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– Unit 11 – Getting Involved♣ What does it mean to explore the world through thinking?♣ Distinguishing the essential from the inessential.♣ Observation, concentration, meditation.
How we learn and remember – the spiritual science path willing feeling thinking We have the capacity and capability.
We have to think a thought ourselves to make it our own and thinking is an activity T that we control. W Pure thought-pictures or concepts are not exclusive and result from thinking but our thinking is based T on our perception and that is exclusive to each of us. W A „residual reality‟ of some thing cat The remains+ = broke after our associations with it the glass (?) have been extracted. T W Through thinking – we are a part of the world and apart from it. T W Actively „living in the moment‟ thinking can be strengthened. T
What does it mean to“explore the world and I through thinking”? If something were to suddenly fall on our head.. ..an „apparent reality‟ presents itself to us as a „basic experience‟ of the senses. Our reasoning suggests its spiny shell may be protecting something inside – we peel off this obstacle and observe the nut.. Our everyday thinking makes a connection between the nut inside and the shell outside. Ouch! (But a „residual reality‟ of the thing remains.)
We remain apartfrom ourselves and thechestnut with our everydaymemory and thinking ofready made associations... our intuitive thinking flows from the realm of infinite interconnectedness... The cat + = we are inside that broke the glass (?) intuitive thinking... and so, potentially, can be inside any thing... especially ourselves as we are doing it.
We think out what we sense into concepts or facts.And try to bring these into a unified whole.
Revealing the full reality of some thing by separating what iswhole and unifying again through reason and insight means: To be constantly engaged in in the activity of – Distinguishing the essential from the inessential. The „archetypal‟ golf shot... force gravity
The essential being of an organic thing, the idea, the „typus‟ have qualities that cannot be so easily governed by the laws of physics. +Physical & Formative Physical, Formative & anforces – contraction and awareness of sensationexpansion. (Inspirational) developing to a certain point in different animals.
N.B. If some thing‟s essentialbeing, ultimately, originates witha primal creative force – doesthat force live without......or within... ...or both? It is our thinking that produce these questions. Thinking comes first. The stream of intuitive thinking into the essential being of things, flows through to that infinite creative force.
The human being..Physical, Formative, Inspirational and enduring “I” forces. With human beings it‟s not the typus that matters but how this idea expresses itself in each individual.
To explore how we as an ...requires that weindividual can follow our recognise and overcomeown path in harmony our own obstacles, ourwith the world in which own „nutshell‟...we live......so as to attend to Our path leads from ourthe stream of our own „I‟, which we canenduring „I‟... explore through developing intuitive, in the moment, thinking.
Play - ♣The Don’t Name That Thing Game ♣The Whole Thing Game ♣The Conversation Game ♣The Memory Observation GameObject of the Games: See Unit Notes
♣ Preparation - find a place and a The ease of being and equanimity time to sit quietly with least that can help us remember whilstprospect of distraction – the mood not seeking a memory as such. A you seek is one of contemplative fluid, flowing mood, calm not static. remembrance. To be „in remembrance‟ is to love. “He who binds himself to a joy Does the winged life destroy: But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity‟s sunrise.”William Blake ♣ Choose some thing to observe Does something, not a person, draw and think about your (quiet, not eager) interest and attention? Hold it as gently as holding a butterfly. Use or imagine the bubble opposite as a place to put in „suspended animation‟ anything it reminds you of, likes/dislikes, conclusions (even its name). It‟s not a garbage bin, just a bubble to put inessential stuff in.
♣ Delicately describe Like the child‟s game of removing a stick or brick without disturbing the pile, let parts of the thing „stand out‟ and describe in turn each part as it would describe itself to you. Remove it from sight and draw it from memory. Look at it again. Have you missed anything out? Look away again and add it. Repeat, using all your senses. Put any unwanted associations in the previous bubble. ♣ Exactly imagine Keep that description clearly and exactly before you in memory. Now explore in imagination the essence of the thing. When does the pencil become a pencil, a cup become a cup? At what point do the separate parts become, essentially, what it is? Imagine transition within it, fluidity and solidity. Don‟t „reach ahead‟. After a while - pause.
Part 2 A residual reality remains behind ♣ Beholding the thing the apparent reality. You‟ve endowed your exact memory picture with the mobile quality of your imagination. Now, behold this mobile form before you – you may only have had half the story. We behold it in our non-associating, non-judgemental thinking as we would to a friend, suspending our own feelings yet gently open to what is in their heart – (G) âme.♣ Being involved with the thing Freed of our original sense perception, what we sensed was working in our soul transforming. It is within our soul and our soul within it. In our soul we are thinking. And within our intuitive thinking flows the essence of the thing, the thought of the thing, poured out from the same source.