Sunday, July 10, 2022

Our Twice Born Experience of Being & Belief


If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa. ― John Hemingway

This post looks at the evolutionary magic of how consciousness became twice born over thousands of years in Africa. Twice born through our need to communicate by using the symbolic nature of language to describe our experience of life. Creating a flow of attention + awareness towards the reality of the world that differs from any other creature on the planet, as we learned to overlay the momentary (millisecond) nature of perceptual events with names.

Creating thousands of names for our human experience and many names for the same experience. A pattern still replicated all over the planet as people grow into the experience of being human. The blog/book represents my decades long journey to develop a whole life perspective on the experience of being and belief.

Following an intuition that many ancient sayings and stories allude to a need for illusion transcending perceptual wisdom. After spending most of my life confusing my intellectual ability to master information with my intuitive sense of insight and understanding. An intuitive ability that inexplicably involves both my body and my mind in that way implied by the not-two meaning of non-duality.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Sentient (feeling) Experience of Heaven


Without the aid 3d glasses and technology we can't perceive the reality captured within this 3d photo? And in the context of perceptual wisdom and realized being can any words define our 5-senses experience of that reality? Recall Socrates' "When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it." Advice that speaks to the sentient ― endowed with feeling consciousness ― spirit of a whole, body-mind experience. 

This post examines the subjects of self-deception and psycho-spiritual rebirth touched on in the previous post. As we continue to explore the role imagination, language, and memory plays in human consciousness. With the photos and videos below providing examples of the perceptual challenge involved in a truly sentient experience of heaven.  

Friday, July 8, 2022

The Affect of Information on Imagined Reality


Reason without affect would be impotent,
affect without reason would be blind. ― Silvan Tomkins

Still seeking the perceptual wisdom of cosmic integration this post continues with the idea that our conscious mind is an adaptation of imagination. Introducing this unfamiliar word ‘affect’ into our contemplation of the subconscious + conscious way we human beings function. Tomkins’ quote speaks to the subconscious nature of behavior and conscious nature of our perceptual paradox. 

And by way of analogy the grammar checking algorithms of artificial intelligence testify to our unfamiliarity with innate affect and its role in human consciousness. Try a search for 'affect' and see the programmed assumption you meant to type 'effect.' In a clear demonstration of how AI mimics our conscious sense of reality with its hard-wired memory system.

Here we explore innate affect’s role in the subconscious judgments involved in our perceptions based on Tomkins Affect Theory. With nine innate affects observed as a stimulus response system that manages the way reality affects our body-mind and its stimulated responses to experiences. 

Responses like the subconsciously orchestrated motions of our eyes, lungs and limbs at birth. Like the subconsciously orchestrated responses to the words our parents used to convey reality defining information and create the ideas of our mind. Our conscious mind's imagined sense of reality?

Practicing Perceptual Wisdom & Realized Being


When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe,
it is then you shall have it. ― Socrates

Do we read Socrates’ comment on the visceral nature of insight and the personal experience of wisdom with a false sense of history and automatically ignore it? And is that because our consensus-reality thoughts are out-of-touch with the embodied nature of our mind and the 4-dimensional nature of reality? This post examines a via-negative way to the perceptual wisdom of realized being and why not knowing is more important than knowing.

Exploring the dialectic way a negative self-questioning undermines the spirit of logical positivism and creates an experience of psycho-spiritual rebirth. Because when we accept our subconsciously orchestrated behaviors and recognize the spiritual truth of the ancient wisdom saying; Know Thyself. We find ourselves on a realized-being journey of ascension and rediscovering the cosmic reality of divinity.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Spiritual Flow-States of Consciousness


True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand 
about life, ourselves, and the world around us. — Socrates

In this post we explore flow state experiences in the context of a cocoon-like form of consciousness we can transcend. Examining the way we automatically name experience and how that behavior separates us from reality. As we continue to question our own consciousness within the inescapable context of our subconsciously orchestrated behaviors.

And to get a spiritual feeling of flow-state experience you might write a response to the paragraph above and explore that process. Did you think about what to write and find yourself looking at your thoughts as you wrote them down? And are you contemplating how any thought appears in your mind as we explore the non-conscious nature of human spirituality? 

Our Reading & Reification Fallacy


The delusion is extraordinary by which we exalt language above nature:-
making language the expositor of nature,
instead of making nature the expositor of language. ― Alexander B Johnson

Since l stumbled upon a perception shifting book in 2007, this quote has been a guiding mantra. While a visceral grasp of Johnson's aphoristic ― short pithy comment full of meaning ― has involved a struggle with my human nature. As I wrestled with how language creates a perennial problem of experiential blindness, and why reading compounds a reification-fallacy inherent in language.

Right up to February this year, it felt like l was banging my head against the wall of what reification actually means, a bit like an orthodox Jew reading a famous book before a wall in Jerusalem. Which Freud and Jung may have described as the word formulations of a belief system providing hope in the present and for the future.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Seen & Unseen Nature of Our Own Reality


Beneath our surface impressions of our face

This image of the seen and unseen reality of a face conveys a sense of meaning beyond the words we normally use to describe what we see of our face. One of those “a picture is worth a thousand words” images that transcends our sense of knowing our reality, with its layered depiction of facial anatomy. An image exemplifying the multi-layered nature of reality and the superficial nature of language, demonstrated in the surface impression of a word like face

The image is meant to convey a sense of mirage-like illusions caused by memory. As we continue to examine the illusory nature of our perceptions. Using this context of a seen and unseen nature to our own reality to question how much we really know ourselves. By asking, “is it possible to form a visceral and cognitive awareness of the seen and unseen reality of your face and begin changing your sense of reality?”

A possibility I practice with the same duality of awareness that honors ancient wisdom's advise to know thyself. With my cognitive awareness of the word face balanced by a sensation awareness of its multi-layered composition. A sensation awareness of all those facial muscles depicted in this image, for example. With a practice of inner sensation awareness that finds a parallel with feeling the sun’s warmth on the surface of my skin, through the warmth produced by the microvascular blood flow beneath the surface of my face.

Reified Optical Illusions of Self & Nature


How Ideas Create Optical Illusions of Oneself and Nature

This post examines how ideas and language combine to create subtle optical illusions within our mind’s imagined sense of reality. Examining how we build on the ideas learned in early childhood to create conscious illusions of knowing. Explaining how looking into oneself is as difficult as looking into the sun. For just as l adopt a reified sense of the sun by conflating my idea of the sun with the reality of the sun, l am guilty of reifying my own and nature’s reality.

Guilty of unwittingly mistaking my mind's learned ideas about reality for what is truly real. With my thought processes reifying my reality with the ideas l use to describe my facial anatomy, for example. Effectively creating a reified conscious illusion because just as my eyes can’t see the elemental reality of the sun, I cannot consciously know the elemental reality of my eyes. 

So using the philosophical frame “a map is not the territory” while looking at this photo of my face, I feel for a visceral awareness of Einstein’s “reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Trying to understand the how reification underpins the reality mapping purpose of our abstract ideas. Becoming viscerally aware of ideas and words as surface impressions lacking a true depth of comprehension.

Lacking a depth of insight and understanding, as an illusion of knowing, conceptually reduces my face to something like a two-dimensional drawing. And although I can’t remember being taught the idea I speak as the word David. l imagine this was how l began to conflate abstract ideas about reality with reality.

Recognizing Optical & Cognitive Illusions


Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. An optical 
delusion of consciousness, a kind of prison for us. — Albert Einstein

The experiences described below revolve around the idea that a twofold illusion makes up humanity’s perception of reality, and manifests the imaginary-blindness of consensus-reality. A twofold illusion witnessed by the Sun’s position in the photo above and voiced in Einstein’s notion of optical illusions of consciousness. Comprehensible through an informed realization and embodied experience of how our perception of the sun rising is an optical illusion. An illusion paralleled by the illusory sense of reality created by our imagination and memory.

A problem that has preoccupied me for decades as I tried to make sense of mind blowing feelings of being the earth turning in space. And for most of my life, l didn’t understand how such a distinctly visceral experience is more in sync with reality than I understood. Yet approaching my 70th birthday, l look back with gratitude at recent advances that have enabled my pursuit of illusion transforming realizations.

Prompting me to suggest that our internet era contains the information that can transform perceptual illusions and break a consensus reality barrier to the progress of civilization. For example, you can watch the filmed from space videos of our earth rotating at NASA LIVE or visit a web page like where you can discover the speed the earth is turning at in your cosmic location.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Intro to Perceptual Wisdom & Realized Being

 Wisdom is more excellent for those who see the sun.  Ancient Proverb

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand 
about life, ourselves, and the world around us. — Socrates 

First written during 2020-21 the words, numbers and images beneath this opening paragraph are the product of a decades-long effort to understand the illusory aspects of consciousness implied in spiritual wisdom sayings. Sayings like the ancient proverb about the sun and Socrates’ advice about our conscious illusions of knowing and an experience of perceptual wisdom that makes us feel more present within this world and the cosmos. An experience implied in D. H. Lawrence’s poetic sense of the pre-cognitive, embodied nature of consciousness.

Below, I explore how our conscious mind incorporates illusions of knowing through a belief that the ideas we speak as words are correct definitions of reality. And I explore the adaptive realizations involved in the experience of perceptual wisdom and realized being. A lived experience l sought a whole of life perspective on by reading and rereading as much information on the subconscious functioning of my nervous system as l could since 2007. Committing myself to converting descriptions of nervous system function into a pre-mental, visceral awareness of its role in orchestrating my behaviors and perceptions.