Return to Observation Lesson 2

Lesson 2

“I have learned meaning for everything in this space.”

Choose a significant item you see and consider these thoughts:

  • I have learned many meanings for this item.
  • I can remember instances where I changed or considered the meaning of items based on the meaning it has for others.
  • Every meaning this item has I learned from someone or some experience.

An example to help  you on your way:

  • I have learned many things about scissors
  • I remember learning that scissors were cool and could cut out Christmas decorations.  I also remember learning scissors are dangerous and I shouldn’t run with them.  I remember learning that sharp scissors can cut my skin if I am not paying attention when I use them.
  • I learned to love creating decorations with scissors from my brothers and mother, running is dangerous from my teacher, and cutting all by myself when I used the grown up scissors without permission.

Now scan the space, allowing yourself to repeat this for 1-3 objects, feeling the connection to the thoughts as you remember them. Once done move onto the next section.

Relax, take a few deep breaths, pull into the body, and compose yourself to examine several objects.  As your gaze crosses an object say, “I have given this object and everything in this space all the meaning it has for me.”

Same as yesterday, practice applying this idea randomly, skipping here and there, not including all items and not purposely omitting any items.  Do this quickly, without pause on any items.  Be cautious and avoid separating by size, value, material, or relative importance to you.  Attempt to apply the exercise with equal ease to a body or a book, a chair or a plant, a cat or an apple. The sole criteria for applying the idea to anything is merely that your eyes have gazed quickly on it.

Repeat this exercise 2-3 times today.