In music, dance and any performances including martial arts and fighting, we are involved in a tacit association between us as the “apparent” initiator and the “on-time” movement of the body in reality, in real time and space, that is interrupted if we become too cognitive and determining or self-conscious. Long distance running usually requires a maturity (sprinters are young whereas marathon runners are usually older) and some nack over this tacit relationship, and Tai chi allows its practitioners to approach a state that enters right into the tacitness where our sense of self, will and enactment meld. In fact any activity, unless lost in the act, be it work, play or exercise, can bring on this problem of self-consciousness; we can be derailed from our reassuring sense of “I’m doing it” and be lost in our self separate from a sense of being and doing. We can either hold to our self and focus or mesmerise in on our sense of the act and deny the rest, or place ourselves in that tacit relation and find our place as a part of a dynamic happening.
This happening is of our whole to whom we as an identity and our reality of experience belong. Our sense of being in and acting within the world, is a part of him/her. The happening of our whole includes our subconscious functioning; beyond our linear conscious and cognitive or knowing processes and efforts, we can sleep on or put aside a problem and awake with or just realise a worked out answer.
We tend to stay in the accountable and the transparent especially in this post-modern world and keep our selves occupied and diverted there (therapies to help with patient’s stay in hospital). Behaviourism and the cognitive therapies of psychology have done away with the grey areas of the subconscious.
Whether right or wrong, good or bad, true or false, we are isolated from our whole, in our identification with our self and what we experience. We hold to what can seem consistent, certain, authentic or familiar, of knowing in our mind. This is reinforced by our assertions and actions, and again reinforced by the development of our interactive technologies and their use.
We have always kept each other in our linguistic linearity. However, language was the reverberance of a deep understanding, belonging, recognition and communion that welled from our deep subconscious we lived and acted by. Now instead, our fellowship trails our language, our common points in our “texed” and digitalised bits of our lives.
I think it useful to distinguish the self from the whole self. A whole being has the body, brain and mind, the conscious and subconscious. Only in our minds can we consider a functioning brain separate from their whole, when there is no brain without a whole body and no whole body without a brain. The whole body has the eyes and allows us to think we see, has the brain and allows us to think we think.
Yes, we can ascribe the subconscious to take care of our concerns while we are otherwise occupied or asleep, paint beyond our thinking we know how and are doing it, indeed performances and feats are recognised as enacted beyond our cognitive notion and sense. However, in considering the human condition and all its states, conditions and functioning, what we may do, experience and notice in our reality, let’s consider a whole body in and of reality and our reality being a projected part.
A mechanism is implied and a guide and reference established that we may “contemplate” and test, for it is about our actuality and being in relation with the whole body. An empirical pragmatism and process to our reality may be, and be a universal reference for us all.