The human condition – what I’ve worked out of it

I’ve tried to make the introduction flow, and make the points that follow more complete. I’ve added a section on Meditation, Actuality and Whole being, implying steps towards being a part of reality from identified in what we experience. Yet to present the physical references, movement and exercises.

If I can start with the Central Nervous System (CNS). You may be familiar with the idea that the brain creates, or at least is involved in creating, what we experience. Vision, for example, is processed in the brain from information received by the eyes and “projected”, for us to experience.

But what about our self, having the experience?

Many find it difficult, including scientists and philosophers, to accept the self as being made by the brain, or by anything else for that matter. It challenges our sense of autonomy and independence, of being “in control” as the definitive entity rather than being “controlled by”, and choosing to make a difference and shape our destiny. Do we need to separate the self (subject) from experience (object) and consider their origins separately? (Easy or hard question of the consciousness, Chalmers 1986.)

We can wind this back to the start and question in the first place, whether the brain creates anything at all. Strictly speaking, the activity detected in the brain with MRI scans may only be “para-phenomena” – that they coincide with (or parallel) the “events” in our reality (that we observe) but do not necessarily cause them. Is there a basis or a creator to the self and what we experience, or are we just what is?

Let me put aside these issues, about what is created or not (i.e, fundamental and irreducible in themselves) and what the CNS does or does not do, to make this point : that there is no brain without a living whole being. We can consider then our whole being to be the basis of our reality, including the self.

It means our whole creates our reality and projects it through the CNS. Projection is the role that the CNS plays in the manifestation of our reality. The whole self or being is the definitive entity of reality. We, as projection, are a part of our whole being.

Normally, we think “I’m it” and “that’s the world out there”, that we are the “definitive entity” and the world we experience is reality. We function well enough in this familiar way. Yet, unless we keep ourselves busy, occupied (with something) or diverted (away from the rest, as in occupational and diversional therapy), there’s also a sense of incompleteness or that there must be more. Certainly there’s uncertainty, and plenty of occasions and reasons for anxiety or depression.

I do not wish to deny anything of our self and what we experience, nor draw us beyond boundaries best accepted, outside or within. But a part is simply invalid, apart from it’s whole. We are displaced from our whole in being projected, and isolated from our whole as we identify, in our self and with what we experience, within projection.

Our reality is a part. All that can be of our reality, of “conscious experience and self witnessed”, is projection. Till we learn to be a part of who encompasses and permeates our all, we remain isolated in our part, lost from our whole. All directions are in vain, as we grasp at our fleeting moments in avoidance of this, our truth.

Our whole being includes both the solid body and projection, is more than their sum, and is in and of reality. In ouractuality”, the existence of our reality as projection, we can be in relation with our whole, as his or her part. And as a part of our whole being, we are also a part of reality.

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Following is a practice, outlined with stepping stones towards our being in relation with our whole. Our notion and sense of reality is not reality. Like a yacht that must “tack” away from the wind of reality and can only zig zag towards it, we talk about and feel what reality “must be like” in an indirect way. In our projected actuality, however, we are aligned directly with our whole as a part. Then, as a projected part, we can refer to reality itself in our whole being and be affected in our relation with our whole.

In a word, the theory is projection.

From projection comes Part theory and Whole body method :
1. Part theory – in our projected actuality we may be “in relation with” our whole. We are validated in this “being in relation with” as a part is by its whole.
Winching (see below in The 5 steps to establish – 4.) : because we are, as a part, limited.
2. Whole body method – we can refer to (core), contemplate (who must be there, who must be more than the sum of his/her parts including those parts projected and solid, who sums), commune with (Nothingness – absence in projection), and connect with (through projection) our whole.

As a part of reality, our whole being is in and of reality (we are in and of projection as a part of our whole being), and spirited (as are all other whole entities in reality) with the one essence of his/her whole being and the entirety of reality (All creation).

We can introduce our whole in prayer (love and compassion, forgiveness and support, to emulate and become, depend and surrender, feel and receive, we can refer to our whole who encompass and permeate all we experience, distance, presence and process), meditation/experiencing (who has the eyes and other sense organs and projects what we experience), posture/exercise (who has a body), work/play/living (who actually is, does and lives).

Physicality (to follow). References, body movement/exercise, relationship.

The 5 steps to establish (stepping stones) :
1. Actuality – there is our actuality, our existence in fact as projection.
2. Whole being – is in and of reality. He or she creates our reality and projects it through the Central Nervous System.
3. How we are shaped or structured in our actuality goes hand in hand with what happens – isolation from our whole to integration as a part, as we “place” our self and our reality in our shaped actuality, like positioning an engineering or architectural block to initiate some structural process (robots in “Transformers”, temple booby traps in an “Indiana Jones’” adventures where the placement of a skull etc causes the whole temple to shift), to be affected by “being in relation with” our whole.
4. What to do – our part to play as a part: 1)Promote our part towards becoming more (in space as projection; see Extension of our part, below) and by approaching our actuality, so as to be “presentable”. 2)Promote the whole being in reality “physically”, from being compromised in maintaining our part in isolation, so that there is something of our whole for us to be “received” by. In our isolation we must make effort (to promote our part and our whole), but then 3) stop (because we are a limited part), to introduce the whole being beyond our self and our limited reckoning and efforts. (To “winch” our way to becoming a part from isolated – promote our part and our whole, stop, refer to our whole, repeat. Repeating is necessary while our relation with our whole establishes because as we shift in our identity, what we experience and the realms or dimension of experience, we tend to re-identify in our new situation.)
5. What it is all about – we become more a part, and our whole becomes more complete with integrating parts. Godly being of reality, spirited at core (unconditional love, God presence), encompassing our all (our self and our sense of others, near and far, and of all times and places we may sense being in or being in touch with) and our part.

Extension of our part :
Consider the world out there, your self having an experience, the witness behind, deeper being below, and the conscious above. These displaced aspects of our reality extend in different directions and in differing distances that imply space in a very direct and immediate way.

This space, including the shapes of our aspects, is actuality, our being projection and a part. Refer to from this, the actuality of our greater part, the whole self and whole being.

References for the “physical” whole being :
– CNS : level, domed and split brain; vertical spine; even nerve roots. Goes with a “complete” (with integrating parts) whole being in alignment with gravity, horizon and the zenith.
– Nothingness : the absence of the whole being and reality from our projected reality. Though as sense it is projected, Nothingness it is the whole being who encompasses and permeates our reality of conscious experience and self.
– Core : the reference for the whole being; of whom his or her solid body and organs, as well as projection are parts. Other end is the clue.
– Notion : The whole being who must be there, in and of reality. More than the sum of the parts. Alive as a part of reality, next to other whole beings. Who must be breathing, doing, alive, being of reality.

Meditation :
– focused : breath, one point, self, whole self, god, a sense, here and now, circle, mirror, light, candle light, movement, uprightness, a direction, numbers.
– mindful observance : allow for conscious experience and self (our reality) to settle as is, into their depth, in face of a transcendent witness.
Actuality :
the matter in fact of our existence as projected in space. Includes the witness and the layers of disassociation towards our subconscious, our outside and inside worlds, the existence of things and the presence of others (what and who we experience) within them (worlds or realms), the conscious, depths, “other side” and “other end”. In the immediate instance we may recognise the world out front, our self back in, the witness behind, deeper being below and the conscious above. The various directions in which these aspects of our reality occur infer space that, together with the space they themselves occupy, is our projected actuality.
Whole being :
refer, contemplate, consider, commune, connect (Whole body method), for being in relation with our whole.

The cognitive part – a slide show

 

 

 

 

 

A part of a whole

What is it to be a part?
What am I to be but a part of my whole?

The Whole body, the Whole being, the Whole self,whole body 2
of Reality, touched by the rest,
along with other whole entities.

Where am I and
where is my whole?

Here as part of who must be
there – on Earth, in Reality, among other wholes.body 3

INVALID as a part is, isolated from its whole

Now the hc, our reality and situation, is a questionable thing.2 May15 with side 5a

We’re incomplete.
And we’re stuck with the wot (world out there) that seems to be there, before we notice it. We have both inside and outside worlds. Are they real?

There’s our deeper sense. But is there a whole self?

There must be a whole self, a whole being, living and alive, of reality, and who creates us, our selves as an identity and the reality we experience.

2 May15  side 2aYes, we exist, but as a part of the whole body, created by him/her, arranged and placed or “projected” from the whole body’s CNS (Central Nervous System).

The whole body is in and of reality. We are a projected part identified with what we experience.

It means our reality’s apparent objectivity, independence and realness is provided for us by the whole body. Our reality can be a good indication or version of what’s in the world.

The issues of subjectivity, perception and perspective, and certainty can be considered more fully with orientation to our reality being a projected part of our whole self.

Our reality is subjective because, in the first place, it is created by a whole being, as well as because of us, being the subject, experiencing and interpreting what is experienced.

Within our reality it seems we directly touch and see what is in the world, but as in the movie Matrix, that is not the real world. For us to think that we “perceive”, there’s a whole being in the real world for whom the issues of perception and perspective are “real”. He/she projects our sense of being in the world. We can think that we see, but it is the whole body who has the eyes, and gives us vision with all its characteristics including perception and perspective.2 May15  side 0

And as for certainty, it’s all in our mind. What we try to determine and know can escape our grasp the harder we try (prove), till we are left more with our trying (to prove), to know (notion) and grasp (sense). Indeed the only thing we can be certain of may be that we think, when we do – “I think therefore I am (thinking)”. However, we can see the circular or contained situation of trying to prove our selves within our reality, if we understand our reality is not complete but a projected part of our whole. We can also consider being a projected part of a whole being, and look for certainty in a relation with our whole of reality.

Notes and a poem or two

hc.r : our self an actuality, the whole body of reality
The self and our reality as actuality, projection and part of whole body. Invalid as an isolated part, an identity identified with its self and its experiences.
The whole body is in and of reality, creation, is reality and includes his/her projected parts.

We, us, our selves being me,
the identity in the hc,
an “it” compared to our whole
who is a who.

Certainty : Munchhausen’s trilemma
Munchhausen’s trilemma describes the impossibility of a proof needing proof to validate the proof, never proving anything – except in the three incomplete ways of infinitism –on and on, circularity – round in circles, and foundationalism – assumption that may be useful or is had by those concerned. We can only be certain in our minds and that certainty in three incomplete ways. It seems much escapes our mind’s grasp, of things and of our self.

Try to prove or be true

Try to prove
what’s right
that it is right
How can you be certain?
Can you be sure?

Prove that it is right
what you know and grasp

Try being true
to your self
Settle in place
as part of your whole self

Prove you are validside stupa and base 26
in your notion and sense

Try becoming true
to whole self
Play your part
as part of a whole being

Prove you are there
in your feeling and being

Be true
to whole body
Level your head
as part of the whole body

We think we think, see and do when it is the whole body who has the eyes, brain and hands to touch and move etc.

Also our whole body is made to level the brain, hang the spine and settle the trunk upon level pelvis or the other end.

The “other-end” is the clue to the whole body, in and of gravity ie solid mass, our whole self alive, a whole being present in the present and included in whom is our projected part. Like the base to an upright stupa or pagoda (a tiered Buddhist tower with several levels, and usually with multiple eaves in the Far East, usually built over some Buddhist artefact), it supports our CNS (Central Nervous System), which in turn floats our realities in levels like the levels of a pagoda.

Our trunk has a front and a back, and is upright. It has a middle with left and right halves, and sides to the left and to the right, each with an inside and an outside. While the trunk is vertically orientated, the other-end is level. Our hind legs have evolved to extend straight underneath our upright trunk. Our other–end can not only bear our trunk-al extent, but with waist, hip and haunch squares off or quarters on each leg (that is of right angled ankle and knee) as if on all fours. It is a part of the evolutionary leap that lead to our level brain and vertical spine.

Beyond our linear cognitive or knowing processes

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. Our deeper senses of gut instinct, intuition and the mystic and spiritual, are the foundations of our reality.

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. It 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 used to be 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 the whole body, when there is no living 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 can “contemplate” and test, for they are about our actuality being in relation with the whole body. An empirical pragmatism and process to our reality may be, and may also be a universal reference for us all.

The dynamism and vibrancy of our whole being is of creation, ie creation, distruction, creation in true existential and shiva-istic (Hindu god of creation destruction creation in polarity with Vishnu the preserver) fashion – incontestable for us as a part and in projection. Our transience and what we may hold consistent, are his/her projected parts. The whole body is present in the present, and encompasses our past, here and now, and all realms, entities and experiences we may encounter. What or who we experience, if they are true indications, exist in reality next to our whole being.

The mystic and intuitive extend deep into our subconscious, but physical in reality is the whole body. He/she is godly, more than the sum of his/her parts that include our sense of the physical, of “our body”, nature, others, humanity, life, the divine, the profound and the profane.

Physical is spiritual, the spirit being the essence of the whole self and All creation, God-presence if All creation be God, for the whole self being of creation. And our whole does not deny our part nor our reality, of experiences and our presumptions about them; projection is a part of the whole body, as are his/her solid, vaporous and fluid, vascular and musculo-skeletal spaces.

Our surrender and actualisation as a projected part (it is what we are) and in relation with our whole (our maker and source, and contact with reality); forever becoming a part for being in relation with the whole body because he/she is of the forever changing present.

Orientation to our projected part and whole, allows for this approach, to our self and to our whole. Without a notion of a whole being and our projected part, we can only point at reality from within the black box or the brown paper bag of our reality, of conscious experience and identification witnessed.

We keep our selves and one another, occupied and diverted in the linearity of story and vision, in what we “see” and understand. We must confront this incessancy, hold to our actuality, of our self, our reality and our depths, and introduce the whole self.

As projected actuality, in what we and our reality are, we may present our selves and be in relation with our whole. Our conscious is released and connected with our subconscious, through an integration of our parts with our whole. Beyond alluding to reality, we may be in relation with reality, the whole body alive in creation.

And our whole is more complete with more integrated parts.

How do you feel about this proposition, that the source of our conscious and subconscious, the mystic as well as the cognitive, being a whole being in and of reality, and with who we may be in relation. Would you consider presenting you self in your actuality to your whole?

Valid as part

Deliver me from evil
save us from our sins

Doomed to judge
and dammed for determining

Young and old
Nations and individuals

Lost to vote
determine and judge for –
from our whole self           for our self
against a whole being      for our being
despite the whole body    for our reality

Encompassing our all,
good and not, good and bad,
self and not, self and others,
is our whole