We have to do our part in keeping ourselves in the middle of the path by returning again and again to the basics. Like a singer doing scales, or a runner running laps, we have to build a practice around mindfulness of the moment, being right here right now, siting, standing, walking in emptiness, stillness and silence, tuning into the moment, calling ourselves back when we drift away, and listening, listening, listening, to ourselves, to our heart, to our nighttime dreams, to our body (Its symptoms and its degree of tension and relaxation), in order to know what we know, and what's what, and what's happening, and what's called for, right here, right now. This is a daily routine that we work into our life as we are able several times a day. Taking a moment to be here now. Listening, looking, sensing, feeling, knowing. Taking a break to be present with all that is present with us, throughout each day is a practice that keeps us focused on the path and our relationship with it, heart, soul, body, mind and spirit, with balance and harmony, all day, every day, living with clarity out of our original nature, a part of the natural world.
Vibrations and frequencies, waves and impulses... are the building blocks of reality, of realities. Which reality we call "real" and think is the way it is, and the way it ought to be, depends on who is looking, and how, and when, and where... We live in a fluid world. There are no steady states of being. The harder we try to freeze the action by killing/disappearing all those people who are not like we are, the more we generate vibrations and frequencies, waves and impulses, repulsion and attraction, and karma that create feed back loops and compensation tendencies that produce more of what we are trying to get rid of, and we defeat ourselves by trying to triumph over what we hate, and the world becomes worse instead of better because we couldn't allow it to be as it is. This photo, and the one above, are separated by a shift in white balance This photo, and the one above, are separated by a shift in white balance (How white would a white mouse, say, appear to be in the scene? Changing the colors in the scene so that the white mouse would appear white, “adjusts the scene” so that it looks like “it ought to look”). Which one is the way it really was? It depends on who was looking and how their eyes adjusted the white balance in that place at that time of day in that light. How we see the original scene and the photographs may be different from the way anyone else sees the scene or the images. How would we know? Why do we think there is a real way-- a right way--to see "what's there"? What's there is a swirl of vibrations and frequencies, waves and impulses, etc. that we make sense of with the "equipment" we have at our disposal. Dogs and bats and cats might see much more than we do when they look at the scene, or the photos. Who is right? The person who does not strive to force everyone to see the scene in the same way. There are variations, possibilities, opportunities, ways of seeing, interpreting, understanding, perceiving, etc. everything we look at. What we see depends on how we look, on what we are looking for, on what our past has prepared us to see, on how our mind has been tuned to adjust the input it receives... We see everything we look at through filters that color what we see. The way we interpret a scene is already in place before we open our eyes. What influences/impacts/determines the way we see? We have to see that before we can see our seeing before we look at the scene.
Awareness would help everything. Mindfulness. Attentive, non-judgmental, un-opinionated, gracious, kind, compassionate realization. Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos are a good place to start. Just seeing, just hearing, just apprehending, just knowing, what's what and what is called for in response. About ourselves and our external circumstances. Without agenda or opinion. With nothing at stake in the outcome. Nothing to gain. Nothing to lose. Here to serve what needs to happen in light of all things considered. Doing what needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it. In each situation as it arises. Because that is what we are here for, with our original nature serving as the source of the boon that is our gifts/daemon/genius/shtick/talents/etc. which we offer the world. Living from the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence leads to clarity, integrity, sincerity and spontaneity upon the field of action-- as blessing and grace bestowed freely unto all. The legacy of original human beings.