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To the disciples who wanted to know what sort of meditation he practiced each morning in the garden the Master said, "When I look carefully, I see the rose bush in full bloom."
"Why would one have to look carefully to see the rose bush?" they asked.
"Lest one sees not the rose bush," said the Master, "but one's preconception of it."
(From: One Minute Wisdom, Anthony de Mello, page 138)
Following on from my last post, I suggest our ability to see the puppet and what it represents simultaneously is one example of the type of seeing in de Mello's story. Another example can be seen in the quotation from Matthew Crawford's book I mentioned a few days ago.
So which is easier to see, a rose or a motorcycle? Strangely it could be the motorcycle. It may be difficult for the novice (and sometimes the experienced mechanic) to see the motorcycle as it is but there is direct feedback. See the motorcycle properly and you can fix it or make it go faster.
See the rose bush and, well, you see the rose bush.