1 December, 2006
No amount of reasoning can explain that instant flash of knowing which comes upon us. Somewhere along the line, following our intuition became an invalidity passed off as something slight, squelched by those who wanted absolute proof. Balancing intuition with reasoning is necessary in order to stay grounded so we may find structure and balance, otherwise things can run awry. If it is not possible to do this, we may find ourselves on the verge of malfunctioning.
Intuition is a vital component of creativity as it manifests imagery
and symbolism. It is experienced sometimes in dreams, waking states and through life’s events. Intuition is a language unto itself and a source of inspiration and guidance. When in tune with it, we are connected to the divine power of the universe. We feel inspired. Lifted up by a natural high which is unmatched by anything else you will ever experience.
17 November, 2006
Shadows have always been fascinating to me. As a child I would lay in bed at night, transforming the shapes from the light & dark patches reflected on my bedroom wall. I remember being out of doors, watching the light change, paying attention to how the different shadows formed, depending upon the time of day. Playing in the shadows, while creating inner worlds from them.
“That girl is scared of her own shadow!” I remember hearing my grandmother say. Yet I cannot remember if it was me she was referring to. Now as an adult, the shadow, has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I had known for a time the “shadow” was an integral part of everyone. C Jung wrote about the shadow as archetype. The shadows exists in all of us. It is universal.
To fear the shadow is to suppress a part of one’s self all that influences what we do and what beliefs we hold true. Our actions are proof of this. When the shadow rears it’s head, hovering over our shoulder, one needs to make friends with it, in order to find out who that shadow personality is. Why is this important? Because the part of ourselves that we do not know, the part that stays in the darkness, has the greatest influence over our lives.
30 October, 2006
Having no body, form, or substance is the metaphysical, the nature of our reality in an abstract sense. Metaphysics is the philosophy of the nature of the world. Coming from forces beyond our natural world, metaphysics may not be concretely or scientifically proved. Yet many will attest to it’s existence. It is part of the belief system, but where does it come from? We can put faith in the experiences of others, leaving us to wish for much of the same.
Things exist because we are conscious of them. That alone proves their existence, if only to the entity cognitive of their existence. The main focus of human knowledge is causality. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. You don’t have to be an Einstein to figure that one out. Some believe, as is written in ancient texts, that cause is the effect concealed, and effect is the cause revealed. I can see how this plays out in basic day to day human relations, a basis for interactions with our fellow human beings.
19 October, 2006
Common respect for our fellow individual is not manifested by forcing our convictions upon others. We must respect our differences without prejudice. While it is useful to see our commonalities, we must remember that no two people, no two cultures are alike.
What we do in our day to day lives is of the utmost importance. Our actions affect the entirety of the universe. By examining and putting into action our intention, motives, and objectives we can find the means by which to take care of ourselves and others. Although we live in the present, we cannot expect to find happiness in attempting to satisfy our instinctual urges momentarily. This leads to a sort of corruption of the human spirit driven by demanding expectations.
16 October, 2006
Intentionality as it relates to philosophy of mind, allows you to create your own reality. It begins with mindfulness, awareness. One must examine underlying thoughts and beliefs to better understand ourselves.
Our thoughts are a result of our own values and beliefs, which often must be changed if you are to change your reality. In order to understand your intention you must examine your beliefs. Many of us have beliefs from our childhood which have remained with us. Unfortunately these are not the tools required to survive in an adult world.
Instead of looking to find ourselves, we build who we are.
Without the proper tools, your final result is likely to contain shoddy workmanship. By operating on yesterday’s beliefs you may find yourself coming up against that brick wall, time and time again. Thinking patterns are deeply ingrained. If you can change your thinking & your behaviour, then other things in your life can change. Taking the same approach you’ve always taken to solving problems, will yield the same results.