Spiritual searcher or not, when I look up the definition of “Reality” in a dictionary, this is what I'll find: “Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. Reality includes everything that is and has been,whether or not it is observable or comprehensible, everything that has existed, exists, or will exist.”
If I genuinely and sincerely investigate “who I am?” or “what I am?”, or “What is it that I am?” beyond that ever changing body-mind that I call “myself” or “self”, without referring to memory, imagination, thoughts and beliefs, sensations and perceptions, I unavoidably find myself... in an undefined “no woman/man's land”, a “void” made up of nothing, a “no thing” without attributes.
Bingo, let the exploration Reality Show begin! Very concretely speaking, when my index points at this body-mind without self-reference, I find much much more than flesh and bones. I find no more no less than an unlimited and timeless capacity for Life to appear.
A “Way Woo Woo Analogy” by referring to the GPS coordinates, similar to a Douglas Harding “pointing exercise”. Dan is always funny but seriously addresses this paradox: the reality of the invisible part of life, the void.
A contemporary poet shares the fear of the invisible, and the incredibly complex and beautifully poetic ongoing Conversation between the visible and the invisible.
“Hands off the steering wheel!” in the avoidance and covering up of the void.
Adyashanti - avoidance of the void
“Go through the blackness ! You don’t have to get stuck, it doesn’t need to take long, you don’t have to believe it”.
We completed our session with an invitation by Rupert Spira to try and lift the imagined screen we fictitious characters of our self-made fictional movie dream we are in:
“Imagine a street scene in a movie. It can be New York, Paris, anywhere you like... now picture it! It can be in America in the times of the Far-West, in Japan during the time of the Samurais, in France during the French Revolution. Now imagine a character in the movie. Now watch the character walk down that street. And now imagine this character in the movie looking up and down the street for... the movie screen!”
Within a few seconds, we end up not locating the screen in one particular spot, don't we?
Let's allow, as Paul Hedderman would say, this capacity to contemplate that we simply are the unconcerned and unaffected screen itself on which all appearances simply appear.
“Just as the screen is not made of anything that appears in the movie, but everything that appears in the movie is made of the screen, so I, Awareness, am not made of anything that appears in experience, but whatever appears in experience is made of Me”.
“When we investigate the difference between what is real and what is imaginary, this self-exploration can lead us to question our most deeply-rooted beliefs and assumptions until we see for ourselves that life is an indivisible whole, and that separateness, including the "I", is nothing but an assumption created by thought. Separation is only a thought, that there is no entity behind the word "I", and all one needs to do is to look”. Rupert Spira