Double-Pointed Watching


Gurdjieff used to tell his disciples, “When the arrow of your consciousness becomes double-pointed, when your consciousness begins to flower at both ends, you will become an enlightened being.” Gurdjieff’s efforts in directing his disciples were all to this end. When you look at someone, look at him, but also keep trying to look at your own self: “I am looking, I am the observer.” Then you are sharpening the other edge of the arrow of your consciousness. One end is directed towards the object you see.

Don’t leave the world of objects. Rather, try to become aware of both the subject and the object simultaneously, the outer and the inner simultaneously. If both are there, only then can you be balanced between them.

Try this: in any way just become neutral, indifferent. Suddenly mind has no function. If you are for, you can think; if you are against, you can think. If you are neither for nor against, what is left to think? Be indifferent to the extremes. A balancing happens. This balancing will give you a new dimension of feeling where you are both the knower and the known, the world and the other world, this and that, the body and the mind. You are both and, simultaneously, neither — above both. A triangle has come into existence.

Osho: Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Vol.2, #25