Friday, October 14, 2011

The Soul Circumscribes All Things

The Soul circumscribes all things. As I have said, it contradicts all experience. In like manner it abolishes time and space. The influence of the senses has, in most men, overpowered the mind to that degree that the walls of time and space have come to look real and insurmountable; and to speak with levity of these limits is, in the world, the sign of insanity. Yet time and space are but inverse measures of the force of the soul. The spirit sports with time.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay The Over-soul gives us the opportunity to examine the words we use to describe our reality as well as the self. It feels like we are locked in a moving capsule filled with time, space, and matter that vacillates with our vision of sanity. Sanity, like any other word, is a description or a symbol of how we perceive the self. Emerson thought we stuff eternity into an hour and stretch an hour into eternity, and we do achieve those feats and usually don’t accept them as real occurrences.

There are aspects of our consciousness that are beneath our usual awareness. These aspects are unknown channels of information. Those channels help us anticipate events and it enables us to experience our conscious goals and beliefs. When we allow the self the freedom to explore these shaded areas of the psyche we find other realities that are not restricted by time and space. We inhabit and interact in them in another form.

In that vacuum we realize that the psyche is not male or female; it is a repository of characteristics that operate in patterns with male and female elements. These patterns can be put together in a plethora of ways. Our personhood existed before our sex. Individuality gives meaning to our sex, not the other way around. The soul is both male and female in our terms, and it is the meeting place for innate consciousness. The spirit or the soul does sport time as the psyche cooperates with the physical elements of earth, and individualization occurs that is human as well as divine.

In those terms, lesbianism, homosexuality, and heterosexuality are valid expression of man’s bisexual nature in this reality, since the psyche chooses what to experience in any point in time. If only man-female relationships operated in this time and space there would be no bond strong enough to forge families together. Antagonism between males would be too powerful and the competition between females would be too severe. Basic bisexuality gives the species the leeway necessary to prevent behavior that would restrict social commerce and creativity. The basic sexual nature of the soul allows us to experience our individual abilities, which lays the groundwork for the future. Sexual qualities are part of our nature, but they don’t define it. The soul circumscribes all beliefs including sexuality.

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