When one begins shifting attention from outward observation to inward, the landscape of reality changes from being an observer to being observed; from seeing the world to seeing oneself in the mind. The observer is now being observed. The subject and object experience is no longer separated as inside or outside. The duality of both ceases to be and a new experience comes into light – the mindscape of reality.
The observer’s familiar appearance of the outer landscape takes a 180 degree turn when he changes the radar of his observation inwards into the mind – he has taken himself into an unchartered, unknown and unfamiliar territory, albeit that space has been in existence since god-knows-when. The mindscape and landscape runs in parallel reality, except that the outer world seems more real and tangible than the inner. Strangely the outer could not exist without the inner. And when the inner is finally being faced and understood, the outer world either fades or does not seem that real afterall, relatively.
The parallel reality of the mindscape and landscape is a macroscopic equivalent to the relationship between form and essence the world take on. What is in the form does not truly reflect what is in the essence. The label “sugar”, which is a mind conjured form, does not have any sweetness except in the experience, the essence. “My child” is another example of a mind conjured form, that has little to do with what the being outside is. Similarly the label “company” does not tell anything except pointing to something that is beyond words. Every label the mind gives to the world does not have any true essence – it is practically baseless, empty, meaningless and totally void until the essence of it is being experienced.
The words that are written here do not have any meaning unless and until one understands the essence behind what is expressed as words. The form is pointing towards the essence but the form is not the essence. The form can’t represent the essence in any other way except limiting itself as a means for communication.
Thus all the words pointing to the world, to Truth, to God, are entirely meaningless, unless and until one comes to it as a direct experience. To hold on to them as a gospel truth is missing the mark – forgoing reality for falseness. Thus when one shifts his or her view from the world to what is in the mind, from the landscape of the world to the landscape in the mind; the essence of reality comes into view. What was once viewed as reality outside is now witnessed as mere forms, an utter meaninglessness in comparison to what is more true and real in experiences found in the mind.
And when the mind is being faced, a new ball game is set into motion. A new way of seeing comes into play. When one truly and honestly observes without sugarcoating what is stored in the mind, one may be surprised by what the experience demonstrates – that in reality the essence is not at all what the form is conveying – that the world one sees is not exactly what the mind is experiencing. In fact it is in direct opposite of each other, a turnaround of sort.
When one sees betrayal in the world, the observer who observes the observed see self-betrayal instead. When one seeks for love outside or rather, from the world, the mind’s experience, in reality, is seeking for love within, which can only occur when one has a feeling of being unloved. The world paints a different picture of what the mind is telling. It is a stark contrast to what reality is. Thus it is rightly to express that the world is a false façade covering what is more true and real within the mind. When the mind is not fully understood and realized, the world is simply an outward appearance of beauty of which is hidden the lies and falseness of what has not being resolved, not seen, and transcended. To comment or to complaint about the world only worsens what is within, entangling further the web of delusion that the mind is projecting.
Having a right attitude in this journey is utmost important if one genuinely wishes to understand the mind, as any comment or judgment towards what one experience only deepens the lies and falseness further, propelling the Truth back into its hiding, making one a never-ending victim to what is. Meditation, or observing the mindscape, is a mastery of revealing what is hidden and overturning what is blocking. It is a skill that has right attitude as its foundation. It is a lifelong journey, of unraveling what is not unraveled, seeing what is not seen, and, understanding what is not understood. In short, it is facing what one has long ignored making ignorance the domain of one’s life.
And when all is done, what is left is simply Truth – nothing more can be furthered simplified.