In the spiritual context being self absorbed is the way to go, or rather being absorbed by self.
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds”
– Bob Marley
The primary purpose of perception is not to show us all of the different flavors of content, but rather to make us aware of all of the different flavors of spaciousness.
The physical space between me and that cloud.
The silence between musical notes.
The space between this thought and the next one.
Sit back, take notice, and realize that more than anything else our lives consist of vast amounts of space.
However, the problem is we do not honor that space. Everything that we do seems to be motivated by an attempt to fill that space. People listen to music all day long, watch hours of TV, eat continuously, and of course we almost all think endlessly.
The reason we need to honor perceived space is because it reflects an inner space. More than anything it is who we are. Honor space and honor your self.
It is impossible to know yourself, it is only possible to be yourself.
The true magic of inquiry into an emotion or thought, is that it immediately creates a separation between the one who suffers and your true self.
The false sense of I comes only from the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
Knowing will not come from broadening the senses but from freeing them. Be not what is seen, or even what sees, but become that which is aware you are seeing. Retreat deep into yourself. Become that immeasurebly small point of self that is the witness to life.
“It is precisely because I don’t accept your version of yourself that I can be of service to you.”
I found myself in a position yesterday where my opinion was being challenged and I was unable to adequately defend it. That kind of left me reeling. I still felt I was “right” but I was on shaky ground. I felt frustrated that someone was telling me I was wrong and I had no response. I felt like I was being pushed somewhere I didn’t want to go. So this morning I went searching for an Eckhart teaching on opinions and came across the following passage on his website. It helped put things in perspective.
Your first responsibility is not to identify with a position. Everybody has to practice that one way or another. It’s a beautiful practice. It’s expressed in Zen. I don’t remember who said it, some Zen master said, “Don’t seek for the truth – just cease cherishing opinions”. And that’s enough. Many spiritually inclined people look for the ‘truth’ – hopefully at some point within, but first it starts outside. But don’t look for the truth, not even within, just stop cherishing opinions. Cherishing, not having. It doesn’t say stop having opinions, because that would be difficult – maybe a very advanced practice. Even I have some opinions, about Fox News, and so on – but cherishing means to identify with the opinion, to be in the thought. And then it gives you your sense of “I”. Then anybody who has a different or conflicting position becomes a kind of enemy. Then you’re trapped in form. This is a very common human condition. Most humans on the planet derive their identity from their thoughts. So the thought is invested with self. Maybe this is another way of speaking about the essential truth of the Buddha, who discovered that this sense of ‘self’ is an illusion. You derive your sense of self from form – because every thought is a thought-form. It’s an energy field.
Love yourself right down to the last atom and let the rest take care of itself.