Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Awaken the mind...

In order to taste my tea, you must first empty your tea-cup...
If you attempt to taste my tea without first emptying your cup,
My tea will be spilt and whatever flavour my tea may have had
Will be lost never and will not have the chance of being tasted...

What is your definition of reality? What is your reality? What is the concept of reality? ...

The very nature of these questions makes it impossible for them to be answered. These particular questions, and indeed all questions, are impossible to give a universal definition for. Why? Because a universal definition does not exist, and cannot exist due the nature of what reality is. To explain reality in its most pure form is to assimilate oneself with infinity - to achieve enlightenment. The definition of reality one may argue is the way in which we see our world through our five senses, our perception of the interactions we have on a day to day basis with reality. Having understood that perception is reality it is clear to see, that no two people have the same perceptions on a day to day basis. One can then make the assumption that reality is not set in stone, and may be interpreted by individuals who will instinctively have original and different opinions. Thus one can say that there is no absolute reality, but rather that there is no reality at all.

Meditating on questions and concepts that seem somehow indescribable is a way of broadening ones mind. Questions and concepts of such a nature closely resemble children’s questions, eg; What is me? What is real? Why do people think etc. Once one has attempted to answer and reflect on these types of questions, one will realise how deep the questions can go, and can ultimately not be explained. This is the beginning step towards awakening the infinite possibilities in your mind…

To delve further into what we call reality, one must consider what the "building blocks" of our reality is. What are the fundamental concepts that make up, what we call reality? Some examples of these "building blocks" are concepts of Communication, Time, Space, Colour, Sound, Touch etc. After identifying what these "building blocks" are, one must then understand the nature of these concepts, and question; Are they the same for everyone?

It is with that question in mind, that one will find the "faults" in reality. No two individuals Think, Feel and Experience life in the same way. Thus one can make the assumption that nothing has a universal set of principals that can apply to every ones needs and understandings of the world around them... A classic example of this is two friends arguing over the times their watches display – one is two minutes faster than the other – yet they both claim to have the correct time... When one delves more deeply into the issue and asks, who does have the correct time? How do you define "correct time"? More importantly however is the question of what is time itself?

In this essay I will specifically attempt to break down what Time is, knowing full well that my definition is different to yours. It is with this idea in mind that I will attempt to awaken your mind, and show you the cracks that appear in reality, and how Time affects the way we think in a wasteful and unnecessary fashion.

Time:
Time can be broken down into three simpler components; Past, Present and Future. Further explanation of these terms will help establish the validity (if any) of these concepts and the role in which they play in our lives.

Past: Is not the past simply a present moment that has already passed, and bears no relevance to what is occurring now – in any way. We cannot change the past, the past cannot affect us now, and one cannot live in the realm of the past...

Future: Is not the future; merely a present moment that has not yet been experienced, and therefore it is useless... It is useless because we cannot experience or interact with the future until it has become a present moment. Here is an analogy that will hopefully shed some perspective on what the future is. Thinking of the future is like looking to the sky getting ready to catch what you think is a pebble, however once it comes time for you to catch it - you realise it is a boulder... One cannot grasp the entirety of the future, so it is futile to try.

Present: This is the only component of Time that has any meaning and relevance at all; we exist in the here and now, not yesterday nor tomorrow, we exist now. It is said, "life should be lived moment by moment", but once we understand the nature of life we realise this is the way we live our life anyway, it is the human consciousness that creates the clouds that block our vision. These clouds are the illusion of what we define as our reality.

Our reality is identified by, and interacted with, by our internal dialogue and our minds eye. Everyone experiences that internal dialogue it is accepted as part of life... But few actually take the step of categorising what the voice in your mind is talking about. When you break it up into its most simple forms, most of the mental dialogue is about past events or the future possibilities, both of which are useless and meaningless. The are both useless and meaningless because they bear no relevance to the here and now.

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The concepts of Time among many other things are nothing other than the figments of the human imagination. Merely ways of interpreting the world around us. Imagination is a wonderful thing, it is what sets s apart from the animals, however becoming contempt with a concept and accepting that concept as "absolute truth", is not constructive behaviour at all. Nothing is set in stone, unless we make it that way. Our minds should be formless like water. Having a formless mind allows one to assimilate everything and yet nothing. One may believe in nothing yet everything... Realising that nothing has an "absolute value", nothing has "absolute meaning" and everything simply is, is the most logical thing a human mind is capable of understanding. By giving objects names, we are limiting ourselves to one interpretation of reality...

Perception is our reality... Everything in this universe can be explained by identifying the fundamental principal that exists in everything... And that is, that everything simply is... Everything is nothing, and nothing is everything... Once this key fundamental to all of reality is understood we realise that this fundamental concept does not exist, it was all a figment of our imagination...

Consider this: Is a tree, still a tree, if it doesn't have a name? If not, then what is it? You can still see a "tree", the "tree" still grows, the "tree" still casts a shadow - it still exists does it not? ... So what is it, if you cannot give it a name?