I like to think of clouds as the “forms within space” that Eckhart Tolle describes. Rather than collections of water drops, I picture them as bunches of thoughts or beliefs. We become enthralled with, attached to, and distracted by the cloud form rather than fixating on the steady blueness of the sky. This is the eternal space that observes the swelling, shrinking and passing forms, but it is not at all the transient form itself. It is a still and constant background space. Switching focus from the foreground (the clouds) to the background (the sky) is an exercise in simply being.
Lucy: Aren’t the clouds beautiful? If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud’s formations. What do you think you see, Linus?
Linus: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean. That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there…gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.
-A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Are you going to lose yourself in the demands of the world, of objects and things that say, “Give me your attention!”? Can you be here as the bringer of space into any situation? -Eckhart Tolle
We are looking to the world of form for salvation. But when we are aware of space consciousness, aware of being aware, we are freed from identification with form, which is ego, and there arises within us a sense of oneness with the whole and with our Source. -Eckhart Tolle
“Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and ‘tis like a camel, indeed.
Hamlet: Methinks it is like a weasel.
Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.
Hamlet: Or like a whale?
Polonius: Very like a whale.”
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet