Following on from dependent arising above you see three images taken (or rather pinched) from Gestalt psychology. Take a look at each of three images and identify the very first thing you see.

In each of the above images (from left to right) do you see:
  • ..a black Rubin vase or a two white faces in profile facing each other?
  • ..a black tree and birds or a white gorilla facing a white lioness?
  • ..a black silhouette of a man playing a saxophone or a black and white image of a woman's face?

The very first thing you saw or perceived was achieved through your focus of conscious attention. The second image you saw or perceived was possible through your conscious awareness and being made aware that it was possible to perceive such an image. But also note that you cannot perceive both images together, such as the Rubin vase and the two faces on the left, simply because the two faces define the Rubin vase and make it real, and likewise the two faces are defined and made real by the Rubin vase.

This is a clear example of dependent arising using the example of consciousness and space. Both consciousness and space are infinite and interactive, and therefore cannot ever be fully explained, understood, defined or known. But you don't need to fully understand or know what either space or consciousness is. All you need to understand is that both exist and both are interconnected with one another through the following:

  • existence (consciousness) and non-existence (space)
  • existence (consciousness) and reality (space)

This will become important when it comes to physicality and form.