It comes down to perspective. It is all about perspective. It is perspective all the way down. How we look at what we see determines everything that follows. We cannot change what we are doing until we change how we see-- how we look at, how we think about-- what we see when we look. This is what The Gateless Gate is doing in our life. It is saying, "You aren't going to find what you are looking for until you change how you are looking!" Or, as someone said not long ago, "Get out of your thinking brain! And get into your perceiving/intuiting/sensing/instinctive brain!" Until we change our perspective, the world is going to look like it always does. And we are going to act like we always have. Nothing is going to change until how we see what we look at changes.
We have to see what we look at and be right about what we say we see. We have to be right about it. Being right about it is a collaborative endeavor among all of our virtues/gifts/daemon/genius that we bring to the task of seeing and doing throughout our life. Right perception is a team sport. We have to see and listen at the same time, all the time-- knowing that things are not always what they appear to be. Emptiness, stillness and silence are the rule of the day every day. Take a walk, or a nap, look out the window, consult the muses, wait to see with right seeing, to hear with right hearing. Realization comes with a bang sometimes, and with a whisper on other occasions. Eschew the noise of evangelical conviction. Embrace the still, small, smile after the earthquake, wind and fire. We have to be right about it. Knowing takes time. How much time do you have? Use it wisely. And when you are damned if you do and damned if you don't, be damned and be done with it on the side of compassion for the least of our brothers and sisters. Stand with those who have no advocate against the power of money and greed. Shut down the fossil fuel industry. Give the earth a chance.