Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On three brained being, part five: inhabiting each brain as a form of worship

Each of the minds, each of the brains, represents the intelligence of the creator. That is to say, mankind as a whole is a vicegerent (a representative) of God; but in the same way, each of man’s brains is a sacred reflection of one of the essential qualities of God. That is to say, intelligence, sensation, and feeling represent three key aspects of the holy Trinity, that is, they are godlike qualities and in their essence perfectly reflect God’s intention. One can easily say that these are reflection of God’s nature: God thinks; God senses; God feels.

The fact that we so significantly interfere with an honest manifestation of this reflection does not detract from its nature in the most essential sense, that is, no matter what we do, we can’t change the fundamental aspect of these brains. Within the core experience of each brain lies a spark of the divine; and that inhabiting each brain within its own realm, that is, living one’s Being through any one of the brains or all three brains, is actually a form of worship. This means that when I inhabit the intellect, it has the potential to become a form of worship; but only when I fully inhabited, that is, I relax the inclination to control it and instead enter it. 

Exactly the same thing can be said about the brain of physical sensation. Each part of the physical body as a representative of God’s being; and this applies not only to the hands, the feet, the lungs, the thorax and the abdomen, the sex organs, and so on, it also applies to the individual cells, which have a being and a manifestation of their own. It’s the inhabitation of this subtle, granular, and exquisitely detailed aspect of our sensation of the body where we first discover the invitation to experience our body, our inhabitation of it, and its nature as a form of prayer. 

This means that every action, every position, every movement and every motion is a form of prayer. To understand this from within the body of sensation is a very high practice, but is certainly possible. All movements and all yoga, all tai chi, are based upon this premise, even though they don’t quite understand this particular aspect Being in exactly this way. Human beings are, you see, inclined to encounter worship and prayer and yet not quite recognize it; or, typically, recognize it with the intellectual mind alone, not understanding how to think from the body or think from the feelings. 

Above all, in order to inhabit this practice, it can’t be romanticized. Rapturous investment in a feeling attitude towards it won’t help. There has to be a sacred objectivity which is founded in humility and acceptance that brings us, very slowly and very gently, to the organic understanding we need in this area.

In the same way, every feeling is a form of prayer. This is a subtler and more difficult form to enter; and it is marked above all by nostalgia, a sorrow and longing for Being. 

In daily life, I think we overlook the potential for an ordinary — that is, properly ordered – relationship the three brains to help us form an intelligible relationship with God. Inhabiting the three brains the way I describe here is, in an overall sense, a high practice, and may represent a form of aspiration that seems distant from daily life. Yet it shouldn’t be; because the opportunity to experience daily life from this perspective is immediately adjacent to our Being as it stands.


Note: this essay is an excerpt from the book Being and Impressions.

The entire book is available in the Apple iBooks store, or as a pdf at the following page link:

Being and Impression

Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.

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