The word sometimes seems subject to a "non dual" dismissal. Implying an observer and observed.. not deemed helpful. Some will say that the observer is an intermediate step, and the next step will be a merging with the observed. This process and story may appear as gambling with separation. "Observing" may offer aid, closer to closing an imagined gap. But that gap! Yet, if the I/me is found as separate and illusory, there is obviously no observing, in whatever guise. Only what is happening for no one..which may be the storied step into the void...ending this story...
Is a character
In a story..