We see a rainbow, but what we have is drops of rain and light—a process. Similarly, what we ‘see’ is a self; but what we actually have is a whole lot of thoughts going on in consciousness. Against the backdrop of consciousness we are projecting a self, rather than a rainbow. If you walk toward the rainbow you will never get there. David Bohm, Thought as a System
How can we look beyond the seeming solidity of our natures—so obvious, so self-evident—and deeply realise that they are, as Buddhists say, empty of essence? That they are processes, manifesting from instant to instant along with all of the rest of the universe?
This is the basic challenge that meditation throws at us: to watch this creation and destruction happening, within and without, without attachment and without distortion.