“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi
What you think and say everyday will in some form or another appear in your life whether as a situation, a person or an object. The fact you are reading this particular blog post or searching through my site, intellectualthinking.com, brought you to me.
Like attracts like; nevermind the magnetic poles you learned in Science (due to the delocalised electrons from the metal’s atom), we are dealing with the abstract here, ideas.
It brings me great joy, when I look at my site statistics, to know that people around the world, however few they may be, have taken a portion of their time (a time that is limited on this Earth in comparison to the age of the Universe) to view my ideas. An exchange of ideas between minds, yours and mine. To me, that shows I have made a difference, however small it may be. One of my life’s purposes is to spread ideas.
I have read how the Law of Attraction played a part in one of my idol’s life, Arnold Schwarzenegger; when he wanted to achieve something so bad, he would visualise his future self and his future life, let that submerge into his Subconscious Mind and then he would work tirelessly towards it in the present time no matter the setbacks.
The idea of a Soul represents the most important thing within us that is preserved upon death but I find it isn’t explained properly how a Soul is preserved by the belief systems of today’s organised religion.
One question would be, how can a Soul be preserved if we keep changing throughout our entire lives e.g. were I to suffer Amnesia today or any other day, my personality would not be the same so would I have the same soul? It’s the same with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in Total Recall where he wakes up on Mars, realises that he has undergone hypnotherapy without being aware of it and his previous alter-ego, Hauser, had masterminded a plan to manipulate the current persona of Schwarzenegger’s character, Douglas Quaid, in a devious plot to enslave the Martian population in partnership with Quaid’s nemesis, Vilos Cohaagen. So although Quaid and Hauser have the same body, they are entirely two different “souls” working against each other, an aspect that complicates the idea of a soul.
Plus there are other factors to consider like how the environment and Genetics interact with this concept of the Soul. My opinion on an alternative theory of the soul developed through talking with my fellow Facebook friends. From my discussions with them, I have come to realise and accept that perhaps there isn’t a Soul but in actual fact there is the Unconscious mind, where all our hopes, dreams, fears, nightmares, instincts, everyday experiences etc. are stored and only come out in our dreams, through interpretation of the way we react to images or objects called projection or body language we show which we are not aware of when we interact with people in our daily lives. You know that saying, “the company/ army/ Government/ drugs/ money owns your soul”, that could mean in my interpretation that these organisations or objects have such a strong influence on us that it is ingrained in our Unconscious Mind and affects what we think of constantly and our habits.
On the idea of Reincarnation, perhaps Carl Jung’s work on the Collective Unconscious may shed light why certain groups of people believe in reincarnation. The Collective Unconscious is made up of symbolic Archetypes; these Archetypes appear essentially in every Myth and culture which shows it is universal and isn’t made up by our own individual experiences (which make up our own individual Unconscious Minds). You can say that the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious are akin and equivalent to our instinctual behaviour from the moment we are born, thus you can say that the instincts of the previous generations who have passed away and the newborn has been preserved as they are all connected to this universal, omnipresent Collective Unconscious regardless of Time, Space and Culture. It is here that there is a preserved continuity.
I think, therefore I am = my inner world is a reflection of my external reality or the second I die, all brain processes and consciousness ceases to exist so the subjective Self identified as Josh ceases to exist.
“I think” may mean the formulation of my supposed life goals/ meaning of life/ dreams/ what I want, which then leads to exist in the way that I am. Or I think, therefore I am may refer to the multiple Selves, where one part of the Ego is involved in thinking, the other Ego is involved in existing much like how the person that I am now is very different to the person I am in a workplace or when I am stressed.
Common sense is not so common. It’s a misnomer. Rather, it should be called “Applied wisdom” which is innate or learned from countless mistakes, “Applied wisdom” being the ability to meet a compromise between two or more virtues e.g. an example of “Applied wisdom” would be neither being brutally honest (Honesty virtue) or being completely dishonest (Dishonesty vice). This imperfect world requires Applied wisdom.
We are living in one plane of Reality, living in another one while we sleep. Madness and delusion are another plane of Reality. A plane of Reality is a 3-Dimensional domain you are in and conscious of as far as your five senses can detect. A plane of Reality is built on the foundation of Truth but Truth isn’t really absolute as it is a product of your own Perception. Perception originates from your brain-Mind.
An example to highlight the above is, how do you know the table, chair, window, computer screen etc. is in front of you? It’s because you can taste, touch, smell, see it i.e. those senses are your Perception. So what you sense is what your brain is telling you, otherwise if you had no brain, you would be unable to sense things and you would be just an inanimate object. Your senses are telling you that you are living in this world or “Plane of reality” as what I would like to call it and so your senses dictate what is the Truth for you. But what if you or someone else became mad or delusional, surely if you or that other person had a different perception of things, surely you can agree they or you exist in a Plane of Reality which they believe to be true even though it may be entirely different to your perception and Plane of Reality?
Or how about a Dream you experience where you can smell, taste, see things even though it does not last when you awake, surely even in those moments they were real and part of the Truth, yes? Thus the Dream is another world/ Plane of Reality you enter occasionally.
Science can verify the Truth about the world through experiments and repetition but there will be anomalies that don’t totally agree with the Science experiment’s hypothesis, hence Science isn’t 100% true.
When it comes to Politics, Religion, Art, Wars etc, because we have an individual brain-Mind, we can only see or focus on one aspect of the world/ Plane of Reality and this starts to become tricky when it comes to the Truth as these topics are about belief and opinions which is where the concept of Truth being a product of your perception applies to.
The shadow adds “depth to a person’s character and makes their Mind more intricate. That darkness is like a constraint or deduction for an equation that would otherwise have functioned in a perfect, ideal environment.
Or that unused energy from the subconscious/ conscious must come out and manifest in that form against the Will/ rules of Society.
Note: I credit the rapport and insubstantial bonds to a Facebook friend. The other ideas are mostly my own.
I am starting to imagine imaginary bonds that bind people together who have a lot in common, imaginary bonds that seem insubstantial but strong like a magnetic field that it can cause people to adapt their routines or disrupt their daily life completely so as to be close to that person to spend their time.
Those people whose Psyche are dissimilar to you become repelled by your mere presence and thoughts expressed by your words, hence you will see less of them
When a topic of discussion is based on opinion and not Science, then it causes a polarisation/ fragmentation in people much like a ray of light passes through a prism and shatters into pieces of the rainbow colour.
Each fragment/ particular rainbow colour is the person’s view on that topic, a part of the Truth, and it is there that there is no symmetry left so there becomes repulsion, hence a widening of the insubstantial bonds that bind people together.
But then Truth isn’t really objective and separate, it only exists and becomes Real from the person’s subjective point of view, hence why morality is different depending on different people, why there are people for and against wars, why people get passionate about Politics etc.
For Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil.
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”
Mike Leary, a Quora user, states that:
“The tormentor becomes the tormented.
People become what they love and hate, because their mind focuses on it.
The hall of mirrors folding in on itself. Madness”
So you can see here that something that wasn’t necessarily a Truth (almost like a lie) is like a person not being object X because this person hates object X, actually becomes the object of their hatred because their mind focused on it e.g. a vigilante decides to take revenge on someone who wronged him but by doing so, he might become almost similar to that person who wronged him or worse. Recalling a past event with some of the Truth almost becomes a Lie because it no longer corresponds accurately to the Truth, the fact of the matter.
Compulsive liars who lie frequently, like Politicians, have gotten into the habit of lying that they can no longer distinguish Truth from Lie. So the Lie becomes a Truth in this case.
Pursuing the Path to Knowledge and Truth is like walking on a steep, rugged, stony, slippery and lonesome precipice. The higher you try to ascend, the more effort and exertion is required to maintain a semblance of the intended direction and destination you first set to achieving once you started at the foot of the precipice. This effort and exertion draws heavily on your physical and mental reserves.
Each trudge, pace, stride is a step closer to the summit and you will see along the way many who have fallen by the wayside, their fragile, flagging Will ebbed and shattered, their vision clouded, they are despondent and exhausted.Many will call to you to join and sit beside them like sirens to hapless sailors, their limited understanding being that by sitting still and watching the world go around them, they will achieve instant satisfaction but they don’t sit still at all and are slipping slowly and surely back to where they started at the foot of the precipice.
Moving past and ignoring such drifters, the higher you climb towards the summit, the more the world around you changes and shifts, what you thought and saw at the foot of the Path isn’t the mode of thinking and perception at the top. As what Robert Greene has said ages past, everything you knew and held dear is put in perspective in relation to the summit, like separate,disparate pieces coming together in an all encompassing puzzle, a deeper and fundamental understanding is gained like the warm feeling of sunlight on a cold, dull day.
Infinity is Paradox and Paradox is Infinity. Yes, zero divided x times proves that statement. Fascinating.
If I split “Nothing” into x times, then it wouldn’t be nothing but something, they would be parts of “Nothing” but “Nothing” can’t have any parts as it is nothing. So, paradox.