Monday, September 1, 2014

Breaking the Spell - Why Thoughts and Dreams are the Real

This is not real; there is no truth found in life.  

We gaze at pictures, speaking as if the still images were alive and the people trapped within a paper prison; we see a reflection in a mirror, window, or water and can't help but notice ourselves, but it's not us at all--it's just an image of something else.

We dismiss dreams, visions, and other unusual experiences as tricks of the mind.

Why would the unusual experiences be false and still images of life be true?

The person who spots a UFO or a ghost is always less credible than someone who shows you a picture and says, "This is my child."  Maybe they abducted the kid and he's duct-taped in the person's basement while a UFO is hovering over someone's house, vacuuming people out the windows.

If something is constantly changing, becoming something else, or disintegrating into oblivion, how then can anything real or true be derived?  Where is true north when the compass keeps spinning?

We certainly assume a great many truths, which likely will become false and need to be replaced or revised; we believe a great many truths, as well, without the need for any evidence at all.

For if change be the truth, then truth cannot exist!

If change is the only constant truth, there needs be something either within or without the changing that does not change.  This is simple logic: light requires dark, or objects to cast shadows, in order to be perceived as light; a reflection is reflecting something; the observer needs to observe something.  The presence of unchanging change is a delicious paradox, but it begs to be compared to something permanent to make sense.

We might accept that unceasing change, eternal chaos, is the nature of all that exists, yet anything within this system would be subject to the same unending change and thus could never perceive anything true or real, for any such perceptions would soon change.  If all things are thus untrue (e.g. ever-changing, never fixed), then all things being untrue is a false perception for it cannot stay untrue or true.

Are there true, permanent things within the systems of change?
Is there permanence somewhere in all that exists from which impermanence comes?
Is this roiling particle illusion a reflection of something eternal?

It seems a spell has been cast on our mind, convincing us this temporal world of shifting forms and untruths is what we are and all we are, because we're just human.

Yet that can't be true, either, for at some point we will discover that we're far more than evolved animals; at some point, our temporal must change to eternal, for change is the rule of chaos, right?

There is no plausible way, regardless of belief or perspective, to say something is impossible.

Somewhere in this ridiculous cosmos, the thing you think impossible has taken shape.  Impossibility is permanence; possibility is change.  Since change rules, so does possibility.

In our mind, we can imagine things of permanence, never-ending paradises filled with whatever we love.  We can't find anything like that here on Earth, in this "real" world, because that paradise will be hit with a hurricane or blown up by some conflict.

Such a place seems only to exist in our mind.

Permanence, truth, and unchanging ideas such as these take shape in the mind alone.

Does this tell us something?
Is Mind something, or from something, eternal?

It is the only source of what we could possibly consider to be truth.  We need the tools of the Mind to discover scientific or philosophical truths, and we need the Mind to envision our dream vacation or perfect wedding.

Mind can turn the ramblings of a ragged man into the words of infallible prophecy, echoing down the centuries to our modern ears.

Mind alone balances change and permanence, time and eternity, and partakes of both worlds.

Why then, o' humans, do we persist in believing the world of sensation to be more believable than that of our thoughts?

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