Reacting to what appears and reacting to our reactions, we construct a world based on light as it is reflected off the surface of our constructs. This way of knowing reduces light to substance, inviting a transition to darkness. DTS 209
The intrinsic ‘lightfulness’ of every mental act is confiscated and converted into the dialogues of conventional thinking and their matrix of not-knowing. DTS 210
It seems that we don´t have choice to leave this mental darkness. But Tarthang Tulku shows a possibility; to investigate our situation lightly, bringing a “light awareness” that awakens a sense of delight.
A few days ago I could experience something like this “light awareness”. I was very irritated with some recent events. I was aware of this heavy and tight space, but at that moment it seemed that there was another choice.
Little by little I began to watch my body, my breath and my mind, leaving behind the content of the thoughts. And I saw that this dark quality was not frozen and that I was able to bring some softness to my body, breath and mind. As I was experiencing this shift, I could feel the center of my chest more alive, I could feel a warm and gentle feeling that persisted while I was aware of it.
I wondered what I did to touch that light awareness. It was a soup of allowing, letting go, touching, softening, caring and embracing. A magic soup that made me experience the quality of light
To invite light we have to inhabit the situation in which we find ourselves and confront with darkness. It is our response that matters.
Through this emergent intimacy, our journey changes character. Starting from the ordinary light of day, we find that we have entered the light-filled womb of experience. Here we can abide, embracing the truly unknown, allowing the presence of a lucent awareness. DTS 213