What is it that is seeing right now ? Is it you ? Is the you that you believe to be, is it seeing right now ? As an act ? As a doing ?
Or, is seeing our natural state, our natural condition. Our uninterrupted, effortless presence.
And I don’t mean like seeing through the eyes (pointing to his eyes). That, as a perception, is included as well. However, if you close your eyes, if you just close your eyes right now for, let’s say ten seconds, then something still sees, something sees that you’ve got your eyes closed, something knows that you’ve got your eyes closed. And all kinds of images and colors might still appear. But even without that, even if you go totally blank, something still perceives. Something would perceive the blackness or the non-vision.
And it’s that same perceiving which perceives all the sounds and all the sensations in the body, and all the emotions.
So that which is seeing right now, whether you have your eyes open or your eyes closed… Just notice that something is seeing, and ask yourself, “Am I doing this ?” “Am I really the one who is doing the seeing ?” Or is the seeing the inescapable nature of my experience of life. Can I escape the seeing ? Can there be anything that does not appear within this seeing ? Can I stop seeing ? Because if I am the one who is doing the seeing, then I must be able to stop the seeing, right ? So try to stop the seeing. Try not to be aware. And you’ll notice that whatever happens as an experience, because you try not to see, that that’s just another experience that’s being seen.
So the seeing, or the looking, or the being, that natural presence, is always here, and it’s inescapable. Every experience we have, however you label or describe the experience, it’s always and forever inescapably indivisible from this natural seeing.
You cannot take the experience and say, wow, this is the experience (pointing in one direction) and this is the seeing (pointing in the other direction).
So again if you just close your eyes for ten seconds, notice that something is seeing your experience right now. And it’s not a doing, but there’s a natural seeing in which the experience right now is being seen.
And then ask yourself, is this seeing in need of anything. Does it need anything ? Does it need food ? Does it need water ? Does it need sex ? Does it need pleasure ? Does it need pain ? Does it need confirmation ? Acknowledgment ? Does it need whatever you as a person might desire ? Does it need anything ?
Or, does it already allow for every experience to unfold naturally within its own seeing ?
And just notice how it’s inescapable, you cannot possibly escape the seeing.
And so whatever happens within the experience, this seeing is always there, and it’s always stable, it’s completely free in this sense, because it’s unaffected, it’s all pure seeing. It’s always pure seeing, you don’t have to get rid of any emotion or thought or experience, you don’t have to control anything in order for you to be able to notice this natural seeing, this inescapable seeing. Because it’s due to the seeing that we experience anything at all.
So every experience is not an indication of you not seeing or not being aware enough, but every experience as it arises is pure confirmation of seeing being indivisible from the experience, being inescapable, the seeing is inescapable. And when you realize that the seeing that’s perceiving right now without any effort, regardless of what we try or don’t try. And if we then see that in this inescapable seeing there is no need for anything, and there’s nothing that’s being affected. Even though the experience changes, the seeing is unaffected.
And that fills us with a freedom, an ultimate freedom, freedom from every experience.
And you’ll also notice how the seeing is not separate from the experience. So it’s not like the seeing is over here, and the experience if over there somewhere. That’s just another experience, if that’s your experience, of there being a witness of an object, what knows, what sees, that sensation, that state of mind, that too appears within that natural seeing, it’s inescapable, no matter what you do, the seeing is equally present. You cannot improve it, you cannot increase it, you cannot decrease it, you cannot harm it, it’s always there, it’s always oozing out of your eyes, it’s always oozing into your experience, it’s completely embracing your experience.
In fact, the entire experience as it is right now, is known only within this seeing, is known only by this seeing, is known only due to this seeing.
So this seeing is the source of your every experience. And you can notice it right now, that’s the beauty, you can recognize it right now. Not after ten years of meditation. You can notice, recognize, and start to pay more attention, just a little bit, more attention to the fact that this seeing is always here regardless of what type of experience you are experiencing.
If you just notice this throughout your everyday life, throughout, throughout your work, throughout your relationships, throughout all your ideas about the world, you’ll see that the seeing is unaffected.
And from this recognition, the human experience benefits tremendously. And everybody you come in contact with will benefit from this, from your simple recognition of your natural seeing, the source of your experience, the basis of every perception you are having – that simple recognition that something is seeing right now, and that it doesn’t need anything, and that it’s not separate from the experience, but that the experience appears within and as the seeing itself, benefit’s the human experience tremendously.
So just, if you want to commit to anything in life, let this be your primary commitment, because it does not interfere with any other commitment, because all commitments and all activities appear within this seeing, so regardless of your lifestyle, your background, your religion, your beliefs, your ideas, your feelings, your state of mind, your amount of vasanas or whatever – it all happens within this natural seeing which is already perfectly present.
And you can recognize the seeing like we’ve just been doing. Just relax and see that something is seeing your experience right now. It’s very simple. And recognize that within your daily experiences of life.
And then the human experience starts to settle within this recognition, it starts to become more at ease, it starts to become more peaceful.
You are not doing the seeing, the seeing is already happening. The seeing is always here. The seeing is inescapable. Every experience happens within the seeing, and as a confirmation of your natural seeing.