a reply to: Reverbs
I think its a unique result outside of "ego death," but can also be connected to the process.
Honestly, I think a lot of these things could do with a bit of cultural updating.. but sometimes I think maybe not. I've got a write up mostly
completed should I ever decide, it would be interesting to plant that seed and have others contribute..
Thoughts are an interesting thing though. We both probably agree that residing in them completely, while "normal," can be problematic. But do they
have more purpose than simply distractions?
Personally, I say yes, absolutely. With the caveat that thinking in words or speech is like always going 2mph in an 800hp supercar. Images/scenes are
a much better starting point. I experienced something very similar, but it bothered me in much the same ways you describe.
What's neat is that we can imagine, say, a jungle waterfall scene and actually explore it without going through the process some call OBE or astral
So, there is some function there that automatically fills in data seemingly from the creation of the image. We may not see that Pygmy Marmoset on the
branch of the third tree from the left immediately, but its there at least from the moment of seeing it, and if we set it into motion it can have its
own movements beyond our explicit thoughts and attention.
In a sense, I think it allows us to explore worlds that we are not directly involved with at the same time as fully experiencing the one we are
physically located. These worlds also seem to have rulesets that can be designed and can maintain consistency without much further input.
This can allow us to carry out many thought experiments, analyses, pathing scenarios, conflict resolutions, etc. In our thoughts, we can perform "what
ifs," and I think that alone is immensely valuable. The ability to experience something which directly conflicts with "reality" doesn't seem possible
through any other process. Whether that is immersion into a book or video game or imagining we are a bird.
Personally, I use it for everything from inventing and engineering to art and science. It enables me to explore alternate paths of action with much
less time and effort investment, at the same time as doing things that have already been run through the mental gauntlet previously.
I'd actually say there is a good chance you might do such things already, but when they aren't locked into words, they seem to be less.. intrusive
(?). I think everything from training muscle memory to planning a day taps into it.
Somewhere along the line though, relegating thoughts mainly to words and speech became part of the cultural story. Slowing those down, and even
eliminating them, is a mainstay in the more self-aware ideologies, but I believe there is a lot more to explore about it than that. How it integrates
into my perception and experience doesn't seem to be described by even the most obscure ideology.
Oooh, a long post even for me! Ill stop myself there.. Can you tell its a facet that I think is cool?