Gas is neither solid nor liquid, and as such cannot be seen or known directly by our senses until a test shows its presence. Indeed, there are some gasses which have odours, but just because we can smell one does not necessarily mean that we can identify it except that we know of a smell whose source we are still unsure of.
If not for the scientific findings on gasses which has made us more aware of their realities and implications, ignorance can only be our experience, albeit unknowingly. By way of illustration, take the case of the oxygen that we breathe in and the carbon dioxide that the plants need. If we have not found these realities, we would have made unproven speculations as to how each life form sustains itself. We may even mistakenly think that there is another imaginary force working until proven otherwise.
Similarly, when it comes to the nature of the mind – which like gas, has no form, shape nor color – its happening is a kind of reality that many of us are still unaware of. The complexity of its reality is what we are experiencing moment to moment, totally not knowing how it comes and goes, only to arise again, incessantly. Each experience we can have, no matter what it is, is a derivative of the mind. Whatever mindstates it could be, it is the “mind”.
Like gas, surely the mind too has its own nature, its function, and characteristics, and also its implications when it presents itself. What if it is true that we still do not know how the mind works, though ironically, we are experiencing the mind in every moment? And because of our ignorance of it, whatever conclusions that we can derive from our experiences are very likely wrong. That must surely be the case since the effect of ignorance is always erroneous.
Let’s ponder over a few of our familiar experiences in daily living – what if our upsets were never caused by the reasons we give to them? What if the mind is not “inside” of us? What if the mind is never “ours” in the first place? What if the mind is just another unique happening, that can give rise to an identity of a “self”, an “I” that may be illusory by nature? All these understanding can take place when we introduce awareness of the mind into our daily living. Are you willing to be ignorant of the mind, or finally wise up to what is taking place in this very mind you can only experience for yourself?