When were born into this world, our early brain stems are being regulated according to the faces, voices, and bodies of the caregivers around us. We
are surrounded by an aura of feeling - a spirit - which constructs the affective ground from which we know. All thinking - all thought - is
referentially constructed by this ground. It is so hidden that it is seemingly only in the Buddhist tradition that it is even recognized as a
possibility. Although they too got lost in narrative.
Why couldn't Moses enter the holy land? If my reading of the narrative is correct (and I imagine it is) then Moshe - the part of ourselves that can
sense in terms of the higher level of consciousness - cannot feel the effects of its beauty from the vantage point of his material existence.
Dualislm = Delusion
You have never experienced a state of consciousness that wasn't mediated by your brain, or tinged by the specific continuity of meanings that you have
evolved in your life, all of which are emerging through the remarkable complexity of your neurons.
Why is Moshe excluded from the holy land? Because the consciousness he uses to know from the higher consciousness is incompatible with the meanings he
formed in his youth: the trauma of the past, insomuch as it is stored in his actual physical neurological structure, constrains the degree to which he
is able to experience a sense of compatibility between his social and physical existence and his spiritual existence. The two realms feel "cut apart",
and hence, Moshe cannot experience the effects of the "land of milk and honey".
This shouldn't be a difficult or controversial thing to think, and in fact, it is perfectly logical with the reflexive structure we know through:
since everything is based in symmetry, so long as economic and sociological asymmetry persists, there will be a corresponding internal asymmetry
within each of us, creating the emergent falsity of "reality being wrong". Hence, Moses specific sin is described as occuring at the
"בְּמֵי-מְרִיבַת", which can be translated as the "waters of bitterness" - or trauma.
Apparently the Hebrews were able to infer that traumatic effects remain embodied - that is, they didn't seem to fall for the delusion created by
perception which says "reality is so and so" i.e. its feels wrong, and hence, must be wrong. They infered - used logic - that, "hey, if we have a
brain, and we have a conscious mind, perhaps the two are one, and everything we know is stored in this container".
William James notion of the brain being a filter, then, is inevitably an incomplete idea, insomuch as this filter shapes what passes through it in
terms of the history that the "filter" has lived through. Knowing and feeling, then, can be dissociated: you can know from an intellectual position
that yields a piece of information; but the quality of the whole experience - how you knew
will itself yield an information that will come to
inform how you believe reality works.
All dualisms, all belief systems that defy the golden rule, are trafficking in delusion and hurting themselves and those they care for the further
they try to pull themselves away. As Huxley wisely wrote, “The end cannot justify the means, for the simple and obvious reason that the means
employed determine the nature of the ends produced.”
Those with a history of trauma thus can never know from up above without reminding ourselves why it feels so hard to return - to go back to a life
that doesn't feel unreal and 'wrong'.
This is perhaps the deeper meaning behind science and secularism: we need to learn how to be loving people before we recognize the power of our minds,
because if we have the latter without the former, we get megalomaniacal maleficence.
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