reply to post by ButtUglyToad
Positive perception? Negative perception? I cannot fit that into my understanding!
Perception is neutral. The application of values (good/bad: positive/negative: right/wrong) is a separate process, done within the mind, according to
the individual preferences and values.
The perception itself is just reception of what is.
I perceive an object, in space, with certain characteristics- color, shape, smell, texture....
That is the perception.
Then the digestion begins and my mind determines I call it an apple, the location is three feet in front of my body, that color is red, that shape is
round, that texture is smooth....
THEN the application of values- I want (or don't want) the apple.... apples are good for one to eat, good for health, this apple should or shouldn't
be there right now, it is good or bad to take it ......
I do not experience positive/negative application as being simultaneous with perception!
And yes, I can experience the perception without the application of values ( and even without the application of language) but like I said, then I
become indifferent. I am inert. I have no reason to do anything, I have no direction, I point my intent in no direction. Fine while meditating... but
to spend a whole life? You'd have to be hospitalized so that someone would determine it is a "good" thing to feed your body, or cover it from the