by Ken McLeod
Excerpted from “The Four Ways of Working”
Insight is the ability to see into what is arising. When we see into things, we see more clearly what is going on. Externally, this means that we can see the deeper patterns operating in a situation. Our responses are then more in tune with what is going on. An effective teacher can see what prevents a student from learning something and fashion their efforts accordingly. Internally, insight is the ability to see into what is going on in ourselves. At first it allows us to see through the clouds of thoughts to the physical sensations that accompany them. As we continue, we see and experience the feelings that are at the basis of the thoughts and physical reactions. As we continue further, we see that all experience is groundless, and we begin to appreciate that our true nature is this open, clear awareness that abides nowhere.