"...the Boy loved him just as much. He loved him so hard that he loved all his whiskers off, and the pink lining to his ears turned grey, and his brown spots faded. He even began to lose his shape, and he scarcely looked like a rabbit any more, except to the Boy. To him he was always beautiful, and that was all that the little Rabbit cared about. He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic has made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter." - from The Veleveteen Rabbit
Steven Cope writes in his book Yoga and the Quest for the True Self ...
"The highest capacities of the human being to see reality clearly are rooted in the simple experiences of being seen. We cannot see without having first seen. We cannot wake up without interacting with a consciousness that is awake.
Spiritual practice in the contemplative traditions works with the rudiments of the capacity to see clearly, and then it builds them into all the extraordinary potentials always present in the seed of the human being.
The deepest structures of the mind are evoked in this process of seeing clearly - the intuitive awakened mind, buddhi. The is a mind, an awareness, a consciousness, that can move anywhere, that is not separate from anything in the whole field of mind and matter, that is not restricted by fear, clinging, holding on. This is the mind that can acknowledge, experience, and bear all of life. This is the mind and body that can be fully in the dance and, at the same time, be fully in the calmly abiding center. "
"Once you become Real, you can't become Unreal again. It lasts for always!"