Imagine you are walking at twilight and you see a figure in the distance. They are standing stock still, staring right at you. You feel uncomfortable. Worried.
Now imagine two separate timelines from this point.
In the first, you screw up your courage and walk towards the figure. Quite quickly you realise that this ‘person’ is actually a stack of stones. The concern you felt immediately lifts from you. You return home and get on with your life.
In the second timeline, you walk straight home, wondering who the person was, what they might want, and whether you will see them again. The initial viewing of the figure is like our normal view of the world. Objects appear to us and – without further investigation – we accept them as they appear. We then react accordingly.
In the first timeline we carry out a more in depth investigation of the object, to establish its true nature. We discover that the object was quite different from what we first conceived, and our concerns disappear.
In the second timeline, we simply carry on accepting the appearance as real. For us, the figure is still real and remains real.
Unless we analyse objects actively, they will continue to provoke reactions within is which appear to be coming from the object. We need to start to recognise the true nature of the things that we normally see, to achieve peace of mind.