Have you wondered what all of this is? By all of this I mean us, reality, the world and existence. I myself wanted to know and as it is apparent that the empirical scientific approach is the way this also made me to have most of my attentions on this when it comes to discovering reality, but experiencing life and getting into meditation showed me that I have not looked at some other prior aspects that comes beforehand, it primarily showed me that I would need to analyze and investigate reality in it's direct form, in the interactivity of direct living experience, there is so much already is happening in the mundane momentary daily life, its all data and information that we can analyze and discover, plus it’s individual benefits or transformative possibilities.
When we solve a problem, we count for every piece and possibilities, if we don’t count one piece it will affect the whole outcome, just like this example if we do not include ourselves as a variable it will affect our outcome in our investigation of reality, actually this is the primary piece because reality is perceived by us, we are the means, if we have a broken tv, first thing to check is the plug where electricity is going through, which is the primary mean for powering the whole system as known as TV, we won’t be going to try and open the tv to see where the problem is without checking for the main source first right?.
Another way to put, Lets say we seek knowledge and question about reality and the world (that we want to gain the big picture and also to the root of things), at some point we will start investigating our-selfs directly, containing the elements that are pertaining to our-selfs, stretches and connected to the the world around us, an example would be the parts of us that initiates, seeks and questions that has direct impact in the world, this is inclusive in our search and are part of the interconnectivity of the world and the big picture understanding. if we are after knowing reality and the world we would also need not to leave anything out in this endeavour.
A reflective general analogy for better understanding would be an example of the role of a person who investigates reality, in todays mainstream era we name those scientists, as the scientist does his work of discovering reality he would also factors himself in, or having himself under investigation while he himself is already occupied with his scientific work, in this analogy its not a one way of investigation, but inclusion of the investigator himself in the process, having himself also as a changed variable rather than a fixed entity in real time, in this manner its not just about introspection which is mainly known by reflections or looking inwards to examine ones own thoughts or feelings but every element that constitutes us and reality, leaving nothing out from this and no exclusion or unquestioning of anything (in the direct experience).
If we do not intervene with our minds and natural tendencies and not put in efforts for questioning ourselves and the world we normally make wrong conclusions and generalizations, we believe things are operating in some particular way but not otherwise, we fail to be conscious and see things/situations/phenomena’s from most sides, we have wrong and limiting views, we are dogmatic, biased and the list goes on, the majority of our times and our perspectives are not of the effortful investigations and observations for knowing the true nature of things, seeing things as what they are, seeing things neutrally is not human or any animals nature, we are living beings, we have survival needs, those are our limitations that make us have certain agendas in a deep subconscious and biological level, as we are biological animals, at the core we are actually the non-rational animals however much we think and see things rationally our feelings and instincts would still be running/happening despite our thoughtful rational views, our nature paints the way we see the world, for that reason the chances are quite high that the way we see the world might not be in accord to what the world and reality actually is, therefore if we were the scientist or someone who is deriving meanings and making conclusions, specially like our earlier analogy of the TV and the Scientist, the results will be painted with the way the scientist sees it rather than what the results actually are.