There is often a fine line between erroneous judgment and prudent perception. Profound perception cuts through erroneous judgment and dissipates it. There is no “how,” set in stone, on “getting” profound perception. Like humility and real love, it is not something that one can merely cultivate. However, if the mind is passionately aware of its own workings — without merely depending upon the patterns and judgments of others — then, perhaps, that untethered awareness opens up (or manifests as) profound perception. A mind that is keenly interested in this is naturally and concomitantly interested in a correct relationship in all matters (internally and externally). By “correct,” we mean in accordance with real fact and truth. Naturally, deception, falsity, and illusion are not things that one would be eager to cling to and exist as.
Distorted minds, broken minds, fragmented minds, relatively superficial minds, will not be (at all) interested in this. They will be content to remain — and wish to remain — as the ordinary, everyday mundane things that they were programmed to deal with (and be). Going beyond this limitation will not suit them well. They won’t care to be bothered. Minds beyond this (limitation) may be somewhat interested in things, such as what is often written about here… or, perhaps, (though rarely) they may be extremely interested. This interest must flower into a real passion for any real significant change to take place. That “flowering” has little to do with retaining stale memories, old traditions, beliefs, or standardized procedures. Those four are best suited for those who wish not to be bothered.
A mind that looks without all the fragmented patterns, outlooks, judgments, and structures that others have poured into it is a very untethered mind. Such an untethered mind is free to see everything as it really is (beyond limitations and distortion). Such a non-separative, non-partial, holistic perception often is (and often exists “as”) undistorted relationship. That kind of relationship goes beyond those that think that they are in relationship with the world but actually are not. We are not really separate from what we perceive; and if what we perceive is dictated by the limited patterns and symbols that we have absorbed from a primitive society, then what we see will (inevitably) be second-hand, narrow, and circumscribed. We can be beyond such inaccuracy.
I eat a lot of green things too!
Very cool grasshopper, Tom–
Yes, Jet, it is one of the more rare kinds in this area. I’m glad it cooperated! Keep snappin’! 🙂
Great post. Tell me, what do you do in “real” life?
Thanks much, Francis! 🙂 If you look lower down in each of my posts, you can see a little synopsis concerning what i am about; it’s a very limited summary, of course! I’m retired from being a teacher for the multiply handicapped and i spend a lot of time with my fish and shrimp aquariums, pet parrots, and dogs. I enjoy fossil collecting, stunt kite flying, and, of course, photography and philosophy. Everyone should be involved with interesting things, and i know you are very into the pond thing and nature hiking, which is awesome! 🙂
Nice one Tom, enjoyed!
Thanks, Gaia! 🙂 Earlier, i followed you on your WordPress site. I didn’t follow on the YouTube site because i don’t look at many of my email notices, like i probably should, so wouldn’t be aware of them.
Oeps, not even sure how you received an email about my youtube site. Sometimes the Internet goes just a tiny little beyond me. Happy you enjoy all the same Tom, and very welcome.
Woww Tom, great macro and so beautiful, lucky for you ! Amazing colors and texture oficina body! 🙂
Many thanks, Marcela! It is a rare species around here! 🙂
Sorry of body!
The macro shot is really cool. Tom!
I often think that stubborn mind and self-centered mind are just hopeless…
Yes, Amy, when the mind has painted itself (as it was taught) into a corner and thinks that the whole universe revolves around that corner, then it is very difficult for it to nullify (or see through) the deception that it is in.
This is beautiful 😀!