|Amber Waves of grain|
Looking at this image brings that to my mind. Are we simply all strands of grain in a larger, whole picture or are we one-at-a-time individuals? Different teaching will espouse different thoughts.
The wheat in the photo is beautiful.
Both as a whole and in each individual strand.
The artist in me wanted to pull the individual out - make it stand out all on it's own. The photographer in me just wants to get the technical part correct.
A blend occurs with me.
In our minds, our egos we may all be individuals but in reality we are all connected. It is a hard concept for some to remove that "self" into a "non-self."
Is this grain of wheat striving to be seen, to stand up as a "self"? Or is this simply a beautiful flowing amber field? Either way, it appeals to me.
According to Zen master Kosho Uchiyama, when thoughts and fixation on the little "I" are transcended, an Awakening to a universal, non-dual Self occurs: "When we let go of thoughts and wake up to the reality of life that is working beyond them, we discover the Self that is living a universal non-dual life (before the separation into two) that pervades all living creatures and all existence."