Monday, October 26, 2009
I had a strange experience the other day. I was in a small town in Texas... one that I had never been to. There were recognizable things all around (human beings, cars, stores, streets). I never had imagined that this town existed. Nor that it existed without me! It was such a shock that it had been operating without me, or any knowledge of me, and then I wondered what else existed without me. The idea of my world changed as I realized that similar worlds existed outside of me and my consciousness.
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That is a very profound insight. It is so obvious - once you see it, but I believe few people ever step back from themselves and their subjective experience long enough to think about how something is "without" him or her. Quite a Zen moment, really.
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