Finally, I came to understand the nature of reality, whose cornerstone is consciousness: (a) it is created by the delimitation of perceptual chaos through agreement; (b) it is unique to each individual; and (c) we create a cultural consensus regarding the content of “reality” using language as our tool.
Language is our willed abstraction of our experience, just as identity is our willed abstraction of what some call “the ground of being.” A visceral understanding and utilization of these insights constitutes, in a real sense, the abandonment of all paradigms; at that instant, one steps through what Zen calls “the gateless gate” (a one-way passage, by the way.)
But everybody’s got to do it by themselves, because it isn’t teachable in any current sense of the word, since language merely abstracts the experience rather than describes it. Yet the experience is available to everyone. Once again, Zen:
“It is too clear, and so it is hard to see.
A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern.
Had he known what fire was, he could have cooked his rice much sooner.”