posted on Aug, 15 2018 @ 09:51 PM
There are only two dimensions of self-experience which I find myself emphasizing again and again, and it's because I find other people always
hyper-emphasizing one at the expense of the other.
When you perceive, do you think you are in control of that process? Would you describe perception as active, or passive? I think any sane person will
acknowledge that you cannot control perception, and hence, every act of perception constitutes a passive experience of self.
What do we perceive? We perceive feelings. Of course, perception is allied with vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch; but it also includes
perception of internal bodily state (interoception) perception of balance within your body (proprioception) and, at a more subtle level, perception of
emotional feelings relating to social interactions with others, and indeed, even more subtly, is how your own brain metacognitvely constrains your
perceptual experiences towards states that are compatible with homeostatic ends.
What is called "New Thought" by the writer Gary Lachman, or the more general phenomenon of positive thinking, is a horrendous example of a naive
intellectualism that impulsively asserts things about reality for the sake of material ends. It is more than just a naked self-interest, but an
appaling indolence towards howthings exist, and what sort of responsibility thatlogically entails.
This is why it is more than justified to posit an early life trauma - and whatever other traumas - to the person who insists on living a life that
never acknowledges evil, suffering, pain, or more practically, since this is the etiology of the matter, shame, anger, and fear, and how being a self
means being vulnerable to being hurt.
The person who only wants to think positively establishes a value system which, because it is a psycholinguistically decided upon act, operates at the
top of a neurosemiotic hierarchy which regulates the rest of awareness. Translated: the value system is the unconscious attractor which organizes your
perceptual and cognitive states. If you say you only want to know the good, you necessarily dissociate yourself from the reality of the bad - which is
always occurring whenever you and another person are in opposite or incompatible states.
Conscious Reflection For Spiritual Hygiene
Because we are made by a reflectional symmetry where "how I'm seen" influences "what I feel the next time I am seen", that is, because experience
structures expectancies, he basis of how the mind knows itself needs to be judged by how the culture in which we live channels the flow of experience
from moment to moment, and how well people experience themselves "recognized".
By recognition, I mean having your feeling states acknowledged. What does acknowledgement mean? It ultimately means, because the world we live in is
so traumatized, a loving acceptance of the other's vuilnerabilities - whatever they may be, and yes, peoples vulnerabilities tend to appear within 10
minutes of interacting with them - so we don't need to be told what they are, but need merely be attentive to what is happening, and how its
The problem with our society is not merely an absence of self-awareness, which is too vague a statement, but a sense that there is "no truth" - and
hence, no motive for being self-aware. The magicians who brought this state about must feel great, but eventually things will wear down, and society
at large will utterly fall apart, because the higher level emergent structure - the society we live within - is only as strong as their parts. Perhaps
the magicians who bask in this 'success' underestimate their own vulnerability, and hence, underestimate nature power to induce negative feedback -
since symmetry is the law, and the mind arises through symmetry, a mind which misuses its powers to harm other minds is evidently off-kilter,
unjustifiably confident in its capacities, and so, not sufficiently aware of the passive side of subjective experience: how thet benefit, how the
things "out there", make life worth living. Indeed, even spiritual capacities grow from intersubjective connections - in real life, or in a book,
the notion of an individual self which operates 'separately' simply fails hardcore when abstracted from real physical interactions.
Reality is not an illlusion. Maya is a 'transitional object' of the Hindu elite class, a fantasy which emerges when the self refuses to acknowledge
the pain that they have personally caused (again, the egotistic mind refuses to engage its own behavior, its own motives, and how they are necessarily
in dialectical conflict with feelings of deficiency, anxiety, depression, and fear). Think of the history of the Brahmins, and you can accept that,
whatever mythology they try to peddle about themselves, they are the inheritors of a spiritual tradition that was evolved in a warriror, traumatizing
and traumatized culture, and hence, it is still an expression of a psyche that has not resolved its conflcts.
You Are Biological
Do you know what this word 'biological' really means? As a philosophical idea, it means "cannot be changed", or "resistant to change". Since
biology hasn't yet recognized that symmetry dynamics underlies the emergence and variation of organisms, every aspect of a living being can be
described as a function of what situation an environmental circustance creates, and how the organism, at whatever level of ontological organization,
'makes coherent' its semiotic relation. It does this, necessarily, by seeking to "reproduce" a symmetry which allows it to 'feel whole'.
When you pretend that you are beyond good and evil, you are building within yourself a megalomaniacal self-state that overlooks all the semiotic
details that comes with interaction. For instance, do you know everything? No. Thus, if you were logical - and symmetry and logic are synonymous - you
wouldn't take for granted that an actual independently existing truth exists beyond your perception - or "will to make things look as you wish" -
of things, and if you don't respect this, you open yourself to the semiotic consequence that comes with undue pride: shame.
Humans are logical. Magic is not beyond science or logic. All is traceable, via reason, to the initial cause - love - and hence, the logos represents
the 'way back'. Logic - in mind - and love - in bodily feeling, are sort of different apparitions of the same coherency. Anytime a position is
advanced which does not take into account the wellbeing of the other, you are already off your rocker - already too damaged to safely navigate your
life and existence without bringing damage to yourself and those you negatively effect.
Quantum physics, also, is irrelevant to the dynamics of nature, or symmetry, for that matter - which is way more essential and fundamental a law,
because it is literally building us from the second we were conceived, to the loving faces which awared us selfhood and agency to change...
I mention this only to point out that the "metacognitive brain" reflexively induces idealization, which is to say, compels the mind to focus on an
object, such as quantum mechanics, which, under logical analysis, in comparison with the wealth of data from the biologies, psychologies, and
nevermind thermodynamics, is not as plausible or important a viewpoint as symmetry - and hence, its the difference between the megalomaniacal mind