It is uncomfortable to not have answers and we tend to go out of ourselves looking for them. This is an exercise in staying in our bodies at all times.
Dick: Is there anything else from anyone?
Cl: I think I followed most of the work but what was that thing you did where you had him use his eyes like magnets?
Dick: Okay, this is important.
Most people when they look at something go out there with their
eyes and touch it. Look at those narcissus over there that France
bought especially for this group for me to look at because when
I was 19 years old I had a mystical experience. The first mystical
experience that I ever had, with flowers like that. That shaped
my entire life for the last 60 years. Look at those flowers. Now
notice what you are probably doing. You are probably going out
there and being with those flowers. Most of you probably are.
Now close your eyes and image that your eyes are either magnets
that draw in iron filings or little kinds of vacuum cleaners that
will draw in dust or scraps of paper. But your eyes are not drawing
in iron filings or scraps of paper. They draw in images and color
and form. That is what your eyes draw in. Now sit and as best
you can give yourself the sensation that you are drawing everything
in. You are sitting wherever you are sitting on the floor or on
a chair. And you are not moving, and just sitting there and you
are just sucking this in, form and color . Now you are going to
look at the flowers with your eyes closed. And gently as you continue
to suck in, open your eyes and suck in the flowers. ..........Do
that deliberately. And as you do that with your eyes, feel the
rest of your body. .......... Now I don't want anybody to take
my word for it, I want to see a show of hands, how many of you
experienced this way of looking at things as a different experience?
And I see that almost everybody's hands went up. Right. I'll tell
you what is different about it. This is a way of centering. When
you look at those flowers and draw them in., you are in a sense,
you are feeling your physical eyes. You are feeling your physical
body because your eyes are a part of your body. You could also
do this with your hearing through your ears. But this is really
a way of looking in a centered way because I feel myself here
and I bring those flowers here. I don't go out of myself. Now
this can be a very important exercise for very many people. It
can be an important exercise for people who are pretty well grounded
and pretty well centered. It can help them. And can be particularly
helpful for people who have a tendency to be kind of schitzy and
lose themselves. They lose themselves by being drawn out and losing
themselves. And that is why I had him do it. Not because he was
having a schitzy tendency, that is not the point. I do this for
anybody. And it is a way therefore of centering him, because he
is there with his eyes closed and he ...all the worlds....starting
out with the space with all the stars and everything else he experienced.
Now he is going. I am going to ask him to open his eyes and come
back to this world. I want him to continue what he was doing there.
And the significance of it is, "I remain in my center."
It is not just that I draw in. That is not what is important.
If I draw in ....I remain in my center.
So I offered you that exercise.
Cl: It is a nice one.
Dick: It is a nice one. You feel the difference.
Cl: I can smell different when I took the flowers inside and I felt softer inside.
Dick: OK. Fine. So that is the best answer that I have in mind.