In order to get the most out of Life, you’ve got to be an ‘active’ participant. I suppose in rare circumstances passivity has its merits, but from my perspective, approaching Life as a compliant observer dozing listlessly on the sidelines is equivalent to flushing this wholly unique and truly remarkable opportunity you’ve been given - the one of being born human by the way - right down the proverbial cosmic toilet.
I would guess that quite a lot of people in the world believe that because they:
(1) Have a job
(2) Own a car or two
(3) Are making their monthly mortgage
(4) Perhaps raising a family, and maybe even
(5) Taking the occasional vacation to ‘get away from it all’
that these alone constitute being ‘actively’ engaged in Life. True, it takes an actual vessel - which in this case is your physical body - along with some fairly coordinated motor skills, to propel us from the couch to the dry cleaners and maybe Whole Foods . . . but that’s not what I mean by being actively engaged.
Active engagement means cultivating a heightened sense of overall Awareness for everything unfolding around you and within you, which is the exact opposite of how many people go about their lives; opting instead for passive inertness, reduced to creatures of habitual thought and behavior, stuck in the same old routines day in and day out. Coasting by unchallenged, uninspired, unaware, and safe is anything but engaged . . . it’s more fear-based, and, well . . . plain ol’ boring.
Or in other words, it’s the difference between actually Seeing this incredibly complex and ultimately mysterious Life unfolding all around you - one that’s bursting with discovery and possibility - instead of merely Looking at it with your eyes half-closed, overcome with panic, apprehension, and maybe even a touch of indifference as 60, 70, or 80 years streak past you in a blur. And then before you know it, ‘poof’ . . . you’re gone.
For centuries, mystical beings from all walks of Life have spoken about ‘lifting the veil’ from this seemingly ‘real’ world of ours so that we can access the authentic knowledge that lies beneath the surface of things. They speak about a different way of interpreting the notion of vision . . . a type of Seeing in which the eyes lodged in our skulls might not be as necessary for true Vision (with a capital ‘V’) as you’d think. It’s about using our Third Eye, said to be located around the middle of the forehead, slightly above the junction of the eyebrows. This is the center of our Knowing.
I for one, have Seen a awful lot while sitting comfortably in silent meditation, eyes closed. Over time and with a consistent amount of effort and patient dedication, I’ve come to See, thanks to my own Third Eye:
-The truth about who I Am: a spiritual being whose core essence is beyond the mere physical.
-What my ultimate Purpose is in this Life is (creative expression).
-The value of tapping into my intuition, and allowing it to gently guide me along.
-The unbreakable connectedness between myself and all living beings.
-How I can better relate to my fellow travelers with more compassion, understanding, and forgiveness.
Now this is what it means to See.
So, all things considered: How’s your vision these days? Do you See the truth of what lies before you, or are you just Looking?
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