Category Archives: metaphysics

Someone on Quora asked, “What is it like to be inside your mind?”

Sometimes its irritable, but of course that is more emotion than mind; occasionally my mind is exasperated with the tragedies going on around us in the world. Most often though, its very busy with some creative activity and that is overlaid with a sense of joy. Sometimes it’s very quiet. I’ve spent a life time exploring great philosophical and metaphysical questions so now mind mind is often occupied with giving expression to what I’ve learned.

On my blog sometime ago I wrote something that perhaps shows something of the inside of my mind and the world “tragedies” I mentioned:

Joy of my life is intense. Some days the benediction of it embarrasses me. Joy is filled with solutions, with resolutions, with community, with a curative atmosphere of secret sunlight cast wide over the Earth. The reason of my unrest is also spread wide–so much of crazy pained humanity is without happiness; so many dark and convoluted paths, so many cuts and bleedings, so many betrayals of sunlight. I sleep restlessly and a sense of urgency troubles me, a vast world of needs press on my mind, empty cups I am ill equipped to fill.

And yet there is community, quieter and more powerful than these troubled times. A time and place is allotted each of us, if only we might reach out more skillfully and fearlessly, yielding the best of our life in support of real community. Indeed we must do so, and our lot may not be the task of some grand and far reaching dream, yet it is always there, this threshold where our thoughts begin to weave in communion with all our friends known and unknown, with all those who sense the stark contrast between the world of what is and what must be.

And about the quiet times of my mind I found this old blog post:

According to temperament, thoughts manifest in images or in words or sounds. We become aware of thoughts as they manifest, but there is a subtle moment just prior to manifestation, just prior to words and images—in this moment thought is without a body. Visualize the expression of thought-images and thought-sounds as from a circle of light with a brighter point of light at the center. In the process of embodiment, thought-light radiates downward or outward from the center to the periphery. If we draw close enough to this center we arrive at a quiet space where we can apprehend thought before it is incarnates, before it has a body.

And also on my blog is Mysterious Words that shows another aspect of what happens in my mind.

Someone asked, “Doesn’t the beauty in nature point us directly to God?”

It does so, but only for those who have eyes and ears capable of perceiving it. Beauty can be apprehended in a very superficial way that does not awaken the soul, but for those whose consciousness is open to it, beauty is a door into divinity. Not only that, but even the darker side of things suggest beauty by contrast. Thus R. W. Emerson wrote, “Every shadow points to the sun.”

Many other writers draw upon the same perception. George Bancroft, wrote “Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite,” and Henry Tuckerman: “The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.” But in Franklin Merrell-Wolff we have the writer who most clearly states the reality:

“…beyond the Beauty that is predicated of various forms and relationships, there is a pure Transcendent Beauty, and this is a mode of the very Being of the SELF. This Beauty is not something that is beautiful. It is Self-existent and casts its luster upon all things… Ecstasy is pure Beauty, as well as pure Joy and Knowledge. “

Pathways Through to Space, p 47

See also the essay: Beauty as Transformative Power

Some one on Quora asked, “If I lose my physical body and become just a mind, how would I be recognizable by other minds that knew me in my body?”

First, you are not just a mind, you are also heart, emotion, spiritual identity.  But the mind itself has a quality, a vibration, a note that is recognizable to other minds. Apart from that, the mind remains capable a forming images and carries within itself, subconsciously, a self-image which can be sensed by another being. Furthermore, when we sense a presence in the subtle worlds we tend naturally to form associated imagery corresponding to it. So recognition tends to be automatic and spontaneous. Others are felt, seen, and heard in a way that is analogous to but not exactly the same as, nor limited as, physical plane experience. Beyond all that, for people with whom you are in rapport, there is intimate telepathy or direct sharing of thoughts and feelings.

Source: James Davis’s answer to If I lose my physical body and become just a mind, how would I be recognizable by other minds that knew me in my body? – Quora

On Quora, someone asked, “What is unity consciousness of two incarnated beings? Has anyone experienced this? Can two incarnated beings share consciousness outside of the collective consciousness?”

I have experienced shared conscious and can assure you that it is real. But you don’t have to be “soul mates” or “twin souls” to experience unity with another being because we are all—at a spiritual level—part of a unified consciousness. As we progress on the path of life we experience more blendings and sharing of consciousness and not with just one other but with many. All consciousness is is essentially unified and the deeper we go, the more dimensions of that unity we experience. Of course there are special people with whom sharing will be easier, deeper, more frequent. The basis of all this is love which is really a synonym for higher or spiritual consciousness. So it all comes down to the realization of who and what we are. That is the essential question and for the answer we have to strive to get behind the meaning of words. About that, a video:

Some asked on Quora,”How do I stop worrying about everything?”

Here are seven things to learn about that may be of some help.

  1. Worry is a kind of self strangulation. Realizing that will help motivate you to work toward freedom.
  2. Freedom from worry is easier if you are focused on what is important.
  3. Freedom from worry is harder if you are too focused on yourself, your problems, your small issues—instead of that, broaden your interest by being more creative and helpful to those around you.
  4. Freedom from worry is harder if you are materialistic and easier if you cultivate an interest in things spiritual.
  5. Freedom from worry is easier with a sense of humor.
  6. Freedom from worry is easier if you have the right perspective on life.
  7. Learn about mindfulness meditation (see last video below).

For my friends with heavy worry problems, I recommend four educational videos.

For humor and the right perspective, meditate on this video:

For the philosophic perspective and spiritual dimension, get into the spirit of this video:

Now take a break from thinking about worry and enjoy this video:

Now get back to some serious work about how to be mindful (for kids and adults as well):

Someone asked, “What are some examples of ‘truth from a certain point of view?’ explanations?”

I will offer a practical answer. A good way to develop answers to this is by defining it in terms of evolution or growth on the path of life. The path toward truth is universal but also individual.

On the personal or individual side, for example, a person may need a particular thing, for instance, to become more wisely tolerant. For that person, that is their bit of their truth for the current time as it is the next step of growth for them. For another person, the needed goal might be to avoid being taken advantage of by others—perhaps they have allowed themselves to become a doormat and have not learned to stand their ground and say “no” when it is wise to do so. If that person tried to become more tolerant, it could be a big mistake that would aggravate their problems so for them this would not be a step toward truth and would not further their evolution. So “truth” in this sense is personal being relative to what is needed, in other words, relative to a particular individuals place and circumstance on the path in life.

Now beyond this relative meaning of “truth” is a universal one. For instance, every person without exception needs more expression of wise love and every person without exception needs an increasingly intelligent understanding of themselves and others and every individual needs increased skill in the task of avoiding harm to others. These are universal.