You need not do anything.Remain sitting at your table and listen.You need not even listen, just wait.You need not even wait,just learn to be quiet, still and solitary,and the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
We never see the world as our retina sees it. In fact, it would be a pretty horrible sight: a highly distorted set of light and dark pixels, blown up toward the center of the retina, masked by blood vessels, with a massive hole at the location of the “blind spot” where cables leave for the brain; the image would constantly blur and change as our gaze moved around. What we see, instead, is a three-dimensional scene, corrected for retinal defects, mended at the blind spot, stabilized for our eye and head movements, and massively reinterpreted based on our previous experience of similar visual scenes. All these operations unfold unconsciously—although many of them are so complicated that they resist computer modeling. For instance, our visual system detects the presence of shadows in the image and removes them. At a glance, our brain unconsciously infers the sources of lights and deduces the shape, opacity, reflectance, and luminance of the objects.
—Stanislas DehaeneConsciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts
Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave ‘til
it gets to shore.
You need more help than you know.