- Jan 15, 2004I've done this with people, and it really works. It goes against the grain of belief, and it can help dissolve the grip of belief.
People feel limited partly because they feel like they are in the body. They feel like, "I'm RIGHT HERE." This is the feeling of being localized. Part of this is because of muscular contractions, and part is related to beliefs about the physical structure of the body and the notion of the little humunculus supposedly directing things from within.
But there are several ways to experience things differently, and begin to see through and dissolve the assumptions of physical structure notion.
You can see this through movement.
Through movement, you can see that you never move.
1. Put your body in a situation where it's moving, but not by your own power. If you have a chair with wheels at home, maybe someone can move the chair while you are seated. Or ride in a car or train. Sit by the window. A subway car is a bit too noisy for this. Try to keep the body still and stay physically passive but observant.
2. While the body being moved, look at what your sensory evidence is telling you. What is it that you really sense? Don't go beyond
the experience that presents itself thru the senses. This comes prior to the intellectual story that might arise about a physical body and your being trapped inside. Don't go there. Stick to the evidence at hand, to the experience.
3. In the chair or car, you will see a visual panorama move from side to side across the spectrum. These things are moving. Are *you* moving? You might hear things. There might be feelings of rumbling. You can't really say that the sounds or rumbles are moving. It is only by going beyond your evidence via a story line that you could conclude that *you* are moving. Sticking with the experience arising in this moment, does it establish that *you* are really moving? No! Things in the visual field may be moving, but *you* are just there, present.....
4. Try it. Once you see that, then it will be possible to see it
even if you are walking, even running. You are not moving - other things
are. But it's easier to see it at first while in a chair or car seat.
5. If you don't ever move, then how can you be localized? Only
things with position can move. Moving means to change position. If you
really experience that you don't move, then two things will happen. First, if feelings of localization arise, they won't be "taken delivery of." They lose their significance. And after that, these feelings of localization stop arising...
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