CLEAR SEEING: FROM PROJECTION TO CLARITY &
THE ART OF USING MUCK TO BECOME WISE.
WHEN YOU LOOK THROUGH IT YOU SEE THE WORLD.” – ROBERT CAPLAN
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MIND, YOU SEE NOTHING
LOOK THROUGH IT AND YOU SEE EVERYTHING.” JOSEPH GOLSTEIN
FROM PROJECTION TO CLARITY:
SUTRA 1.3: TADA DRASTUH SVARUPE VASTHANAM
AKA– With the attainment of a focused mind, the inner being establishes itself in all reality. Drastuh is sanskrit for “inner being” or “seeing entity” or what we call the “witness.”
SUTRA 1.36: VISOKA VA JYOTISMATI
- Steadiness of mind is gained when the mind is pain free and luminous. (Edwin Bryant)
- Objective sensory perception stabilizes and focuses thought. (Bernard Bouanchaud)
- Inner stability is gained by contemplating a luminous, sorrowless, effulgent light. (B.K.S. Iyengar)
LUMINOSITY – JYOTISMATI:
Here, luminosity (jyotismati), is not optical light, but the light of awareness. The illuminative quality that knowledge has, is it’s capacity to reveal things as they really are.
“Digestion begins in the mind. Awareness is metabolism. The power of awareness to catalyze nutrient assimilation, digestion, and calorie-burning ability is best exemplified in something scientists call cephalic phase digestive response–CPDR. Cephalic means “of the head.” CPDR is simply a fancy term for the pleasures of taste, aroma, satisfaction, and the visual stimulation of a meal. In other words, its the “head-phase” of digestion. What’s amazing is that researchers have estimated that as much as 30-40% of the total digestive response to any meal is due to CPDR–our full awareness of what we are eating.” – Marc David in his book called “The Slow Down Diet”
“Objective perception of self and others prevents projection. We face our difficulties and problems, no longer seeing them as larger than life, but as relative to everything else….On a concrete level, a high level of objectivity refines sensory perception; sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch, as well as consciousness of self in relationship with another. Without doing or saying anything, by his or her simple presence alone, the observer already influences the one observed.” -Bernard Bouanchaud
This sutra is about how, once we cultivate our “Witness,” or our ability to perceive objectively, that we also gain insight into our true nature, that this very process reveals it. What looks out, suddenly realizes that there is something looking out…and instead uses looking outwards to look inwards. What is seeing? Who is seeing? This is a moment when one sees what they have been seeking, AND not only sees, but unites, that union which is the definition of yoga… happens. This is the grand realization of the Self.
LOOKING HERE, LOOKING THERE.
YOU LOSE SOMETHING?”
THE ART OF USING MUCK TO BECOME WISE:
IN MY OPINION, INQUIRY IS ONE OF THE SINGLE BEST TOOLS FOR USING MUCK TO BECOME WISE! THE FIRST STEP IS LEARNING HOW TO OBJECTIVELY WITNESS. THESE QUESTIONS HELP TURN INTELLECTUAL UNDERSTANDING INTO LIVED EXPERIENCE.
“There is a tremendous balance to be achieved between the philosophical life and the practical life. If you can learn that, then you are a practical philosopher. To philosophies pure philosophy is not a great achievement. Philosophers are dreamers. But we must bring our philosophy into day-to-day life, so that life with its hardships and joys can be informed by philosophy. While being true to our own evolution and development, without giving up our individual path, can we at the same time live in society successfully? That is a practical philosopher.” – BKS Iyengar
- IS MY PERCEPTION OF MYSELF AND OTHERS OBJECTIVE?
- AM I MORE OBJECTIVE IN FAMILY SURROUNDINGS, AT WORK, IN STUDY, OR IN LEISURE PURSUITS?
- CAN OTHER’S REMARKS ABOUT ME ENCOURAGE ME TO WORK TOWARD THIS HIGH LEVEL OF OBJECTIVITY?
- WHAT ATTITUDES ARE OBSTACLES TO OBJECTIVITY?
JUDGE YOUR NEIGHBOR – BYRON KATIE WORKSHEET
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TOOL FOR CLEAR SEEING WHEN FACING CHALLENGING EMOTIONAL SITUATIONS WITHIN RELATIONSHIPS.