Insight is already present within us, yet it requires causes and conditions in order to arise or be noticed as insight. The causes include:
- your inquiry into an emotion or thought, the arising of a feeling or craving, as well as curiosity about meaning or purpose or the interconnections of things
- openness of mind to “receive” a response from the inquiry; space in the mind for understanding to arise
- non-judgement and interest. This is actually a form of inner alignment. Whether the response is “true” or not will prove itself through the heart’s resonance and in time.
All but the first point are shamatha established in the practitioner off the cushion in one’s life. With these attributes in place, one will enjoy the in-the-moment ah hah of vipashyana and benefit from the spontaneous application of it throughout the day.
You see, tranquil abiding (all that includes) and vipashyana are inseparable. They are a conjoined unity. Insight requires equanimity first, then insight’s arising furthers one’s neutrality. Seeing things as they are requires luminous transparency, a natural lucidity of mind-awareness. At the same time, luminous transparency reveals the same transparency of everything that our mind participates in.
Play with these two and experience these features for yourself.