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physicality and metaphysicality
    #3911125 - 03/13/05 01:20 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The physical plane exists, and with a blink of the eyes, by shutting the eyes, one has access to the metaphysical plane of concept, thought, and consciousness. Here I will draw parallels between the two, to facilitate the understanding of their relationship. It's really quite simple, once you *realize*.

In the physical plane, living in the now consists of focusing intently on your surroundings but not on your actual physical self. This allows your subconscious to steer your body in a natural, spontaneous, smooth, and highly efficient manner, while your interaction with the outside world is also at its peak level for that is where your efforts, through focus, are directed. DXM, for example, promotes this state, whereas weed promotes conscious focus on your physical body which, if mismanaged, leads to second guessing, worry, and all-around anxiety and paranoia.

On the metaphysical plane the same kind of delimitations exist, simply metaphysically as opposed to physically. Thoughts exist instead of physical objects, for example. Now who creates your thoughts? If you trace back to the origin, you'll find that your thoughts originate from 'inspiration' that just arises from the void and not, after all, from you. To observe them intently is to allow them to flow by unobstructed, to become the calm observer. If you focus on yourself, on the supposed creator, then you realize there isn't anything there, that your thoughts originate from beyond your ego. This realization can be very unsettling if you believe in your complete conscious sovereignty as creator.

Releasing your firm grip of your own thought process allows your subconscious?your inner self connected with the Ineffable?to do mental work in a more natural, spontaneous, smooth, and efficient manner than your conscious mind ever could. Answers will come to you, fundamental truths will suddenly become obvious. But if you try to consciously follow every step, every logical connection along a totally linear line of thinking, then you'll get nowhere.

Rather, you should focus on your thoughts and not on your individual mind purportedly creating them,  and you should be confident that they will arise in due course and be truthful. The confidence with which you believe this corresponds to the efficiency of your subconscious in performing the task. If you lack confidence then your thoughts may only be partly true, in which case adopting total confidence towards them *after the fact*, after the act of creation, only covers up the fallacious parts and promotes delusional thinking based on escapism.

When you create in the physical plane then you must embrace the physical and manipulate it with precision and skill, like drawing a picture for example. Likewise, in the metaphysical there is also a creator and a created, but both are more subtle. The act of creation in the metaphysical is so subtle that it requires your conscious mind to touch only on the most simple, basic, and fundamental truths, from which thoughts will spontaneously flourish.

When you seek an answer, consider the most fundamental aspects of the question by taking a step back and contemplating a greater context. To the extent that you do this successfully, the answer will come to you naturally. Don't try to piece together all the small, conventional thoughts rushing through your mind, for you need to consider not the parts but the whole.

In the physical plane, at the epitome of artistic (is there any other kind?) creation, there is complete spontaneity, complete surrender of control. Skill of this nature is innate to an extent but can be increased with practice. The same is true in the metaphysical plane, where the act of creation can be refined to the point of penetrating into the physical. The creative process is a matter of expressing that which is not only within you but, more accurately, channelled through you.

That the inspiration of thought, and of physical creation, arises from beyond our individual selves is proof of a higher power. In certain people who naturally possess, or who cultivate through spiritual practice, the talent to trace thoughts back to their origins, misunderstanding leads to schizophrenia. The realization that things don't ultimately arise from within "you", coupled with a closed-minded atheistic belief, leads to the mislabelling of input. The voices in the head of a schizophrenic indeed aren't his own...the schizophrenic cannot accept that none of the thoughts in any of our heads are our own.


So how can one actually enact manipulations of the likes I suspiciously eloquently speak of? In the physical plane, consider the staple sense of sight. To perceive distance it is necessary to view the near and the far. Similarly, to understand something profoundly, it is necessary to consider the specifics and the generalities of the situation. Learn to play with your vision and dance with the boundaries HPPD "sufferers" have become conscious of.

Establish your line of sight from your physical body to wherever it is you're looking. Now focus exclusively on a specific object and forget about where your line of sight begins. Now focus on where it begins and forget about where it ends?the world looks almost two dimensional. Go cross-eyed. That stuff "out there" seems less universally objective all of a sudden.

Converting this three dimensional context into non-local metaphysicality involves conceptualizing it. When you scale the vertical axis in your mind, the governing idea at work is the man-made, conventional concept of time that doesn't disappear when you shut your eyes. Remembering in the corner of your awareness where you're situated in time defines your individuality and retains some of the conscious thought process.

Scaling the vertical axis in the physical plane involves adjusting where your line of sight begins and ends. From an objective perspective no line of sight is considered in the first place and the entire scene is absorbed in a glance. Similarly, metaphysically, as long as your point of origin remains along the axis you will always be looking out at the conceived world through your individual egocentric perspective. Discarding the concept of time allows you to draw closer to the Ineffable, the absolute objective observer that is non-local in both space and time.

The illusory concept of time binds you to all the conventionalities it entails?embarrassing moments of the past, anxiety-provoking situations of the future, and so on. Ultimately none of these moments presently exist, just as no actions other than the ones you take at the present instant define you; and even then, actions do not so much define as they do express your inner self. You are constantly changing, every thought and action you presently take shapes who you will be a second from now. It is ignorant and unhealthy to cling to a set of absolutes that define you from year to year, day to day, or even instant to instant, for underneath the label of "you" is a hodgepodge of characteristic elements in a constant state of flux.

Focus on your physical surroundings?all of them. At first it might not be easy, as if your awareness must stretch thin to focus on all your surroundings at once. You gain a sense of what everything is and how it feels. Then focus only on the empty space intertwined around your physical surroundings. From this perspective you gain a sense of how your surroundings are physically defined, how and where each element is situated in relation to all others.

Focusing in the physical plane either on your physical surroundings or the empty space surrounding them is a matter of duality since matter can either exist or not exist. It's very dangerous to carry over this notion of duality into the metaphysical plane, for the conventional is either dismissed as totally illusory or revered as ultimate truth. Both cases promote misunderstanding because, except for the two extremities of the axis, each level on it is by nature a degree of fundamentality. What is not fundamentality is conventionality, in absolute form the former being existence and the latter non-existence, so every level can be reduced to a ratio of fundamentality/conventionality.

For example, if a man is in the desert, near death, and sees the mirage of a luscious lake, is the mirage real? He might regard it as salvation, mistake it for an absolute that it clearly is not. Realizing his ignorance, would it be true for him to then dismiss the mirage as totally illusionary? No, because he did visually perceive it, so it must exist to the extent that he perceived it (otherwise he wouldn't have perceived it at all in the first place). It originated not "out there" as a physical object but from within his own mind, originating from a specific, and decisively existent, metaphysical cause. Indeed, thoughts *do* exist. The mirage is neither 100% conventional nor 100% fundamental in nature.

Focusing in the physical plane on empty space amounts to focusing metaphysically on the fundamental. The fundamental is subtle and, whereas all the physical objects around you are impermanent, the space between them is constant. Absolute fundamentality is so subtle that, from our conventional physical perspectives, empty space seems non-existent. But in the greater context of things, it is the physical objects with specific finite locations that are the illusions; how can such things exist within a context of non-locality?

Focusing in the physical plane on your physical surroundings amounts to focusing metaphysically on the conventional. Physical existence is conventional in that it is not only impermanent but it is definition, rigidity, and precision in a universe fundamentally of ineffability, fluidity, and generality.

Understanding of how the fundamental and the conventional interact allows you to stop dualistically focusing on either one or the other. It allows you to take a step back and add a third element to the equation, your consciousness as an objective observer. Both physically and metaphysically, this observer will only arise once all friction is reconciliated, once all duality is merged, once you understand that physical objects cannot exist without empty space to define their contours, nor can empty space exist without the contrast of physical objects.

As you observe your surroundings in the physical, be aware also of the greater context that you cannot immediately see?you are in a certain city, in a certain country, on a planet, in a solar system, in a galaxy, in an infinite universe. So living in the now your conscious mind is focused not on your physical body but on your immediate surroundings and, to varying degrees, also on your more general surroundings. Know this general context well and you'll discover that you *are* the universe and your body is simply a vessel in which your consciousness is concentrated and held. You go about living in the now knowing you are in this world but not of it.

In the metaphysical, too, it is possible to be aware of the full spectrum, to observe it all from a particular point on the axis and also to lose your sense of self and span the entire spectrum at once. Only in this state of universal consciousness can the concept of relativity be fully understood; relativity in that there are an infinite amount of points along the axis, each contingent on one another for positioning, and each of a specific fundamental/conventional nature, hierarchically organized from most specific and conventional to most general and fundamental.

...work in progress. :smile: Constructive criticism is appreciated.

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