Across the universe

Fryman Canyon trail, Los Angeles.

Fryman Canyon trail, Los Angeles.

Expanding our sample size

Once I have opened my eyes to the fact that my pinpoint perception of this world is tainted, colored by a very narrow set of criteria, I can begin to extend myself, and even my limited sensory reception renders a clearer picture of nature's vastness and breathtaking beauty.

If I sit in a large hall filled with people, I am going to have a perception of my surroundings that is "flavored" by my previous experience of the world. If I developed a deep distrust of people from a young age, I see myself as surrounded by threats of potential violence. If I was raised in a criminal atmosphere, I might see everyone around me as a potential victim.

But if I am a meditator, and have had the twice-daily experience of myself in harmony with nature, I might tend to relax and see others as an extension of the same beautiful system that gives me such a restful and rejuvenating connection to the world. A person in close proximity, who may be behaving in a somewhat loud or exuberant manner, is no longer perceived as a personal threat, but just someone enjoying himself. If it impinges upon my comfort, I can leave or adjust my attitude, or engage the person in a friendly way. This approach yields a much more satisfactory result than confrontation or an insistence upon personal dominance.

Utilizing the adaptation energy gained by a diligent meditation practice, I can have a much more "frictionless" experience of life if I myself are in alignment with nature's trajectory of evolution. I am no longer the lonely spectator, but an active participant in nature.

A Rishi is a seer. 

The Rishi desires to have a direct experience of nature, not a distant understanding for the purpose of manipulating nature toward the ego's ends.

We, as potential Rishis, wish to align ourselves with the higher movements of nature, to become its allies and to awaken to the fact that we are not separate from nature in any way.

Boulder Creek, California.

Boulder Creek, California.