A perfect mirror has no distortion. It shows what is really there. Can the mind be like that?
A distorted mirror, just like a distorted mind, twists things around such that reality seems askew and misrepresentation and untruth run dominant. Fortunately, most people realize what the situation actually is when they are gazing into an intentionally distorted (circus) mirror. Unfortunately, many people perceive via minds that are of distortion, deception, and perversion, yet they continue to think that they see things rightly. Many of us put up a facade, for others to perceive, of what we want them to think we really are. Many of us deceive not only others… but ourselves. Society tends to instill various forms of distortion into the minds that partake in its offerings, and such minds then zealously accept such distortions and falsities as the truth.
Many people are overly concerned about how they (physically) appear to others. Few people are prudently concerned about perceiving themselves as they actually are… internally, without any distortion whatsoever. A mind that is passionate about going beyond distortion is a very scientific and spiritual mind. It seems that very few have actually done it (i.e., gone beyond distortion) to any very significant extent. (There are ways to test this out, for accuracy; however, we will not go into that here.) Great clarity and immense understanding are needed to see the whole. Most, unfortunately, still function with (and “as”) symbols and fragmentary parts. If the tools and the processes of the mind are distorted and partial, then the outcome — the results — will be equally askew, equally incomplete. Before we accept and cherish methods to get out of this distortion, we should question whether they are possibly an extension or continuity of the same-old fallacies, which most are.
Without method, without depending upon the process of psychological time, is it possible for the mind to observe without merely utilizing the past tools (of symbolic thinking, abstraction, analysis, and image-building)? Can the mind perceive without always carrying the burden of past formulations? It may be the influential formulations of the past that prevent pristine perception. We can be choicelessly observing with an intense awareness that includes all of the senses working harmoniously together as a whole, without limited thoughts always interfering… (and all thoughts are limited).
A mind that goes beyond distortion sees deeply. Such depth goes far beyond the ordinary, far beyond the mundane. Many cling (knowingly or unknowingly) to the ordinary, yet wish to experience what is beyond the ordinary. What is truly beyond the ordinary may not at all be what can be categorized or placed into the realm of “experience.” If an experience is recognized (as most are), it usually consists (more or less) of a rather mundane occurrence that the brain “recertifies,” “acknowledges,” and “classifies” via (and according to) prior memory images, prior mental retentions, and symbols. Recognition and the reaction to things have their place, but so does an unadulterated awareness beyond mere reaction and conditioned responses. Full enlightenment/satori — should it ever occur as a blessed visitation by that ineffable, holistic energy to a human being — may be far too immense for any kind of full mental grasping, retention, or remembrance (by the brain) to take place. However, should it actually happen — and don’t be foolish enough to crave what you suspect that it might be — the brain will have recalled small snippets of that profound event, though what is retained is rather like mere shadows of the actual occurrence. Great wisdom, unlike distortion, never needs to ask about whether the sacred truly exists.