Awareness requires a rupture with the world we take for granted.
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That there is a separate reality, separate from the duties and hum drumities of our daily lives, separate from our habits and traditions, separate from our orthodox beliefs and practices, separate from all the exoteric knowledge we gather around us, there is no doubt. The proof is that there are too many people searching for it.
The search goes on even in the face of the adamantly determined who insist there is no other reality, that what you see is what you get, etc. The search goes on even though people who know the reality is there are unable to see it or know what it is.
The search has taken many forms over the centuries. One common thread seems to run through all attempts, that the truth lies outside of our physical, material lives, that it resides beyond what we can see, hear or feel.
The human body, therefore, becomes not a receptacle for truth but rather a barricade preventing us from reaching reality.
So the searcher must somehow get beyond the body, a "rupture" as Zuboff says, with what we think ourselves to be, a vigorous and definitive move out of our physical world into a higher, or at least a more robust experiential state.
The frustrating thing is that instead of less matter, the result seems to be more matter.
World religions have proclaimed themselves in the front of all search for the truth and yet massive temples have been built and are still being built to one person's idea of God or another's, with all the accumulated paraphernalia of worship.
The mortification of the flesh is another age old trap in the long search. People will whip, cut and burn themselves to reach a point of pain where they no longer care for the body in the hopes of receiving some divine light thereby. Other than collecting a lot of scars I can't imagine what else it accomplishes.
Meditation is another tool for the searcher. It is certain that Buddhist and Hindu meditations have accomplished remarkable things. But do they create a state of permanent enlightenment? Who knows? But the lonely monk in his humble cell may be amassing more humbleness than humility.
Drugs are another way people have tried to find the truth. That is another age old practice from the Oracles of Delphi to LSD. But it's only using matter to see and hear beyond matter. It has had uncertain and often fatal results.
People will say "The simple truth is..." and say something that is neither simple nor true. I would be lying to myself if I did not believe that it is possible, in spite of all our feeble human efforts, to reach past the veil and into the Holiest of Holies. And I believe that if I ever did that I would be astonished at the utter simplicity of what I found there.
DB - Vagabond Journeys
Never Give Up
(This is not a contest)
NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.
Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?
6 answers so far
I eagerly await your answer.
Weekend Contest Answers
In your opinion, when he is finished digging up President Obama's school records, what's the next conspiracy Donald Trump will find?
The answers were:
That Obama was really a woman at one time and had a sex change and never revealed it.
Maybe he's still a woman and in drag. Then we would have to find out who fathered his/her children.
I think he'll go to calling him an alien, that he's not really human.
That Trump, himself, is not 100% American. His hair used to live in some yak shack in Tibet and has been artificially made so thus does not qualify as American on a certificate of origin.
Thank you all. I think I'll award the good housekeeping seal to the alien answer.