As people who seek the truth, we often hear about “reality.” Find it, accept it, embrace it, seek it. So many directives to get to reality, but so many confusions about what it truly is. What is meant by “reality”?
To begin, it is your word. You have decided what it means, and so only you can know. Do not think that just because the word “reality” points to reality, that this makes the word any less susceptible to being imagined and created and invented and turned into all sorts of fictions. I could just as well be preaching to “seek fiction” and you’d be about as well off to find reality as when I say “find reality.”
So how do we get there? How can we gain eyes to see? Let us look at what it means to see. When you see something, when you observe it, you are apart from it. You must be. You are away from it, at a distance, with an unobstructed view of it.
Reality. To see it is just the same. Distance yourself from the concept. That is what obstructs you from finding it. Your idea of what this word reality means stands between you and it because every time you look for it all you can see is your own idea. Stand apart from it. Look at what it is you call reality and see if it truly holds up. Be aware. Your mind needs to be open enough so that it might contradict its most cherished ideas if evidence indicates they are not so.
Look at it this way. When you are seeing something, objectively, what determines that which you see? Not you. When you observe, you have no control over that which you observe. You may hope this happens or believe that, but this is totally irrelevant to observation. What happens is what happens. You are merely there. To see reality you must not be invested in what you see. You must not imagine what it is, or wish it to be one thing or another. You must look at it without any intention at all.
But we do not always think this way. We assume we know, even without realizing. How can we see then? Open your eyes and close your mind. Reality will makes itself known to you. If you are trying to find it, you have failed.
This word “try.” Do you have to try to see something? You either see it or you don’t. If you do not see reality, you must find out why you choose not to, why you obstruct yourself from doing so. What you have created that requires "trying." This is the only way.