We do these things in habitual ways. They have become unconscious acts. Meditation is one way to cultivate a deeper awareness to our existence.
Krishnamurti talks about how we avoid suffering by cultivating detachment. Being forewarned that attachment sooner or later entails sorrow, we want to become detached. Attachment is gratifying, but perceiving the pain in it, we want to be gratified in another manner, through detachment. Detachment is the same as attachment as long as it yields gratification. So what we are really seeking is gratification, we crave to be satisfied by whatever means.
We are dependent or attached because it gives us pleasure, security, power, a sense of wellbeing, though in it there is sorrow and fear. We seek detachment also for pleasure, in order not to be hurt, not to be inwardly wounded. Our search is for pleasure, gratification. Without condemning or justifying we must try to understand this process, for unless we understand it there is no way out of our confusion and contradiction. Can craving ever be satisfied, or is it a bottomless pit? Whether we crave for the low or for the high, craving is always craving, a burning fire, and what can be consumed by it soon becomes ashes; but craving for gratification still remains, ever burning, ever consuming, and there is no end to it. Attachment and detachment are equally binding, and both must be transcended.
Speech is not of the tongue, but of the heart. The tongue is merely the instrument with which one speaks. He who is dumb is dumb in his heart, not in his tongue … As you speak, so is your heart. –Paracelsus
Im reading this book All The World is an Icon, about Henry Corbin by Tom Cheetham. He writes about the the tendency towards separation of philosophy and revelation that began around the time of the Enlightenment. It set the stage for very common tendency these days in terms of how we use language. The norm is to rationalize or analyze our experience often involving a focus and language that is disconnected from the direct experience and more about conceptual and cognitive ways of perception, learned and conditioned in us. In general there seems to be reduced value in that direct experience or deeper revelation.
Where is the security in the mystery that is life?
I have faith that there is something to be gained by opening to life and to change and to the mystery that is life. To arrive at this place of faith has involved a lifelong search to differentiate from what is real and what is not. I have come to see that what is not real has served to insulate me from directly dealing with my fear and sense of vulnerability. In modern life attachment to ideas, concepts and beliefs that provide a superficial sense of security come easy. Our dualistic ways allow for a diversion from having to experience what is perceived to be undesirable and unpleasant. I now see a consequence of that is that it separates us from what is authentic of ourselves and of life and death and from a more intuitive being.
At some level I understand that faith is somehow connected to the same place that involves presence to our vulnerability. That is not so rationally reached or justified. Here discovered is a force intuitively realized that seeks to take us to a higher level, above our own groveling self-interest and that is rooted in being with this mystery despite that it is seen as a type of madness by many.
I now know that everything around me points to the fact that the struggle for justice and what is true that I have been involved in for my entire life may well have been futile. How can I know for sure that I have transcended what has caused me to be blind that contributes so much to our problems? So I contemplate on how I can come to be free, to open to what is constantly changing and evolving of myself and the world.
It is not a cerebral process itself that enables me to open although to refrain from thinking is not helpful. Perhaps it is the separation of intellect and revelation that prevents this. There is growth in coming to realize the limitations and traps of depending on our thinking as a way to understand self and life. The word is not the truth and language and concepts are tools and abstractions that help us to see pieces within a specific context. In my attachment to thinking that my concepts are reality I am distracted from openness and the realization that there are many ways of seeing. In that attachment I am also distracted from my direct unfolding relationship with everything else that is authentic of self and life.
Toss aside your map of the world,
All your beliefs and constructs.
Dare the wild unknown.
Here in this terrifying freedom,
Naked before the universe,
Commune with the One
Who knows everything from the inside:
Invisible power pervading everywhere.
Divine Presence permeating everything.
Breathe tenderly as
The lover of all beings.
I have not read a book that has engaged me so fully in a long time. Chris Hedges cares about the less fortunate and he has actively pursued a more egalitarian society wherever he has reported from. He has worked for some mighty institutions and has been committed to what is authentic of himself and of his employers and his government. He has helped to illuminate how our institutions, politicians, reporters, religions and civilians have gone astray.
Chris Hedges is an intellectual bomb thrower. The kinds of insights he provides into the troubled state of our democracy cannot be found anywhere else. Like many of our most important thinkers, he has been relegated to the margins because of ideas deemed too radicalor truefor public consumption.
Hedges here speaks up about the most pressing issues currently facing our nation. If we are to combat the intellectual and moral decay that have come to grip American life, we must listen to Chris Hedges and the urgent message he brings in this book.
Im not sure what he is trying to say here. I include this so that I can occasionally revisit it to see if I am able to intuitively realize something from it.
“Now the death of God combined with the perfection of the image has brought us to a whole new state of expectation. We are the image. We are the viewer and the viewed. There is no other distracting presence. And that image has all the Godly powers. It kills at will. Kills effortlessly. Kills beautifully. It dispenses morality. Judges endlessly. The electronic image is man as God and the ritual involved leads us not to a mysterious Holy Trinity but back to ourselves. In the absence of a clear understanding that we are now the only source, these images cannot help but return to the expression of magic and fear proper to idolatrous societies. This in turn facilitates the use of the electronic image as propaganda by whoever can control some part of it. —JOHN RALSTON SAUL, Voltaire’s Bastards1
Robert Anton Wilson writes, “What the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves . . . whether you are living in a Christian reality-tunnel, a Charles Mansonoid reality-tunnel, an Immortalist reality-tunnel, a vegetarian reality-tunnel, a Rationalist reality-tunnel . . . Everybody has the only true true religion.”
From Persinger and Lafreniere: “We, as a species, exist in a world in which exist a myriad of data points. Upon these matrices of points we superimpose a structure and the world makes sense to us. The pattern of the structure originates within our biological and sociological properties.”
The attachment that we have to those structures that are our reality tunnels contributes to confusing these tunnels with reality itself, and, worse yet, with “all” of reality. Yes they help us to adapt and survive but when we believe in them too rigidly, rather than understanding them to be tools and models, it can cause us to experience life as frustrating. Our innate sense of understanding of life reality becomes deluded and as well problems in our modern world arise from the fact that these reality-tunnels are no longer isolated from each other. We constantly collide with persons living in wildly different tunnel-realities.The average person has a deluge of contradictory and conflicting reality-tunnels impinging on him or her, with little experience or training in either cultural or neurological relativism.
Meditation has been a helpful vehicle enabling a more contemplative, reflective examination of reality and self identity. Inevitably we have all been influenced by our socialization, education and biological conditioning at the expense of not attending to more innate and authentic instincts. A more flexible-deep attention beyond our rigidly held conditioned processes to a more fundamental essence of mind is more natural and practical way. Beyond the boundaries, perceptions and limitations that are inherent in our conditioning, awareness; attending to life in this way helps to question and dissolve our more rigid structuring.
Ultimately transcendence implies a letting go of what I once superficially believed myself to be. There seems to be a metaphysics already embedded within that is not so accessible through analysis, abstraction and intellectual processes. I refer to transcendence here more as an emerging from a fog to a more clear awareness and/or realization of that metaphysics enabled through discovery via a more direct experience of self through observing, listening and intuiting.