posted on Apr, 7 2017 @ 10:15 PM
What I Believe:
If you follow my threads, the following will serve as a reminder of what I believe to be the nature of Human existence:
All things are processes. All processes throughout nature have a similar structure - self-organizing within itself according to dynamics intrinsic
to the chemical ingredients which make up a cell, and the various means its evolved to regenerate its structure (feeding).
This 'formal' understanding is ESSENTIAL: formative processes occur at multiple ontological scales, for instance, at the quark-gluon, packed
within the mass of a proton/neutron, packed into an atomic configuration which are themselves organized into larger atomic configurations called
molecules. Molecules in turn communicate with one in another in such away as avoid entropy - perfectly reversible processes such as ATP production for
muscle myosin-actin proteins occur through its coupling with inorganic phosphate production. In other words, unlike everything else around you,
organisms - living beings - are islands of improbable order.
Affects are the internal registration of the body's metabolism. Metabolism recapitulates biogenesis. The food you eat, the mental processes
carried out within you, and the feelings you feel with others, are entirely intertwined dynamics - with the mental-cognitive-symbolic-narrative
stratum as ontologically 'above' the 'affects' stratum, giving it the formal constraints on meaing-making. Yet, as I have strenuously argued,
lower levels constrain higher levels. Affects are functions of CONTEXT processes between animals. From the fact that your very feelings begun
at the beginnings of brainstem development (6-7 months), your body and its affective experience has been calibrating the appropriateness of energetic
relations to its environment - based, as always, on what the environment affords or deprives the emerging systems sensory modalities.
Traumas occur as a function of recognition dynamics, which occurs as a function of an affective expectancy that follows any self-initiated
communicative desire. A positive receptivity 'excites' the perceiving mind into a more cognitively creative enactment - but since it is interested
in the story its telling, it doesn't pay much attention to the energetic-root of its enlivened identity. Traumas are defined as affective states
which overwhelm the psychological systems ability to maintain an internal I-You relationship, and so, have the capacity to narrativize an
understanding. Very intelligent and self-aware people can do much to help themselves, yet the sort of mental clarity needed to transcend torturous
abuse from an Other is, as they, godly. For most most, if not all of us, the social world of today is "inside our genes" - dictating the epigenetic
mechanisms that underlie the coordinative dynamics that generate our particular sort of personality.
Such a thing exists - and is real - and definitely has a mysterious relationship to the heart and soul of the Humans existence.
A beginners mind is a childlike openness and receptivity to what the 'other' tells you. The Other can be nature - it can another person, or it can
be your body. In a very essential sense, we are surrounded by three essential "others": body, others, and the world itself.
The body is the core of who we are - and it is, as I've written before, actually the basic meaning of Adam and Eve - etymologically, symbolically,
etc. This was and is the meaning, and probably has a real history in our planets past, albeit, as interpreted through the mythological consciousness
of ancient Humanity.
Adam and Eve. Intelligence - or your observing self, and Eve - Chava - "living being" - your body, the living presence that actually directs your
attention. Adam must know Eve if he is to act coherently, yet Eve - the body, is "taken up" by the whims of her brainstem/amygdular processes. Eve
succumsbs to the Serpent through a faulty attentiveness - no Adam present - and "eats the apple"... Eating, as the symbolism suggests, is an
"internalization". So eating is acting. Acting in a way that creates effects is "eating the apple", and knowing the tree of "good and evil", has
effects for the observing consciousness, which observes itself in a different situation than before. The wisdom of knowing what was good for
you - an ecological consciousness - was forgotten by the obnoxious pridefulness created by acting without reference to the emergent effects of your
completed actions - As Cain says 'My punishment is greater than I can bear. Cain - the same word in Hebrew for "to acquire". An archetypal
psychological dynamic is being described as it relates to the personality motivated to acquire physical things i.e. the agriculturalist, brought his
"gift" to the Lord of Being, and experienced it as insufficient.
Do not read into this a 'story' - even though it is told as one. It describes your mind - what happens, as a causal-law, when you live with
reference to being acquisitive. The capitalist - the libertarian, who sees "conquering" etc, as the best way to live, is delusioned - fully under
the grip of the motivational referent of the desire for more power. And a basic effect of that orientation is an inability to regulate back to a state
of balance. This is all a systems analysis of psychological processes - whether or not it is understood this way by kabbalists, qabbalists, etc, is a
function of their slowness to recognize the significance of the systems-theory revolution - i.e. the "era of emergence" (as opposed to the "era of
reductionism") occurring in the various sciences/humanities.
The Elastic Band
24. So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every way, to
keep the way to the tree of life. [S]
This phrase in the Hebrew is full of additional meaning. For instance, "east of Eden" can be read as "from eternity, where there is pleasure".
This is no different from the meaning meant by taoists. Without a mindful connection to your body's dynamics, you are "east of eden" -
living in a sub-form of Human experience that precedes the realization of Human community in the generation of a higher level of awareness - the "8th
phase shift" - where the individual conscious mind connects and attunes to other conscious minds - taking in the wholeness of the complexity of their
beings, and through this deepened connection, generate, like the quark-gluons the incredible mass of the proton, a world consciousness - a
"noosphere" - which builds us more deeply into natures reality - where we, Human beings, quite literally, experience the depth of our oneness with
So what is the elastic band effect? It is reserved for those people who insist on a dualistic metaphysics that includes a "demiurge" that is somehow
opposed to your being. You must understand this for the traumatologically-generated fantasy that it is. Humans are fantasy-based creatures i.e. we
need to make coherent our experiences, which we do by exploring the affects we feel with reference to the meaning our culture offers us. New ideas are
typically considered to be ones own personal "eureka" - a sign of brilliance - rather than an alchemical interaction between self and other, self
and body, and the artistic weaving into awareness of the implicit into the explicit.