Popcorn, Pop and Pure Awareness
By Frank J Kinslow
I love to go to the movies. For a couple of hours I become
completely engrossed in what is happening on the screen. When I step
into that theatre I leave my everyday life behind. The movie is only
a flickering of light and shadow on a screen. But, I get wrapped up
in the illusion as if it were real.
The flow of thoughts in our minds, from past to future and future to
past, creates the illusion of movement. Watching thought is like
watching a movie. The film is a long strip of individual pictures or
frames. In a single second 24 still frames will flash on the screen.
This is faster than our minds can process and it looks like there is
actually motion on the screen. That is pretty amazing. We see motion
where there is none. That is the illusion that a movie produces.
The movie projector works on a simple principle. A bright, white
light shines through the film and creates a picture on the screen in
the front of the theatre. As the audience, we sit contentedly
watching as the actors work their magic, forgetting that they are
nothing more than light and shadow. We cry and we laugh as if the
fantasy were real.
Our life is just like that movie. It unfolds thought-by-thought,
minute-by minute, year-by-year. We, the audience, get completely
absorbed in the drama of our own movie. We worry over the bills,
love the new house, watch the children grow up and think about our
own death. Like a movie, our lives are an illusion, a play of light
and shadow. Don’t get me wrong. Our lives exist, but not the way we
think they do. This mistaken identity is the cause of great human
awareness is like the white light from the movie projector. It is
that light of consciousness that shines on our lives, letting us
know we are alive. It observes as the people, places, loves and
losses come and go. Our awareness is our most important possession.
If we lose it we lose everything. The quality of our awareness
determines the quality of our lives. Poor quality awareness is like
a movie projector with a dim bulb. Dim awareness illumines a tedious
world filled with constant struggle.
Activities that waste awareness are overworking, over indulging in
alcohol, drugs and food, watching long hours of TV, and labeling and
judging people, things and situations. When we squander awareness we
eventually get the feeling that something is missing from our lives.
We could have riches, fame and loving family and still feel
other hand, life becomes fresh and full and vitally alive when we
care for our awareness. And now, you have to ask, “How do I care for
my awareness? That is the most beautiful part of it all. You take
care of your awareness by becoming more aware! How simple can
that be? You strengthen awareness by using it.
hear you, “How do I use my awareness?” Do I have your attention?
Well, that’s the answer…pay attention. Pay attention to what
you are doing right now. Pay attention to everything. When you see a
bird, don’t label it, look at it. Observe its feathers. Watch how
the wings move its body through the air. Listen closely to the noise
it makes and the noise will become your song. Now pay attention to
the wind, the rustling of the paper in your hands, the flow of your
breath, the beating of your heart. Pay attention to everything. In
the white light of awareness, step off the screen and become the
spectator of your own movie-life. Only then will the illusion of
life melt before your eyes to be replaced by the rich reality of
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