Spotlight & Floodlight
January 1, 2009 § Leave a comment
You are not an stranger on earth; your environment is also part of you, you’re in fact all that is too.
Each one of us is at once an universal self which has the capacity to focus in so many different ‘here’ and ‘now’. When you use the word ‘I’, is really an idea about position, like ‘this’ or ‘here’, you are referring to.
Our behaviour cannot be separated of the behaviour of the rest of world, we are something that the whole realm of being is doing.
It was 1964 when Allan Watts wrote these words:
“One of our general failures over the past three thousand years of human history has been not to notice the inseparability of things.
We have seen our own basic unity with the external world as the result of specializing in a particular kind of consciousness.
For we have very largely based culture and civilization on concentrated attention, on using the mind as a spotlight rather than a floodlight, and by this means analyzing the world into separate bits.”