We daydream involuntarily, but can we daydream by will? (Can you look at this screen right now and force yourself to daydream?) We become identified involuntarily, but can we be identified by will? (Can you become so fascinated with this screen right now, that you lose your sense of self?

“Many psychic processes can take place only in the dark,” says George Gurdjieff. “Even a feeble light of consciousness is enough to change completely the character of a process, while it makes many of them altogether impossible.” Once we realize that we cannot command sleep — that sleep happens automatically — then we verify the power of seeing. If I see it, it is not “I.”

Self-observation weakens the grip of most forms of daydreaming, negativity, identification, haste, and inner considering, while it makes some of them altogether impossible. It adds a new dimension to the moment: I see my mind daydreaming, I see my body in haste, I see my emotions inner considering—“I see,” therefore “I am.”

In other words, “to see or not to see” is the same question as “to be or not to be.”

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