Return to Observation Lesson 9

Lesson 9

“I see nothing as it is now.”

A necessary step in learning to understand is to first not understand.  This next lesson, while you may be able to accept it intellectually, unlikely hits you with the full force of it’s mastery, meaning little to you as of yet. Learning occurs with practice. Through practice you will understand “I see nothing as it is now”.

As each of these lessons is a step towards understanding, each lesson brings a little more attention to how our minds have been trained, enlightening us to the depths of the darkness from which we are escaping, clearing away habitual behavior responsible for the continuous enforcement of unnecessary blocks, monkey mind, circular thoughts.

It is difficult for the trained mind to believe that what seems to be pictured before it is not there. This idea can be quite disturbing, and may meet with active resistance in any number of forms. It is emphasized again that while complete inclusion should not be attempted, specific exclusion must be avoided. Be sure you are honest with yourself in making this distinction. Your mind may be tempted to obscure it, holding a false belief that it is protecting you. All possession is to the past.  In the now there is no attachment, no judgment, no conclusions of any kind.

Examples:
“I do not see this t-shirt as it is now.”
“I do not see this pillow as it is now.”
“I do not see this telephone as it is now.”

Begin with things that are nearest you, and then extend the range:
I do not see that chair as it is now.”
I do not see that face as it is now.”
I do not see that door as it is now.”

3-4 times during the day