meindzai wrote:so they don't need to "practice" anymore.
Oh I see... nice explanation.
So it doesn't mean that they abandon them, just that they don't practice them since they have been fully developed already. Right?
Right, they aren't abandoned. They've been incorporated and de-emphasized. For example:
When we start learning to ride a bicycle our first primary focus is on the practice of careful steering, eye/hand/feet coordination, balance... just the basics.
When we're competent in these practices then we let go of this primary focus. Our new primary focus becomes the practice of riding in traffic, being aware of potholes, obeying traffic laws, etc...(a more expansive view) while continuing to refine our steering, balancing, and coordinating eye/hand/feet practices in the background of awareness. This new primary focus and practices also continuously serve to refine the basic practices (steering, etc...)
To the degree that we refine these new practices and let go of primarily focusing on them, our view expands again and our primary focus becomes practicing to ride faster and effortlessly negotiate challenges and risks more effectively. This new primary focus and practices also serve to continuously refine all the previous practices we've learned that we continue to practice in the background of awareness.
This constant practicing/refining/letting go continues to expand our ability and our view - the more we refine practices, the less need there is to hold them in the foreground of awareness...we engage/practice/refine them organically in the background and our view expands in the foreground.
Then at some point we might find ourselves enjoying the ride immensely and effectively with no conscious effort or primary focus on the elemental practices that are continuously being employed and refined in the background. The continuous refining of practices in the background of awareness results in an en
of the experience in the foreground of awareness which becomes our new expanded primary focus/view. The integration ( en
- joining - ing
) of practice in the background of our awareness is further refined by the resulting organic unconstrained en
- joy - ing
in the foreground moment.
We de-emphasize elements of the raft (practices and various primary focus) as we go but we never lose their benefits. At some point we de-emphasize the entire raft - there being no further need for it in the foreground of awareness. We are the bike, balance, steering, coordination, the smell of the air, the noise, the traffic, the body, the mind, the speed, the curves, the potholes, the trees, the universe. Its all one ride.