Can You See Things As They Are?

    With our current political climate heating up, it’s clear that we still operate under a false belief—that we see things as they are. This belief underlies most every conflict. Each side believes that they see things accurately, that they have the “right” belief, and that other points of view are, at best, misguided, if not completely “wrong.” If the results weren’t so serious, that idea would be humorous.

    One of the first insights I learned in philosophy was “perspective.” Every experience we have is the result of where we are coming from at the moment—our perspective. Far from seeing things as they are, we are embedded in our own little worlds. Our “worlds” are made of intentions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, inner sensations, habits, personal history, cultural assumptions, prejudices, and environmental conditions. All these coalesce to create our point of view at the moment—quite a complex web. Our perspective is a thick and heavily colored lens through which we perceive what is happening. We are far from seeing things as they are.

    Yet, we still argue as if we do. We still argue as if we have the truth. We hold onto our points of view as if they define our very existence. We identify “who we are” with the words in our heads. We have a constant stream of self-talk that tells us that our words express what is real, true, and possible—and their words “don’t.”

    This is where the second insight I learned in philosophy comes into play. There is another part of us, some call it our soul, Higher Self, or essence. I like to call it Core Energy. This part of us is in touch with the whole field of existence. It is simultaneously connected to everything, to the unity that is underneath it all. This part of us can observe the comings and goings of perspectives, thoughts, feelings, and actions, and not be caught up in it all. This part of us knows that these are like clouds that float by across the sky of a deeper truth—a unified Field in which we are all related and interdependent.

    If there is a deeper truth, it is not to be found in the words of our arguments. It is in a dimension beyond words—a place of deep silence, stillness, and clear awareness. If such awareness is possible, it is not found by defending any perspective or point of view. If such awareness is possible, it is discovered in letting go of our thoughts, reactions, and differences.

    Our worlds are so busy, noisy, anxious, and frantic. If we are to find a deeper truth, it is by making time and space for listening to the silence.

    Enjoy your practice!

    Kevin

    Kevin Schoeninger

    P.S. Meditation is a great way to discover a quiet mind. To learn more, click here.

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