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Going beyond mere reflections…

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.     To reflect on something — merely with images from the mind — may not be to see it (fully) in actuality.  When one looks from (and “as”) images, one is looking from (or through) what one was taught.  What one was taught is always “of the past”; therefore, what one sees through (and with) this medium… is always a distorted, partial view of what actually is.  If one looks by way of “what one was taught to see”… one sees things as one was taught to see them; in actuality, one sees what one was taught.  The “perceiver” and “the perception” are not necessarily two different/separate things.  If the perception is a reflection of what one “has learned,” it is part of the absorbed and memorized constitution of the “perceiver.”   When such a “perceiver” perceives, he (or she) is looking (at least partially) from (and “as”) what he is (i.e., from what he or she has absorbed via learned processes).  Looking at all things by way of “what one was taught” is a form of mental reflection (learned from others).  It may be that the truly sacred cannot ever be truly seen by what are mere reflections… not even partially (although perhaps hints of it can be seen in such a way).   That is one big reason why the sacred seems so elusive to so many.  Most merely reflect on things — and look at things — from mere symbolic representations that they were taught.   All symbolic representations, no matter how “intelligent” they may seem — and no matter how helpful they may be — are, intrinsically, distortions.  This doesn’t at all mean that one should give up on “thinking, reflecting, and learning”; those are all very useful tools.  However, they are only tools; they need not be what the essence of the organism must always be.  Over-identifying with the tools may make significant waves in the waters (of the mind) that never allow direct perception.

March is coming.  No doubt, the river must soon be (in a reactive) flowing… just like most humans are fixated in a reactive flowing.  An overabundance of reactive flowing may not easily allow for a direct perception of truth.  Just as each surface wave of a turbulent (spring) river reflects things in a distorted, fragmentary way… so the essence of each thought is constituted of fragmentation and a significant degree of distortion.  Time is as a river.   Perhaps, in March, one will stand on the bank of the river and remember something about the call of a certain bird.  However,  it will not really be the call of a certain bird that occurs again; it will only be a virtual thing… as all thoughts are.   (Don’t merely be satisfied with the virtual.)

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from Wallace Stevens:

NOT IDEAS ABOUT THE THING
        BUT THE THING ITSELF

At the earliest ending of winter,
In March, a scrawny cry from outside
Seemed like a sound in his mind. 

He knew that he heard it,
A bird’s cry, at daylight or before,
In the early March wind. 

The sun was rising at six, 
No longer a battered panache above snow… 
It would have been outside. 

It was not from the vast ventriloquism 
Of sleep’s faded paper-mache… 
The sun was coming from the outside. 

That scrawny cry–It was
A chorister whose c preceded the choir.
It was part of the colossal sun, 

Surrounded by its choral rings,
Still far away. It was like
A new knowledge of reality.

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A photo of the river bank that we live on; as one was taking photos, a goose, across the river, was calling out.  (The river and this article may be something to reflect on.)  (Left click on image to enlarge; hit left “return arrow” to return.)

Winter River by Thomas Peace 2013

Winter River by Thomas Peace 2013

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original mindfulness sayings and/or poetry that deals with mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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