So many of us see only what is outside through the tunnel vision of our own minds, our translations and interpretations. We have become stuck in a mole hole thinking we will be freed by our opinions and beliefs. What do you see when you look up into the sky? Ask yourself this question and then listen to your thoughts. They may deceive your true ability to see. The thoughts are connected to memory and are able to become delusional.
Robert Aiken, in his book, “Taking the Path of Zen,” describes delusion as “simply a distraction from the path of enlightenment and compassion.” He tells us that when we are caught up in delusion, we plan, scheme, tell ourselves stories. Or, we may have random thoughts and drift into a dream, influenced by memories, music or other senses and we fail to be present.
Michael Mkrtchyan’s music and video, “Falling into the Earth/ANHIDEMA,” takes us to the place described in the “Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra.”
……”form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form;
form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form;
sensation, perception, formulation, consciousness are also like this.
Shariputra, all things are marked by emptiness-not born, not destroyed;
not stained, not pure, without gain, without loss.
Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, no sensation, formulation, consciousness;
no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
no color, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought;
no seeing, no thinking;
no ignorance and also no ending of ignorance
……..thus no fear.”
Anything is possible.
What do you see when you look up into the sky? Then listen to your mind.