What is your direction today? Where are you facing? What do you see?
Follow the flow of your attention and the answer is probably ‘outwards.’
Everything you are thinking about or reflecting on or feeling is outside.
Close your eyes. What do you see?
Probably the outside world, outside concerns, because our minds are imprinted with a million images which remain, which endure, even when our eyes are physically closed.
Outside is a kingdom of objects and entities and inside thoughts about them are like echoes.
There is a also a witness to all of this looking which is outside as well.
But objects in themselves are harmless. They are not obstacles to realizing the self in themselves. It is the thoughts that hinder us. Thoughts surrounding your soul, your heart, nothing but thoughts, their echoes crowding your view like the builders of the tower of Babel.
In fact, thoughts are just dead echoes. They die naturally but are immediately replaced by others!
Notice this in yourself. Watch it happening for yourself.
How can we stop these thoughts babbling on interminably? They clutter our view and distract us from knowing ourselves.
We only need to turn round. To direct our consciousness inside into a thought-free place. But the thoughts come incessantly. How and why are they generated?
They are pure and simple reactions to the outside world which have become habitual. Everything you see you react to, or have an opinion about, or accept, reject or remain indifferent to. Feel it as you look out into your environment, even with your eyes closed.
By turning round 180 degrees on the road that leads out to look in, you will, in time, be able to direct your consciousness towards the self, and your witness will step inside with you. And if you can do this at each spare moment, then the generation of thoughts will slow down, become intermittent and eventually stop.
Then your looking out will become seeing without reacting.
You will not react to the turbulent waves on the surface of the ocean but instead see the vast deep ocean beneath.
You will not react to the massing grey clouds in the sky but instead see the blue infinite and eternal sky.
You will cease to act outside but instead be inside and see the seer!
Images courtesy of megapixyl, Mariko Kinoshita and Linden Thorp