Pain is mind-expanding

28 05 2010

There are some types of pain that are unbearable. But there is pain also which although abrasive and overpowering is neither life-threatening, nor does it prevent one from fulfilling daily tasks.

The mind is most powerful. The brain is where pain is felt and experienced, and pain in fact, like any stimuli has a conditioning effect on the mind, on the brain and on our existence.

When pain is felt it is the sensation which eclipses and takes over all other thought and emotion. Pain although physical has its primary effect in the neurological firings of the brain. This is raw and powerful though, it is an imput which is stronger than emotion and one might argue that pain is in fact primal emotion, though it is categorised as “physical”.

Pain is the connection between  the mind and the body. Because pain is experienced as a neurological sensation in the brain, which is where emotion and thought are experienced, then it clearly shapes the brain’s functioning, having a direct effect on emotion and thought patterns.

The effects which result from the body’s physical damage and the particular nerves are without doubt the causes of mental brainwave functioning.

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The answer to universal equality

27 05 2010

 

When the soul can see that we are all essentially born for the same destiny, a destiny which is not “eventual” a destiny which is not really “in a long time”, but a destiny which is a hell of a lot sooner than we all think. When the fact of death is in front of our eyes and our senses, when it’s pressing, because others around us are a constant reminder of that death, through their age or their disease, or through their own mortality, this is when a breakthrough is made.

Mortal life is here to remind us that we are not gods. There is no “second chance”. When I am at peace with my mortality, when I see that it is there right in front of my eyes, I become aware.

The awareness is that everytime that I was angry or frustrated in this life, everytime that I worried and thought about where I am and what I’m doing, all of these times of absorbtion in thoughts related to my life, were and are in fact not important.

In life it is important to work and to have a family, it is important to look after yourself and to eat and drink, to grow. However, there is a final result in the end, whatever kind of life is lived.

There is no magic answer to life then in the end. The only resolution that can be made is to be wary of the thoughts and actions that one has and does. The choices in life are then ours and ours alone.

It may not be possible to choose anything you want in life, the way a child picks sweets in a sweet shop. However, like that same child, man has, time and time again decided to dream, decided to create, and in dreaming and in creating and in asking for what he has wanted, many times has succeeded.

The Celestial Sphere is full of destiny, but it is only one destiny that is truly decided, that of mortality. Man has the potential to dream what he wants, to desire what he wants, but it is only if those dreams are truly noble and worthwhile will he have the will and the luck to achieve them.

Therefore we must dream and desire things that are noble, things that are dignified. Dignified and noble things are lasting, they benefit humanity. Dignified and noble things are difficult to achieve, and they take time. These things take will power and they take desire.





Those people who escaped

26 05 2010

Yesterday I had a strange thought. I was watching a film about a ship that got struck by a giant wave. I watched it without sound, or rather with my headphones on and some music.

The thoughts that came to my mind were that, even though there were people struggling to get out of this ship that was sinking, similar in some respects to a Joseph Conrad novel, and even though, these people in the end were “saved” by helicopters, I realised something.

Those people who escaped were still going to die. “whew we’re saved!” was the conclusion of this film. In my thoughts, I said, ” you will still die”. And in the long view of things, a few decades of life “extra” in comparison to those on the boat who drowned tragically is in reality nothing, it’s peanuts. The underlying statement is that death is there, and in our childhood state of reality, always filling our time with work, or pleasure, or with simple thoughts about the future and the past, that childhood state of mind that life is interminable or infinite, is a giant illusion.

Our deaths are here, as we speak. The individual personal end for each of us may be in forty years or twenty years, or “when you’re so old, it barely deserves a thought”. This seeming timelessness of life is something that is very deceptive. Thinking about how time creeps up on us in life sometimes, this is the real situation in life. The reality is that death is here for us all, only a few short footsteps away.

Why was this thought so provoking to me. It neutralises everything. It puts your life and its seeming important needs into perspective, real perspective. My death is here just like that cheerful homeless man in the street.

When this realisation is made. When things are in a clear light, then we can make a judgement. The judgement is about what you want your short, miniscule life to consist of.





Ocean Currents and Sea Breezes

24 05 2010

Our human lives are conditioned by circumstances that change all of the time. It is not possible to take up a philosophy or set of principles without being tested. The testing comes in the form of our logic being opened up and exposed for its shortcomings. When something happens in life where our logic has been unable to provide assistance, that’s when logic is confounded.

Ocean Currents and Sea Breezes

When logic is exposed for its inherent retardedness and inability to help us humans in our condition, logic being a product of our condition in the first place, this is when one turns to raw human emotions.

Emotion as it is understood, has no logic behind it, or rather it is a form of logic which in itself is bestial, grand and uncontrollable. If reason were like ripples on a lake, then emotion would be the ocean current.

Emotion governs life on all fronts. The instinct and will to live and to survive is the primary form of emotional drive. This instinct may be garnished and disguised as many other things. And sometimes these things become the primary focus. Love for instance is one of these things. However, love although when it is felt is “real” to the participant, is nothing more than this animal instinct to live. In love is found alliance, but it is nothing more than instinct and raw emotion in order to destroy others “together”.

Love is a pact of destruction. Funnily, when the pact is successful, when opposition is destroyed and when the desire to live is fulfilled through reproduction, then there is no-longer a need for this alliance.

Despite our ability to render and understand emotion in the terms of logic, there is in fact no escape from it for the human physical body is constructed so that it must resort to these ocean currents.

Currents will always be the stronger party, the idea is that these currents though are being “below the surface” un- determinable and difficult to understand.

In terms of our rational understanding, therefor, it is impossible to be able to predict or even to understand the true nature of life. If emotion is without rational explication, and emotion is the power that runs the whole show in the first place, then where is the use of trying to rationalise?

There is no logic in life. Or rather there is perfect and pure logic, but like a one-man craft in the ocean, that logic is the ocean current which is not seen. It is there.