Point with one index finger outwards at the world, and with your other index
finger point inwards towards your no-face.
The finger pointing outwards points at a scene full of countless shapes and
colours. It’s a complicated picture. The more time you spend looking at it, the
more there is to see. And most of it is hidden – obscured by other things in
one way or another.
The view in is different. Here the space
is not hidden at all. You can see it all, all at once. In the photograph I can
see only part of the room in the distance, but here I see all of the space.
There is nothing more to view here, nothing concealed. Nor is this being that I
am here – and that you are here (I suggest) - remote in any way. It is right
here, it is what I am. It is the ‘part’ of me that I can never lose. What could
be simpler than seeing this – and being this? It is uncomplicated, transparent,
open to inspection, nearer than near, given in its entirety…
Is this Who you really are? Are you empty of everything, and at the same time capacity for this endlessly changing
view out, room for this amazing world? To find out, just look. Seeing the space
here is simpler than simple.
Application in life
Having seen that you are capacity for the world, the next time you are in a
complicated or confusing situation, attend to that situation from this
capacity, this clearness. Two-way attention: confusing situation there to
clarity here. You are not a thing caught up in the situation but are capacity
for everything going on. The clarity here is not affected by the confusion
there. You can be awake to and rest in the clearness and simplicity that is
your innermost being. As you attend to situations from this clarity, the right
responses will flow. Gradually, through experience, you come to trust this
depth that you are. Appearances are set against other appearances, and are so
limited in their resources, but you – Who you really are – are not an
appearance. You are not a thing up against other things but the space that takes
all things in, the depth from which the world flows.
Begin to develop the habit of being awake to the space you are looking out of,
the space you are in fact already living from. In challenging situations,
notice you are room for those situations. Give your True Identity the
opportunity to come up with a response.
Two-way attention is
practical. The solution to challenging situations or problems comes from being
consciously open to the One who, after all, invented those challenging
You have actually seen, by carrying out such exercises in basic attention, what
it is to be 1st-person singular - the No-thing that is nevertheless keenly
aware of Itself as the Container or Ground of the whole display. This seeing is
believing. Altogether unmystical (in the popular sense), it is a precise,
total, all-or-nothing experience admitting of no degrees - so long as it lasts.
Now your task is to go on seeing your Absence/Presence in all situations, till
the seeing becomes quite natural and continuous. This is neither to lose
yourself in your Emptiness nor in what fills it, but simultaneously to view the thing you
are looking at and the No-thing you are looking out of. There will be found no
times when this two-way attention is out of place or can safely be dispensed
with. The price of sanity is vigilance. The
Science of the 1st Person, Douglas Harding
Author Bio :
Richard Lang met the author, Douglas Harding, in 1970, and has been involved in sharing this method of awakening since then. He has two books published and travels widely giving workshops. http://www.headless.org/english-welcome.htm
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