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The Eye of Wisdom and the Magic of the Moment

Stephen Fulder

‘You are the world’. From a logical point of view a statement like this makes no sense. And more than that, it tends to turn the brain around. From the wisdom point of view it makes a lot of sense, and turning the brain around is a joy ride. It represents a kind of knowing which is global, inclusive and relational. Any authentic spiritual journey which is genuine and deep will move from the dualistic and automatic assumptions about reality based on my thoughts, my interests, and my views, to a non - dual unitary awareness. From separation to inclusiveness. This is not easy, because all our life we've been growing a thinking brain that appears to confirm a given real world, and this seems to be more or less hard-wired in the brain.


In our internal world, for example we may have a constant nagging self-critical and judgmental voice that convinces us that we are small, we can’t do this or that, we are failing. But with clarity and wisdom we would see that it's just one of endless possible narratives that are passing through the consciousness. It's just a painful view, with no reality other than itself, although of course there will be a tendency to look for, and so to find, daily proof of it in the world. Another example could be a certainty that we need ambition and desire to succeed and get on in life. It's a view that life is a battleground, and stress is a necessary byproduct. The wisdom view would see that life is just unfolding moment by moment, and in a natural spontaneous way I will respond and align myself with what seems right and appropriate. It's a much bigger, freer view and could be just as successful but with no struggle against things. Another example might be physical pain. We view it as a fact - solid, real and unpleasant - and so tend to be exclusively concerned with stopping it, taking medicines to shut it up, measuring it, complaining about it and giving it the power to turn us into a victim. There is a closed relationship between me as the sufferer, and this external nuisance called the pain. A wisdom view would be to hold such an unpleasant experience with kindness, mindfulness and a readiness to meet it directly. It would be clear that there are uncomfortable pain sensations, but we can drop all the projections and identifications and constructions we make from them. They will lose their dominance. In actual fact the entire world seems to be real, known and a fact. Yet here too the wisdom view, backed indeed by modern brain sciences, understands that the world that we think we know is a consensus assumption, based on learned responses and