Phenomena = Catalyst = Reaction = Teacher = Realisation
Our being is the clarity of uncontaminated consciousness, which is completely content, understanding and compassionate. Being in a body, we experience all sorts of phenomena – both pleasant and unpleasant – but before judgement rises, we remain in the original state of pure consciousness.
Reacting to temporary phenomena clouds and contaminates the mind by distracting it, and causes confusion and doubt to arise. Once we realise our true nature of emptiness/shunyata, any reaction in our mind is seen clearly, and spontaneously reminds us of our pure state. Appearances and recognition are simultaneous. It is from this viewpoint that we can now address the world without causing harm, and hopefully be of benefit. That is wisdom.
Being otherwise, we are the cause of confusion, disagreement and harm.
All events are catalysts that act as a reminder
to curb the habitual behaviour which is the cause of our dissatisfaction.
If others want us to have a reaction, be aware … be very aware.
Phenomena: a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.
Catalyst: person or thing that precipitates an event or reaction.