In Wilderness Insight Meditation, we let go of every thought, emotion and perception in order to melt into and identify ourselves with the vast expanse of divine awareness. But this empty awareness - even though it is brim-full with the vastness of Divine Love - is never meant to be considered as an isolated end in itself. Detachment from the particularities of life as expressed in thoughts, feelings and perceptions is simply a stepping-stone into a magical world in which open awareness - filled with the blissful, self-emptied presence of the Beloved - gradually manifests itself as the humble BACKDROP out of which those same thoughts, emotions and perceptions can then arise and shine in all of their magnificent glory! Thus, detachment and union with open, empty awareness become the vehicle for watching IN UTTER AMAZEMENT as all of the particularities of life arise and shine - highlighted by divine love - as though they are echoes appearing out of NOWHERE!
Photo: Pasqueflower in the snow, with Arthur's Rock in the background, Lory State Park, CO, March 25, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.