Grasslands

Deer Spotting: Enormous Fun

Long before you see, you are seen. In fact, “seeing” is to enter the “seen” space. The buck below saw me, long, long before I saw him, but when I saw him we were in the seeing together. He gave me a “look” to determine my intentions.

“Looking” is a different energy. It is the energy of searching for a “seen” space to enter. When it is found, it is because it shows itself. One stops “looking” and says “I see.” It is no different with rocks, landforms or plants. It is so simple, in fact, that it appears completely obvious.  The hill below, for example, shows its forms. In fact, it even shows the best paths for climbing it, just as it shows the firs in the lee of the cliff at the top of this complex of faults and draws. When I find the path the mountain reveals, I say, “I see a way” and simply walk up on the path it has shown.

Whatever you see has already seen you.

In the same way, the land shows the deer trails that it has shown the deer (again, before me). These trails are marked by “hiding” and “showing” as forms of manipulating “seeing”. Accordingly, they cross the slope at the left, just before the summit, the slope at the right, just behind its crest, and cross between them just where the sunlit sagebrush meets the shadow in the centre of the image. They are not hidden, yet when you enter their steady existence, you might say “I see them,” as an acknowledgement of entering their “show.” The image below “shows” a “sight-line” between the middle deer trail above, looking at a nearly 90 degree angle upslope to the trail at the upper left in the above image. You can “see” that trail in the upper right of the image below. See? It’s hidden behind the hill but shows the slope below.

If you were up top, you wouldn’t “see” it at all, because it wouldn’t “show up”, due to the blocking action of the hill. Our language is very precise about these relationships and, like the land it represents, “shows” us how to find our way. We are only lost if we don’t know where to look. These land-based relationships have been incompletely carried over into written language, and even more incompletely into scientific understanding, which has had to limit the correspondences within earth-human relationships in order to map only the neutral unity between them. Those are powerful tools, but incomplete. Some good time spent in a natural human habitat helps one to see that.

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