I notice a lot of people here talk about "angels" "demons" "aliens", etc, which, of course, from the first-person perspective of the "experiencing
mystic", must seem like the real deal, especially given the intensity of the feelings felt and the nature of perceptions.
But occult and mystic "secrets", although interesting as an ontological phenomenon, steers far away from coherency when we decide to vacate the 3rd
person objective perspective simply because the world is supposedly "nondual" i.e., nothing apparently matters beyond "what" the nondual perspective
reveals about things.
And yet, reality allows us to analyze things at a 1st person, 2nd person and 3rd person vantage point - all interesting and relevant, but for the
scientist-philosopher, the mystic perspective, after experienced, is "unpacked" so that it can be made sense of in a way that doesn't mindlessly
invoke the beliefs of people who havent done much reading, and, being just as needy as the rest of us, is likely to experience himself enervated by
the Godhead perspective, and so be unable to disengage to see what it does and doesn't reveal about reality.
The biggest and most obvious problem that many users here don't understand, because they haven't studied the development of the brain-mind from
embryogenesis to early-life, is that neural patterns are strongly-set in place in the first 2 years of life, which means, if the child happesn to
experience traumatic affect arousal, such an affect-arousal will be with that person for that persons life time, acting upon the formation of other
'semes' which associate in some way with that seme.
As an organism with a mind and a deep abiding interest in studying and understanding reality, I want to know things accurately: I don't want to be
taken away by fantasy or fear. At the same time, I am cognizant of the claims mystics make about the nature of reality, which, from my perspective,
must be "unpacked" within the general biodynamical-framework of the brain-body-minds embeddement in its PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT to be made meaningful.
Now, I'm not a mystic. I read into it, but I have no interest in pursuing such things, inasmuch as I think it takes over a persons affective
interests, predominantly by "dulling" their sense of the reality or validity of the world around them, which comes to be experienced as mere "maya".
Maya, I wonder, may be a confused concept, borne from a mind-society (Indian subcontinent) that was fundamentally unequal, which is to say,
fundamentally organizing the brain-minds which emerge in those societies in terms of the symmetry dynamics that occur when humans observe/relate to
one another in certain ways.
So where does the problem lie? A seme is the same idea as Richard Dawkins "meme", but with an ontological connotation of 'meaning". The mind really is
composed/assembled by memes, just as the body is assembled by molecules. And, just as the molecular assemblages are logical, so are the semes.
As a therapist and someone whose read more than his fair-share of vignettes detailing a persons delusion, I try to be as aware as possible that when I
communicate with Others, I am prone to "assimilate" their object-relations, and so, come to experience my reality in terms of their reality. I get, as
they say, "sucked into the illusion".
The whole depressed/removed response from reality that seems to accompany a persons response after experiencing nondualism, seems, from my
perspective, to be a textbook example of what trauma does to human brain-minds: even brain-minds that experience such wonderful and "terrifying" and
utterly surreal things, from a perspective far-above the human norm, seems to shock the brain-mind is such a way as to produce a complete sense of
derealisation: indeed, derealisation, as a clinical phenomenon expressed by traumatized people, is essentially the same as the perceptual state
produced by brain-minds who experience this mode of reality.
The importance of the epistemological significance of "different perspectives" is that they all yield valuable and useful knowledge, yet for
traumatized brain-minds which hold asymmetric semes, seeing reality from "up above" produces not just a disenchantment with the causally-relevant
outside world, but a complete and utter hatred of it: see the Matrix for the sort of psychological state the Wachowski bothers (now sisters) must have
been in, and still must be in, because they couldn't disengage from the significance from that perspective of reality.
Undoubtedly, my capacity to "move between" multiple modes of being in a way that is skeptical is aided by my not being member to any society, or any
group, that would put me, or hold me, within the confines of a "social-system" that is utterly determining of the nature of my response, even if,
ironically enough, the perspective my group is hyper-individualistic.
Think about this: social-scientists and relational psychoanalysts - perspectives that simply didn't exist in the ancient world - have shown again and
again how peoples needs as a social-self "steer" consciousness towards cues/ideas that are useful in the present context. These views show humans to
be the self-confabulating, Bull-$hit mongers that they frequently are, especially when fear is present in processing of a particular issue.
Why don't some people care about this? Is this site, or this forum, "really" full of people who present themselves as knowers of very deep things? Or,
conversely, is it possible that the nature of the myth, based as it on a particular experience of self-in-world-yet-alienated-from-world, combined
with reappearing social situations, merely scaffolding the reproduction of bad-philosophy based upon an incomplete understanding of thigns, and worse
still, entailing a naïve trust in ones own unconscious dynamics?
Self-organization underlies EVERYTHING, yet for some reason, interactions with spiritual-entities is superficially treated as "true". The transforming
myths of our time necessarily derive, just as earlier ideas did, from the technological, cultural and intellectual developments in the
society-in-question. Space-aliens aren't real; they reflect the humans own awareness of themselves. If alienation describes ones experience, and if
the idea of evolution has been introduced into the semiosphere, as it had by the time the idea appeared, then putting one and the other together
naturally produces an idea of the human being evolving towards something like a "space-alien".
The yin-yang dynamic, at least as it pertains to consciousness, seems very much built around our desires and needs; indeed, the semes are in us - as
our brains - so that the self-organizing production of coherent materials is really no different from what dreaming does.
Finally, the semes of early-life experience precede - since they come first psycho-developmentally - and so act like a "container" and "context" - at
the feeling level - for whatever is produced "up above".
The topological analysis of humans in terms of systems dynamics MUST be considered, lest society fall back into the subjectivist mystical fantasies of
earlier cultures and take with it all hope of sane and rational progress.
edit on 8-8-2017 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)