The Buddhist scriptures talk about bodhisattvas, great practitioners, who develop compassion and awareness instantaneously. Even if they are about to go into the chaos of a samasaric, confused situation where they may lose their awareness, they can correct themselves in the process. It’s like a person slipping or skidding on the ice, losing their balance. In the process of slipping, a person can correct or regain their balance without falling. The force of the slipping is used as a way of rebalancing. It doesn’t require any mystical experience. It’s just one look, then let go.
From “Glimpses of Mahayana” in the current issue of the Shambhala Sun magazine, page 68.