All Appearances Are Mind Images
Images appear in the mind, which is our essential nature of pure empty consciousness, free of contamination. It is only when we see this that emptiness can be realised. This is the only reality we can trust because it can be proven, by seeing that this is what sees: it the mind that sees, rather than the eyes. This clear view is present before we start judging and thinking about those images in the mind. There is nothing higher.
We aren’t used to seeing that we see because we usually get excited, chasing after the experiences of these images. Once we realise this, we stop chasing and allow appearances to arise and cease naturally by themselves. We learn to let go because if we don’t, the mind becomes crammed with biased ideas and then we cannot see clearly. The opposite of emptiness is desire, and it is desire that fills our mind with concepts. There is always something to learn if we remain open and clear.
Through meditation on emptiness – pure awareness – we then know what to come back to, when the mind chases after images.
This brings new light (or original meaning) to “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them”.
The recipe’s that simple.
No religion needed to add flavour.