At every moment, everything is always intrinsically and irrevocably complete in itself just exactly as it is. At the same time there is no manifest expression of anything that is not already in the process of becoming something else. Therefore, everything is also at the same time always necessarily and perpetually incomplete. If you can intuit this deeply then you will understand that existentially there is nothing to be done by you. But that does not mean that there is nothing to do or that how things are experienced by you will remain the same.
Why is it that the human being feels so disconnected from him (or her) self? Why is it that he feels incomplete? So that he is always looking for something to fill himself up with. Before he has finished his lunch he is onto his dinner. Yet no matter how much he consumes he always seems to feel empty. Is it possible for the mind, body and soul all to be energetically in the same place at the same time? So that there is no rattling around. So that there is no distraction or movement away from present existence.
Esoterically speaking, it is said that there are four principal gates through which a person might approach the real. To the north there is the gate of reason. To the west there is the gate of love. To the east there is the gate of emptiness. And to the south there is the gate of fire. But the gate you arrive through is not of your choosing. It all depends on which direction you are travelling from.
If you are looking for certainty, there is no certainty in a bag of ideas. The more you look for certainty in ideas, the more uncertain you will become. One day you’ll be certain. And the next day you won’t. And on it will go. You will keep re-arranging the ideas in your bag of ideas to suit yourself. Taking this one out and then putting that one in. If there’s one thing that’s certain, you can be certain that there’s no certainty in a bag of ideas.
The experiencer always looks for himself in the experience. Not satisfied with the present experience which he is experiencing, he looks for himself in the next experience which he believes will be more meaningful than the last. And so he goes on from one experience to the next. But how will he ever find himself in the experience of an experience? At the same time, how will he ever find himself outside of experience?
What is the nature of a reflection? From a relative perspective it is absolutely the thing that it appears to be. But from an absolute perspective it has only a relative existence. It has no existence of its own. It has the appearance of being there and yet there is nowhere that it can actually be found.
The relationship between the individual and the collective or society as a whole is a delicate one. However the concerns of the individual and society as the collective are similar. The main concern of the collective is how to live well together. So it is fundamentally an issue of balance and harmony. The main concern of the individual is similar. Though this similarity is not immediately apparent. It is how to live well with himself. If he cannot live well with himself then how can he live well with others?
There is a fundamental relationship between freedom and limitation. When you come into the human world you enter a specific dimension of limitation. Limitation is on all sides. Whatever you do, you cannot step out of this limitation. That’s because all contingent things are limited by their contingency. The more you understand limitation the greater your freedom will be.
When you look into the cloudless sky, it has the appearance of being empty. Of there being nothing there. Of being just one unmodulated sameness. But to the bird that flies in it, it is not. The bird is sensitive to all the eddies and currents and all of the contours and nuances of the empty space that you can’t see. The bird picks them all up. The bird can sense an impending change in weather from afar.