The Sensation of Awareness

I became vividly aware of the fact that what I call shapes, colors, and textures in the outside world are also states of my nervous system, that is, of me. In knowing them I also know myself. But the strange part of this apparent sensation of my own senses was that I did not appear to be inspecting them from outside or from a distance, as if they were objects. I can only say that the awareness of grain or structure in the senses seemed to be awareness of awareness, of myself from inside myself. Because of this, it followed that the distance or separation between myself and my senses, on the one hand, and the external world, on the other, seemed to disappear. I was no longer a detached observer, a little man inside my own head, having sensations. I was the sensations, so much so that there was nothing left of me, the observing ego, except the series of sensations which happened – not to me, but just happened – moment by moment, one after another.

To become the sensations, as distinct from having them, engenders the most astonishing sense of freedom and release. For it implies that experience is not something in which one is trapped or by which one is pushed around, or against which one must fight. The conventional duality of subject and object, knower and known, feeler and feeling, is changed into a polarity: the knower and the known become the poles, terms, or phases of a single event which happens, not to me or from me, but to itself.*

A Little Pool of Rain*by Alan Watts

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Cosmic Consciousness

You are literally made of stardust and whatever becomes of you the particles from which you are made have been around since the dawn of time and will continue to live forever. ~Danny Scheinmann, Random Acts of Heroic Love

In other words, we are all a continuation of the big bang (if there was such a thing, but rather than looking at this as an actual event, let’s look at it as if it were the adjective about a particular event). Much the same as humans are conceived, and as thoughts are conceived, and as atoms collide, and as the earth peoples (like the apple tree apples–an idea borrowed from Alan Watts, but that is apropos I think), humans are.

TardezitaYes, no one can truly see the world the same way as another. Truly cannot see because each human has experienced his or her life, uniquely, through a unique set of happenstances and occurences and accidents and guidances etc; it is this uniqueness that establishes the subtle distinctions that can make each one of us a guru. In this way, all humans inherently possesses an infinity of probable potentialities. Each probability disappears or appears according to the conscious and willful choices made as human beings. These constitute the lovely differences between humans, which make it possible for humans to relate to one another on differing levels. When we find ourselves among greatness (whether that is a work of art, music composed, ballet, basketball game, graphic design, architecture, voice, etc.) we subjectively feel the meaning conveyed and we perceive that greatness wrapped up in a little piece of ourselves. . . so, in some ways we still experience it differently rather than the same. What we can all agree on is that as far as we know there does exist an external dimension, separate from us, yet somehow connected, called external reality (the amalgamation of all realizations, the collective mind). These are the genes of our sameness.

Fossil Sitting In Sun LightI, too, perceive in such a nondualistic manner. As the Winter leaves its cold tendrils in the early days of Spring, and as does one galaxy merges (not collides) with the other, passing through one another and leaving bits of each other within the makeup of the other, as is the nonduality in things. It can be difficult to distinguish one from the other, but only at certain levels of magnification. At one level, the distinction cannot be perceived, as a single point from which to begin or end cannot be perceived. Where do I end and Life begin?

The space around us is full of a living essence, which we are just beginning to understand. This essence is like a conduit that is affected by our thoughts. Like oscillations of a bowed string, the notes we play do matter. ~Shawn Hocking

It’s easy to travel down the nihilist path; I find myself doing this on occasion myself. Although, I don’t think of basing the why of things on their function constitutes nihilism. I think it’s a very realistic (no pun intended) way of perceiving the world about us. Nihilism only comes into play because this way does not include the existence of a god (as an anthropomorphic entity). Also, nihilism does not necessarily mean ending as in destruction. Even Nietzsche, the so-called father of nihilism, did not think this way, evident by his philosophy of the Superman. Nietzche was an evolutionist! He wanted a better kind of Man, as he was extremely displeased with the present lot.

Shawn Hocking ArtworkAnd so, that brings us to Love. Love, to me, is not an emotion, it is a way of being, a way of living in the world. Not so much with love, as *being* love’ in this way with every action, with every motion and with every will and want of your being embodies love, which is the natural tendency in humans. Love is a form of consciousness/conscience, and without them love cannot be experienced. And no, love is not only a human trait. The iconization and commodification of love is a human trait, yes. It is obvious that animals and other organisms love. Observe the cow, the lion, the cat, the dog, the deer, the elephant, the dolphin, the whale, the penguin, as well as the flower, the rock, the sea, and the desert.

Are we not all the embodiment of Life and Love, a cosmic consciousness?

[Cosmic Consciousness]*Image Credits (artwork used with permission through CC license and with express permission from Shawn Hocking)–
“Yin Yang Sky Earth — Illustration” by DonkeyHotey
“Fossil Sitting In Sun Light” by A Guy Taking Pictures
“Tardezita” by Eduardo Amorim
[Cosmic Consciousness] by Shawn Hocking
[Untitled] by Shawn Hocking

There Is No Spoon

Know thyself and all will be revealed.~Pamela Theresa Loertscher

nothing to find*Image Credits (all artwork used with permission through CC license)–
“Illusion” by Iryna Yeroshko
“nothing to find~” by AlicePopkorn

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eleMENTAL II: Earth Consciousness OM

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different. ~Kurt Vonnegut

The second part in the eleMENTAL series, element Earth. Earth conjures imaginings of being grounded, which is tranquility and calmnes, meditation. This video depicts the network, harmony, and connection of Earth, and subsequently earthlings. A house is where humans reside, paying rent, mortgage and homage to the supposed superiors, the owners. But how can any earthling own Earth?

This is our Home, this is our neural network, this our consciousness, Planet Earth.

“The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” ~G.K. Chesterton

eleMENTAL I: Shaman’s Song

eleMENTAL III: COMING SOON!

EleMENTAL is a series of videos (in 5 parts) with the theme of the elements (earth, air, fire and water, and a TBA fifth element) coupled with the elements of consciousness.

Credits (work is either original or public domain or used with permission through CC license):
Original stock footage (forests) filmed by Stephen Ames
and  also features samples from:
“ChronoCon — First Light HDR — HDR Timelapse” by Pentalunex Team
“Close To Home” by Vital Films
All other footage is available through public domain, retrieved from Internet Archives

Music “Over Clouds” by ccMixtape

Artwork by Shawn Hocking

 

QOTD Yugen

An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words.

The path to peace[NOTE: Yugen is a Japanese word and the quote is the translation]

*Image Credit (used with permission through CC license)
“On earth as in heaven” by Stefan Perneborg
“The path to peace. . .” by Stefan Perneborg

To Be Human

Video by Nancy Pontius. Music and lyrics by Robyn Hitchcock

*Image Credit (used with permission through CC license)
. by Yen H. Nguyen

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QOTD Leonard da Vinci

Realize that everything connects to everything else. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Fibonacci*Image credit (used with permission of CC license)–
“Fibonacci” by Cedward Brice

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Nature By Numbers

Film by Cristobal Vila

*Image credit (used with permission of CC license)–
“Fibonacci” by Cedward Brice

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QOTD Buddha

  We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.  ~Buddha

Buddha

*Image Credit (all artwork used with permission under CC license)–
“Buddha” by iProzac
“Buddha Quote 3” by H. Koppdelaney