This subject has been percolating like a Mr. Coffee today, a slow drip so I’ll talk about it at Martini Time, to see if I can get a cup full, or a martini full. Living in a flat space/time map of reality we have no way of understanding, let alone find, our Spot that is neither in mind or matter. Our reality map is Objective which means everything is made of stuff, including us. The brain creates us, materialistic science says, and brain is matter, stuff. So you are made from stuff, blind, dumb, stuff. How does that feel? That just doesn’t fit with our sense of self as a unique being that is not a thing on a space/time grid. Something is missed with this logic.
Like Sheldon Cooper, we all look for and when found defend out spot. But Sheldon’s Spot is on the space/time grid located in his living room. So when he leaves home, he is out of his spot. And when you are off your spot, people can tip your over. When you are on your spot, no one can tip you over. You are centered. Your spot is portable. Like the GPS map, you are always at the center of the world and the map boots around your movement. You don’t move on a map, the map moves around you. This is the Subjective View. But at the same time we are also in the Objective View. You have to be able to catch a bus and go to Walmart one the space/time grid.
But at the same time, you can also be on your Spot, at the center of the world as an I AM and also in the world as an IT, an object with groceries. What has happened is that in our Western world view, only the Objective View, the space/time reality is validated. The Subjective view is just your perspective, a fantasy, a ghost in the machine. On the space/time grid you are just a thing. You as I AM have no equal status as the objective view.
Buddhism is all about finding your spot. In fact the legend of the Buddha is about his finding his immoveable spot, from which his mind Mara could not dislodge him. After trying out the pleasures of the world, he then tried out the pleasures of religion and the spiritual path and found them also lacking. Where was the immoveable Spot, the Axis Mundi, not the axil of the world, but the axil of ME. Where is My Spot that is not dependent upon conditions of the world. Is it possible for me to be free from the duality of the world, which is Me versus the world. Me trying to find my Spot. If I were to find my Spot, then I would no longer be looking for it, and if I were no longer looking for it then I would feel no conflict with the world that felt like it was keeping me from my spot.
We are all looking for our Spot where we feel Spot ON. But the world, conditions of matter and mind keep from from making a hole in one, hitting the mark, being Spot On. Obviously, I’m looking for my Spot in the wrong place, on the wrong map.
The GPS navigator—mind you that it is a navigator and not a map—is a great analogy of the two maps that are available to us right now, for the first time in human history we all have a GPS navigator which uses a different paradigm that the old Atlas map where you crawl like an ant across a space/time grid, always located on some physical spot that is not the center of the world, but just one spot on the world, and it is always changing.
You are the center of the GPS map and the world boots around you. If you don’t move, the map doesn’t move. If you move the world moves with you as your shadow. This is what the Subjective Map looks like, the map of the Buddha. As Buddha Nature you are always already at the center, and no matter where you go or what you do, you cannot be more in. your center than you are right now.
And yet, we can just the Atlas map to get a objective view of where we are on the space/time grid. Both maps are valid, though incompatible. I am the center; I am on the periphery as an IT. When you Spot awakens, that becomes your primary map, and your flat map is secondary. Going to Walmart does not tell you who you are, but it’s good to get something to eat.
When I write and when I talk on Martini Time, I’m in my Spot. I can do no wrong. Oh, I can make errors, mistake facts, but I don’t write or speak with a stutter. Remember the King’s Speech. He found his spot. When you are not acting from your Spot, there is a hesitation, a stutter, a self-reflection—Am I appearing foolish? When you are in your Spot you are not acting from your self image. When we live entirely on the space/time grid as things, our self image is mind creation, which is a thought, which is form. This is a false spot.