A Great Game of Pretending

by Douglas E. Harding

Douglas Harding PhotoWHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? The thought “I have not seen,” the expectation of seeing and the desire to get something are all workings of the ego . . . Be yourself and nothing more.

The idea of difficulty is the chief obstacle. If we want to know the truth, if we’re interested to find out whether we are really the body or not, we have only to look, without any further delay whatsoever, at the spot we occupy. If we are secretly afraid of the truth and do not wish to see Who we are, we shall find excellent reasons for continuing to overlook the Looker.

The fact is not that we cannot see, but that we are determined not to see, the Obvious. We are frightened of disappearing. Once we admit this we are at least halfway toward overcoming our fear. And really, of course, there is nothing to fear. In the very same instant that one sees one is nothing, one sees that one is All.

A Great Game of Pretending