I wasn’t able to attend last week’s class because of travelling and US time change. Listening afterwards, I wanted to share my experience of attempting to balance the simultaneous seeing of Vase and Faces.
I noticed to be able to hold both at the same time there was a fine dialogue established between sensations at the periphery of my eyes, and in their centre; as though I was actually employing two kinds of seeing simultaneously.
Most noticeable was the collaboration between expanding and condensing occurring.
I had the odd sensation of perceiving form and space simultaneously.
This morning, reading Jack’s article in A New Way of Being (p. 159): Space Projecting Space I was struck by how what he says on page 166 related to this Vase-Face balancing exercise: The more I can contact this unifying whole (without losing contact with the immediacy of the particulars), the more appearance is empowered as an expression of knowledge.
Incidentally, I find it much easier to do with b&w image on the right above, than with the coloured one on the left, where the vase seems to pull attention, the colour somehow giving it a sense of greater substantiality. How about you?