Sheldrake and Ten


Rupert Sheldrake asks this beautiful question: if everything you see is an image inside your head — the whole world reduced to a tiny theater or screen somewhere in your brain — then is your skull beyond the sky?

Or do you see the things themselves, your mind reaching out to touch them where they are? In which case your mind is not contained within your skull, but is more like a field, extending beyond it.

I heard music from the pagoda and people in the soi, so I picked up my camera as I left the house. A big ceremony was beginning, with hundreds of people gathering. The soi was busy and full of noise. Ten was staring in through the window, interested in everything, the musicians, the silks, the glistening robes. I watched him watching them….

He didn’t hear me, that’s clear. He felt my gaze, through the eye of the camera, on the back of his head.

The sweet sound of shattering paradigms fills the air like temple gongs.



In case you’re curious like Ten, here’s what he was seeing:


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