When we 'look AT' we are looking at labels, we are therefore relating to a brain generated overlay, complete with opinions and judgements, and just as opinions and judgements are ABOUT something, so too is the overlay, but when we are SEEing we are experiencing what IS. Not about it, but direct experiencing. This includes the perception that what is being SEEN is not an object 'out there' but a focussing on details of interaction that are indescribable. Indescribable because to attempt to describe them is to ignore the nuance that is the depth of the multi sensorial experiencing.
Can the Seen be seen without the See-er ? Is there a See-er without the Seen ? Where does the See-er and the Seen begin and end ?
To appreciate that See-er and Seen are actually an experiencing of SEEing, that there can be No separation, is to begin to grok this.
It may not be possible
to avoid the 'looking At', as brain conditioning has already taken place and
all of the ingredients for labeling are already there, But it is
possible to be aware that this is happening and to give it the attention
that it deserves (which is very little usually, though to communicate with
another, it may be useful to have a 'shared' perception) The mind is obsessed with applying meaning to everything and part of doing this is to categorise and label everything that it touches.
The realization that thoughts have no inherent integrity (thoughts are always about, always conceptual and can only interfere with direct experiencing.) allows a relationship with reality that doesn't distort it. (reality is not actually an "it", nor can it be related to, but language...)
When looking at it,
mind knows what it's seen before.
and sees it again.
When SEEing something,
it's always for the first time,
and it's Wonder-Full