Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Watch / Witness

When we relate ourselves as strangers to an incident, we get to understand the terms, watch and witness better.

When we walk down the road, let us say we comeacross an accident taking place. As a stranger, we watch it happening. We are no way involved in the incident except as a spectator. But when the police arrive to the scene and enquire only some from the watching spectator come forward to be a witness to the incident. Its now being a part of the incident and yet not directly involved. Aware as a part of it and yet detached.

In life too, we get to play this role of watching and witnessing from moment to moment. Sometimes, its only watching which is needed and yet other times, its witnessing that happens with the activities of the world outside us. When it comes to the world within, witnessing enables us to have better clarity and awareness. We become a part of the whole and yet learn to remain detached.

8 comments:

Robin said...

Good point!

I think watching ourselves can be a really useful approach if we are feeling "stuck" over resolving some issue we are trying to heal.

- Robin

Merging Point said...

Welcome to the blog Robin!
yes, what begins as watching eventually gets transformed to witnessing too.
In watching, there are chances for resolving, healing etc as you had mentioned.

Mark said...

Ah yes, the observer or silent witness which we all can be to our self. We must learn to step outside our form and observe and witness for in that we create ultimate awareness.

Merging Point said...

Yes mark. when we learn to bring the outside to inside, then it all happens.
thanks for your comments.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Good advice, Merging Point, to know how to watch from a detached (and hence, more objective) viewpoint. Too often we let our subjectivity cloud our perceptions of what's going on around us and in the world.

Another thoughtful post for us to enjoy!

Hope all is well. Sorry I'm late in making the rounds of my favorite blogs. ;)

Merging Point said...

Thank you for your visit and comments Lynda!
Watching i feel is more related on the surface level like from senses. Witnessing is probably much more subtler and deeper from the consciousness.
yes, as you rightly mentioned, perception changes.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

The survivors are the ones who can watch something unfold unattached, always in direct communication with their Source. That awareness doesn't cause panic during tragedies and turns people into heroes. How complex a person is!!!

Super post, Merging Point!!!

Hugs, JJ

Merging Point said...

Very well said JJ!
Play between the form and its formlessness all the while....