There is no magic.
There is no magic, but there is giant uncomprehensible complex shit.
The old argument that this complex design is reason enough to justify the existence of a creator only has meaning to the extent that you are aware of this complexity.
This awareness is a conduit for the experience of the philosophical spirit.
I would argue that the spirit of philosophy is more practical and rewarding than any tedious dissection of words.
To experience the spirit of philosophy is to feel a sense of awe and wonder in existence.
To experience the spirit of any philosopher, cultural context and emotional identification are sometimes more useful that value judgments and intellectual banter.
Indeed, to communicate fully with any person, a sensitivity to emotion and feeling are necessary.
It is not in whether what they are saying is right, but it is in the moral openness and honesty that is required to speak or hear words that ring true.
And It is not in the communication of ideas, but it is in the communion of feelings.
And it is not in truth, but it is in the way truth feels.
And it is not in how truth makes you feel, but it is in how you feel about the truth.
And it is not in another’s truth, but it is in your truth.
And it is not in the faults of other people, but it is in the relation between ideas and feelings about other people and the inhibitions of your psyche.
And it is not in magic, but it is in our nature.
And it is not in feeling natural, but it is in being natural.
And it is not in closing down, but it is in opening up.
And it is not in believing, but it is in having faith.
And it is not in being faithful, but it is in knowing true faith is a function of contentment and not longing.
And it is not in fervent desire for truth, but it is in the unwavering faith that truth requires to reveal itself.
And it is not in money that the root of all evil lies, but it is in the desiring of money that evil grows its roots.
And it is not in the desiring not to desire, but it is in the realization of the futility of desire.
For most people, thoughts create their feelings which in turn creates their state of being.
Thoughts, however, are the least natural experience we have internally.
Feelings are more natural and less tainted by false mental constructions than thoughts. False mental constructions lead us to think that thoughts are more real than our feelings. But if we truly listened to how we feel and stopped denying every little thing we don’t want to hear about ourselves and projecting it onto other people so we can blame them for it, we would maybe hear what our feelings are telling us.
Our thoughts are so loud in our heads that our feelings feel they must react to them. But feelings are the cause, not the effect, of thoughts. Thoughts seem to create feelings because we associate memories and images with certain emotions, creating a wonderfully diverse self-psycho-emotional addiction.
But if we let our thoughts flow from our feelings, emotional dissonance in the psyche becomes a resonance of truth. Thoughts are more focused when in alignment with our emotions.
Through listening to our feelings we can gain more control over our thoughts, but controlling emotions is possibly harder than wrestling thoughts from in front of feelings.
To listen to feelings, we must quiet the mind; but how do we quiet the mind? We recognize the futility of trying and just let it be.
When this curious recognition occurs, a natural state of quiet peacefulness comes over and through us AS us.
This state is known as being.
Being is the most natural state of existence. There is no description thereof because to try and define being would be like trying to comment on a silence without breaking it. It would be like desiring not to desire.
So, instead of letting our thoughts determine our emotions and state of being, a new hierarchical system of the psyche is in need of widespread implementation.
What we’ve been doing is something akin to eating the menu and reading the main course.
So we have had it backwards for a long time now.
Thank you! When I created my account and the first category for the about me section of my profile was “Life Philosophy”, I got kind of carried away…
It is my truth though. It is a curious ambiguity of our language that we are commonly called human ‘beings’. I believe it would be more accurate to refer to ourselves as ‘humans being’.
bumping my first post. Its been a while but I still like it. This is from when we were a lowly 2000 person community.