This is a phrase from my very favorite book, “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. It is so dear to me I would equate it to the bible of my core beliefs. This post is not about this book, but this phrase sticks with me every day and has so many different meanings for me. When I sat down to write this post this is the phrase that came to me and it speaks very well to the thoughts I want to express.
A while back I posted about the strange, new, and exciting feelings I experience when my vision truly clears (more than a clear flash, an extended clearing of my vision that lasts for a minute or more). I posted about how I feel more connected to my surroundings and I experience depth and the three-dimensional world in a very personal way.
When this happens a shift occurs in my being; I feel light — and true. My body feels lighter, my head feels more balanced on my neck, and my neck becomes very loose. My breathing is metered and easy, and my heart is strong and steady. When I say that I feel true, I feel that I am experiencing life and vision as it should be, it is unlabored and natural.
The other feeling I experience when I have correct vision is very similar to what I feel during a deep meditation — also what I would describe as “an incredible lightness of being”. Not only does my body find it’s true position but my mind feels open and connected to everything. My conscious awareness is heightened and I feel very happy and at peace. I realize this is starting to sound very esoteric, but it best describes my experience. The openness is something I also experienced when I was a student at a Zen Center, which my teacher called “Big Mind”. He would help us get to this “Big Mind” state (without drugs!) and it is a wonderful feeling. I don’t think it is a coincidence that “Big Mind” coincides with correct vision. This feeling originates in the back of my skull, near where the visual cortex and also further down in a location that has been termed the “Gates of Consciousness”. I have not read Aldous Huxley’s book “The Art of Seeing”, but I believe he also talks about this. What I find amusing is that Huxley also wrote a book titled “The Doors of Perception” and this is where The Doors (the band) got the idea for the name of their band. Of course this book describes his experience with mind-altering drugs, but I have heard from a person whom shall remain anonymous that the experience of mind-altering drugs compared to meditative effects are almost identical. I have loved The Doors since I was in grade school and I find it incredibly amusing and interesting how everything comes around full circle and finds similarity and connection. Of course I do not condone drug use by any means, I think this feeling of mind-alteration can be achieved through natural, safe means. I believe a true and happy existence (which includes correct vision) is all connected and has a foundation in the same basic principles. Our bodies, minds, and spirits are all interconnected and I don’t believe our whole existence can be at its full potential if all three are not melded into one happy, healthy and cohesive whole.