The art of looking without attaching concepts

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The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by yes » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:24 pm

This has to be one of the most powerful steps one can take, but this is not an easy thing to do. Can anyone share their experience in achieving such a goal?

Thanks,

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by Hand » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:59 pm

Hi Yes

I would start by perhaps when you look at something, your mind might register what it is e.g. 'table', just think it is a 'label' and look past that.

Think of them as just a name (same as our names, we are much more than that).

Probably not to relate to things superficially but to see beyond the mind's initial recognition of things. To feel gratitude for things and feel their inner essence.
Life is. Accept Life. Peace reigns.

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by Hand » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:55 pm

Yes,

This follows on from my above post.

To quote Byron Katie "Who would you be without your story" i.e. looking at yourself without concepts and mind-created stories about life.

When you look at something ask "What would it be without its story?", see the essence behind it - everything is life manifested and we are (including inanimate objects chair, pen etc) are all part of the source.
Life is. Accept Life. Peace reigns.

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by yes » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:25 pm

Thanks Hand.

While it seems difficult to grasp day to day, I have found that when I'm in the mood to read up on our universe (recently read a great book called "The Living Universe'), that's when I start seeing things differently. When you consider the fact everything we see, touch, smell, and sense is made up of atoms, the world around us really starts to look differently. We really are from one source! Books on the universe and it's wonders seem to mesh naturally with books like the PON.

Fascinating stuff.

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by enigma » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:19 pm

Looking, without the interference of mind, is not something mind can do. It seems that this would be obvious? The moment mind steps in to bring about the absence of mind, mind is quite present is it not?

Mind must spontaneously fail to arise, so how does this come about? It comes about through a deep understanding of the problematic nature of mind, and a desire to be without it's constant critique and need to possess the present moment. There may be many areas of clarity needed for this, depending upon ones state of unconsciousness and attachments. It's one thing for the mind to allow periodic experiences of being present, which it can then add to it's list of abilities and woo woo experiences, and it's something else all together for mind to accept that it has nothing at all to do with causing any of it, and it has never accomplished anything beyond getting in the way.

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by HermitLoon » Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:27 pm

Great posts Enigma!
"I" am not the Human Experience called HermitLoon - and yes, there is an observation of the consciousness of a mind/body Human Experience and all the "thinking" and "doing" - all that "happens".
There is Awareness.

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by Marcel Franke » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:17 pm

Hello Yes,

Yes:
> Can anyone share

This might suit you:

Stare, or focus.
Realize that this view is noticed by you, now.

See if you can find an exact border between you, or between the noticing,
and this view.
There is none, isnt there ?

Then realize that this view is effortless.
The view is just here, it happens.
It isnt -done- by somebody.

That there is nothing else to see, then what is there now.

This view needs no labels, it is here.
This view needs no thought to be here.
It is not dependent on it.
Not that it doensnt allow thoughts.
You cannot think it away either.
It is here.
Even when you shut your eyes, you will see -stuff-.

This view needs no planning, no past, no future.

It is here now, noticed.
It is just a present miracle.
Everything is just here, noticed, borderless, effortless.

Isnt it nice ?
---ooOoo---

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Re: The art of looking without attaching concepts

Post by Peaceman » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:40 pm

"When you consider the fact everything we see, touch, smell, and sense is made up of atoms, the world around us really starts to look differently." yes.

Yes yes!! I get your drift and it is a marvellous thought, could lead to wonderful creativity!! Do I dissolve the "chair" into a thousand atoms and watch them swirl around in a certain limited space? Fascinating , whats the gel? Us? Oohhh just imagine what it would look like to "not Us" !! :lol: Mind boggling! It reminded me of Rupert Brooke's poem

Dust
When the white flame in us is gone,
And we that lost the world's delight
Stiffen in darkness, left alone
To crumble in our separate night;

When your swift hair is quiet in death,
And through the lips corruption thrust
Has stilled the labour of my breath -- -
When we are dust, when we are dust! -- -

Not dead, not undesirous yet,
Still sentient, still unsatisfied,
We'll ride the air, and shine, and flit,
Around the places where we died,

And dance as dust before the sun,
And light of foot, and unconfined,
Hurry from road to road, and run
About the errands of the wind.

And every mote, on earth or air,
Will speed and gleam, down later days,
And like a secret pilgrim fare
By eager and invisible ways,

Nor ever rest, nor ever lie,
Till, beyond thinking, out of view,
*One mote of all the dust that's I
Shall meet one atom that was you. *

Then in some garden hushed from wind,
Warm in a sunset's afterglow,
The lovers in the flowers will find
A sweet and strange unquiet grow

Upon the peace; and, past desiring,
So high a beauty in the air,
And such a light, and such a quiring,
And such a radiant ecstasy there,

They'll know not if it's fire, or dew,
Or out of earth, or in the height,
Singing, or flame, or scent, or hue,
Or two that pass, in light, to light,

Out of the garden, higher, higher. . . .
But in that instant they shall learn
The shattering ecstasy of our fire,
And the weak passionless hearts will burn

And faint in that amazing glow,
Until the darkness close above;
And they will know -- - poor fools, they'll know! -- -
One moment, what it is to love

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