Groundhog Day and trains

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

In a conversation at work, it came up that 'it was like Groundhog Day'. I have definitely experienced that feeling and it's not pleasant. So why can we see our experience as that, and can it be changed?

To begin, let's think of life as a movement. Everything is a/in movement. In yogic terms this is Śakti or energy. Even that which appears still, is too, in movement when viewed at the atomic level. The mind is also a movement, which can be easily recognised in the coming and going of thoughts.

The other aspect of the manifest world can be said to be that of Śiva or consciousness. Another word for it would be awareness. Now, Śiva and Śakti are always combined when in this world. In our experience there is not one without the other. Where there is energy there is consciousness. Where there is consciousness there is energy.

When we view this world through the mind, what are we doing? We are viewing Śakti as Śakti. Just as you can never truly seen your own face (if that isn't apparent, consider how would it be possible without taking your eyes out and turning them around to view, but then you wouldn't be seeing your face with eyes), how can Śakti really see Śakti in her true form?

Maybe a less extreme example makes more sense. Again, thinking of the world as a movement; if we are on a speeding train and look out to see another train it looks like it is hardly moving at all. Whilst we may be able to see movement, we are not seeing things as they 'truly' are. If we are stood still at the platform viewing them, we see them both moving in the truest possible way. Consciousness/Śiva/awareness is this stillness where Śakti can be truly seen...and therefore appreciated. (To call consciousness stillness, implies it is 'something' in 'time and space'. This isn't actually true, but is as close to the truth as the mind will allow)

In other words, if we are aware of the world without the movement of thought, we are able to see a richer tapestry of these movements. You know this to be true, which is why people naturally shut their eyes to try and notice sensations (movements) in the body. In practical terms the less we label and judge (using the mind) what we experience, and the more we simply notice our experience (by just being aware), the more we can 'see'. Things may no longer seem as 'Groundhog Day', but an ever-changing, beautifully rich world.