If you think about the meaning of word 'individual'
, what does it bring in your mind? (Please, stop reading for a while and think the
previous word within your own mind, think about its meaning!)
In it's meaning, it is totally distinct for example to 'person'
thought they are generally speaking often considered to refer to same phenomena: to a single human being. Individual
, however, stands for
something that is not divided.
Person instead stands for ‘mask’
. These are their literal meanings. Research the words if you
haven’t already. Could it be possible, that as long as there exists two distinct parts of consciousness within us (consciousness and
sub-consciousness), we are not whole. Could we perhaps draw these two almost or completely together by some means? Could we unite the thesis and
anti-thesis within ourselves? It could be! Even if complete unification is not possible, at least drawing them nearer each other should be.
It might be that we may not really aware of our sub-consciousness and it’s contents; many of us has dreams we cannot understand, or we would find
them totally incoherent and perhaps even ridiculous, absurd and totally unethical according our own daily morals. Well, it may just be that the
sub-consciousness wants to compensate our conscious attitude towards something – for example, if you are one struggling to be chaste as your social
group or status (think for example about priests, especially the catholic ones) demands it, your dreams may be just opposite. Terrible fornications
and lustful images may take place in dreams. Some people are better in resisting consciously the contents of sub-consciousness than the others. But
resisting may result to neurosis – as the result of continuing suppression, the sub-conscious contents may break through the barrier and cause
severe unconscious behaviour which I cannot remember later; or I may think that “what just happened to me? I do not normally act like that!”.
Wouldn't that be neat explanation for recent insest tragedies amongst catholic church.
To be honest, this is nothing new, but perhaps it is now represented in terms that everyone – even profane people – can understand it and its
beneficial effects for the human psyche. This has been the “message” of past religions, but it has been in too complex form, or rather too
symbolic form to be easily understood. Most religions’ esoteric core have had a hunch of this. Past religions had the same purpose of uniting man
and god (consciousness and sub-consciousness, where the god-images stem from). This why it has been said: “Man, know yourself and you’ll know
universe and it’s gods”
. It may also be interesting to know, that word 'religion' in Latin means 'to unite' or to 'bind, strongly'. Well
how come this is any different from religions of old then? Because this doesn’t require faith – it is pure psychology. It is also physiology.
Those whom can interact with their sub-consciousness consciously – so to speak – may have some superior attributes compared to those who are just
“persons”. Being a person means that I am not actually myself, united in harmonious way; I may be something that I want to be or something that
others want me to be, but there I’ll go astray, as one cannot never totally become what one or others will. Instead one should give up the false
struggle and seek one’s inner self – seek the sub-consciousness and bring it close to one’s consciousness. Then what would an individual gain
that person has not? Think about this: Our eyes can “see” change in a single photon, but our consciousness doesn’t “see” that, because it
considers change so small irrelevant. But the information nevertheless is recorded by eye and your sub-consciousness.
What that does mean? It could mean “clairvoyance”, “-audience” and “-sensation”. It does not mean you would be able too see, hear and feel
it all. It merely means that you could see, hear and feel more clearly, and it would certainly appear to be “psychic” in front of “blind”,
“deaf” and "dense". But as it happens, this unification is not a simple process; it’ll require lot of work, mostly contemplation although some
physical work may be necessary. And of course if I have my crucial organs damaged, it may be difficult if not impossible. It requires patience – I
wouldn’t get it all over night or two. It takes years for most people, even almost whole life time. Why some elders seems so serene? Because they
may have completed their unification process and are being calm with the rest of the world. Not all are though, many people live their whole life in
illusion of false "I", the persons whom another day loves something and on next day they would hate it.
I guess the best way to begin is to pay attention to oneself, to one’s thoughts – I do not control, just observe; then retrospectively analyze my
behaviour – I remember my dreams, contemplate them, because a dream which is not interpret, is like a letter left unopened. The keywords are know
and be clean
– it doesn’t necessarily make much difference what I eat or if my hands are dirty. I should be clean within the
mind. I try not to fantasize, I try not to be jealous nor judge people. I try to see everything as it is, without stamping them with values: “Oh
there’s a tree – it’s a pine! By the way, it prevents sun from shining!” No, just to look without evaluating nothing – recognize, but do not
judge. Chastity is important – the chastity of mind. Anger and negative feelings are obstacles – but if I should experience them nevertheless, I
do not struggle to suffocate them, but instead contemplate them; Contemplating the origin of negative emotions I usually find that the source and
cause of these negative emotions is me, not for example something that offends me, but me. Usually this helps and I instantly calm down.
Remember, this is a message board and that was my message. I don’t need you to agree nor disagree. I don’t look for acceptance. I just delivered
my view how I see that (our) mind(s) work. I don’t have much to add, but if anyone wants to ask something or perhaps to criticize, that’ll be
cool. Many propably find most above very familiar, as there are many other "ways" that utilize the same methods. That isn't too surprising, as I
said before, it's nothing new.
[edit on 12-6-2010 by v01i0 - corrected few typos and added stuff here and there
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