Ching-yuan Wei-hsin, a Chinese Ch'an master, once said this:
Thirty years ago, when having not studied Ch'an, this monk saw mountain was mountains and water was water.
Later, when following the good teacher's guide, this monk...
Quote: "Or easier yet ask yourself "Am I straight or confused?"
Easy as that. If you're the latter you better sit your butt down.
" .........It seems I keep alternating between the former and the latter. Is it that I got from straight to confused due to my ignorance (falsely believing I am straight). Or because of noise (I am straight, but external forcings falsely make me confused). It is a conundrum.