The degree of connection and attunement between body and world is truly inspiring. One would seem shrivelled to me, emotionally and dare I say
"spiritually", to not open himself to the vivifying energies of love, kindness, acceptance and compassion. From a dynamic systems standpoint, this
represents two systems exchanging high levels of information with one another, as when two people are open and accepting, curious and compassionate
with one another, the two systems mutually "create" a dynamic state where the mind can think more freely, with less constraint, and access deep
feelings, more enthusiasm, more energy, and thus more creation.
To 'emancipate' yourself from the effects of culture is very difficult. Culture swamps us from every direction, as most of us have different ones,
some we feel good about (a neurologically different "time-context locked" self state) others we don’t; sometimes were completely delusional and in
self-denial. Some people are aware of their problems, yet are too weak, emotionally (or energetically) to organize themselves in a more effective
way. In some ways, I'm this person; yet in other ways, I am someone who is quite able to control his mind and calm the 'inner waters', largely
generated by interactions with others, that obscure the 'truth content' embedded in every context-dependent situation.
Our world is an amazing place, and no matter what happens after we die (and no one knows that!) and no matter how much were tempted to theorize and
attach a probability, there is always those feelings, those "tracks from our past", which biases our attention this way and that way; and we never
know, or pay attention, to the constant, "high level reentry" that metacognition represents: we are AWARE OF OURSELVES when we say something we
believe; our brains "enjoy" the dopamine rush, which for us, consciously, is a pleasant experience speaking a certain way - and the felt sense, the
feeling of conviction in ones views - who ever thinks about this very basic process as occurring through cold biological processes? Yet that’s what
it is, for a very simple reason. There is a deep continuity between the physical world and the forces it applies, and the way chemical elements react
and connect, eventually to become life in the form of cells. The life that develops from that first cell, from the get-go, is about an energy
"balance". This basic fact underlies all subsequent evolution. Up all the way to the way our brains organize themselves to the superordinate processes
of culture and communication. Our experiences are "emergent" upon these processes, particularly with the degree of culture we've developed (50,000
years in the making), every individual human is a 'world' of feelings, selves, context-based self experiences, so strongly linked to contexts that
subsequent selves in different contexts act as if they don't know anything about those earlier selves.
If we want anything approximating "world peace" we need to recognize the totally impersonal quality of it. If I, or any other person, who opens
themselves to the range of human experiences, feel the fears, feel the needs, that come with human experience, they would be led to a loving
conviction. This too, is completely natural, unmagical, and simply a matter of contingency i.e. adaptation. Yet, at the same time, there is a
beautiful unity about the connection between inner and outer. And there is something deeply humbling to be a being who can decide, who "track" the
universe and discover some of its meaning, to be a caretaker, in this way, I don't think is unmagical, but incredibly, deeply, intrinsically mystical.
And by 'mystical', I mean there is something inherently meaningful, between the logical action-reaction processes of physical and biological
activities, and the meanings that human beings have - the way emotions have come to interact with a higher level of awareness - an awareness OF
awareness - I see these states as not "dualistic opposites", one true the other false. I see them as two sides of a continuum, of something which
possess a physical quality and a 'consciousness' quality. All together, it is this sense of 'quality', a 'feel' or 'aspect', that makes the raw
physical seem so different from the perception of quality. Yet, in the particular organization of the human being and the human brain, something
altogether different is happening - consciousness - in a very rarefied form, so rarefied, in fact,, that human beings feel it to be very different
from the physical. At this point, I could, as many others would be tempted to do, commit myself to a position of denigration of this supposedly
'naïve' viewpoint. However, I see something that seems dualistic, but is actually nondualistic. Similarly, our physical world may in fact not be all
there is 'to it'. Hidden realities, interfacing with aspects of this reality - the evolution of life forms on earth - may be 'interacting' with the
physical, molecular, and chemical aspects, providing basic 'forces' on the organizational qualities of the particular 'units'. This world may be 'wave
like', or 'non-local', flowing, seemingly, at once, thing and process, particle and wave, physical bodies demarcated by a world of space, separated by
a dense worlds of lifeforms.
When someone dies, there body lies there, as we say, "lifeless". Indeed, the cells which gave life and expression to the electrical waves of your
human consciousness is gone. But to where? Evan Thompson considers the different ways our mind experiences itself, such as "waking", "sleeping" and
"dreaming". Being awake is one type; dreaming is another type; and being in a deep sleep is another type.
Do you exist when you're in a deep sleep? Some say yes, implicitly; "awareness of awareness" is still active in this condition. Others say the
question doesn't make sense without the organizing faculty of attention and awareness to "recreate" the experience when you were in it.
Death may be a deep sleep or it may be a dream. Do the worlds and dimensions which lie outside our physical world, a plane of consciousness, have any
relation to the world of matter, besides through the organization of life?
We can speculate and drive ourselves crazy with that question. For many, it doesn't matter. They've accepted death as the end. Surreal as it is, to
think of going and then, all of a sudden, that’s it. End.
There's a very natural fear here, but some people are just very effective at controlling their attention in various ways to avoid the agitating
quality of the thought. Physics, it is said, will provide an answer to this question, and perhaps it will; on the other hand, there is something
deeply confusing and 'counter-intuitive' (to our needs, no doubt) about matter still existing after we die (our body's) but not consciousness. The
idea that the qualia that were 'generated' 'vanish', into nothingness, also boggles the imagination, because despite scaring the $hit out of us, it
also doesn't make sense, as if there are 'two types of things', and yes, a relationship of contingency (and yet, through awareness processes,
curiously becomes bidirectional, with mind affecting matter) exists between the two, but there is still nevertheless something 'hidden' on the
'inside', a world of conscious perception, feeling and need, a world where love, compassion, fear, anxiety, emotions which mutually identify and give
meaning to one another, presents a world of intrinsic meaning.