人類的經驗是內在的


生命實際上是我們對於外在現象的內在經驗。
我們是誰,實際上是當所有的現象都停息時,所出現的對自己的知曉。
這世界的一切都會過去,但它不是留下來的空無。
空無內認知的火花,是留下來的你。
一個又一個的故事,一世又一世,這個「你」可能沈睡,但「你」從未停息。


人類的經驗完全是內在的。我們永遠只能經驗到在自己內在的。我們不能經驗到在自己之外的。我們認為自己在觸摸一棵樹,感覺她的樣子。但我們是那樣嗎?我們只能在觸摸中,經驗到自己手中的感覺。我們只能經驗到在自己皮膚內發生的事情。我們認為自己在經驗另一個人;但我們只是在經驗自己在他們陪伴中的感覺。我們認為自己在經驗一個事件;但我們只是在經驗自己內在對於事件的回應。

發生在生命中的一切,僅是在我們意識螢幕上漂浮過的現象。我們就是那螢幕;我們是不變的,永遠存在的,是意識的永恆背景。我們不會停息,但所有流過的影像會停息。一切構成我們生命的外觀會停息。

我們對世界的經驗,基本上是我們對自己的經驗。在我們生命中發生的每一個事件,都代表我們身體中發生的一個過程。我們生命中的每個人,都在是我們自己的一部分,但向外投射出。我們外在生命的特點、動態和組成,都是在我們自己意識內發生的三維地圖。

這如何有助於我們去了解?當我們清楚知道生命在自己的內在發生,而不是在自己的外在,我們就會放掉試圖控制和指揮每個外在情況的著迷。我們知道不要去抗爭和爭論,使生命順從我們的意志。我們如水般柔軟,繞過障礙物,有意識的向前移動。我們知道我們參與了指導自己生命的流動,但無論一個浪潮有多麼有意和緊迫,如果海洋向別處移動,它就必須屈從於海洋。

我們了解到在更深的層面,不是發生了什麼事情,而是我們如何回應發生的事情,決定了我們存在的品質。生命在世界上發生,但我們對於​​它的經驗發生在我們的意識中。我們生命(人際關係、工作、事件)的品質,實際上是每一刻我們對於自己內在經驗的品質。

~ Avalon

 


 

The Human Experience is Internal


Life is actually our internal experience of external phenomena.
Who we are, is actually the self-knowing that arises when all phenomena ceases.
Everything of this world passes, and yet it is not emptiness that remains.
The spark of cognition inside emptiness, is the you that remains.
Story after story, life after life, this you may sleep, but ’you’ never cease.


The human experience is entirely internal. We only ever experience what is within ourselves. We cannot experience what is outside ourselves.  We think we are touching a tree, feeling her as she is. But are we? We can only experience sensations in our hands as a result of touch. We can only experience what is happening within our own skin.  We think we are experiencing another person; we are only experiencing how we feel in their company. We think we are experiencing an event; we are only experiencing our inner response to it.

Everything that happens in life is only phenomenon dancing across the screen of our consciousness. We are that screen; we are that unchanging, ever-present, eternal background of consciousness.  We cannot cease, but all images passing by will cease. Everything that makes up the appearance of our life will cease.

Our experience of the world is essentially our experience of our own self.  Each event occurring in our life represents a process happening in our bodies.  Every person in our life is a part of our own self but projected outward. The characteristics, dynamics and makeup of our outer life are a three dimensional map of what is happening in our own consciousness.

How is this helpful to know? When we are clear that life is happening within us and not outside us, then we release our obsession with trying to control and direct every external circumstance. We know not to fight and fuss over making life bend to our will. We are soft like water, flowing around obstacles, and yet moving consciously forward. We know we have a hand in directing the flow of our life, however no matter how intentional and driven one wave is, it will have to yield to the ocean if the ocean is moving elsewhere.

We realize on a deeper level, it is not what happens but how we respond to what happens, that determines the quality of our existence. Life is happening in the world, but our experience of it is happening in consciousness. The quality of our life (relationships, work, events) is actually the quality of our moment-to-moment internal experience of our own selves.

~ Avalon

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