In watching, there is (ordinarily) the watcher and the watched. The watcher, as he or she was taught, feels separate from what is being observed. This also occurs when psychological/emotional phenomena manifest… as when one thinks that one “has” jealousy, but thinks that one is not the actual jealousy.
In profound awareness, the so-called central “I” or “me” does not — as the learned image that it is — exist. Then, an altogether different relationship may manifest… wherein there is no separation between the watcher and the watched. Then, an ingrained, inherited kind of friction and conflict ends. Then, there may be real integrity without any piecemeal disorder. For such integrity to take place, there must be instantaneous transcendence beyond the ordinary and mundane. When one looks at a bee, for instance (in beautiful nature), one is not, of course, actually the wings and the antennae; however, the patterns and the image (and, perhaps, the essence) of the bee are not at all separate from what one is. One need not always robotically label the bee (or whatever creature it is) as per what species or type of organism it is, but may look without mechanical memory and separation. Love transcends separation and mechanical categorization.
Transcending separation (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017
Transcending separation (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017
My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving 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.
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Bees every where need our help, especially against global business’s chemical attacks
I agree! Many years ago, i used to keep bees. Agricultural pesticides are a large part of the problem, and some need to be banned. There used to be so many bees around when i was a kid. Now they are few in number. Things need to change. People need to let government officials know what needs to be done.
The word ‘presence’ seems to me to fit…
I truly enjoyed this post, Tom. This is often how I feel as I work outdoors. I would say I tend to be mindful and appreciate the “essence” of the creature or matter with which I work. If only I was better at this in regard to human relationships! 🙂
I realize how close to nature you are, Lori! 🙂 Stay that way! … but be careful, psychologically, with possible attachments. Many humans have “issues” and it is sometimes difficult to get close to them (when they are caught in all kinds of illusions).
Lovely thoughts and photo, Tom.
Much appreciated, Karen! 🙂
I enjoyed and like this post. I like your way to write, it’s amazing.
Thank You and good luck!
Much appreciated, Daniella! 🙂