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A couple of days ago, my religion professor was talking about Taoism. He was talking about the idea of cause & effect. One of the practices he told us about was to find a bench or somewhere to sit outside where you can find motion & activity and just sit. While you’re sitting, look at everything that’s going on around you but don’t label it. “How easy do you think that is?” he asks. Don’t call people ‘people’. Don’t call tree a ‘tree’. Don’t call bench a ‘bench’. Let go of all the labels. The idea is to start actually seeing everything for how it really is before our brains start doing something called identification. As soon as we begin to identify, out brain begins to separate ourselves from everything else. The idea if how the divisions infiltrate our lives. He then asked us “what do you see?” pointing to a yin-yang symbol drawn on a board with a green marker. A girl replied, “That is the Yin-Yang symbol. It represents balance. The black is bad and the white is good. The idea that there is good in bad and vice versa.” He asked her, “Is that black? And why did your mind go to good and bad? Is it because you’re looking at it or is it because of what you’re told?” He continues, “Our minds skip our perception and go straight to what we know and are told to believe. Even if something is in front if you, you’re not really seeing it; you’re seeing that’s already recorded in your mind. We skip perception and go through the catalogue of information in your mind and your mind told you this is what it is. Verses the idea of all I just asked was ‘What do you see?’. Not ‘what do you know’ but ‘what do you see?’. That’s how subtle this stuff is. Now apply that idea to everything else. This is why you would look at a person and make a face and think, ’I know your type..’ and dismiss them without even knowing who that person is. It is what you see versus what might actually be is just a human with the same emotions and capabilities as you.”
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  • What do you see?
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    A couple of days ago, my religion professor was talking about Taoism. He was talking about the idea of cause & effect. One of the practices he told us about was to find a bench or somewhere to sit outside where you can find motion & activity and just sit. While you’re sitting, look at everything that’s going on around you but don’t label it. “How easy do you think that is?” he asks. Don’t call people ‘people’. Don’t call tree a ‘tree’. Don’t call bench a ‘bench’. Let go of all the labels. The idea is to start actually seeing everything for how it really is before our brains start doing something called identification. As soon as we begin to identify, out brain begins to separate ourselves from everything else. The idea if how the divisions infiltrate our lives. He then asked us “what do you see?” pointing to a yin-yang symbol drawn on a board with a green marker. A girl replied, “That is the Yin-Yang symbol. It represents balance. The black is bad and the white is good. The idea that there is good in bad and vice versa.” He asked her, “Is that black? And why did your mind go to good and bad? Is it because you’re looking at it or is it because of what you’re told?” He continues, “Our minds skip our perception and go straight to what we know and are told to believe. Even if something is in front if you, you’re not really seeing it; you’re seeing that’s already recorded in your mind. We skip perception and go through the catalogue of information in your mind and your mind told you this is what it is. Verses the idea of all I just asked was ‘What do you see?’. Not ‘what do you know’ but ‘what do you see?’. That’s how subtle this stuff is. Now apply that idea to everything else. This is why you would look at a person and make a face and think, ’I know your type..’ and dismiss them without even knowing who that person is. It is what you see versus what might actually be is just a human with the same emotions and capabilities as you.”
    #tb #aboutritvi
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