of life depend upon diligence : the mechanic
that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools"
........Confucius 500 B.C.
entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really
experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the
universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception.”
― Alan Moore
The whole process of a being's existence revolves around what is called perception:
the cognitive activity that from birth to death directs the stream of consciousness. The
concept of perception is distinguished from consciousness in several ways and one
clear distinction is that one can be conscious of one's perceptions, but one cannot
perceive consciousness directly, only synthetically. Especially the primary element
of consciousness - the supra-conscious is beyond any perception, but in a
reversal of roles, affects and directs perception in a subliminal manner, that is,
it's effect becomes noticed by the conscious only after it has happened.
"Consciousness is distinct from the organism that it animates
although it must undergo its vicissitudes".......Will Durant
In a new born being, the perceptual field is empty, and although the
supra-conscious is active, it has nothing to act upon or direct. Immediately after
birth, the perceptual field starts filling up, mostly through the senses and the order of
the senses that comes as a part and parcel of the order of the society around the
being. The processing of these sensory inputs by the nervous system takes place,
and the perceptual field is also acted upon by the supra-conscious. The resultant
structure of the perceptual field is called here as the mind of the being.
It should be clear that this perceptual field is very much limited in its capacity to
hold and process conceptual elements (objects) that make up this field, although
this does have
considerable variation from one person to another.
"The native vision, the gift of seeing truly, with wonder and delight into
the natural world, is informed by a certain attitude of reverence and
respect. It is a matter of extrasensory as well as sensory perception. In
addition to the eye, it involves the intelligence, the instinct, and the
imagination. It is the perception not only of objects and forms but also
of essences and ideals."....M Scott Momaday (Contemporary American
Indian Leaders, by Marion Gridley, Dodd Mead, 1972.)
"First, we need to
differentiate between sensing and perceiving. Sensing
is the more mechanical aspect, involving the stimulation of the sensory
receptors and the sensory nerves. Perceiving is about one's personal
relationship to the incoming information. We all have sense organs which
are similar, but our perceptions are totally unique. Perception is about
how we relate to what we are sensing. Perception is about relationship
to ourselves, others, the Earth and the universe. "-- B. B. Cohen
"Perception is always
an embodied perception, one that is what it is only
within a specific context or situation. Perception in-itself does not exist-
there is only perception as it is lived in the world - as a result of the
incarnate nature of perception, the perceiving subject is always
In a highly active state of awareness or stimulation or in strange experiences
this perceptual field does expand, but again not without limits. Its only in case
the supra-conscious becomes fully active and is able to take the perceptual
field beyond its boundaries, can there be unlimited possibilities of experiences
out of the ordinary.
"I say one must
be a seer, make oneself seer. The poet makes
himself a seer by an immense, long, deliberate disordering of
the senses. In every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he
searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him, and
keeps only their quintessence's"............Arthur Rimbaud
THE SENSORY SYSTEMS
" I have defined
sensation as perception through conscious sensory
processes, and intuition as perception by way of unconscious contents
and connections. Obviously we could argue until Doomsday about the
fitness of those definitions, but the discussion eventually
turns upon a mere question of terms." ........Jung
Human beings perceive the world primarily through a system
of inputs known as the sensory systems of vision, sound, touch,
smell and taste (the five senses). The physical world around
a being is therefore constructed as a model primarily through
these sensory inputs, with the inbuilt primary goal of survival
as the dominant controller.
The sensory systems provide the direct communication mode for
a being to interact with its environment so that a basic structure
of the mind is constructed in order to provide for the functional
requirements for the survival of the being.
The sensory systems are therefore vital not only for the survivability
of a being but also play an equally vital role in developing the
construct of the mind of the being by accumulating the ''knowns" of
the world, perceived by the being through the sensory inputs and
explained or interpreted mainly by other beings in a system of know-
ledge that is distinct to that society and time in which the being lives.
Since the sensory systems are a system of input-output with the
physical world and the paradigm of the world is primarily based on
this system , most attributes of the physical world can be agreed
upon by beings in sensory communication with each other so that
an order exists in which a social system functions. Thus the sensory
systems not only provide vital functionality for the individual being
with his environment or the physical world in which the being lives
but also the vital means by which a group or network (society) of
beings function cohesively and orderly ( or disorderly, as
the case may be).
Without an agreed upon system of perception based on sensory
data no social system or order can last . The degree of order in a
social system is proportional to the degree of agreement in
perceiving the physical world through the sensory systems .
Similarly the physical survivability of a being is proportional to
the degree of coordination or correlation between the overall
self of the being with the physical reality of the being
determined by the sensory systems.
But these are considerations with the assumption that the
world, and its reality is wholly physical only, i.e., that there
is nothing in reality beyond the physical.
With this assumption, however, no comprehensive grasp of
reality is attainable, and one is stuck only within a scientific
view of reality.
distinguishes between the possible and the impossible;
reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless.
Even the possible can be senseless."........Max Born
THE NON-SENSORY SYSTEMS (Nonsense?)
" I entitle
transcendental all knowledge which is occupied
not so much with objects as with the mode of our
knowledge of objects." .........Immanuel Kant
Just as you
cannot see the atomic world without applying all sorts of
means to make it visible, so you cannot enter the unconscious unless
there are certain synthesized figures. ~Carl Jung
" A 'thing in
itself' signifies that which exists independently
of our perceptions by means of the senses. In other words it is
that which really and truly is. Democritus called this matter, so
did Locke in the end, and for Kant it was an 'X', and for me it is
Apart from the sensory systems, there exists a faculty of perception
that is independent of the perception generated from the sensory
systems and that the nature of this mode of perception is mainly
spontaneous, and the source , the location , the time duration etc
essentially cannot be identified or quantified , and yet can have
the most profound impact upon the self, although this is neither
accepted or agreed upon in general nor is likely to be agreed
upon in the near future, that is, it cannot be in the domain
of scientific method or investigation.( or at least what is
currently understood and agreed upon as science)
( This faculty for perception beyond the sensory systems is
fairly active in early childhood, but as the perceptual field
gets more and more cluttered with "objects" of sensory
content, this faculty becomes diminished in strength and
influence upon the perceptual field. )
the art of seeing things invisible to others."
- Jonathan Swift
Because of the very nature of this kind of perception , perhaps
to seek an agreement is itself inappropriate or invalid, for one
thing is for sure: this kind of perception is in no way similar
to sensory perception. Even giving an example of this type of
perception is fraught with pitfalls : and we will end back to
where we started : sensory models. It is for this reason that
words like ESP, Sixth Sense, Sorcery , Out of Body Experience,
Mysticism, Occult powers, Shamanism, LSD, Altered States of
Consciousness, God, instinct, intuition, higher level of conscious
-ness, etc are being avoided here, for no sooner such terms
are used, immediately our minds will respond with :
Aha ! So that is what you mean !
Unfortunately, there is no other way to model non-sensory
perception than to use sensory models and analogies, and
this process is unavoidable, even if the only purpose that
this can at all serve is to make us aware of the possibility
and potential of this mode of perception.
To deny possibilities, capabilities and potential of the human
faculties is not an option here.
"A primordial image is
determined as to its content only when
it has become conscious and is therefore filled out with the
material of the conscious experience.".....C. G. Jung
THE SYNTHESIS PROCESSING OF
essentially involves the idea of a sustained, experienced,
mental synthesis. All art objects are 'performed' or imagined first
by the artist and then by his audience, and these imaginative and
intellectual activities or experiences may said to be the point or
essence of art.
The subject matter of the art is then the nature of the
process itself." ....Iris Murdoch
seems to me that the guiding set of esthetics in Indian art is
inextricably tied to a shared concept of nature and a belief that
life exists in things others might see as inanimate."
...Richard West, Jr. (Arapaho Indian)
The main point here is that non-sensory perception and the
synthesis process are inseparably related. In other words,
in any experience of the mystical or non-sensory kind, an
element of creation or synthesis are invariably involved,
and only then it
becomes subject to analysis.
"To revere art and have no
understanding of the process that forces
it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is."
...I. A. Baraka
"The greatest honor that can be
paid to the work of art, on its pedestal
of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need
a science of description. . . . Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
The rational, intellectual faculty is thus twice removed from
the non-sensory experience. What has to be recognized is
that every experience is processed by the intellect, whether
consciously or by
"The eye sees
only what the mind is prepared to
principle of the unconscious is the autonomy of the psyche itself, reflecting
in the play of its images not the world but itself, even though it utilizes the illustrative
possibilities offered by the sensible world in order to make its images clear. ~Carl Jung
"We don't see
things as they are, we see them as we are".....Anais Nin
SENSE, NONSENSE AND INTELLECT
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
How he got into my pajamas I'll never know
The intellect may
be the devil , but the devil is the “strange son of chaos”
who can most readily be trusted to deal effectively with his mother.
Our intellect's function is to automatically, by default, provide for
interpretation and meaning to even the most weirdest of experiences.
One can train the intellect to stop doing so, and live only in continuous
experiencing mode, but how functionally and meaningfully useful it is
can only be determined personally.
"What Socrates is
at pains to point out is that behind every experience
there is room for an interpretation of the meaning of that experience
and it is in the interpretation the examination of what our life is
amounting to that our life becomes worth living.
It is not the sequence of passive experiences, it is the integration
of those experiences into some intelligible whole that constitutes a
veritable form of life - and one subject to refinement through criticism
through reflection. And for it to be a worthy life the experiences them
selves have to have a validity - have to have truthfulness about them.
Otherwise we live life in a drunken stupor - chained in a cave - afloat
as a brain in a vat."....TTC D. Robinson
The vital function of the intellect, and the only way it can be successful
is to sort for itself or order itself to distinguish between sense and
non-sense. The value of the most profound of experiences can be
lost or misdirected by intellectual failure to set its own house in order.
Since intellect cannot be discarded (except for mystical oblivion), even
in a secondary role to pure experience its function as providing meaning
to any experience is critical.
"We are thinking
beings, and we cannot exclude the intellect from
participating in any of our functions".....William James
" Interpretation is not just a scholarly activity, we interpret all the time.
There are many background conditions and interpretations that go into an
act as simple as stopping at a red light. We don't call all these interpretations
up and explicitly discus them. Interpretations in a more obvious sense takes
place in the political realm all the time. Interpretation is very important, and
this can also be made clear historically. There was a time when people were
burned alive because they read a book with a 'wrong' interpretation. A lot
depends upon interpretation - there are stakes to interpretation. And this is
not some airy, stupid academic dispute.
Nietzsche's text suggests that in a certain sense it may be impossible to
find, what many people think they find the 'right' interpretation.
Interpretations are multiple, contestable and might finally be judged by
which are the most interesting. Some interpretations might be in place not
because they are rational or argumentatively supported simply because
they are backed by the 'most power' .
Any authoritative interpretations ( like that in the academia ) and the
methodologies therein ( for these interpretations ) are in their origin
as Nietzsche suggests, in relations to power. That the methodological
languages, however sophisticated, will instantiate those institutional
powers. Faced with their origins they will themselves prove to rest
upon un-decidable and interpretable material and not upon the facts
……..Rick Roderick (
TTC – Nietzsche and the Post-Modern Condition)
A vital distinction has been made in this article between the world of senses and of
the world or worlds beyond the senses. This then becomes the basis of the division
of the Self (and its reality in its experience) into the physical - of the senses as well as
derived from the senses and the non-physical - independent of the sensory systems,
but synthesized and then given form or expression in the domain of the senses,
with the intellect as the interpreter.
"We should take care
not to make the intellect our god ; it has, of course
powerful muscles, but no personality"........Albert Einstein
"Don't leave home
without your sword - your intellect.”
― Alan Moore
I have also
realized that one must accept the thoughts that go on within oneself
of their own accord as part of one’s reality. The categories of true and false are,
of course, always present; but because they are not binding they take second place.
The presence of thoughts is more important than our subjective judgment of them.
But neither must these judgments be suppressed, for they also are existent
thoughts which are part of our wholeness. ~Carl Jung;
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