Conventional thinking states that I reside inside my head and that everything else exists “out there”. There is a me “inside” and the world is “outside”. But is this true in my own experience?
In my own experience, everything appears to happen in the same place, in awareness. The sound of a bird appears in the same place as the sound of my breathing. The sight of a plane appears in the same place as a thought about eating. It all happens “here”. There is no inside and outside experienced. Thoughts may say that there is an inside and outside, but I do not actually experience that.
Conventional thinking states that an airplane is farther away from “me” than a cup on my desk. If “me” is defined as the body, then that may be a true statement. The airplane appears to be farther away from my body than the cup does.
But how far is the cup from my awareness? Since I am aware of the cup now, it is no distance from my awareness. How far is the airplane from my awareness? Since I am also aware of the airplane now, it is also no distance from my awareness. My awareness touches everything, every object, no matter how small or large that object may be. There is no distance between my awareness and anything else.
If there is no distance between my awareness and anything else, how can I say that any particular object is closer or farther away than anything else? And if nothing is closer or farther away than anything else, how can I say that there is an “inside” and an “outside” to what I experience?