Show Me The Line Between Internal And External

The close observation of your experience will reveal the insight that there is no real difference between the inside and the outside. What is the inside supposed to be like, compared to external experience? Internal as well as external experiences have certain qualities. They differ from each other in certain aspects. For example, one significant feature of the internal experiences is their privateness. This may be enough to define the difference between the external and the internal experience. We share with others what is on the outside and we experience only for ourselves what is on the inside.

Internal external reflection.


Can you recognize though how this is just a belief? The first assumption we have to make for this is that other people have their own internal experience, just as we do. We have no direct evidence for that. We can never know it, therefore we can drop any ideas around that for now as it does not reveal any true insight. The external world is shared with others and cannot be changed as easily as our internal experience. That is a true statement, but how is that different from any other difference we can observe? For example, the differences between a cat and a car are very significant. Everything we experience has distinct features that make the objects what they are. But these differences are not fundamentally telling us anything about the nature of things.
 
Is it not true that everything is made up of very personal experiences. Objects have colours we can see, textures we can feel, sounds we can hear, scents we can smell, flavours we can taste. Do internal experiences have these same qualities? Yes, just less concrete. Thoughts are unspoken words, and memories and visions are internal experiences that are less real than their external counterparts. So they differ from each other, just like the cat and the car. But fundamentally, they are the same. They are subjective experiences arising without anything else behind them. Only have we learned to unconsciously project onto the external world that there is something more real behind. That the subjective experience of sight, sound, smell and taste point to something more real than what it is in and of itself. Something physical like molecules, atoms, matter, time and space. Those theories are running all the time in the background and shape how we see the world and interact with it.
 
But once you have deeply realized that there is no fundamental difference between the inside and the outside you are free to interact with the world as one wonderful existence arising from nowhere in particular. And it will open you up to see the divine beauty in everything. Because everything is equally alive. "Dead matter" is of the same stuff as "living beings". Everything will be infused with the same aliveness. No matter if it is biologically alive or dead physical matter, it is all expression of the same divine being. And you recognize yourself as no different from that, not separate from it, but as the result of this interplay of experiences. What you perceive as yourself is not some separate entity, facing the world. Through the way in which reality behaves it has only created this beautiful experience of autonomy and individuality. But it is fundamentally illusory nonetheless. Just like a cat seems to differ from a car, the first-person perspective seems to be opposite to the world, but the cat is of the same substance as the car and the subjective perspective is one process with the world.

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