twinkling flickering stars dance
on the wall of my little sanctuary
it’s easy to understand that they
aren’t ‘real’ stars, for one can also
see the brass candle-holder with its
tiny star-shaped perforations, and
one knows there’s a tea light
burning inside …
it’s less easy to understand
that the stars,
the candle container,
the candle and its flame
are all projections of perception
occurring in exactly the same manner
what is actually experienced in this little scenario?
what is experienced before the naming, the describing?
what’s the truth of the now-this-here?
the eye sees color and it sees shape
the rest is inference and story
but since “eye” and “color” and “shape” are also stories
we need go deeper,
to the source of color and shape recognition:
and then to the source of perception itself:
and then we need to find out whether
the observed can be split from the observer
can changeless awareness exist aside from
its awareing of … anything?
can anything exist without
changeless awareness awareing it?