How will life be different when something never there is still not there?
I imagine stuff will just keep happening: choice will be made; breath will be breathed; work will be done; emotions will be felt. And without anyone doing those things. Do I trust that? Not enough I guess.
Ok, good that we've reached this perception: "And without anyone doing those things".
Perceptions are so interesting.
I once worked with a fella, many years ago, who couldn't pass a work interview for love nor money, he would get very nervous, and often angry in the interview. I drove out to see him one cold wet evening.
I asked him how he saw interviews, his perception of them, you know what he said: "It's like having the Sword of Damocles over my head". Goodness me. Is there any wonder he was nervous, angry? I'd be nervous too.
But it got me interested in perception. Perception is just a picture. But cunningly, it's a picture we take for reality. So good is the picture, so effortless in the way it presents, that we rarely, if ever, question it's truthfulness. And so, whatever our picture is, comes to dominate our thoughts and actions.
Take ourselves. We have a perception, a picture, of ourselves. How we see ourselves. We act like it's true. But it's neither true or false. It's a perception, a picture. Not true, just a view. And views switch.
Returning to "And without anyone doing those things" - imagine this in a frame, a picture frame, held in front of you, such that whenever you consider this inquiry business, you look through this frame and see 'without anyone'. If that were me seeing "without anyone", I'd be terrified. Like proper shitting myself.
So Keith, the job here is to see that a perception is a picture in a frame we hold before our eyes.
Sit with that, meditate with it if that works for you, and penetrate through this notion that a perception - whatever it is, it true - to see it is a view, rather than true.
With warm wishes,