The first path is: Right Viewpoint
This means that we look at the situation correctly. If the original conclusion is wrong, it messes up everything. The problem often comes from ignorance of who someone is. It’s seeing everything as it is.
When we know the Truth of things as they are, that everything is emptiness and impermanent, we don’t have strong attachments. When we know what is non-duality, there is no attachment to the qualities of anything being good or bad... There is no need of “letting go”... There is no craving for something “good” and there is no aversion towards something “bad”... There is no “good” or “bad”... When we stop judging or labeling all these things as something “bad” and “horrible”, we we have no craving for something “good”, and have no aversion towards something “bad” and “horrible” There is no anxiety, fear or doubt because everything is perfect. Everything is a perfect set up for our evolution.
Those who see the truth never argue or debate with those who don’t see the truth, and they can’t make others who don’t see the truth to see the truth. Truth needs no defending. They allow everyone to see the truth, or not, and respect everyone has a different perception of reality, thinking, and belief from others.
If our minds are not free from ignorance and ego and attached to thinking and believing a certain way, we don’t see the truth of things as it is, even though the truth is so simple. Our minds analyze everything based on our past programing and we judge everything based on what we think we know. If we are attached to our ego and seeing what we want to believe, we don’t see the truth of things as they are. We want the truth to be the way we like it to be, or the way that we think it should be.
We need to be free in the mind, to just observe the nature of what is perceived through the senses. It’s not difficult to see the truth of things, but it’s challenging for the ego to let go of what we think we know and who we think we are. The greatest hindrance of seeing the truth as it is, is what the mind thinks it knows and who it thinks it is. It can require a lot of courage to put the ego aside and let go of seeing things the way we want them to be.
There is a prayer that I love and have adopted by my mentor Derek Rydall. It is part of my meditation practice. It goes like this:
“God, more than I want to fix, change, heal, control, manipulate anything or anyone, manage, attract, achieve more or make different - I want to know the truth that makes me free. I want to see reality. I want to see with the eyes of God, with the heart of God. I want to wake up. Open my eyes to see who I really am and why I am here.”
This is a very courageous practice of putting egoism aside in favor of truth. I won’t say it’s been easy. It has stretched me and challenged me to learn to be with what is. One of my mantras lately is that I want the Divine dream to dream this creation into existence through me. I am saying I want to be the animation of divine creation moving through me and experience true fulfillment. I can only do this when I am in the right viewpoint of what that is.