April 18, 2014 2 Comments
Each cause is the effect of its own effect – Ibn Arabi
OK Soul Rebels,
I started writing today with something like “implicit in the concept of Western free market democracy is the notion that resources belonging to the 3rd World and indigenous populations be commandeered and appropriated for use” but figured ah what the heck, it’s Friday, we could all use a dross cleanser. Besides, the Tarot Nook advised patient penance this week and I’m sure that many an esteemed scholar has already tackled the issue in a more meaningful fashion. Maybe the following might be more impactful.
When this journey of mine began, the Artful Dodger gave me a koan and the instruction that it be used as a rod to gauge my progress. If this is a case of first impression, koans are paradoxical statements or questions to be meditated upon to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to steer the mind towards intuitive knowing. It is said that when you can answer this question satisfactorily to yourself, and you’ll know when this occurs since you cannot deceive yourself, well then you’ll have confirmation that you’re heading in the right direction.
The simple yet perplexing question is a mere “Who are you?”
But there’s a catch. You must try to answer this question without referencing a relationship to another person, place, thing or active pursuit, and without referring to the physical (race, gender, height, etc) in any fashion.
I think this should be a great first hand illustration of the inherent limitations of language. I will give you this much however, if you can’t reference an external coordinate or a pursuit, then responses like I’m a father, sister, Parisian, boxer, farmer etc. are automatically eliminated from consideration.
Amputees don’t decrease in “I-ness” because the body has decreased in mass, thus you can’t be the body. And, there have also been many near death, and out-of-body experiences where consciousness has been preserved outside the body. This therefore eliminates “me” being an epi-phenomenon of matter. Describing yourself as the body or brain would also violate the “no reference to the physical” clause.
So amigos, who is conducting this inquiry?
Think this one thru while you vibe on the Dub Side of the Moon.