Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lands of the Mind

Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping, if it were not. God delights to isolate us every day, and hide from us the past and the future. We would look about us, but with grand politeness he draws down before us an impenetrable screen of purest sky, and another behind us of purist sky.” You will not remember,” he seems to say, “and you will not expect.” All good conversation, manners, and action, come from spontaneity which forgets usages, and makes the moment great. Nature hates calculators; her methods are salutatory and impulsive. Man lives by pulses; our organic movements are such; and the chemical and ethereal agents are undulatory and alternate; and the mind goes antagonizing on, and never prospers but by fits. We thrive by casualties. Our chief experiences have been casual.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1844 essay, Experience expresses the thoughts of the 19th century in a unique as well as eloquent way. Life is a series of surprises and we do thrive by creating casualties. Our experiences are credited to a higher power that sits in a special place outside of this reality. The name and the physical acts we perceive are considered sacred; we are baptized in the waters of ignorance and dress in the clothes of the judgmental. We forget that we pulsate to the beat of flowing consciousness that infiltrates our cells and anoints our forgetfulness.

Our cells are always making choices between alternate courses and probable actions. Each choice presupposes probable acts that are capable of actualization in this reality. Tiny innocuous decisions come up each moment and alter reality in one way or another.

We forget we can choose between health and illness; between focusing on the mental more than physical, and the physical more than mental. We can cause our cells to change their self-image and heal minor wounds as well as our intent to be well. The intent is conscious, but the means is not and that is the God that Emerson writes about. The intent comes from the stream of consciousness that is constantly flowing through the cells and molecules.

There are “Lands of the Mind,” with different civilizations that function in their own geography and personal culture. Each civilization of cells has their own history and inclinations. Consciousness is hidden in the brain as well as in all the other organs, but the archaeological memory of man continues to pulsate in the private psyche of the body consciousness.

Consciousness operates in a code system which is beyond count and the systems helps direct particular types of focus which develops a variety of significances. The system is composed of light and molecular constructions which are extensions of electromagnetic ranges which are completely unknown, but are recognized by other life forms.

We don’t remember or expect to sense these secondary systems in our limited beliefs about the nature of our God, but inch by inch we are becoming aware that the casualties we create are the steps we initiate to remember other aspects of our consciousness.

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