Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Flowing Movement of Consciousness

What you want is a philosophy that will not only exercise your powers of intellectual abstraction, but that will make some positive connection with this actual world of finite human lives.

You want a system that will combine both things, the scientific loyalty to facts and willingness to take account for them, the spirit of adaptation and accommodation, in short, but also the old confidence in human values and the resultant spontaneity, whether of religious or of the romantic type. And this is your dilemma: you find two parts of your quaesitum (that which is sought after) hopelessly separated. You find empiricism with inhumanism and irreligion; or else you find a rational philosophy that indeed may call itself religious, but that keeps out of all definite touch with concrete facts and joys and sorrows.

William James in his 1906 essay, The Present Day Dilemma of Philosophy certainly makes a valid point about the nature of humanism. The valley of mental separation creates a wanting; a need to discover what’s innately known, but hidden in antiquated beliefs about what it means to be human. The philosophy of the last two thousand years is shrouded in closed systems of rationalism. Perfection in human terms is an achievement that few accomplish, but when it is defined in others, religions are created to emulate this closed minded approach to living. Perfection is not a final act of excellence; it is the flowing movement of consciousness that we all experience.

Rational beliefs define perfectionism as an illusionary state of finality where all things stop and become one; but all things are forever one in consciousness. All consciousness is constantly expanding to experience qualities of self. We establish rational beliefs to confirm what we already know; it’s a philosophy of foolishness that fuels the fire of expansion within us. Separation is a deliberate act of free will that brings us closer to remembering the seeds of multiplicity within us.

But remembering does not erase the separate system of beliefs that continues to develop choices to experience. Remembering only enhances our ability to expand our antiquated systems so awareness can seep through the cracks and exposed our synchronicity. Awareness shines a light on narrow-minded rationalism. The validity of an eternal open system of impulses generated by other areas of our own consciousness stimulates the thoughts that become rational and awareness is born in the physical quality of ego consciousness.

Attached to these invisible enzymes called awareness is a perfection that has no system or religion. It is not a physical accomplishment or a quest for excellence. It is the nature of the self experiencing contrast in order to sense other qualities of consciousness physically. Humanism is perfection remembering the multiplicity of consciousness.

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