Friday, June 27, 2014

Other-mind

In the sister essay to this piece, I examined thinking. Today, perhaps I will examine not thinking.

Sensing cannot be written down. And feeling cannot be written down. These two things are forever divorced from the page, no matter how many words I write about them. The absolute experience of sensing and feeling — which is an objective experience divorced from the mechanical or automatic ordinary action of sensing and feeling — are quite different than unconscious or ordinary experience. They are voluntary; that is, they appear on their own without any overt or covert direction from thought, and they participate without being thought; furthermore, they are distinctly separated from thought and act within their own agency, each of them, which is identifiable and unusually (for our ordinary “consciousness”) free of what we call thought. That is to say, they are thought; but thought formed in different realms.

To be free of ordinary thought is very, very unusual. One ought to understand, if one could, that thought is so absolutely persistent that it is like concrete for buildings: everywhere, and at the base of everything. It is a consistent pollutant, a contaminant that filters through all of ordinary action. It is only the voluntary and objective presence of feeling and sensation, if and when it arises, that can fully highlight and define the difference between thinking and the other two brains of Being.

 This question of voluntarism, of the other two modes of existence or “brains” becoming active in their own right and taking an unassailable place in the manifestation of Being, is constantly misinterpreted. Yet the independent action of these other brains, if it begins to participate, defines an area, a territory, of Being which is influenced by a finer rate of vibration. Every time that finer rate of vibration touches ordinary life and ordinary reality, it is degraded, because lower vibration of its nature automatically corrupts and destroys higher vibration.  (This is, incidentally, much of what Hieronymus Bosch’s painting Garden of Earthly Delights is all about.) So it is up to the aspirant to first clearly see the difference between these forces, and then do one's best, within the limitations of one’s own manifestation, to carefully separate and segregate them so that they do not mix. Mixing — which was called adultery in the Old Testament and in ancient traditions — already produces wrong results, and yet this is by far the most common response to finer energies, in all of us.

 Sensing cannot be written down. Feeling cannot be written down. I say this a second time, because the reader is reading just as I am writing, and one needs to be fully invested within a clear understanding — informed by sensing and feeling, if at all possible, and as much as possible — about the difference. Otherwise, one becomes increasingly enamored of books and writing, and thinks that the words contain what is true. 

Words can only contain what is true about words — of themselves, they cannot contain sensing, and they cannot contain feeling, because these two realms of experience and manifestation are separated forever from words, as they must be. Only the experience of the inward flow of a finer energy can bring one to these particular qualities of other-mind, and even then, words want to come in and interfere, whereas the three centers should each participate precisely and exactly within the range of their ability, two thirds of which is not dependent on thinking and words.


 Hosanna.

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