Thing, or No?

There's a bit of wrong-thinking I often see in spiritual groups. It's something of a piece of dogma in these circles, and like all dogmas, it limits clear thinking and stifles progress. My catch phrase in my own travel along the seeker's path has for a long time been, "Whatever works is good." Dogmatic concepts that slow our pace on the path are an example of what doesn't work.

This particular distinction is a pointer used when someone is looking into the true nature of the self (or lack thereof.) It points the seeker to a way of grappling with some of the difficulties presented by the task of coming to terms with what you really are. The most basic form goes something like this: "The eye cannot see itself. The witness cannot witness itself."

When a seeker begins to introspect heavily and look into the matter of the self (and what it really is) they can get into some confusing territory. This pointer is used to help people let go of some of the struggles involved. The idea is, that which seeks itself cannot see itself. The eye sees, but it can only look outward. This is very true as far as it goes. However, notice that this is because of the eye's characteristics as a physical thing. That, right there, is the source of wrong thinking in my opinion.

The assumption in this pointer is that you, whatever you are, you have the characteristics of a thing. Along with those characteristics come the limitations involved. Oddly enough, you hear this pointer often from people who also say that either there is no such thing as a self, or that the self is no-thing. The contradiction here is pretty obvious.

Seeking the truth of you means that you are the sole authority on what that is, and how it operates. Anything else would be about someone else. No matter what someone else says about you, if it goes against your findings when you look then a doubt of what someone else had to say is warranted. In the end, this only has to "make sense" to you.

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