Views - 視圖 - Shìtú
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a morning of blue skies
but without blue mood.
life in stasis-
beneath the crust-Ice
separate of the external,
influences too subtle to grasp,
in order to open the eyes-
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
It is difficult to take in every detail at once, as our eyes focus individually upon different subjects. We may look near, or look far, but it is most difficult to do both instantaneously. When we look left, then we must look right. Our view of any immense subject will only be a part of the whole; a composite formed in our minds. This is true for Tao as well.
Tao flows, continuously as a river, changing course as need be. There is no knowing it from a single view. We instead rely on composite images that form in our minds. For acolytes, these glimpses of Tao are fleeting and far-between. The acolyte may stumble upon realizations from time to time, but these are random events. The more mature students of Tao train their mind to hone this composite view. This requires technique, research, and experienced self-cultivation. But even with years of dedication, achieving totality through viewing is still impossible.
Do not try to view Tao; instead, seek it out directly and completely. This requires awakening the spiritual force within. When this happens, spirituality manifests as blinding, brilliant light. The mind expands, and the light is given focus. A lighthouse of insight, a beacon of pure energy providing illumination and interpretation at the same time. It shows, and it knows. It is through light that we see.