philosophic inquiry into life and meaning

...if truth were not for man the desire for truth would not be as a burning unrest in his heart...

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Here you will find personal musings, open ended questions,

thought experimentation and random happenings (and maybe a comic or two).

Flies in the ointment --Comic by Luke Surl


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Time and again I am show something over and over which takes on a fresh look, a new "something" which is clearly but patiently pointed out to me that was heretofore unrecognised or summarily dismissed as being unimportant.

It happens in quite distinct but surprising ways. Synchronicity is what it is called when, by some surprising but correlated coincidence, a number of similarly related ideas come to mind and are pointed out in perception to bring to light some previously dismissed notion or new idea. The idea may come in the form of numbers or words, people or places, dreams coinciding with reality or in any other number of ways in which the similarity between the two things and the repetition of which turns the attention towards that idea in a fresh way or in a way in which one can no longer ignore the idea's import.

We learn a new word we have never heard before and suddenly see it all over the place, even in places we have previously explored. A new concept pops up in the strangest places or over and over again so that we can not ignore the message, which it clearly shows itself to be, though the origin may be questionable, the fact that the idea appears is beyond the realm of coincidence.

Oneness or unity is my current synchronistic koan. What does separateness and unity mean? What are they? All one? Oneness? Singular? The thought is the abstraction of all of those questions but the message returns in material that I'm reading (even if purposely chosen at random from a random book which says something of the subconscious trying to sneak this message in under the radar right there).

The synchronistic idea is strangely appealing and holding interest on it is easy -- effortless even as it reoccurs and curiosity takes over to build momentum to reach the conclusion of the message sent, whatever that conclusion may be.



Sun Seen Through Trees CC Attribution

I live in a world
Where dreams and reality are not so far apart,
Where impossible is possible and waking life
Is sleeping life.

I live in a world of the mind and the body,
Each with it's rules and limitations.
Here the dream is stronger than the non dream,
And all is as it not seems.

Here mind moves matter,
And matter moves mind.
And waking in the dream,
is but another dream within dreaming.



I am amazed that the memory is stored in the body and is a reactive part of me. Kung fu forms not practiced much are in there the 'muscles' (and nerves I think) hold the patterns and memories that they have been conditioned to learn. This is an example of reactive thinking, memory based off associated percepts. I think memories are not limited to just the head/brain but the whole body/mind organism. Thinking therefore is also something that is done with the whole body, not just the head. So it makes good sense to take care of the body and not let the thinker go inert through lack of use.


Use the body and the mind becomes able to think easier. As if you were looking out your car window on a cold day and the ice slush covered the windshield. You can see but it is hard to see forms clearly or far into the distance. Apply a little windshield deicer, the movement of the windshield wipers, and some heat from the defroster and that slush gets moved out of the way. It becomes much easier to see and you can see farther. Exercise is like that to the mind. The whole body benefits but the key to being able to think about all of the problems and questions we have in life is to clear up the mind. Best way to do that is to make use of the minds mechanical levers (body).




...thanks Shawn and Phil for the idea...


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