THE POWER OF SEEING
THE POWER OF SEEING
HOW TO OBSERVE OUR CONSCIOUSNESS or HOW TO OBSERVE THE INSUBSTANTIAL SPHERE.
Would you want to see 'with your own eyes' your own consciousness? Would you want to see 'with your own eyes' the insubstantial realm? Would you want to observe 'with your own eyes' the living environment in which our Souls commonly function?
I've prepared a simple, yet magnificent experiment for you that you can perform at any time, at any place. This little practical demonstration is seemingly brief and simple, but its consequences (thanks to your understanding) are magnificent and boundless.
Have you seen the film AVATAR? It's full of deep, mythical context. The film is set somewhere on a so far intact, beautiful planet, called Pandora that is inhabited by humanoid beings, called the Na'vi. They live with no machinery or any of our 'modern' technologies, thus leading a seemingly primitive way of life, but at the same time entirely meaningfully with all respect and humbleness, fully connected to the nature Spirit and the great spirit of Pandora. The Na'vi greet each other saying the words: 'I SEE you'
It's a beautiful type of addressing someone which, in its essence, goes much deeper in meaning than to just 'see' somebody.
Why did the author of the AVATAR film choose this form of greeting for the fully connected beings? What does it actually mean to SEE? Does it mean the same as to see? Below is a beautiful, in-depth treatise by Vladimír Šmilauer on the origin and meaning of the words that describe seeing, observing, noticing.......It contains fascinating connections - I can only highly recommend reading it.
The present-day scientific paradigm, which is still prevalent in schools as a result of inertia and stereotypes, is based on the theory of mechanical materialism. Top scientists started working with higher concepts: quantum, informational, psycho-energetic and spiritual a long time ago. The reason behind is simple: the routine concept of space-time limitations for a long time does not correspond with the modern findings of quantum physics. The universe simply 'takes place' in some meaningful causality, somewhere behind the borders of the limiting space-time concept. Events seem to be happening in cycles, at a particular time (both contextually and informationally) as if there was some meaning behind it all (time kairos) rather than mechanically and chronologically (time chronos).
It seems that time is more like illusion than a physical quantity or reality. Some top scientists suggest that we view time as illusory part of our consciousness rather than a true physical quantity. After all, time itself can't be defined. The scientists found out that time is indefinable! Time therefore shouldn't even exist. Because it's not scientific! Same as God, for example. He is not scientific either and therefore doesn't exist from the scientific point of view.
Time seems to be more like a concept and/or a certain way of perception. If this is the real essence of time, then it must be the same with space, since time and space mutually interlock, forming one, common space-time. If we, at some time in the future, accept this radical conceptual idea that the space-time is primarily a way of perceiving reality and not a type of physical entity, then we'll have to also accept even the odd idea that matter as such is, in essence, the same type of illusion as space-time. In the end we at last realise that everything that exists is an indescribable miracle and a breathtaking manifestation of our consciousness. If it's really like that, then our perception is a breathtaking miracle.
Let's then try to 'LOOK' at how we PERCEIVE the world, how we view it, how we observe it, how we see it....
Modern science claims that our eyes work on an optic sensor-like principle, i.e. they transform the entering light waves into neural impulses, sending them to brain which then further processes them. The contemporary science simply doesn't take into account the wise, old, popular saying that 'the eyes are the windows of the soul'. The science doesn't know (because it can't perceive it) that looking into each other's eyes is, on the subconscious level, nothing else that mutual psycho-energetic-informational interaction. The science doesn't know that the eye radiates interactively into its environment and by doing so it co-creates it.
If the saying 'the eye is the window of the soul' harmonises with you, then it's natural for the eye that, apart from receiving light, it also shines and glows since the Soul is not 'something' dead or idle. The Soul is actually Life itself, it's a MIRACLE. In the author's native language, the Czech language, the word MIRACLE means ZÁZRAK which could be divided into the preposition ZA meaning behind or outside and the noun ZRAK meaning eyesight. We can therefore beautifully interpret this fact in a way that the essence of a miracle is hidden from our eyes; it's lodged down deep, outside our vision. The Soul shines and radiates. The Soul creates. The Consciousness creates.
There are other fascinating connections. The Czech word for SEE, OBSERVE = ZŘÍT, POZOROVAT has its origin in an ancient Indo-European language. It originally meant to shine, to glow, to glitter. It's similar in most other Slavic languages. Why do I mention all of that? In a little while, we'll be able to consciously experience for ourselves the slight nuances between the words shine, glow and glitter. We'll realise that 'plain' observing really means creating by consciousness.
As a seemingly 'little', but at the same time 'magnificent' learning aid, we will use an 'ordinary' stereogram. You have probably already heard of it. Although it's a 2D image, its components are arranged so cleverly that if you use your eyes 'skilfully', then you'll see the intended, resulting 3D image so clearly and distinctively and in so much depth that leaves any beginner in awe. But if we can't look at the stereogram 'skilfully' then we simply won't see any images floating in space. In such 'awkward' case we'll just see a jumble of some colourful patches in a plane, but no three-dimensional images.
But don't worry, stay calm, it can be well practised. There are many tricks out there that can help us. I have myself discovered a simple and useful trick how to make working with the stereogram easier on your computer screen.
Our two eyes observe the world from two different positions, from two slightly different perspectives. Each eye therefore perceives a slightly different reality. Our consciousness then merges these two different images into one resulting perception of space. If we were to look at the image of the stereogram the same way we look at any other picture then we'd be focusing both eyes on the same point on the stereogram's surface. But with the stereogram we must look in a different way. As if we were looking through the picture, or even behind it. As a matter of fact we mustn't try to see the surface of the image sharp. We need to look as if behind the picture and therefore see the surface of the stereogram blurred. The reason for that is simple. The left and the right eye must, at the same time, observe different parts of the surface of the image. The thing is that the stereogram contains in certain parts information just for the left eye and in other parts information just for the right eye. That's why we need to look 'behind the picture' so that each eye is focused on a different part of the surface of the image. It's therefore completely all right that we don't see the surface of the image sharp.
The maximum space effect is achieved when our eyes are focused at double the distance between us and the stereogram.
My tip in case of any trouble: It's just a question of practising. But the truth is that with fresh eyes it is much easier than with tired eyes in the late evening. I was once looking at the stereogram for a rather long time. And suddenly, I couldn't manage any more to see the space. It completely disconcerted me. I couldn't understand it. And the harder I tried the less effective it became. And then I realised that it wasn't about the effort. On the contrary, it blocks any success. It's about relaxing yourself and not putting too much effort in it. When I finally stopped trying hard to see anything, I noticed a small reflection of the ceiling light on the notebook screen. It made the surface of the stereogram difficult to see in that area. It was a shiny little patch, a glittering island in the centre of the stereogram. I focused my eyes on it as if I was looking through a little window. I stopped trying to perceive spatially. I just focused my eyes onto the shiny patch. And suddenly, my weary eyes woke up and I could see the stereogram in space again. I found out that when I get no joy or my eyes are tired, then, all I have to do, is to tilt the computer screen in order to get a little light reflection somewhere on it. I just focus my eyes on it and it's all downhill from here. This is my practical tip should you experience any difficulties.
In any case, try to practise for some time with observing the stereogram. If you've got any vision problems, be sure you use your glasses.
Try experimenting with different stereograms. You will find plenty of them on the internet, for example HERE. It works equally well both on the computer and with the printed out stereograms. Experience will come in handy. You will find out that it takes just a slight move of your head or to slightly over sharpen and the 3D image disappears immediately, meaning you observe the ordinary image of surface with patches on it again. But when you become more experienced you'll be able to move your head and not lose the perception of space. It's just about practising.
Please read further only after you feel you have practised enough with the stereogram.
All right, if you feel you've gained enough experience the following lines might enlighten you on the process of seeing. Let's get back to the enclosed stereogram, please. Well, then? Do you see it? A beautiful, colourful, furry, 3D squirrel.
And now the question. Have you noticed anything unusual about the stereogram? Has anything captured your attention? Is there anything 'different' to what you are used to when you look at something?
Personally speaking, that 'different' thing captivated me from the very beginning. It took me some time to realise what is 'different' and what is the point here.
What we see when looking at the stereogram is an image that exists only in our mind, our consciousness, not in the picture. It's created by our consciousness, by our mind. On the stereogram's surface there is no space. There are just some seemingly 'meaningless' fragments and sequences of patches on a flat surface. Our conscious mind will pick them up and process in a way which is based on and limited by our previous experience. People (our minds) have experience with perceiving the space which helps us to meaningfully process and perceive this image as 3D in our minds. It's purely a mental process. Our eyes capture colours and some 2D sequences and transfer this information to the conscious mind where it gets processed according to our up-to-date experience. Our consciousness tries to transfer all information from the environment into one 'meaningful' perception. In order for the stereogram to create the perception of the space within us, our conscious mind must first 'realise' and then create the space where it really doesn't exist. On the stereogram's surface there is no information about space.
Consciousness works on the basis of creating the state of awareness. To imagine means to realise. Our conscious mind imagines, realises or allocates (you name it) space where it really isn't and in such a way so that the information received through our eyes makes sense to it. This space, created and allocated by our consciousness, is a pure mental creation. The created perception of space is not based on the information about the physical dimensions received through the organs of perception.
When I observe, with my eyes, space which is between me and some real, physical object, then this space is as it should be. It just seems normal. We are commonly used to perceptions that are created in our conscious mind based on the information acquired from the physical environment which passes through the 'filters' of our organs of perception. Do you understand now what I'm aiming at?
Our organ of sight can't perceive the entire spectrum of frequencies. It only perceives certain portion of spectrum of light waves. It just functions like a powerful filter through which we try to observe the infinitely colourful and frequency unlimited Cosmos.
There are no two identical perceptions of space. Some perceptions of space can be processed as the result of filtrated information from the eyes and other ones can be processed without the physical 'eye filtration', directly by the conscious mind with no physical restrictions.
Such a space is 'unfiltered' space, mental space, or perhaps more precisely unlimited space, 'insubstantial' space. If we see insubstantial space, then we see the insubstantial realm. If we observe the insubstantial realm we experience the work of our own consciousness in its 'working environment'.
And it's exactly this type of space we perceive when working with a stereogram. Does this empty space look like the normal, 'real' empty space? Let me speak for myself: NO WAY! When you set your eyes on the stereogram and focus your attention on the empty space 'inside' the image you're observing, then you will realise that this place is..... (Watch out! It's coming!) INDESCRIBABLY DIFFERENT. It can't be expressed in words. At least not by me. Everything what I'm about to mention now will be inaccurate and won't capture the whole reality. But it doesn't matter. At least it will demonstrate how much we lack words and adequate experience.
This space, this creation of our conscious mind, in other words, an image and perception of space which was created somewhere 'outside our vision' is pure, crystal clear, shining, bright, glittering, indescribably silvery, super-genuine and super-clear....it looks as if it was perfectly illuminated from inside, not from outside, it GLARES on its own from within.
I've already mentioned that the origin of the word to SEE comes from the Indo-European language and it's similar in meaning to the words SHINE, GLOW and GLITTER. Unbelievable. It's true that eyes literally shine and glow and at the same time it's true that to observe means to realise which consequently means to create mentally. A pure mental creative process is a process happening without the involvement of matter filters. Pure mental processes should therefore exhibit the already mentioned qualities - 'SHINE' and 'GLOW'. Ancient texts indeed stressed out that EVERYTHING IS LIGHT.
When we consciously observe subtle nuances and characteristics of the space inside the stereogram, then we actually consciously OBSERVE THE WORK OF OUR OWN CONSCIOUSNESS. We observe its creation. The creation of our consciousness. We therefore consciously capture the moment of creation of our ideas, the creation of our consciousness. We experience what it is like to perceive space which is not 'encumbered' with matter, matter filters and matter limitations. We experience the nature of space outside the sphere of matter. We perceive the brighter qualities of the crystalline space inside our consciousness, inside the insubstantial sphere.
The difference is significant. All we have to do is to work with our eyes and balance on the verge of perceiving the space. To see it for a little while and then lose it. Then repeat it again. And compare the two between them. What it's like when it's filtered - real and what it's like when it's unfiltered - the CONSCIOUS image. The difference is quite obvious. But at the same time.......indescribable.
I REALISE THAT I DON'T PERCEIVE SPACE WITH MY EYES. THE PERCEPTION OF SPACE ARISES OUTSIDE THE EYESIGHT. I REALISE THAT I SEE.
Consciousness is a miracle. When I see an image that is not restricted by the filters of matter, then I SEE.
What seems interesting to me is, that, in my case, it doesn't relate just to space but also partially to the quality of the perceived colours. The colours on the surface of the stereogram seem ordinary and 'normal', while the colours perceived 'inside' the stereogram are again brighter and more beautiful.
I imagine that once when I'm outside the body, I'll perceive space exactly like this - perfectly, unfiltered, crystal clear, glittering and the colours will be bright and mighty. Everything will be constructed by consciousness, everything will be the Light and I'll be able to SEE.