There is a window through which our lives can be seen with pristine clarity. We can search for the window, but we cannot search for the view…because we have no idea what the view is actually like. Well, we may have an idea, but until we have the experience of the view, we only have an idea or, if you will, a concept. And no matter how eloquent, articulate or persuasive our attempts at description may be, they do not hold a 25 watt bulb to the actual view.
It’s like, we can search for relief from despair, and long for clarity and peace of mind, but we cannot directly search for enlightenment. Why not? Because we don’t have a clue (or a trace of memory of) what enlightenment is like. Neither the rational mind nor the constructs of time and space can reveal this enlightened view.
Yet the window is there, right in the magnificent skin, bones and synapses that make up our temporary (mortal) home. Problem is, curtains were drawn over our window and the room became so dark that finding the window is difficult – impossible for many. Who drew the curtain? Pick your metaphor or allegory. But it’s pretty evident that social coercion had a hand in the raw deal.
From the delightful freedom of innocent childhood, we were socialized to live in fear and doubt as an undercurrent of our consciousness. Toss in guilt brought on by strict moral codes (those socially contrived beyond what we naturally know as right and wrong) and the train wreck religion has made of spirituality, and it’s lights out at a very early age.
Still there are those voices that have been around for thousands of years, up to and including today, who write, speak, scream and risk their lives to let those who long for the view know that…
There is a window through which live can be seen with pristine clarity. And you simply (as if!) have to die to the imposed concept that you are not already standing at the window, and just reach out and open the curtains. However, the social coercion (or whatever your story line calls it) has been working out in a sweaty gym for a long time building this tough-guy ego, and it isn’t about the step aside without a fight.
So, if you long for the view, get ready for a fight to the finish – of ego being the imposed master of your life.