Recaps: My Current Quotes

The ego, in separate mode, only had the other as its companion, and that could be nasty. The figure within the ground, is much more multifaceted, and has much more in interaction and connection with it. Rather than just one thin ephemeral line leading into the past, we are more like a jig saw puzzle with all these contributing, interactive parts, with flows of meaning and energy, from the bigger picture.

Its not just the average person recalling what happened in the past, as if that was the cause of present things; but bringing back alive all those variegated aspects of our multidimensional existence, which are still interconnected, influential, being able to touch upon and use all of it.

So, rather than just some shady elements in the wings, through a change of orientation, there’s the potential for experiencing and being part of some integrated further parts. Form and energy. We’re a part of greater reality, not separate. That’s what I’ve been learning about, working on. The Life World within the Greater World.

That’s what Jung was doing . . . bringing it all back to life . . . active imagination!


Moving into those core moves, connected/interconnected with those intrinsic greater parts of oneself, rather than with those external, colloquial modes . . . from the generic to the essential. People are needed; but they are have to be orientated properly as well. They have their games.


With these extensions, shifts of intent, the results can be quite specific, realistic, with enhanced feelings, motivations, and meanings. Its related to one’s core, and its next locus, not just random stuff coming in for the average self. Some try to simplify it, to fit into their perspectives; but that tends to be like putting a square block in the round hole . . . doesn’t quite fit. The experience, world and self, takes on a more sophisticated shape.

So, moving past the generic . . . one size fits all . . . that’s what we are getting with you, in your “externalizations.” This is sort of what I had to compensate for.


Ah, to be one’s real self . . . you shouldn’t complain here . . .


So, you could say, I was working on those new orientations I was touching upon, and also being confused by all the lowly other stuff people were bringing in. Shadows, yea, but there was also something much more perspicacious. Hard to get it together. Once I understood about the “externalizations,” and “the interactive field of meaning and knowledge,” getting you, and me in, at a more robust level, I was on my way.

Ya, the “externalized” isn’t enough. When I started to wake up, look around, it really stirred up the pot. There’s the fallacy that your system of yours does it all, leads the way, etc. . . . but not if you are just being generic, colloquial. I was seeing reality, becoming more sane. There’s another more intrinsic orientation; and I even had an explanation for it.

There’s some other possible orientations here, other targets, and more personal, intrinsic connections with people. I was thinking of the “abstract” first, and then came in the idea of enhanced notions of mind and consciousness . . . ! ! ! Carried me through. I had to keep that orientation in which I was dealing more with my own inner significance . . . not as if someone else could come in, take control and do more for me . . . not much of a real connection here, just a tangent. Took the battle of the public/private, and authenticity, to a much more sophisticated level!


Moving from the “given,” to the enhanced, and the fullness. An interactive field of meaning and knowledge. Life worlds within the Greater World.


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Ah, this compares to my life world, within the greater world . . . though, its pretty much literal, in my case. There are activations, of various perspectives: its not just symbolic.

There was a quote, which I can’t find now, along the lines of:
“Was that a dream Don Juan?
No, but you were Dreaming.”

This symbol you had of me, and what I was up to, your colloquial psychoanalysis . . . looks like I’m your ugly duckling now, and I’m evolving into other areas. Its amazing you never considered me for these higher moves, guiding me, helping for growth and maturity. It sort of boils down to, you didn’t know how: so doing your thing holds me back. Its like I had to be an undercover guerilla warrior, within your system, to move on: then you wondered what I was doing. There are other ways: I bet those foreigners can hear what I’m saying, and see what you are doing. They know.

Its all about the proper functioning.


Self-aware, and abstracted . . . the elements of the study of psychology.

This abstraction, its more than just an idea in the head . . . its models of the external world, “internalized.”  “Representations of reality.” Its not just thoughts, thinking; its more like lived, fully operational programming, the script. Though, when one is rational only, there can be problems.

(So, I was probably just hitting a stage, developmental, biological, psychological, in which I began to investigate this. It was totally natural.)

I discovered that there are other forms of functioning involved here: we’re active, and are a part of the bigger picture. One can see for oneself, that there are other levels, ways of being, the bigger picture, a more intrinsic self. One did, saw!

So, what I was working towards: its not just the small ego in face of the opposing, overwhelming bigger, or external world . . . your psychology; but being an integral part of the bigger picture, a part of the whole. That’s what I was aiming for . . . its real! We could of got together and got to work on the relationship between the life world within the greater world. Moving from the variegated aspects of the typical down to earth self, for better or worse, to the connected/interconnected experience of the other parts, greater parts, activations of the more integral self, an enhanced self.

With intent and figure/ground, as a rule of thumb, it becomes a literal thing, this life world within the greater world. Once I understood that sense of an interactive field of meaning and knowledge, I was saved! This integral ground of meaning, not just people saying he’s this or that. The greater meanings is the reason for doing things, the task, the motivation.


These “representations of reality” are pretty much a literal thing, not just an idea floating around in the head of a person in the supposed real physical world. They are like a set of googles, a program we live. We are not seeing reality directly; though there are other ways to reconnect here as well. Its “where one is at,” the current assemblage of meanings, personalities, worlds, etc., within an even greater reality. Greater meanings come through in a variety of ways, internally and externally, like dreaming, since we are also within a greater consciousness. We are on this personal voyage within a greater reality.

We’re more than a person within the physical world: we are also acting within a life world within an even greater world. There are enhanced, greater orientations. The system, per se, is bigger, more sophisticated.


 

Integral Connections

Looking to the more integral connections/interconnections of this self with the Greater World and/or consciousness. . . extended . . . enhanced, the Real, auspicious meanings.

This adds some progression here, ways forward . . . not just the average generic, colloquial things; and then saying, he’s not “fitting in.” “Who’s the real dummies here?”

There is a higher form of functioning here that is leading the way, setting the new standards, understandings, from which one can orientate from.


Some possibilities:

We have seen how the notion of Shapeshifting is supported by observing everything in our universe as already malleable, and how our bodies, intentions and experience are intertwined. The second quality helping us transform ourselves the world around us is oneness. Everything is connected and shares the same source.

Roberts, Llyn. Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness: Heal and Transform Yourself and Our World with Ancient Shamanic and Modern Methods (pp. 11-12). John Hunt Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Traditional peoples know that everything is interconnected. All is infused with energy and power from the same source. This enables a hunter in the Amazon to merge with the qualities of a jaguar for stealth and swiftness desired to catch his prey. It makes it possible for a healer in the high Andes to embody an active volcano, Shapeshifting into the sacred mountains of his region and engulfing clients in fire to incinerate illness. A Buginese sailor in Indonesia can blend with the consciousness of a frigate bird and fly across the ocean to chart his ship’s course. A Siberian shamanic elder can don her feathered headdress and soar like an eagle into non-physical spiritual realms. There she can gather power, energy and insight to help villagers recover from cultural oppression. The notion of oneness is integral to the hunter, healer, navigator or community leader. They can access power from other realities and adopt perceptions of other life forms. Hence these people are intermediaries to the spiritual forces of the web of life they tap into. They actively participate with the cosmos and nature. The shaman utilizes wisdom, power and energy that filter through the senses, intuition, and longing.

Roberts, Llyn. Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness: Heal and Transform Yourself and Our World with Ancient Shamanic and Modern Methods (pp. 12-13). John Hunt Publishing. Kindle Edition.


These internalizations/externalizations may only go so far, have their limits. Its interesting how this could be organized, presented, as one plays around. One could move from the average, chaotic, to something much more perspicacious . . . Mindful! I had these images of the upper torsos, and heads with faint yellow hats, of people . . . their “tweets” were written in black ink on their shirts, and to follow their stream of conscious activity, all I had to do was “right click” on them and I could see the ongoing contents of it. But then I also had an experience in which there was a surge of intent: I moved into the lighted rectangular room of someone, who had much interesting stuff going on in there I noticed, and who looked like a grey scarab . . . not just looking, but “Seeing?”

Various levels of interpretations, heh? It made me think later, on how hieroglyphs are written within those rounded oblong shapes, and how I could use my scarab shaped mouse, to see. Some kind of connection here, overall.

 

Extensions

As far as those representations of reality go, there are extended contexts. One can move one’s locus of the internalizations/externalizations from the external world, social world, to the Ground, per se, as with the figure/ground. That’s what I was doing, working upon.

There are extended contexts, other parts to the jig saw puzzle: the down to earth internalization/externalization dialect is only one part.

Through enhanced functioning one can become more multifaceted. There’s a different part to oneself that is operating here. Its a literal thing. Pretty much our essential self.

Looking to the more integral connections/interconnections of this self with the Greater World and/or consciousness. . . extended . . . enhanced, the Real, auspicious meanings.


With these extensions, shifts of intent, the results can be quite specific, realistic, with enhanced feelings, motivations, and meanings. Its related to one’s core, and its next locus, not just random stuff coming in for the average self. Some try to simplify it, to fit into their perspectives; but that tends to be like putting a square block in the round hole . . . doesn’t quite fit. For the experiences, world and self, takes on more sophisticated shapes.

So, moving past the generic . . . one size fits all . . . that’s what we are getting with you, in your “externalizations.” This is sort of what I had to compensate for.


Ah, to be one’s real self . . . you shouldn’t complain here . . .


Moving from the apparent, its not just symbolism coming in for the passive ordinary self; its a complete redrawing of the situation due to the extended locus of the intrinsic self. . . a new perspective on its actions . . . knowledge and symbolism from its current extension. Its related to the moves towards the more intrinsic, real, extended, enhanced loci of the intrinsic self.

Even if I was starting from my limited perspectives, there can be alternatives. I even started from the colloquial perspectives, and worked from there. “I” didn’t change much; but what was going on in my head, dreams for instance, were influenced. As noted before: “As we develop an idea of the world, we develop an idea of ourselves at the same time; but its more than an idea, its more like a self-propagating configuration of experience, a node of programming control, ego.” I had an experience in which I seemed to be examining myself with the thought,”I used to do that.” The cool thing is the image changed, as if I was turning on the lights, the lights of understanding.

Recently, I had an image of an outline of the face, though in an artistic way, bluish, with those old pop art abundance of patterns and forms emerging from the top of the head . . . symbolic of the more. Later, I laid down again, and I had a quick internal representation, schematic,  of my condo; but I also had a quick focus of intent, as if I was looking out my door. Close to earth, but more.

Another experience came, after the first of those later experiences, that was more comprehensive. It was like I was standing there, with my palms up turned in front of me: I was holding this oblong object of energy, and I had this wonderful feeling of this being special. Light and energy was in that night. It was a change of the “me and the situation,” not just something in the head of the average me. Being there, experiencing that, is self-explanatory to a large extent.

There were other previous more comprehensive experiences of myself, in which I was engaged in observing an ongoing situation: first, a smile from a mature sophisticated woman; then I began watching a crowd of people climbing up a steep cliff, and all the feelings and sensations of that climb I was feeling in my own body, as if I was up there too. There was a dark hole in the cliff: a cable and basket was there, and a baby was quickly hauled up: I could feel that too. Just saw an episode of Expedition Unknown in which there were cave dwellings high up like that, made by Buddhists. Remember that digging dream and the monk? Kind of synchronous. There also may have been some approaching personal activities related to this too. Experiences are multifaceted!

Relooking At My Foundations

Been relooking at my foundations: if I considered another’s, and it relates to mine:

“Tibetan Dream Yoga begins with attention and knowledge, their first and second gates.”  “Learning to become attentive to the energy that animates life is the first Gateway . . . ” “Attentiveness is understood by perceiving the energy behind the form as opposed to the outer shape or appearance.” “When we move beyond our sensory perceptions that are stifled by our filters, we engage a different Self. This Self perceives with the sixth sense or intuition. When we don’t do anything, and we quiet the mind, this Self provides hunches or intuitions about what is really happening. This signifies that we have stepped through the first Gate of Dreaming and become attentive.” “When we become attentive, we begin to pay attention to reality.” “Being knowledgeable means not relying on past experiences or someone else’s knowledge or opinion. We learn to move into the inner source of knowledge, totally bypassing all of the filters, and learning to perceive energy through intuition.” “We become knowledgeable by finding the Source behind the dream. We perceive knowledge intuitively through the Dreamer of the Dream or the Dream being.”

My rule of thumb here, my starting point, was intent with figure/ground: from here, one could see there were the other parts, greater parts, the bigger picture, the ground per se. Its a further connection, interactive; and it lead to the idea of the interactive field of meaning and knowledge, for me. As I noted before: Photographers and painters, for instance, are trained to observe, to view beyond their regular way of seeing. Attention is not bound to any parameter of experience. The world at this point is much more colorful, energetic, and interesting. Life seems purposeful and meaningful. Centered in awareness, a “mutual arising of Self and Existence” occurs.

Most of us are passive though, and what we see and experience, tends to be “what is is.” Within the eternal ebb and flow of the universe, our worlds emerge. We try to pin it down, internalize the outside world, model it; but intuitively, subconsciously, we known there is something more to life. You do act as if there was a secret motivation, psychology, whether this is a good thing or not. There is also a dialectic with others involved: these externalizations, I see how you try to pin it down, like a butterfly, turn it into a social thing/identity, symbol, external control . . . and that’s an abstraction. People do resist it; for there are social divisions created. But despite these doings, the wheels still turn; the flow of various realities still go on within their unique ways of doing things, no matter what else is going on.

Beyond these “apparent” ways then, there are still our “intrinsic” connections; we are interconnected with the universe, one with it. So, rather than the typical conscious/unconscious, I’ve moved on to the extended, multifaceted. Who knows what you people are really up to? I call it the colloquial ways: its related to social positioning, high or low, as in opposition to the Church or Aristocracy, for instance. The esteemed and abhorred coexist side by side, and the roles have to be filled for the full presentation of the situation. Its as old as the hills, and maybe how psychoanalysis got its start.

“The ‘philosophical equation,’ as propounded by Sarte or Camus, insists on sticking to ‘this world,’ as revealed to us through our limited consciousness. On such a basis, it was inevitable that they should end in a cul de sac. But if the way out of the cul de sac lies in the recognition of the real existence of this world of beauty and intensity beyond everyday consciousness, what then? The next stage for a ‘new existentialism’ should be to propound some infallible intellectual discipline for reaching this world. Phenomenological analysis has confirmed what Blake asserted a century earlier: that our senses are liars . . . “ Colin Wilson, The New Existentialism, p113, Wildwood House Ltd, 1980.

“’Five windows light the caverned man,’ as Blake says, and if these windows are cleaned, the result is that everything is seen as it really is – infinite.” Colin Wilson, The New Existentialism, p112, Wildwood House Ltd, 1980.

“The reason for introducing the word ‘imagination’ may not be at once apparent. This is because the word ‘imagination’ suffers from the same ambiguity as ‘reality.’ If we are speaking of the narrow ‘present reality,’ then imagination means no more than the ability to escape into a realm of unreality. But as soon as we think in terms of James’s other ‘reality’ – the ‘ranges of distant fact’ – this definition becomes inadequate, for these wider ranges of reality are precisely the realms into which imagination was trying to escape. To perceive a distant reality as real is the function of imagination. The words ‘perception’ and ‘imagination’ become interchangeable on this level. The whole point of phenomenology is that there is no sharp dividing line between perception and imagination. The dividing line only applies when we think of perception as passive and imagination as active. As soon as we realize that perception is active, the old dichotomy vanishes,” Colin Wilson, The New Existentialism, p107-108, Wildwood House Ltd, 1980.

I “see” I can build myself differently here . . . with all the various parts falling into place.

So, moving from the apparent, into the interactive field of meaning and knowledge:

From one’s ordinary state of limited consciousness, interpretation, one stretches one’s feelers out, touches the beyond. There is connection, interconnection . . . “mutual arising” with energy. Things become more real at this point. The Essence.

The Life World within the Greater World . . . the figure/ground is interactive with the other parts, the greater parts . . . one’s ordinary level of interpretations can be compared to the ongoing, enhanced. Its not just something the rational mind is getting from the subconscious, as in the old way of considering things, separate like with the Dreaming Emissary: its an active conscious connecting process, with meaning, knowledge, Revelation!

There’s mutual arising, with other parts, greater parts . . . the “Bigger Picture”, the Gestalt!

THE ART OF THE MULTIVERSE . . . ! !

A new mode of being, enhanced and multifaceted.

An intrinsic self, entwined within the universe, in an interactive field of meaning and knowledge.

The Evolution of a Theme

From my beginnings in these directions:

Colin Wilson was the one who directed me towards some ideas that added some direction to my quest. He pointed out that Franz Bretano, (1838-1917), “. . . proposed what seemed a satisfactory way of distinguishing mental from physical phenomena. A mental phenomena, he said, is directed at an object; mental phenomena ‘include an object intentionally within themselves.'” “The important word here is intentionally.” “. . . in the way that a fruit encloses its stone.” Colin Wilson, Beyond The Outsider, p. 85-86, Pan Books Ltd: London, 1966.

It makes one see where the idea of intentionality came from, within our modern ideas. Of course, Yoga and Buddhism also has something here . . . Concentration, Mindfulness. Don Juan read the books too.

Wilson points out: “But the human mind is unaware that its view of the world is strictly selective; it sees the world from its ‘natural standpoint,’ and assumes that the natural standpoint is the whole truth.” Colin Wilson, Beyond The Outsider, p. 89, Pan Books Ltd: London, 1966.

And, “ The mention of the ‘natural standpoint’ brings us to Husserl, for it was his starting point.” “The question in which Husserl was basically interested was: Why does the consciousness select in a certain manner?” “What Husserl did in his major work, Ideas (1912), was to suggest a certain method for observing the workings of intentionality. The basis of this method was the technique that he called ‘bracketing’. (However, later phenomenologists, including Husserl himself, have tended to drop this bracketing ritual.) Bracketing consists in disconnecting the attention from the object under examination, attempting to outwit the ‘natural standpoint’ by treating it as completely alien.” Colin Wilson, Beyond The Outsider, p. 89-91, Pan Books Ltd: London, 1966.

“Phenomenology, in short, is the study of the way that consciousness perceives objects.” Colin Wilson, Beyond The Outsider, p. 93, Pan Books Ltd: London, 1966.

“When both eyes are looking at things of the world it is with vision directed outward. Now if one closes the eyes and, reversing the glance, directs it inward and looks at the room of the ancestors, that is the backward-flowing method.”

Chongyang, Wang. The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (Kindle Locations 177-179). Murine Press. Kindle Edition.

“Cezanne had grasped the essence of phenomenology years before Husserl formulated the method; he expressed his approach to painting in the words: ‘An eye, a brush.’ Cezanne was a phenomenological painter; that is the reason he appeals as a purist.” Colin Wilson, Beyond The Outsider, p. 92, Pan Books Ltd: London, 1966.

(So, if people were wondering what I was up to . . . these were the start of my core ideas. I always had these in the background. My ways and doings were actually pre-established within the mainstream, 100 years ago!)


On my own then, I realized when one stretched oneself, pushed beyond one’s “mold” here, a further focus, one could see the world in all the glory and freshness of a dream. I called it “Existence.” Years later, I realized, one’s mold is also in interaction with an even greater field of meaning and knowledge: focusing brings in enhanced meanings.


Lately, found other stuff, contributing to my involvements here:

There were ancient times, with ancient ways and writings . . . I’ve been interested lately in the way of form: It’s even in the Bible. Where did that originate? There seems to be a divergence between the original Hebrew and Roman interpretations. There were other things going on.

Genesis 1:2 (ESV) — The earth [eretz] was without form [“waste” on some translations] and void [“empty” on some translations], and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

This sounds like stage one, after the destruction of the previous civilizations, and with the flood. Then the human’s turn, starting with Akhenaten, then being lead across the desert by Thutmose (Moses).

Form and void, with the Spirit of God . . . what does that sound like! This is the functioning aspect . . . here also! Stage two.

“Master Lu-tsu said, since when has the expression “circulation of the light” been revealed? It was revealed by the “True Men of the Beginning of Form””(Kuan Yin-hsi).

Chongyang, Wang. The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (Kindle Locations 165-167). Murine Press. Kindle Edition.

The beginning of form . . . hmmm. There is a “truer man” emerging. Light.

“The real world is an enchanted place, full of magical powers waiting to be used. And, as the alchemists understood, the anima mundi is a creative force: “it is the artist, the craftsperson, the ‘inner Vision’ which shapes and differentiates the prime matter, giving it form.”

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 4.

The Life World within the Greater World.


(Found among the papers of the late Francis Wayland Thurston, of Boston)

“Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival… a survival of a hugely remote period when… consciousness was manifested, perhaps, in shapes and forms long since withdrawn before the tide of advancing humanity… forms of which poetry and legend alone have caught a flying memory and called them gods, monsters, mythical beings of all sorts and kinds.…” — Algernon Blackwood

H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection, The Call of Cthulhu, Kindle Edition. Written: August-September 1926. First Published in Weird Tales, Vol. 11, No. 2 (February 1928), Pages 159-78, 287.

 

The People Stuff and a Reassessment

As far as this people stuff goes, with their models of the world, this nexus of the internalization/externalization dialectic . . . we’re moving from the apparent here too, for it is an abstraction as well, to the more intrinsic, real, authentic . . .

This abstraction, its more than just an idea; its a form, and rather than just playing with the shadows, or trying to be good, we’re becoming more extended, multifaceted . . . blossoming into a Greater Reality of form. We are not stuck to one aspect of person-hood that needs to be pruned, shaped up: there are other parts to us, greater parts, that can be assumed, taken on. There are many options to identity. Rather than just one facet of the jewel, there are many. Context. We are like a small part of a jig saw puzzle, with interconnections with the other parts, the bigger picture, this greater multifaceted situation enhancing our typical orientation. This is where the real stuff is coming from.

There’s two different stories here: if one is in separate mode, there’s the ego and the nasty. This may be viewed as differentiation; but if anything, it may also mean we are dividing oneself off from essential parts of oneself. If one is in interconnected mode, taking on a new approach, its about moving towards the enhanced and multifaceted. Besides the “colloquial ways,” there are the real ways. Unfortunately, I had to find them. So, there’s the big concern of “what’s up.” I’ve been motivated to extend into this more multifaceted reality with its enhanced creativity and meaningfulness.

This is all noted when one moves out of one’s passivity, separate mode, and interconnects, becomes activated. Moving out of “automatic.”


One wonders what to do within all these situations . . . not just get involved, play the games . . . ultimately, one needs to be more “discerning.” There’s some real ways, orientations, goals. There’s a truer reality to stand by.

There’s modes of optimal functioning here that one can use as a standard. They kept me going, orientated, over the years.


So, in retrospect, the idea of the “apparent” sounds like a good starting point: for instance, the “public presentation” versus the “private,” as far as personhood goes. I began learning about that in English 30, concerning characterization, around 18 years old. It got me going, once I was given the idea: “Maybe there is something else I should consider.” It makes one wonder why there is the public internalization/externalization dialectic, hey? One of the main axioms we are getting here is of, “The little guy in trouble with the machine, or of the situation” . . . noticed that when those around me weren’t expecting something to come out of me. Another axiom is of them worrying about me wanting to have a “bigger ego instead.” The point is though it can also be approached from various levels: as said before, for this is also an abstraction, besides the concrete physical, people stuff. The young lad was beginning to think! There’s evolutionary, maturing possibilities as well, further levels of development.

The issue for me was to work out how this abstraction works, and also deal with the issues. Since most were in separate mode, there were many issues here, conflicts, and not much of a help. Though there were changes in store for me, and if they thought I was just fiddling around, by the time I was 19, I discovered Colin Wilson, uncovering new directions. Intentionality! I could focus, literally. I was bringing in the enhanced! There are truer paths for this opening up process.

So, the “personality only” thing was a bit of a roadblock back then. If we described ourselves something like; we’re “self-aware and abstracted;” there would have been more potentials, a greater reality possible.


“When both eyes are looking at things of the world it is with vision directed outward. Now if one closes the eyes and, reversing the glance, directs it inward and looks at the room of the ancestors, that is the backward-flowing method.”

Chongyang, Wang. The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (Kindle Locations 177-179). Murine Press. Kindle Edition.

“Master Lu-tsu said, since when has the expression “circulation of the light” been revealed? It was revealed by the “True Men of the Beginning of Form””(Kuan Yin-hsi).

Chongyang, Wang. The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (Kindle Locations 165-167). Murine Press. Kindle Edition.


The beginning of form . . . hmmm.

“The real world is an enchanted place, full of magical powers waiting to be used. And, as the alchemists understood, the anima mundi is a creative force: “it is the artist, the craftsperson, the ‘inner Vision’ which shapes and differentiates the prime matter, giving it form.”(14)

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 4.

The Life World within the Greater World . . .

Energy and form . . . ?


“An intrinsic self, entwined within the universe, in an interactive field of meaning and knowledge.”


My rule of thumb, for this connection with form, was with intent and the figure/ground. From here, it was easy to see, there is the possibility for change, other parts, interrelated parts, context, the greater, and the ground per se. This is an active mode, and if one is unaware of this function, which most are, one gets stuck in one passive aspect, separate mode, and we get our typical psychologies here. Change is difficult from that point, and what’s good or bad is troublesome, for that one little part. So, like in a James Bond movie, when one is trapped in that fun house maze, one can escape and move on and out with our higher functioning, and circumvent all that. In the past, I thought I could short-circuit the processes you were trying to do, or thought you were doing. Now I know its just natural, the way to go.

As far as this psychology goes, its “where one is at.” It is a system of knowledge, our Life World within the Greater World. There’s much more going on, than in just one aspect of distinct personality in a body with an outside world; we are multidimensional entities with many more possibilities, multifaceted. With the other stuff coming in, its why we dream, and why there’s many experiences, “out there,” that break the rules. There’s enhanced understandings, meanings possible, contributing to our little parts.

Occasionally, there are those core movements, an activation, a new foci . . . a new scene, self, picture. Engaging this further self, it was I was like that small child again, my mom’s hand balancing mine at first, as I began to walk over this rolling soft terrain, then later running over these other structures, as if I was testing myself in this new locale, like being in a playground. Recently, I had a related experience, as if I was struggling to hold and balance a bunch of black pipes, or vacuum cleaner wands, in my hands, symbolically dealing with complex issues.

I had some concerns about those externalizing the issues. I had some typical reactions of anger, as if I suddenly turned into a angry humanoid dragon, walking away, looking back. The issues can also become complex here, but I noticed to my surprise there is an aspect of myself that is independent of this all, connected to the higher ways, but observing what’s going on, as if I was an intelligent looking species of alien watching this all chaotic stuff unfold, from his clear space, with a smile on its face.

Sometimes one has to try to get these orientations going, but once the ball gets rolling, these core movements can be spontaneous. I woke up one night, restless, but not much happening, then did a little reading. Later, what I read stimulated the vision of this energy body, which looked kind of prickly. Down the line, I also got a glimpse of this lighted rectangular object, perfectly smooth, higher up. These experiences were related to what I was just reading, a wow connection for me. There is an intelligent current orientation possible. Prickly or smooth . . . hmm.

“Keeping the thoughts on the space between the two eyes allows the light to penetrate. Thereupon, the spirit crystallizes and enters the center in the midst of conditions. The center in the midst of conditions is the lower Elixir-field, the place of energy (solar plexus).”

Chongyang, Wang. The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life . Murine Press. Kindle Edition.

Sometimes things are going more easily in one’s life, and it felt like while I looked around into those higher realms, enlarged spaces were opening to my glances as I panned around.

There was a pop-up, switch, something came in. It wasn’t related to anything personal at the moment, so it was unique and spontaneous. A luminous teepee, and surrounds. A Sacred vision? Sometimes things can be lit up.

The Basics and Beyond

A typical conscious/unconscious relationship may be like this:

“In a figure that strikingly anticipates the insights of Freudian psychology, Schopenhauer compares the human mind to a body of water. Conscious ideas are on the surface, but the depths consist of “the indistinct, the feelings, the after-sensation of perceptions and intuitions and what is experienced in general, mingled with the disposition of our own will that is the kernel of our inner nature.”

~ Roger Kimball. “Lives of the mind: The use and abuse of intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse (Schopenhauer’s Worlds).” 2002, p. 147. Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee.

This conscious mind is also said to follow the structure of our society, culture. So, from here we have to deal with our feelings, sensations, desires, etc. . . . the socialized versus the wild, uncivilized.

This aspect of the conscious mind, passive, is its lower end. At its higher end, active, it is also aligned, not just with society, but with the universe itself . . . aspects of Knowledge, Meanings, Perceptions! The Earthly versus the Universal!

There’s meanings and knowledge, like little fish swimming around in that little pond, and interconnected to the larger sea, as well. Its hard to say what percentage of the population, though, could move from these more concrete levels to the “knowings,” as one would get when one begins dreaming. Its also about stepping up to the plate . . . there’s further actions possible. We may be considering intrinsic actions here, ways too.  Its not so much about just dreams only . . . I was thinking of the truer reality, and “world views.” This was my beginning rationale, right from the very start; though I became more “psychoanalytic” when I had to deal with people and their various ways.

“An intrinsic self, entwined within the universe, in an interactive field of meaning and knowledge.”


One may have one’s “base state” here, and then have to consider the issues as one moves to the more extended, like Piaget, when we have to assimilate or accommodate the new. Like John Lilly’s +/- 48, neutral biocomputer state, the level of the absorbtion of new data, and +/- 24, professional satori, or a negative troubled state, in which with all the needed programs running in the biocomputer are going smoothly, or not.


Now, I seem to be going through a lot of dreams in which these kinds of rearrangements are going on in various symbolic ways. Some new stages and considerations going on right now.

Just understood how the typical arrangements of people, and the enhanced, fits in here.

To see myself doing this also means my enhanced ways are also working at this level.


So, we have those “models of the world.” They are not a static thing, like an object; for we are actively involved with them. They are an orientation. They go along personally; but are tested by external wills. Though, there are also those more intrinsic levels, aspects of self, enhanced contexts, and as far as most are concerned, the “beyond.” Sure, its about us; but ultimately, its about those further meanings of the universe.

One’s ordinary real life can enter the picture here, or one can be a part of some larger courses of events entering one’s life. No one has it under total control, or knows it all: there’s entire panoramas of experiences occurring, even entering one’s ordinary life, as previously noted.


There are those views. Images aren’t just images, objects . . . the “apparent.” We can be more perspicacious. That’s right at the root of the problem.

We can move from the ordinary, the generic, colloquial, to the enhanced, unique. More creative, intelligent.

The first image of a woman; but then, I saw something like a green globe, like made of stone. Moving in more directly and seeing something more, I expect.

There was another experience from that location, in which that turned into a living drama, like entering a new set, with some woman who could zoom around in it a bit.

My Orientation, Psychoanalysis

This idea, Piaget for instance, that we create “models of the world” within ourselves . . . related to that right from the beginning, for I also knew there was a truer reality out there, viewed with intent . . . “existence.” I was doing it.

Over time, more odds and ends began to fill in the details here. For instance: “The essential idea is that before birth you have a pristine, untarnished state of enlightened consciousness without a false idea of self or other. After birth, you learn to perceive in terms of the language and norms imposed by your culture. This socialization process obscures the original, innate purity of perception.” One could get a triadic form of development here, as postulated by Washburn.

These “internalizations,” “representations of reality” . . . one could start one’s psychoanalysis from this point. Differentiation, ego. Most of us would compare them to the external world, social world, first. Then I finally realized there’s the issue of “externalization” here as well. I finally pinpointed that, and was able to add it in. What people are really doing is applying realities, not necessarily worrying what the other person is about. Amazing. One might have worries of people per se, and their systems; but those who really know how to apply a reality . . . lol . . . they are the real governors behind the scenes. The Gods, creations, etc.

Then, other stuff could enter the picture here, depending on how one thinks we function within these internalizations. If one is rational only, there is only the internal and external worlds. If one started with intent and figure/ground, for instance, there are expanded contexts for sources, and enhanced ways. “A being entwined within an interactive field of knowledge and meaning.” As far as our status and physics goes, there is much more to us.

There are greater realities, enhanced consciousness, The Gestalt, and we are in interaction with that.


So, one can consider these representations of reality and also know there’s a truer reality.

One can work from there, becoming more flexible, knowing there’s even greater realities and approaches.


The image . . . may need some self-corrections, additions, for it is a limited perspective . . . many say that is what the unconscious does.

A typical conscious/unconscious relationship may be like this:

“In a figure that strikingly anticipates the insights of Freudian psychology, Schopenhauer compares the human mind to a body of water. Conscious ideas are on the surface, but the depths consist of “the indistinct, the feelings, the after-sensation of perceptions and intuitions and what is experienced in general, mingled with the disposition of our own will that is the kernel of our inner nature.”

~ Roger Kimball. “Lives of the mind: The use and abuse of intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse (Schopenhauer’s Worlds).” 2002, p. 147. Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee.

The problem I had with that, is if it is unconscious, why is it so intelligent? Didn’t make sense. Ultimately, I got something like the figure/ground in . . . we are interrelated within a larger mind, consciousness.

So, the apparent, conscious, manifest . . . the figure. This is like a jewel, with many other interrelated facets, or like a poem, with many associated meanings to the words. The dreams coming in are from that larger aspect, and attempt to enlarge the smaller perspectives.

And with intent, we can become conscious here, take on other aspects, take flight: we’re not just passive and floating on the surface. We are active, interrelated with that larger mind and its meanings. Its a way.


So, don’t judge a book by its cover . . . “the apparent.” It can be further opened, studied . . . a multitude of possibilities, like a jig saw puzzle. Jung’s circumambulation around self becomes understandable. Dreams does this naturally: intent with figure/ground is a conscious approach. Where I’m at these days.

Moving On

The Magic of Creation . . . The Living Creation . . .

The Life World within the Greater World . . .

As one begins to move on . . . its not just dealing with the “nasty,” as one gets in the generic or colloquial ways; there’s the fuller, greater, more encompassing . . . the enhanced, interactive. This is what maturation should be, becoming an adult. We should have more of it . . . very confused in this society.

“A Self entwined within an interactive field of meaning and knowledge.” The sources of inspiration. Our enhanced self.


The figure/ground . . . ?

The research, published today in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, shows that these structures arise when a group of neurons forms a clique: each neuron connects to every other neuron in the group in a very specific way that generates a precise geometric object. The more neurons there are in a clique, the higher the dimension of the geometric object.

When the researchers presented the virtual brain tissue with a stimulus, cliques of progressively higher dimensions assembled momentarily to enclose high-dimensional holes, that the researchers refer to as cavities. “The appearance of high-dimensional cavities when the brain is processing information means that the neurons in the network react to stimuli in an extremely organized manner,” says Levi. “It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc. The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materializes out of the sand and then disintegrates.”

It makes one wonder what is going on in the universe, per se, if the brain also parallels that.

Anima Mundi: The Soul of the World

There may be a reason for the alchemy, for there was a division at one time:

“A transcendent divinity was the source of all creation, and humanity lived in exile from heaven in a state of sin. This doctrine created a split between matter and spirit, causing the world to be seen as separate from its creator.”

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 1.

But for them:

“The world is a living spiritual being. This was understood by the ancient philosophers and the alchemists who referred to the spiritual essence of the world as the anima mundi, the “Soul of the World.””

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 1.

“The alchemists also understood that there is a connection between the anima mundi and the soul or innermost secret of man. The source of the wisdom and knowledge of the all-pervading essence of the anima mundi was “the innermost and most secret numinosum of man.”

Vaughan-Lee, page Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn 2.

“If we are not to remain in the paradigm of duality, living our inherited split between masculine and feminine, spirit and matter, we need to acknowledge both of these aspects. We cannot afford to follow the footsteps of the patriarchal Church fathers and seek only a transcendent light, look only towards heaven. We also need to know the light hidden in matter and understand the magic of creation that it reveals.”

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 3.

“What is the difference between the light discovered in the depths of the psyche and the light of our transcendent divine Self glimpsed in meditation or other experiences? It is the same light experienced in different ways. The Sufis know that the Beloved, the source of all light, has both an immanent and a transcendent quality.”

Vaughan-Lee, page Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn 2.

So, there was also a time when I was also looking to heal this separation, though I was only thinking in cognitive terms. This religious approach moves me along in other directions. I’m getting glimpses in understanding the relationship between matter and alchemy, for instance. The living magic of creation.


 

The Soul of the World . . . carried on by the Gnostics and later by the Alchemists . . .

Its good to see the historical roots of this in our culture . . . the Gothic revival of the 12th century, and later in the Renaissance . . .

“In their cathedrals the Gothic architects reflected their vision of a sacred order within creation that belongs to this feminine divine principle. The World Soul animated and formed nature according to divine proportions, which the architects, masons, sculptors, and stained glass artists imaged in their creations. (3)”

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 1.

“In the Renaissance the World Soul was understood as a spiritual essence within creation, guiding the unfolding of life and the cosmos. In the words of the Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno, the World Soul “illumines the universe and directs nature in producing her species in the right way.” (5) The World Soul was also the creative principle that the Renaissance artists sought to channel in their work. Their art was based upon the same sacred proportions they saw in nature, and they understood the imagination as a magical power that can “lure and channel the energies of the anima mundi.””

Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, page 1.

From this side, in my way, I was thinking of the Life World, within the Greater World . . . could think of the more intrinsic here, the essential, the seen.

 


The research, published today in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, shows that these structures arise when a group of neurons forms a clique: each neuron connects to every other neuron in the group in a very specific way that generates a precise geometric object. The more neurons there are in a clique, the higher the dimension of the geometric object.

When the researchers presented the virtual brain tissue with a stimulus, cliques of progressively higher dimensions assembled momentarily to enclose high-dimensional holes, that the researchers refer to as cavities. “The appearance of high-dimensional cavities when the brain is processing information means that the neurons in the network react to stimuli in an extremely organized manner,” says Levi. “It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc. The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materializes out of the sand and then disintegrates.”