Can You See Yourself in the Room?

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As if you were a painter, observe what is in the room you are in. Now add yourself to the scene, your weighted self on a surface among other objects of matter, as if someone were painting you. Be sure to incorporate your head with the rest of your body in the same way you would include a part of any other object, like the computer, table or chair. The point is to see ourself in the same way we see anything else, visually. The only way we know what we’re doing is because we see it (or sense our body through touch and weight). We don’t realize this because we tend to look to our thought process to know something about ourself, but our real proof is that we can see ourself in the space. Seeing the room with everything in it, including our body, affirms our whereabouts.

If someone asked us what was in the room we would tell them, based on what we saw. Unless you are someone who believes they are seeing spirits or ghosts, anything we report is a material object. Our body is no different; it is materially composed. The only difference is that we cannot see our whole form without looking in a mirror or reflective body of water (and even then, we cannot capture the whole at one time). On our own we can see our tongue (if we stick it out) and if you have long hair you can see part of your hair. We can never see our face, the front of our neck or most of the back of our body, that is for sure.

Because we do not see these parts it seems like they do not exist, or they are not in the room with us. This, of course, is not something we believe if asked point blank if our neck and head were part of our body. We can touch these parts, and that is also recognition and proof. So, the lesson is to see, whether by glimpsing your hair or touching your head, neck and back to remind yourself that they are always here, attached to the rest of your body, which is also always here. There is no “you” that is somehow separate from your body. Your whole body is your person.

A fun exercise, then, is to look around the room to see yourself as an equal part, not greater or less than anything else. Remember to sense your head on your spine so that you remember you are a connected whole. Notice if this lines up with where you feel like you are. Do you feel like you fly in and out of the room with your thoughts? Or, do you feel like you are falling onto the same floor as the rest of the furniture?

 

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