On Having No Head 1

Ah, here is a series of short videos in which you are invited to “see the world” in a “different” way eh ? 😉

Now by “different” I actually mean “direct”, insofar as if you are prepared to suspend your “disbelief” (so-to-say), then it may just happen in experimenting with the following exercises, with any “luck”, you’ll cognitively “see” in an altogether “uncommon” manner (from what we were all TAUGHT as being “how things are”) … Words really can’t explain this to any sort of intellectual satisfaction, LOL, you’ll just have to do “it” eh ?

For some background context here’s a quote from Douglas Harding’s book On Having No Head (Page 35 of 64) :

“All one has to do to enter this Fourth Stage of the journey is – however briefly – to turn round the arrow of one’s attention. The Katha Upanishad puts it this way: “God made the senses turn outwards, man therefore looks outwards, not into himself. But occasionally a daring soul, desiring immortality, has looked back and found himself.” In fact the “daring soul” doesn’t lack encouragement. He’s surrounded by countless reminders and opportunities, countless means of reversing the arrow of attention – if only he’s sufficiently inquisitive about his true identity, and if only he’s willing to drop for a moment opinions about himself based on hearsay and memory and imagination and to rely on PRESENT EVIDENCE. Here are three of many means of making the turnabout, for the attentive and honest reader instantly to try out :

(i) What you are now looking at are these printed words; what you are now looking “out of” is Empty Space at this print. Trading your head for it, you put nothing in its way : you vanish in its favor.

(ii) What you are now looking out of isn’t two small and tightly fastened “windows” called eyes but one immense and wide open “Window” without any edges; in fact you ARE this frameless, glassless “Window”. (Single Eye)

(iii) To make quite sure of this, you have only to point back to the “Window” and notice what that finger is pointing at – if anything. Please do just that, now … Contrary, no doubt, to one’s first impression, conscious headlessness or transparency – this seeing into the Nothingness-right-where-one-is – turns out to have several unique virtues. There’s no experience at all like it.”

BTW the above videos are all taken from Richard Lang’s Youtube Channel ( here )



“Standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

One comment on “On Having No Head

  1. Reply Simon Apr 3,2020 9:44 pm

    “As long as you are a beginner certain formalized meditations, or prayers, may be good for you. But for a seeker for reality there is only one meditation; the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts. To be free from thoughts is itself meditation. You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind till it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don’t get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper into it …. Watch your thoughts and watch yourself watching the thoughts. The state of freedom from all thoughts will happen suddenly and by the bliss of it you shall recognise it.” (From I Am That, by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)

    Via : Jackson Peterson’s Anatta Group post ( here )

    Ah, because what “we” really are is, I’d suggest, neither a “peaceful state of mind” nor a “disturbed state of mind” (nor any state of mind) … for in fact “we” are THAT in which Mind itself appears (however it appears) … It’s widely known as Primordial Awareness, you ARE Aware aren’t you eh ? 😉

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