Under the constant agitation of the senses the mind is just like constantly churning water. You have to gain the capacity to stop the mind. To do this you have to be able to switch the senses off. When this occurs the mind does something that it has never done – it goes still. When it goes still it begins to perceive in a different way.
The value of being able to stop the mind is that you begin to see clearly into your own life, your own nature. You can begin to see with absolute clarity the various qualities of cause that are functioning at different levels of consciousness within your own system.
The force of observation is incredibly powerful. Anytime you look at something it changes its nature because you looked at it. You can begin to break up the conflicting forces of intention that are present within your own heart and mind. Fear, anger – these forces will be perceived directly, drawn into the light, and absorbed.