You Can Share It
Two of the remarkable things about this [headless] way are these. First, you can’t do it wrong. It’s not something you learn; it’s self-evident and natural. When you look and see that where you are there isn’t anything to see, and that you’re looking out of Space and not out of two little holes in a meat ball – when you see what you’re looking out of, you can’t see half of it, nor can you half see it. This is an all-or-nothing experience and you can’t doubt what you see.
The second marvellous thing about it is that it is immediately shareable. You can share it within a minute of having seen it, and can do so without any particular training. Of course, when you’ve been doing it for years and years you get more proficient, but in principle and in fact you can share it immediately and I’ve known people to do this. Douglas Harding
I ran into Douglas one day in the gardens of High Leigh, where the summer school was being held. In the course of our talking he got me to stretch out my arms (he used no paper bags or mirrors in those days!) and asked me to say what I found, on direct first-hand evidence, between those arms. Well of course I needn't tell you the answer —suffice it to say that I "saw" immediately what Douglas was driving at. Martin
When I was officially "seeking", I must have scoured over a thousand books looking for the "answer" - every great mystic and saint from every religion... Zen Buddhists, Sufis, Christian Mystics, Taoists, Hindus, and lots of folks who fell outside of any definable group, etc. - strangely, I didn't find any Jewish mystics to read...the Kabballah and Zohar seemed way too complex - like you need a secret decoder ring, a great and erudite teacher, and many lifetimes to approach an answer!
Well, after finding Douglas and doing the experiments - I sat there stunned and in utter amazement - you mean it's always been right HERE and NOW, and I've been driving myself crazy looking everywhere but right where I AM. It did, however, make me appreciate all the great mystics, saints and religions in retrospect - I was able to honestly appreciate that most of them got it right, and now I was in a position to See for myself. What a gift Seeing is, and how wonderfully accessible, straightforward, and sharable it is.
Well, I've been immersed, fascinated, awed, and amazed ever since - usually, when you find what you're looking for, the wonder disappears. Well, when it comes to Seeing and consciously living from Who You Really, Really Are - the Mystery is endless, full of surprises, delightful even when it's quite painful if that makes any sense. Brian
My friends and I just spent the evening practising the experiments on your web page. We found them exciting and illuminating. I recently came upon the realization that all things rise out of a much larger context than my own small personal perspective. I now easily recognize this in my meditation where I'm much more interested in the context than the content. I, and my friends easily recognized the same thing in these exercises by Douglas Harding. This is definitely the most direct route of true perception we have come across. Amazing. But obviously the work is to break the habit of false perception. We will be practising these exercises together. (P, L, H
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