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.  

As we continue to explore the experience of consciousness and the affect of information on our sense of reality. Using a dictum from psychics to examine the spatial aspects of objective reality and create more depth within our conscious awareness. Physicists simplify the dimensional aspect of reality with the 3+1 equation of three dimensions of space and one of time.

Like the space occupied by the spatial dimensions (length, breadth, depth, or height) of the rocks the photo above. Yet, in our everyday experience of rocks do we appreciate rocks in this 3-dimensional way? Or do we tend to foreclose our sentient capacity for deeper awareness with the affect avoiding speed of our thoughts?

Do we in fact, protect ourselves from the full affect or impact of a fully sentient experience with a too literal sense of words? For example, is there any sense of the spatial reality of a rock in the thought, spoken or written word, rock? And if it takes time to measure the spatial nature of any object, should we take our time over the sentient experience of spatial reality? Can you sense the 3+1 spatial reality of the place in this photo?

Does this photo provide a time-bound sense of spatial reality's width, height and depth? Imagine the time mother nature must have spent in the creation of this rock formation? And does this kind of sentient contemplation bring a time-bound sense of the creation of your mind? Is there a sense of foreground and background in your attention + awareness of this rock formation? As you contemplate the sense that affect-regulating thoughts undermine our empathy for the living world?

As we contemplate a more balanced of experience reality with the affect of sentient awareness? The sentient awareness we experienced during the first months of our lives and the kind of awareness suggested in wise sayings about the perceptual paradox of human experience. Sentient awareness, as the feeling of depth and presence conveyed in the 3d photo above for example? A felt-sense of reality that acts as an antidote to the critical thinking of our consensus-reality.

What is seen in the image numbered photo below, was a day the abstract ideas of a consensus-reality described as Friday the 4th of February, 2022 at 9:32 AM. One moment of one day in Sydney harbor when I used my smartphone camera to freeze reality into a picture worth more than I could possibly paint with words.

A photo taken with the intention of transforming information into a meditation on the spatial nature of reality, my eyes had observed. Using physics 3+1 dictum to challenge the critical thinking words I communicate my experience with. To compare my social communication ideas with a spatial meditation that involved wrestling with my nature and the developed purpose of my brain’s frontal lobes.

Which Iain McGilchrist describes as an inhibition of the immediacy of experience and this post examines as a uniquely human gift and curse. The gift that enables certainty about what I think I see and experience. And the curse of my lost comprehension of the spatial dimensions of reality within each momentary event of my perception. Which I examined with a meditation on abstraction versus the reality of experiences that I can freeze in time with photos like this one.

While here in this moment of 2022-02-09-0700 as I type to create words on my laptop. The gift of quick judgment has me looking at the picture with an assumption that my eyes must work like a full-frame sensor camera. Yet, is this judgment cursed by the lack of a 3+1 understanding and biased by my need to conform to the way my critical thinking ideas map reality? Am l influenced by common sense abstractions and the way I focus my attention on this photo’s electronic simulation of a moment of time?

And what happens if I take the time to challenge my ideas of what I believe I’m seeing? Exploring my perceptual experience by suspending my socially conditioned mind by taking more time to comprehend the spatial reality. While being mindful of my key insight into the automatic nature of behaviors and perceptions as l examine the role of my brain’s frontal lobes in my perceptual experience.

By being aware of the subconscious orchestration of my socially motivated behavior, the optical illusion inherent in the way my ideas automatically map reality and the importance of slowing the flow of my attention + awareness process. If I want to move beyond my experience, conditioned faith in abstraction by using time to enhance my perceptual experience. Using an imbibe meditation to embody the adaptive realization l discover within the birth of each new day. 

Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise
enter into the kingdom of heaven. ― Jesus of Nazareth

Are Jesus’ words about a supernatural heaven we will experience after we die, or the perceptual wisdom experience of a reality we see, yet somehow don’t see? Was the ancient proverb’s “wisdom is more excellent for those who see the sun,” about experiencing dawn in heaven, for example? And is there a perspective to ancient wisdom sayings that are misunderstood by the way we reify reality with the abstract ideas we turn into words?

Was Einstein right about our socially motivated commonsense when he said, “the intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant? We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift?” And is it fair to say that whenever we read an ancient or a modern story and retell it to others, we do so in a gist-like manner through our imagination, intuition and memory?

Do we see this shorthand form of communication at work when scientists explain the complexity of their research findings to the public, for example? And do we use an imaginative, gist level comprehension to explain the reality our eyes see? As social beings, do we use time to communicate ideas about reality or comprehend spatial reality? And if there is a problem with our mind’s abstract reality comprehension, can we can resolve it with the same level of consciousness that created it?

Could we use time to explore our intuitive sense of the truth about human experience explored in chapter 17 (Kindle location 16409 of of 50452) of Iain McGilchrist’s book? Where he looks at the role intuition plays in everyday life and describes how an intuitively gifted person gets treated with hostility and suspicion in the critical thinking of consensus-reality bound societies.

Could we use time and the Oracle-like power of our smartphones to experience the embodied level of consciousness and Einstein’s sacred gift of intuition? As we contemplate his intuitively inspired words: “reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. An optical delusion of consciousness, a kind of prison for us?” By wondering if the people witnessing the reality of another dawn in the photo above are comprehending their experience in a way that brings mind and matter together?

Are they in possession of the information that would enable an awareness of inhabiting a perceptual prison of their own making? If they discussed watching a cosmic phenomenon older than humanity and caused by earth’s constant rotation, would that change their perceptual experience of reality? Could that experience bring mind and matter together and enable people to face the urgency of the existential crisis humanity is now facing?

By learning to use relative information and time to grasp how our mind’s subjective reality relates to spatial reality? Whether it’s the 3 dimensions of the cameras, we take photos with or the spatial nature of reality frozen in time by the snapshot pictures below. While learning how the primacy of affect is involved in slowing the flow of our attention + awareness process to enable self-correcting information to change our sense of reality?

For example, it takes a deliberate effort of affect-regulation to grasp the 3-dimensional nature of any object l see, whether it’s my flat-screen TV or the sun’s appearance above the horizon. An effort that involves slowing my attention + awareness and being mindful of the 2-dimensional, map making nature of my abstract ideas. While relevant information helps me use time to experience a horizontal movement within the sun’s daily appearance on the horizon and improves my grasp of spatial reality.

By using an imbibe meditation to contemplate Jesus’ advice about perceiving heaven, and relax my projection of static words and their compressed and photo-like flatness. Doing my best to see through the flimsy screen created by my use of language and contemplate the solar nature of reality for life on earth. As I continue to work on understanding my embodied experience of dawn with the aid of self-correcting information.

Information that has brought substance to an intuitive sense of the cross we humans bear as the universe become conscious. Especially the simile use of words in ancient stories that sought to convey an understanding of human experience universally. Raising the question, “did some stories hide the perceptual wisdom experience of heaven in plain sight?” Like the universal experience of seeing the sun above the horizon, for example?

Does this image dated impression of seeing the sun appear above the horizon convey a sense of the cross we bear as the universe become conscious? As we try to grasp whether the sun appeared in different locations on the horizon, on different days? Taking our time to decide if the sun’s differing positions on a horizontal axis of perception are a photographic illusion? While contemplating the difference between intellectual knowledge and embodied experience.

What do you think? Does the sun appear to have moved North in the bottom photo, which was taken facing due East while standing in the same location as the top photo? Photos taken while being mindful of relevant information in my ongoing efforts to understand the illusory aspects of consciousness implied in ancient wisdom sayings and stories.

Of course, these photos are no substitute for the experience of having a perceptual experience months apart, as the electronically stamped images show. And as you read these words and check the numbers on the twin photo, are you trusting your intuition to judge their authenticity? Do the photos reflect the affect of information on our imagined sense of reality, explored in the previous post?

Photos inspired by my experience on Christmas day 2021 when I stood in a location where I’d filmed the sun appearing above the horizon many times the previous April. Experiencing one of those aha moments of insight, the cognitive scientist John Vervaeke calls the relevance realization of something you take part in. Another one of those moments that helped me think outside the Pandora-like box of abstract ideas and seek information to confirm my experience.

Which I found in an article written for and emulated the author’s advice about being in the same location with the twin photo above. Taking these photos as part of my extensive research into a universal experience of reality older than any human language. Research driven by my immersive experiences of reality and intuition about the Greek word Parousia and the psychological meaning of resurrection in the story of Jesus.

A story I understand as ancient wisdom’s way of bringing mind and matter together within the immediacy of lived experience. And the reason for Iain McGilchrist's elevator pitch about repeating the pattern of civilization collapse and why he writes about our brain’s left-right hemisphere capacity to perceive the world in two different ways.

While intuition tells me the psychological significance of the resurrection story is about our mind’s subjective reality and the spatial reality of the cosmos. Particularly our mind’s understanding of consensus-reality as an altered state of consciousness and the possibility of correcting our illusions by understanding the function of our brain’s frontal lobes.

For example, do our brain’s frontal lobes cause us to lose our sense of immediacy as we grow? Does that loss underpin the intuitive and experiential meaning of the resurrection story? As adults, do we allow our need for communication to override our need for existential sense-making because adaptive behaviors and perceptions are as automatic as riding a bike?

And given the state of our world right now, is Iain McGilchrist’s elevator pitch about repeating the pattern of civilization collapse for a third time reversed through a 3+1 comprehension of spatial reality described above? Can we learn to unwind our personal history of ideas that bind our beliefs into a consensus-reality by contemplating the reality of the cosmos the way our wisest ancestors did?

And if you use your Oracle-like smartphone to search ‘cosmos meaning,’ do you see this definition, kɒzmɒs, noun; the universe seen as a well-ordered whole? Could we conduct scientific experiments with our smartphone camera to help us experience the universe as a well-ordered whole and understand why Iain McGilchrist says “true science is essentially an exercise of imagination?” Learning how to embody the cross we bear as the universe become conscious by using self-correcting information to transform our sense of reality.

For example, imagine using information about the specific time of sunrise to balance your brain’s divided hemispheric grasp of reality? By choosing to look upon an earth turning phenomenon older than humanity every 10 days, like the ten-day week of the ancient Egyptian calendar. While being careful to witness this millions of years old phenomenon in the same place each time. As an exercise in balancing the compressed sense of reality favored by your brain’s left hemisphere and the expansive sense of reality favored by your right hemisphere’s spatial abilities.

Imagine using a vertical object like the lamppost in this photo to contemplate the words below the 3d photo: “the question is not what you look at, but what you see?” Along with McGilchrist’s suggestion that our brain’s hemispheres see differently and we need to understand what each hemisphere contributes to our sense of reality, (Kindle location 1716 of of 50452). And imagine aligning an image of brain hemisphere function with the vertical object to contemplate two different perceptual modes of being? Comparing the spatial abilities of the right hemisphere with the linguistic abilities of the left?

This is the way I embody the 386.45 meters per second rotation of this 3rd rock from the sun, using the 3+1 dictum of physics and self-correcting information to witness the spatial nature of reality. While an embodied sense of the vertical and horizontal axis of my experience of the sun mounting the horizon, makes me wonder about the immanence factor in the story of Jesus’ ascension to heaven. As I contemplate Socrates’ “art which will affect conversion in the easiest and quickest manner,” and wonder if I’m witnessing the ancient secret of the Solar Logos.

With this imbibe form of meditation intuitively suggesting that we might learn to feel at home within the cosmos again with experiences that reorder our imagination beyond consensus-reality illusions and resurrect the sense of reality we are born with. I mean, imagine if we could learn to experience cosmic reality in a way that predates human languages by contemplating the Parousia of the Christ? Not the Christ of supernatural suspicion but as Jesus the author of an ascension philosophy of experience? Please watch this video:

This video begins with the scrolling text words; This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question. — Orson Scott Card and uses footage from podcast videos, a popular television series and a movie. In order to ask perceptual wisdom questions about the chaos humanity’s our current axial-age transformation and how the objective world and the narrative world touch in the story of Jesus the Christ. Using these scrolling text questions to convey a perspective on the resurrection philosophy of creation in ancient wisdom sayings and stories about the human condition and the perceptual paradox that continues to plague humanity. Please consider these questions: What is being and belief? Is belief and faith in the story of Jesus the Christ about the miracle of a supernatural resurrection? Or is the story about the timeless nature of the resurrection philosophy of creation? Are the origins of philosophy about resurrecting our innate sense of reality? About saving reality from the make believe ideas of our psychological projections? How can a historical story be a narrative that touches objective reality? When its based on the perceptual paradox that plagues humanity? Why did Buddha say: “words are not reality! Only experience can reveal the nature of being and belief.” What is the reality of being and belief? Does the objective world and the narrative world touch within ancient wisdom sayings and stories? Is there a revival of the resurrection philosophy of creation happening in the world today? Is humanity experiencing the chaos of an axial age transformation? As a global resurrection from a spiritual death? Have we reached the age of consequence? The age of prophecy? Did our ancestors have a better grasp of reality than we do today? Is the story of Jesus the Christ about the perennial problem of the human condition? A peculiarly human form of experiential blindness? Created by the obviousness of everyday experience? Is personal belief, religious belief, and scientific belief rhetorical delusion? What is the structure of human belief? Does humanity suffer from a rhetoric as reality delusion created by our need of communication? Do we confuse the experience of communication with the reality of experience? Because human behavior is adaptive in nature and becomes as automatic as riding a bike? Why did Albert Einstein say: “reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. An optical delusion of consciousness, a kind of prison for us?” Why did Jesus say: “I speak to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand,” (Matthew 13:13). Was he speaking about human history and our make believe sense of reality? Our look and name, look and name, look and name, perception of reality? Does the objective world and the narrative world touch within metaphorical truths of a Jesus the Christ story? Does scientific knowledge confirm religious metaphors and symbols about the nature of reality? Has science continued to expand humanity’s horizon of attention + awareness affirming spirituality past and present? Is the story of Jesus the Christ a philosophy of resurrection from a spiritual death?

As a language speaking species did we create an identifying ― recognizing, connecting or empathizing ― illusion of knowing, as a way of knowing each other in social environments? And as storytelling humans, should we consider whether the psychologist Jordan Peterson is right when he says the narrative and the objective world touch in the story of Christ? Is the story about how to reconnect the subjective nature of the mind with the objective nature of reality? Please watch:

Is Jordan right that the notion of death and rebirth has a psychological meaning involving a delay of gratification that experiences the death of something old and the birth of something new in the context of conscious perception? Please watch:

Like the delay in gratification impulse to assume our perception of the sun appearing rise above the horizon is a true experience of what we witness? Please watch this perceptual wisdom video about Jordan Peterson’s Christ Narrative Confusion & A Cosmic Cross of Creation:

This perceptual wisdom critique provides an alternative to Jordan Peterson’s interpretation of the Christ narrative. With a psycho-spiritual interpretation of Jesus’ resurrection philosophy and explains how to develop an embodied appreciation for a cosmic cross of creation and a conscious awareness of our human divinity. Starting with a critique of Jordan’s, “Christians, turn to yourself. You’re a problem. You can fix yourself.”

This critique is based on studying Jordan's video presentation titled: The Death and Resurrection of Christ_ A Commentary in Five Parts, and explores the experience of recognizing and embodying a cosmic cross of creation through the delay of gratification Jordan has spoken of and included in the description of his presentation. Where he wrote:

"The idea of the death and resurrection has a psychological meaning, in addition to its metaphysical and religious significance. It can be thought of as part of the structure of narrative that sits at the basis of our culture. It includes elements of sacrifice (associated with delay of gratification and the discovery of the future) and psychological transformation (as movement forward in life often requires the death of something old and the birth of something new)."

Please note that the scrolling text style of critique in this video is an attempt to bypass the cult of personality byproduct inherent in the development of a charismatic personality. This video is not intended to be a self-serving criticism of Jordan's psychological interpretation of  the Christ narrative. Its aim is to revive the ancient cure for a sense of cosmic detachment cryptically hidden within the Christ narrative and Jesus saying: "Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ "

Jordan's video can be watched here:

And given one meaning of philosophy is the love of wisdom and an urgent need to bring science and philosophy together again, as McGilchrist and others suggest. Can we learn to rebuild our experience of imagination, intuition and memory with an imbibe meditation on a first light phenomenon that is older than humanity? The ancient of days?

The art of which was spoken of long ago by Plato when he wrote, “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?” And do these words from Plato’s Allegory of The Cave point towards the ancient initiation experience of a twice born being?

Was this twice born experience of the Parousia ― presence ― known in Africa before humanity’s waves of generational exodus? Was it taught to initiates in the mystery schools of Egypt and Greece and used to create the story of Jesus, the Christ? And within the story, does Jesus call out our language speaking erroneous sense of reality in parable teachings about reality-wise illusions and wisdom? Asked why he spoke of the kingdom of heaven in parables, he replied; “I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don’t see, and hearing, they don’t hear, neither do they understand” (Matthew 13:13).

Is this figure of speech about the experiential blindness of humanity’s social world and our need to conform to a consensus-reality? And can we learn to inhabit the twice born experience of being present within the cosmos twice a day, twice a month and twice a year? Could we understand our ancestors’ faith in creation by learning to embody the cross we bear as the universe become conscious? Can we come to understand our human experience as a twice born form of consciousness that developed in Africa? And can we learn to master the illusion transcending perceptual wisdom of being in heaven, our wisest ancestors taught?

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