What is distance? There is distance between you and another living organism. There is distance between yesterday and today. There is distance between one cloud in the sky and another. However, is there really separation? There is, for instance, distance between your index finger and your ring finger. However, is your index finger really something separate from your ring finger? When I was very young, I used to be an avid fisherman… until I realized that the distance of the fishing line did not contribute to any separation whatsoever. Supposedly separate countries (that are divided up upon this globe), by man-made demarcations, might not be in such friction with each other if they deeply saw the interconnection involving all. Separate islands, for example, may seem very separate until one probes deeper and perceives how (under the water surface) they actually connect and are one.
Many people were taught that they control their thoughts from a distance (or from something separate). However, the actuality of the matter is that there is no distance (or even separation) between the thinker and the thoughts (if the thinker is part of thought — is a protrusion of thought — which it is). How we perceive is often (or usually) dictated by (and shaped by) thought. Many perceive — both internally and (therefore) externally — with a learned separation that is fragmentary, erroneous, self-oriented, and rather robotic. (We are not talking about foolishly blending in and walking into walls here; we are discussing about going beyond inelegant, unevolved perceptions.) Many of us “think” that we are very modern and sophisticated; but the fact may be that we are still very barbarous, deeply primitive, and crude (with gross separation and archaic division drilled into our psyches). Look, for instance, (and read the current news) at what humans are doing in the world. We can do better.