.  A certain level of awareness is needed to be able to do this ...

When one really 'see,' you see things that others don't see and you understand things that others don't understand.  This is not a special gift, it is just a matter of 'seeing' things as they are.  Those who really 'see' find it hard to establish long lasting relationships, as it is a permanent path of growth ... not many are willing to walk this path.  Those who see, I've found, are always very 'sensitive' ... because they refuse to develop a thick skin, as they prefer to 'feel' as well.  Being sensitive means they prefer places of Stillness ...

I love horses, because they are very sensitive beings and they prefer places of Stillness.  Horses also do 'see' ... they can pick your feelings, the way you walk and read you in split seconds.  Like those who see, horses understand the concepts of communication, trust and respect.

When I 'see' a horse I know if I stick to 'right' communication, trust and respect ... 95% of horses will also 'see' me.  Seeing certain qualities within humans have the opposite affect ... 95% of humans will fight or breach the concepts of communication, trust and respect.  They'll hide, put on different faces, tell you all the things they think you want to hear.  This is because humans carry something with them ... ego ... a creature who feeds on everything but communication, trust and respect ... these are like poison to the ego.

For those who do see, the pain caused by lack of communication, the breach of trust and the lack of respect can be very hard to take and impossible to live with.  Due to the pain, most prefer to grow a thick skin and go with the flow ... not to see and not to feel ...

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