As soon as we wake up we are aware of the setting around us and the big world outside. For most of us this would be the bedroom so we probably sit up in bed and view the bedroom.
Usually the first thing we notice is that we are awake and then we might see something like the blankets or the bedpost. More than likely we just see the one thing (the blankets or the bedpost) and if we watch it for a moment we realize that we have a relationship with it.
Being in Relation to Things
If we stick with the examples, the blankets or the bedpost, then we can gather the makeup of our relationship with it.
Let’s say after waking up we notice the blanket. When we look at it there is the blanket we see and there is us who are seeing it. These things have names & definitions so by knowing them we can be more aware of our environment, world and our relationship with it.
The Subject – Object Relationship
When we see the blanket it is the object that we see. When it is us who are seeing it then we are the subject of the experience.
This is the makeup of the subject – object relationship.
These two definitions are a part of the group we call Triads.
In a triad we have:
- the subject – us
- the object – the blanket
- the experience – the seeing
So here we have the seer, the seeing and the seen (the blanket.) This makes up the triad of seeing.
Noticing the Triads Around Us
As we see in this example we have very many relationships with the objects that we see. We can notice it when we see things like:
- our Mother
- our dog
- our sofa
- the tree in the backyard
- the book we read
There are so many objects that we see & are aware of that they might be countless. If we kept track we would count to a high number!
There Are More Triads
We have seen the seeing triad and that it is very useful to us to know about.
Besides seeing there are many other triads.
We might wonder about the sense we know as touch. We often touch objects (or they touch us) so there can be a triad for the sense of touch.
For example, we could touch our forehead to see if it is warm. We do this to check in with ourselves and manage our health.
With touching the forehead there is the triad:
- the subject – us
- the object – the forehead
- the experience – the touching
These three make up the touching triad and they follow a sequence, like 1 2 3.
The subject (us) reaches out to touch (the experience) and touches the forehead (the touched.)
We are the subject, the forehead is the object we touch and also there is the touching (the experience.)
The Triad of Hearing
Besides the two triads we have mentioned, seeing & touching, another super important triad is hearing, which we do all the time.
There are so many things that we hear that it is good to be aware of what we are surrounded by.
We might hear a car outside and notice if it is moving fast or maybe parking.
We might hear birds chirping and determine if that is a familiar sound.
There are so many thing we hear that it’s good to pay attention. If we hear danger we surely want to know about it.
With the triad of hearing we have:
- the subject – us
- the object – the thing heard
- the experience – the hearing
When we know the things we are around then it is better for us because it is soothing.
The Triads as ‘I & This’
When we see the triads – subject, object and experiencing – we see a fine relationship that we have with people, places & things. Since we are the subject and the item we see, hear or feel is the object, then we have the makeup for real experiencing.
This relationship can be summed up as:
I & this
The ‘I’ would be us, the subject, and the ‘this’ would be the object that we experience.
We are forever in the midst of our experiences with the ‘I & this.’
Getting the Big Picture
When we wake up each morning we greet the day and realize that the great big world is waiting for us ‘out there.’
From the moment that we awaken we see and discover so many relationships that we have with objects we see.
Each experience has an ‘I & this’ in it.
Looking at it this way, we can say that we are the subject and the object we experience would be the great big world we see. We see the world and it is the object that we see.
When it gets down to it each of our experiences is smaller, or more minute than experiencing the actual entire world.
There are countless experiences we have with objects ranging in all sizes & shapes from big to small.
For example we might see:
- toast in the toaster
- plates on the table
- the TV in the livingroom
These are all various experiences we see often.
So we would call this group of experiences our ‘collective experience.’
Collective experience would be the sum total of all of our experiences together.
If we stay with it and stay attuned mindfully then this can be called consciousness.
Consciousness is true knowing and would be us knowing and experiencing our whole life, moment by moment.
Consciousness as Holy
This can be a very good experience and if we stick with it and truly experience the reality then more than likely we would be called holy.
Holy is being truly aligned with the laws & ways of the universe.
When we are mindful of the ways of truth and careful & considerate in our dealings with life then it would be said that we are on a good track.
When we are on a good track then we are totally ripe for:
- real experience
We learn so much when we understand the term triads and its definition. It shows us how we have a relationship with things.
When we see the ‘I & this,‘ the subject & object relationship, it can be grounding for us and as we proceed mindfully we can be much closer to a life that is stable.
Being stable helps us see clearly, make wise choices and have more friends & relationships.
With all the good that is involved we truly want to understand the triads!
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