Friday, December 18, 2009

Outer Perceptions

Let us take outer perception, the direct sensation which, for example, the walls of these rooms give us. Can we say that the psychical and the physical are absolutely heterogeneous? On the contrary, there are so little heterogeneous that if we disregard all explanatory inventions, molecules and ether waves, for example, which at bottom are metaphysical entities, if in short, we take reality naively, as it is given, an immediate; then this sensation which our vital interest rest and from which all our actions proceed, this sensible reality and the sensation which we have of it are absolutely identical one with the other at the time the sensation occurs. Reality is appreciation itself. . . In this instance, the content of the physical is none other than the psychical. Subject and object confuse, as it were.

William James, the 20th century psychologist and philosopher, is explaining reality in an interesting way. Reality is rooted in the psychical, or the subjective consciousness, which is expressed physically as objective awareness. Reality, as James describes it, is appreciation of experiences that we create in order to sense them physically. We separate my self in duality in order to experience what we create.

Our linear thoughts keep our reality on a course that can be altered at any time. We have the ability to change or expand a belief and create another association about it. That happens constantly as we become aware of our subjective consciousness. The more we blend our objective consciousness with our subjective awareness our beliefs expand.

Blending the self into a fluid expression of appreciation is an element in the action of subjective consciousness.

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