Friday, January 16, 2015

Observation and Awareness #8

Which comes first?  I've read and heard, many, many times how people are aware of some place, something conceptual, how to do this or that and, thus, they're "aware of something."  If someone says, "Hey!  Look at that bird."  Are you then aware of it?  Not really, because one sense of the word is merely superficially motivated as in "I see it" and now I'm aware of it, but the fact is you've always been aware of birds and whatever.  But this falls under knowledge--I know there are birds.  We know that birds exist, we named them etc.  If the item or concept is prior knowledge, place or object then that is merely a knowledge of something.  It's not true awareness which is often mistaken.  Knowledge of something doesn't make us aware, it makes us knowledgeable of/about something.  Hey!  See that bird?  Kidding.  We're not being critical, but there are many organizations claiming, the public needs to be "made aware" of this or that social problem and "we're doing that."  The problem, this form of awareness does very little to address the true nature of awareness--if I'm told "to be aware", of course, I'm not.  And not because I'm opposed to the cause, but only because that process is born out of our limited knowledge and unconscious of itself, therefore, is superficial.  Knowledge clouds our perception of what's true, fact or false--we're constantly wondering which is which etc.  'Human arguments' are rooted in  what's true, false, right or wrong in everything we do.  So, therefore--Oh!  What about observation?  How about this?  If I say, "I'm aware of what creates conflict."  That is, I see the origin of it, my present state because of it, as in my total actions and the effects they have in the "now" and the future, then I, with the help of my present environment are "aware" of the actions of the self.  I am then observing it.  Think on this--if we're aware of the making of conflict, would it exist?  In short,  when the mind is aware of its internal actions then it's able to observe that action or movement of thought, just as someone says, "look at that bird."  I then can observe it.  To be aware, first, is to observe always.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The basic Workings of Belief #154

This is a touchy subject; the subject of Belief.  It has the reputation of causing many degrees of separation, conflict, tension, anxiety, desires, opposition, fear and division.  One side against the other.  Then lets strip away all the cultural and social ideals and images associated and what do we have?  It is such that, two people, cities, regions or nations are holding on to the past; whatever that is.  Holding and holding, as the mind can't let go of something it can't understand which forms the attachment.
This is the basic issue of belief, we hold on the content of it, which is vast with culture and tradition.  And in that moment of contradiction we are confronted with what seems to be an affront or attack on that content. Yet it has a different effect when it is agreed upon or accepted on some social or intercultural level, such as two regions support a beneficial issue.  
This is the basic workings of belief as I observe it socially; our minds are blindly holding on to the desires and future hopes of the content of belief which is merely a response or reaction to a positive or negative stimuli.  And by the way, it can't be taken from you.  No not ever.  So, suppose we didn't react?  Would it keep us apart as it often does?  It can't be taken from you, remember?  Suppose.