What is that smell?
One afternoon, I heard my partner say that he cannot stand a certain smell. In the “past” i did not question why someone would not like a smell but since i am looking at myself and assisting him as me to look within himself in our process of self-perfection within our relationship, I asked him what it is that makes him like or not like a smell? I also asked him to look at what he connected it to. Then, i suggested for him to embrace the smell. One night we were walking from the car park to the restaurant where we were going to eat, when we came near a street drainage. I smelt the drainage and said “what is that smell? That smells like…” . Before i can finish talking, he said to me, “embrace the smell”. I laughed because that was exactly what i told him that day he told me he didn’t like a certain smell.
When i smell something, i realized that what i do is classify the smell as to whether it is a good or a bad smell. In essence what i am doing is i am judging the smell as good or bad based on my experience of it in the “past”. But why will i go to a past experience when i am here in this moment? I am impulsed by the smell to go and relive a past experience i associated with the smell. I realized I connected the smell to a belief that smell can be either, good or bad. I then compared it to other smells i have experienced in the past. I judged the smell as good, when it is the smell of a rose, jasmine, jackfruit, apples, ylang-ylang, etc. I judged the smell as bad when i smell pooh, drainage, strong chemicals, body odor , dead rat, etc.
I noticed that the smell was directing me to either go away or go near the place where the smell is coming from depending on my beliefs and judgments. I formed an experience of the smell in the past which i am relieving everytime i smell the same smell.
How can smell direct me when i am here. Why can’t i direct myself? Who is directing me? Did i stop taking responsibility by not being self-directive at that moment i let the smell direct me? Did i give away my power?
I surely did. I am not here.The ego-personality is here perceiving itself separate from the smell, separate from all parts of itself.
Let’s look at smell as what it is- a word. A word is a symbol. It is part of life as much as i am a part of life. We can then say that i am that which is equal to what is here as what is here is all life.When i separate myself from all parts of me (as all parts of life is me), i am in a delusion. I am possessed by my mind as the ego-personality perceived separate from all.
When we connect one word to another word, we give the word a meaning that is more than (good) or less than (bad) what it really is through connecting the words to other words based on our beliefs, judgments etc.. The word becomes more than or less than what it is, by the meaning we give it. This is how we abuse words.
According to the dictionary, smell is:
the sense of smell
to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose by means of the olfactory nerves; inhale the odor of
When i smell the rose and i believe the smell is good, what am i doing?
I am separating myself from the smell of the rose rather than just smelling the rose as an expression of life. If someone will smell me, i have a certain smell also. That is how my body smells. Why judge it as good or bad? I can take a shower because i choose to. I will not take a shower because i will be judged by others as less than them (bad).
I am that breath in every moment here. I am here. I am a part of Life.The body is a part of life and the smell of the body is a physical sensation that gives me data that will assist me in perceiving all that is here. All parts of life consist LIFE. So, that makes me, the being, the smell of the rose and the smell of the body, as that which is equal to life. The combined expression of all parts of life working for what is best for all parts of itself is a commonsensical way to live.
Why do we need to compare the smell of the rose to the smell of other flowers, or compare the smell of the rose to the smell of the pooh?
Rather than compare, judge, compete, i simply live as who i am – one and equal as all life.