Next time you fly, grab a window seat.
From 30,000 feet you can see everything. Your view is absolutely all-pervasive, completely clear and unobstructed.
It is peaceful. A serene tranquility in the spacious sky.
Down below you can see infinite worlds and environs unfold. Banks of clouds gather here and there, cities cascade across the landscape. Cars move here and there, forming tiny chains of lights. You can look down on houses, imagine people going about their day, cooking, working, fighting, falling in love.
From 30,000 feet you can witness all of these worlds amidst a profound inner stillness.
As you descend you start to enter into the clouds, you start to feel the winds of turbulence- temporary conditions. You still have a greater view than from the ground, but you are vulnerable to the winds and obstructed views.
Fear can show its ugly face. There definitely can be some confusion as to where you are. It's generally calm, true, but fear and uncertainty are always a moment away.
As you continue to descend, the landing gear comes down. Things are getting pretty busy. You can see cars rushing all over, people passing each other on the highway. Everything is much more coarse and distinct, that all-pervasive view of space is gone. Sure, you know right where you are but there is no larger view. Still, you are above the fray and there is a sense of peace and calm amidst.
Then you land, you are in the fray and can only look up and wonder what is around you, what lies ahead. Everything is coarse, your emotions surge, your mind is filled with thoughts and plans. You can't even get off the plane without trying to hurry or be annoyed with others around you.
"God, it is hot in here!"
Gone is the peace, that spacious calm. You are the fray.
You probably don't realize it but we are all trying to gain a better view. Most of us are content just to get above the fray, which is really just the final descent before we land.
Having been to 30,000 feet, that seems silly.
If you want to make it to the clouds it is going to take some work. You are going to need a practice. You need something to rely on. Do you think it is going to happen by chance? It isn't easy to fly.
Actually, to make it to the clouds is quite an accomplishment. Think about it, you would have an expansive view of the world, yourself and others. Undoubtedly you would face fear and uncertainty, get caught up in turbulent situations and dense clouds, but you would also know a profound inner peace and calm. You would be able to see where people are and be able to help them, or at the very least to facilitate help arriving.
So how do we get to 30,000 feet?
It requires you to move beyond conditions, beyond your temporary circumstances. You need to completely transcend fear, eliminate all of your obscurations and the limitations of your view. You need to move beyond all grasping and fixation, become a master of mindful awareness that illuminates like the sun in the spacious sky.
The supreme view, the absolute pinnacle, is the view of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. This is the only view that allows you to bring the experience and wisdom of 30,000 feet, into the fray.