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 A COMMON MIRROR  (3 of 6)
Nepali Border 

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"In any common mirror you can see a reflection of everything that is placed before it, except itself. When you really see, a mirror can be found in everything. It is a great equalizer that helps clarify the world. How do you see yourself?" CK 1995

I traveled to India in 1995, a place I had wanted to visit for many years. I went there to get lost in another world and in myself. I found a lot more than I bargained for. I decided to spend all of my time in the town of Darjeeling in the northeast section of India. Darjeeling located in the heart of the foothills of the Himalayas and is surrounded by the Nepalese, Butanes and Tibetan borders. I spent a lot of time with monks and locals. With them I found a way of seeing not only myself, but also my culture, religion, and government.

We spend our lives trying to understand the world and yet we may still not know our true selves. We become stuck in thinking of life as things that happen outside and inside ourselves. We are blind as long as long as we continue to look "out". Looking out is actually impossible; the world cannot be seen "out there". Even the basic way your eye works is contrary to the way we commonly think about it. Light enters into your eye through the lens and photons connect with receptors at the back of the eye. In that way the universe looks in. Yet even that idea is not quite it, it is not in or out, you could say we meet like one mirror.