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The Space Between the Perceiver and That Which is Perceived…


The space between the perceiver and that which is perceived… what is it? Have you ever wondered about that fundamental question?

That intervening space, that interstice, may primarily result from thought/thinking. Thought/thinking formulates an image (or an assembly of images) about a central observer (i.e., what thought thinks the “self” is). (This has been going on for eons, over the centuries.) Then thought/thinking assembles images or labels concerning what is perceived at a distance. This may seem silly — though it is essentially true — but what occurs is that one set of images or mental patterns about an observer sees what is considered “itself” looking at something (that apparently exists externally) as the observed (that usually manifests mentally via labels and categorizations of thought). So these two sets of constructs, made up of thought/thinking, are what takes place. So, unfortunately, the relationship is primarily between two sets of images (that thought developed)… which is no real relationship at all.

Real relationship goes beyond this habitual mental orchestration (constituted of mere reactions). Then separation and secondhand labeling come to an end. Then the perceiver and that which is perceived are not parts of some fabricated duality. Deep compassion occurs when the perceiver and the perceived are one (beyond the distortion of thought/thinking). Then mentally fabricated space and separation end.

Photo by Thomas Peace c.7/14/22

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  1. Wow Tom, interesting correlation between internal and external manifestations, beyond mental distortions. I never thought about the interaction of secondhanded labeling in this regard. Great post my friend. 💖👏🏻😍


  2. Thank you, Kym. 😊🤗 Yes, most people do not actually observe. What they see is mostly just patterns of what they’ve accumulated about things… (which is secondhand recognition). And they additionally look at themselves through accumulated patterns that are secondhand. And if what is supposedly outer is mostly just internally recognized as a set of accumulated patterns by what, internally, is also a bundle of accumulated patterns (about itself)… then it’s not much of a relationship at all. It’s a relationship between two sets of images… which may not be a real relationship whatsoever.


  3. I LOVE this photo – how do you do it – and perfect for your meditation on the receiver and the perceived – that relationship is critical if we are to survive….. wonderful!


      • oh god Tom they do it here too routinely – its only a matter of time – we have a ‘war’ on insects like everything else….. suggestion if you don’t have it plant butterfly weed – it will draw in any butterflies in the area…. and oh boy would I love to see you photograph what comes your way. It’s men like you that keep me sane. Bet you don’t use guns either – or if you do you don’t try to deafen others in the process!

  4. Nice post! Yes, we create our reality. And we need more attunement in this world. Yoga and meditation to everyone, please.


  5. I am grateful for places to go to observe wildlife, be it the smallest form to the largest form and what I observe give me peace. If I sit and truly analyze the state of the world as I perceive it, I might crawl into a hole and never come out. Sadly, the road rage, inattentiveness to others and freeway shooting here in SE Michigan make me say a silent prayer every time I step out the door. Up close and personal with this insect is better than up close and personal with people is what I say.


  6. Yes, Linda, it’s so sad that things are getting as bad as they are (regarding people’s insane and uncaring behavior). And some top scientists are talking about going to other planets to colonize humans. For what?… to contaminate them and pollute them such as to ruin the life on those planets as well? Or is it to spread our conflict and violence there too? We need to clean up our own backyard and keep our goofiness restricted to this unfortunate planet. Sorry for sounding cynical but it’s true. 😉


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