Imagine the mind as it drifts to encounter a "state" that appears to be familiar. But upon the moment of coming into contact, it turns out to be something totally strange. At that particular "moment" of interaction, there is a sudden withdrawal before making the next moue. Unlike the reaction of the physical body, this abrupt, intangible, and invisible reaction is too fast to be obserued by the naked eye.

The "inexperienced" mind tends to withdraw as for away as possible from such confusing, upsetting and uncomfortoble "state" to steady the self firmly like a big sturdy tree standing deeply rooted into the ground against the heat of the sun and the cold night air. This withdrawal becomes calming for the mind in the field of confrontation.

At the latter phase in life, to confront a "state" that is familiar or otherwise, can be an inviting and challenging scenario.

In deciding to "confront" rather than withdraw, one must be prepared for the sudden "drift" into the "state" (even before the curtain can rise for the confrontation). This process flashes by instantaneously, faster than the blink of an eye. It is the stake behind the challenge to know "the self" that at that porticulor moment or at the some precise instant, the mind circles back spearheading towards the "heart" of that state. Further still, it has to SLASH right through to the innermost spot then suddenly come to a halt, ponder, and has to fully comprehend quickly within a split second before withdrawing as rapidly as possible. This con be regarded as engaging in an act of challenging the "illusion" that is created by none other but the self.

Kanya chareonsupkul
19 August 2003