Friday, July 8, 2022

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.

By practicing the dialectic way of asking perceptual wisdom questions. Does climate change, a global pandemic, and a meta-crisis suggest we need the cosmic level consciousness our wisest ancestors experienced? Will mounting pressure on the sustainability of life on earth create a hunger for experiences that can unite all humanity?

Is there an epoch defining shift in consciousness being delivered by technology enabled insights and understandings, just waiting to be synthesized? Insights and understandings that will heal our fracturing consensus-reality and create a bifurcation in human history.

Insights that provide glimpses of spiritual wisdom and the embodied sense of reality our wisest ancestors understood. The visceral level of understanding alluded to in Socrates’ comment and the realized-being question, "is an unexamined life worth living?"

And from a historical perspective, has the COVID-19 global pandemic given millions of people pause for self-reflection beyond our taken for granted behavior? Do we have an increasingly urgent reason for a global reevaluation of human consciousness and rediscovering perceptual wisdom and spiritual truths? 

And if seeing is believing and human sight needs a spiritual conversion, does the image below resonate with Socrates’ comment, and the spirit of Know Thyself? Is true self-knowledge a via-negative path to understanding our subconsciously orchestrated behaviors? Is the truth of self-ignorance a path to realized-being?

How many of the words in the image above are likely to be heard in everyday conversation? The conversations we have with ourselves and each other about our lived experience. When we speak of what we believe we know about ourselves and the world around us. Our language of consensus-reality defined sense of what think we understand? And does the sight of our visceral reality show us just how superficial our consensus-reality language is?

In striving for spiritual truth, the images and unfamiliar words I have sighted on the internet have contributed to conversion my experiences. Specifically, the realization that I knew nothing about my reality prior to my first serious reading of neuroscience. An experience that opened the door to perceptual wisdom and realized being.

And a personal practice that raised this question, “did our wisest ancestors seek perceptual wisdom to guide them into the future and did they give their insights to posterity in universally wise sayings and stories?” Is their consensus-reality transcendence motivation summarized in Einstein’s idea of a delusion of consciousness, created by our limited personal desires?

And did he clarify how society functions with these words ”This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.” Does this comment suggest we are still bound by a limiting attachment motivation during an era of creative potential, if only humanity could only get its act together?

And is the ongoing meta-crisis providing an urgent need to recognize and own our mistakes in order to chart a way forward? Are the burgeoning problems of climate change, species extinction and millions of displaced people raising a perennial question about the responsibilities of the few and the many?

Is our desire to know and understand limited to the few people nearest us, as Einstein suggested? And could we use the way human beings network to change our shared sense of reality? Could each of us learn to recognize and own the mistake of feeling that language creates a genuine sense of knowing ourselves and the world we see?

And continuing with the theme of conscious attention + awareness as a flow-state experience, could we use our smartphones to answer an existential question, ‘what is knowledge?’ For example, how true and still relevant today is Plato’s comment, “all this time we have been repeating the words ‘know,’ ‘understand.’ Yet we do not know what knowledge is?”

Could we use this question as a keystone to build the adaptive realizations that change our sense of reality and enhance our common humanity? Could we dare to question the light and dark sides of our early life adaptation to language, and address humanity’s historical tyrannies of belief? Can we awaken from the nightmare of history?

By addressing these personal questions, has technology put a transformational power inside our pockets and handbags? Could we use this power to recognize self-deception and the emotional gravity of consensus-reality? The affect-emotion roots of our survival oriented need to go along and get along within our social reality? 

Please watch a video that addresses these questions:

The video uses footage featuring the voices of people like Jeremy Lent, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, and Iain McGilchrist to ask perceptual wisdom questions about the cultural nature and origins of beliefs. With the premise that our wisest ancestors had a better grasp of reality than we do today. 

Asking viewers to wonder if beliefs are a confused sense of reality. Suggesting that science is questioning the foundations of belief and asking how a 21st-century enlightenment will change our sense of reality. Questioning belief by asking: Is the word brain the reality of your brain? Is your brain psychological or biological? Is it an object or an organ?

Reflecting on how during infancy we learn to grasp objects with our hands and grasp words with our mind? And how our adaptive human behaviors become as automatic as riding a bike? Wondering if we use our mind’s to create an abstract map of reality and how this helps us manipulate reality to secure our survival?

Using Your Oracle for Perceptual Wisdom & Realized Being

Is our modern-world capacity to transmit and receive information altering human experience for good or ill? Are we tempted to use what by ancient standards is a truly miraculous device, for little more than a personal desire to feel good? And is it fair to say that by ancient standards our smart devices are rather Oracle-like in their capacity to predict the future? 

Does Socrates’ comment suggest a need to experience the negative impact of realizing how little we understand to counterbalance the facial assumptions expressed in this photo? And do these smiling faces of modernity exhibit the look of comfort-zone ease that unwittingly resists the wisdom of realized being? 

Did Socrates understand the automatic way our lungs function and how we ignore this because we do not need to understand our reality? And does our well-educated modern-world ignore the subconscious motivation of human behavior for the same reason? Meaning that we need to contemplate the way our wisest ancestors had a better grasp of reality than we do today.

While the aim of this section is to begin showing people how we can use our smartphones to experience realized being. By exploring how human nature reflects a cosmic reality that our bodily senses comprehend, even as our mind creates a reified sense of reality. Resolving the optical illusion of the cosmos appearing to revolve around the earth, and healing the imaginary-blindness of our consensus-reality. 

By seriously contemplating whether it’s because we are simply unaware and uninterested in the cause of our daily experience of night and day? And daring to explore the way our commonsense vocabulary is yet to integrate the scientific revolution that is steadily freeing humanity from the perennial sin of ignorance? 

A scientific revolution that allows use our smartphones and a cause-and-effect paradigm of truth seeking to change our sense of reality. By expanding our knowledge of reality to understand why Socrates said, “there is only one good, knowledge, and one one evil, ignorance?”

Tackling this consciousness chicken and egg problem by using the power of technology to become more cognizant of the scientific revolution. Challenging ourselves to take the next step in a mindfulness revolution by suffering the pain of acknowledging how much we don’t know and understand? To recognize how realized being involves wrestling with the problem of taking our experience for granted? 

Taking this notion of imaginary-blindness seriously by using the information stored within our smartphones to experience an embodied cosmic integration. Becoming cognizant of the cosmic truth that the sun appearing to rise above a horizon is an optical illusion caused by our earth's constant rotation in space. Please consider:

Using Your Smartphone for Cosmic Integration

We live in two worlds, the world of sight and the world of thought. ― Fredrick Max Muller

Muller’s comment on a two worlds paradox of perception summarizes our commonsense problem of imaginary-blindness. And we can use the Oracle-like power of our smartphones to prove this peculiarly human form of blindness and why our ancestors had a better grasp of cosmic reality than we do.

Becoming cognizant of the practical reason for an ancient proverb about the sun and prophetic warnings that in seeing, we see not? Taking the idea of imaginary-blindness seriously to understand the way we can see and not see reality. Beginning to recognize how prophetic wisdom is confirmed by the discovery of how our brain’s inhibit feelings of being present in the world and the cosmos.

The photo above, with its date and time complimented by global coordinates, demonstrates the paradox of sight and thought. And exemplifies the imaginary-blindness of a consensus-reality created by imagination, language, and memory. With every letter, number and word seen in this photo created the memory of mind's and machines. And we can recognize how our thoughts distort what our eyes see and expand our awareness of reality.

As we contemplate perceptual context of the proverb; “wisdom is more excellent for those who see the sun?” And the embodied sense of cosmic reality hidden behind the imagined reality we create with imagination, language, and memory. Wondering if an understanding of the inhibiting process of our brain’s developed through practices designed to expand a spatial awareness of reality

Because the mind-sight picture afforded by distancing ourselves from the immediate experience of reality creates a personal challenge requiring perceptual resolution. And is this two-worlds paradox of perception implied in the ‘not two’ meaning of the term non-duality?

If we relax, the mind-sight veil of numbers and words projected onto what we think we see in the photo above. Does that release us from what cognitive science calls a conceptual straight jacket? A release that allows us to comprehend reality with our innate senses?

Is this what the Jewish philosopher Jesus of Nazareth was alluding to in his parable of the sower? What do these words imply about our two world’s paradox of perception: And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word" (Mark 4:13-14). English Standard Version.

While in the context of cosmic integration, how meaningful is the fact that I took this photo because my smartphone predicted the moment the sun would mount a horizon? As I made the 6.4 kilometer journey from my home to arrive minutes before the sun’s 5:38 AM appearance, to witness cosmic truth by letting reality pour into my eyes.

Using my smartphone to become more cognizant of the earth turning cause of the sun appearing to rise. After studying the information provided here:

Using this information ― 15/12/2021 ― to develop a realized being sense of ancient sayings and stories about the cosmic experience of being human. And a mindfulness of the cosmos as; the universe seen as a well-ordered whole. Integrating myself within cosmic reality by transforming information into a wordless awareness of experience.

Developing a felt-sense of earth’s 386.45 meters per second space-time rotation and the cosmic reality I’m immersed in. Feeling earth’s meters per second velocity as I breathe in, breathe out the deeper meaning of Socrates’ timeless advice. As a cessation of thought brings depth awareness to the cosmic reality of light-matter energy sweeping the planet.

It’s a flow-state experience where my memory conditioned sense of reason becomes less compelling as a superficial sense of words fades. With a more embodied appreciation of how my literacy skills and psychological projections became as automatic as riding a bike. As I momentarily perceive beyond the conceptual veil of logic and reason.

Creating an adaptive-realization of how my mind has habitually squashed reality into graspable ideas, analogous to the way I grasp and hold objects within my hands. As I use a practice of being mindful of the seen and unseen, the outside and inside nature of spatial reality, to allow important self-correcting information to re-calibrate my imagination. 

Mindful that our human anatomy and therefore our imagination has not changed in at least 40,000 years. As I strive for the adaptive realizations that created the perceptual freedom and sense of cosmic reality our wisest ancestors enjoyed.

Trying to understand how my social need of language creates a useful fiction for survival while simultaneously clothing reality in a fantasy of knowing that creates a necessary yet illusory sense of certainty. And quite often these days this embodied sense of reality stimulates a smiling face and the simultaneous thought, “wisdom is more excellent for those who see the sun.”

Sometimes I bow in reverence to Socrates’ “must there not be some art which will affect conversion in the easiest and quickest manner; not implanting the faculty of sight, for that exists already, but has been turned in the wrong direction, and is looking away from the truth? A truth about a fluid sense of presence and the extraordinary sensory capacity of my body to experience reality beyond the conceptual prison of ideas.

Which in hindsight, l began to comprehend in 2007 when l encountered Alan N Schore’s writing on humanity’s emerging insights and growing understanding of our human reality. With his dictum “The attempt to regulate affect - to minimize unpleasant feelings and to maximize pleasant ones - is the driving force in human motivation,” informing my ongoing journey and the title of the next post.

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