The observer is the observed.
I am alone. “I alone am.” These enigmatic words were the catalyst for Nisargadatta to awaken to his true state. What arises in me when I let them sink in?
All mirrors show me movements of my energy stream for the purpose of auto-correction because this existence strives continually for balance and the cancelling out of all imbalance.
In this sense, all of existence, all of creation, can be understood as one huge bio-feedback system. The bat flying through the evening sky receives the echo of its own signal bouncing off the nearest object, perhaps a wall or a moving vehicle. It then auto-corrects its course and avoids collision.
We, similarly, continually emit signals into the environment, which is completely integrated with our own energy stream. Our signals (behavior, words, thoughts, subtle emanations such as emotions and our deeper feeling tone) ‘bounce back’ to us as the reactions of others to our various emanations and also as the psychic environment and physical surroundings that we move through. Our entire world is configured by how we ARE moment to moment. This is the meaning of the statement “We move through the space that we create as we move.”
Therefore, when there is no interval, no time or psychological space between the observer and the observed and I can surrender completely to ‘what is’ without holding a ‘position’ apart from it as the ‘I’, it is then in its original state – without the friction caused by the artificial separation into the observer and the object, which is the observed. (The object is an illusion – there is in actuality no object – it is as well the fruit of our imagination.)
The mind wants to create ‘safety’ and ‘security’ by imagining itself to be an entity apart form the whole, from Nature, or reality. It is overwhelmed by the continual flux of this energy stream bringing forth myriad upon myriad of forms into creation. It imagines itself able to ‘observe’ this energy flow from the safe vantage point on the bank of the immense River of Suchness. “Let me just step out of all of this and take a good look and ‘figure it out’. I want to ‘get my bearings’ before I continue with this movement.” It is this activity of grasping for security that actually makes its world unsafe and insecure. Once it ‘gets’ that, this changes its movement.
It imagines itself not involved, whereas in actuality it is already and always swimming in that River of Suchness. When it attempts to stop swimming, it sinks like a stone. That is our reality: we are all drowning – until the moment when we realize what the feedback system is telling us. It is saying: “Stop thinking about it and start swimming with all of your senses awake, on high alert, alive, aware, sensitive, capable, fresh and new! Trust your innate ability to swim in any kind of water. The river IS carrying you. When you try to understand it, you create distance and step out of the flow. Stop inhibiting the free movement of this intelligent and alive energy by acting like an old tree stump bogged down by its past, washed into the stream by the last rain. Be alive, be the fish, be the water, be free.”