What Is Truth? Mind the Gap.

There is a great gap today between “the truth that sets free” and “the facts of the matter”. That gap has grown into an abyss (and the abysmal), into a chasm (and chaos) into which everything threatens to tumble.

Mind the gap.

In many respects (and perhaps in all respects) this gap between “the truth that sets free” and “the facts of the matter” is even the meaning of disintegration (and distintegration of the ego consciousness), and I wrote at some length about that dissociation of truth and fact in the earlier Dark Age Blog. It is even, in some respects, the very meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son and his journey into a “faraway country”  — also of the “widening gyre” of W.B. Yeats’ poem about the Falcon and the Falconer. Mind the gap.

(At yet it is also said that only a hair’s width separates the false from the true).

It was my very fortunate discovery of Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World that came as a revelation, in that respect. It explains perfectly the paradox of how a “hair’s width” and an abyss separates the truth that sets free from the mere facts of the matter, and how these have become so estranged from one another (the Emissary’s “usurpation”). Ideally, the facts of the matter should be a faithful reflection within the Emissary of the truth of the Master, and that’s reflected in the distinction Buddhism also makes between “Ultimate Truth” and “Relative Truth”.

Today’s “crisis of truth” is, then, connected also with the disintegration of the ego consciousness now become radically dissociated and alienated from its own inner truth and life. This belongs to the present “zombie” meme (and also to “the troll” who is, ironically, in myth and legend a subhuman or merely humanoid life form).

This bears on the meaning and distinction of the terms “Whole” and “Totality” too which, you might say, correspond to the spiritualistic and the materialistic sensibilities respectively. The “whole” is the affair of McGilchrist’s “Master” mode of perception; the “Totality” the affair of the Emissary mode of perception. Thanks to McGilchrist, we now have even a biological and neurological model for understanding why “the truth that sets free” and “the facts of the matter” can have meaning, and how they can become so alienated from one another.

That, of course, bears on the distinction I have made in earlier posts between individuation and individualism. Truth is whole. Facts are like atoms, and no amount of accumulating or aggregating factoids will ever, necessarily, lead us to into the realm of truth. It can do even the exact opposite. Knowing that 1 + 1 = 2 or 2 + 2 = 4 and such matters infinitely, while useful, won’t ever lead you into the realm of life, truth, and wholeness. Systems are often merely surrogates (or counterfeits) for wholeness. That’s one of the implications, too, even of Goedel’s Incompleteness Theorem. The Incompleteness Theorem is also an acknowledgement of a distinction between the Whole and the Totality.

(The word “truth” is, not accidentally either, related to words like “truce” (peace) and “trust” (faith), so it’s not surprising to see their contraries — violence and bad faith — attending our “post-truth” era).

It is also worth pointing out once again that the word “fact” means, actually, “made” — man-made. It’s connected with the word “factory”. The Emissary (or eg-consciousness) has become a kind a factory for mass-producing facts. Facts are artefacts. And once you come to appreciate the distinction between the truth that sets free and the facts of the matter (it is a paradoxical one) you can appreciate what I think of us the ultimate paradox of Buddhism: “nirvana and samsara are the same; nirvana and samsara are not the same”. That’s very Heraclitus, too.

And we can say that the paradox of the One and the Many is directly related to the “truth that sets free” and “the facts of the matter”, and therefore with the odd relationship between McGilchrist’s Master and Emissary modes of perception, consciousness, or attention. Restoring the connection between fact and truth would mean, in effect, the return of the Emissary mode of consciousness to it’s role as servant or as the emissary (and not as king of the castle). That’s the meaning of the Prodigal Son, and its the meaning of most of the parables about servants and service in the New Testament.

And that is the nature of Gebser’s “re-integration”, also.

The crisis of truth isn’t that difficult to understand, actually, or why Gebser writes about “disintegration at the limits” once one takes into consideration McGilchrist’s neurodynamics, or why, then, it is indeed necessary to distinguish between “the truth that sets free” and “the facts of the matter” (ever proliferating), and what is also meant by “spiritual” and “material” (or even “organic” and “mechanical”). Gebser’s point is often that dualistic rationality confuses the real issue, and results in a dissociation of things that ought not to become dissociated. The ego consciousness (the Emissary) has become too dominant, and having become too dominant (a jealous God and petty tyrant as it were) its connection with the “vital centre” has been severed. That “vital centre” corresponds to the meaning of “the truth that sets free”.

And that’s what Gebser calls “time-freedom”.

So, spiritual truth and material fact. These should not be as far apart as they have become. Their reintegration is what William Blake calls “the Marriage of Heaven and Hell”, which is only another way of expressing the Buddhist paradox about nirvana and samsara. That’s what lies at the root of much utopian thinking, too — that the union of spiritual truth and material fact is desirable and possible (and that’s generally what Rumi means by saying “the whole universe is a form of truth”. He wasn’t referring to “the facts of the matter” or that 1 + 1 = 2).

(I wanted to revisit this topic of “the truth that sets free” and “the facts of the matter” as a way of also leading into a discussion of why “Christ is not a Christian” — which is bound to get many people mad at me. The term “Christ” has definite meaning in connection with “the truth that sets free”. But it is not the meaning Christianity has made of it).

 

 

 

 

 

 

49 responses to “What Is Truth? Mind the Gap.”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    Another way of casting this difference between truth and fact is the distinction often made between wisdom and knowledge. That also corresponds to McGilchrist’s two modes of perception, and to the distinction between the whole and the totality. More often than not, though, the higher value (wisdom) is collapsed into the lower value (knowledge or the famous “conventional wisdom” which usually isn’t anything of a kind). Knowledge is necessarily implied in wisdom, but not necessarily vice versa.

  2. Abdulmunem Othman says :

    I always have felt not at ease with the language of numbers despite its usefulness in running the human affairs. Feeling that words are the necessary tools to understand our existential situation. No wonder our world has started with words and god whose undefined essence can not be reached without the system of names he attributed to himself and made known to the humans. Life and truth are matter of language that we use to express the human experience of life and truth. It is the mystery of the contact between our soul with its spiritual source is behind all the incremental knowledge humanity has accumulated across the ages and yet it is still the human creative and innovative understanding of such knowledge is the decisive factor in understanding the cosmos the basis of understanding the self. It is no wonder we find all this talk about the intimate relation between understanding the cosmology and the human social and psychological situation. No wonder we see the mechanical perception of the cosmology has resulted in all these rampant turmoil. It seems from following the events of our human history humans have never learned from the calamities of others until they themselves have been visited by such calamities. I was reading this morning, the story of Noah, Id, Salih, Abraham, Lot, Shoaib and Moses only to encounter their fatal destruction associated with the safety of the few that have exercised their corrective messages without success. Yes it is the story of the truth that saves and the untruth that kills. Yes it is the story of the prodigal son whose return has been welcomed with open arms in contrast with the unbelievable story of Jesus that has been neglected. I look forward to what you are going to say about the non-Christianity of Christ. It is the unity of the human in the context of the cosmic unity. I always feel in debt to Scott. Thank you.

  3. Scott Preston says :

    I like the word “commensurate”. It actually has an interesting autobiography (words have autobiographies too, which we call “etymology”). “Mensa” pertains, of course, to mind, mental, measure. A brief scan of some online dictionary definitions showed that a common definition is “to be equal to”.

    Nope. That’s not what commensurate means at all, so that if we say that “fact and truth should be commensurate”, we don’t mean the same or equal. We mean they should harmonise. In some sense, the word “commensurate” and the word “convivial” are — well…. commensurate.

    So it is said, for example, that Cartesian metaphysical dualism introduced two worlds incommensurate with one another — one of matter (res extensa) and one of mind (res cogitans), and a lot of people (scientists included) still follow that in their thinking.

    It doesn’t mean “unequal”, it means inharmonious or dissonant.

  4. Scott Preston says :

    From Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell

    “When I came home, on the abyss of the five senses, where a flat-sided steep frowns over the present world, I saw a mighty Devil, folded in black clouds, hovering on the sides of the rock: with corroding fires he wrote the following sentence now perceived by the minds of men, and read by them on earth:—
    How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
    Is an immense World of Delight, clos’d by your senses five?

    This is a very interesting passage for me. It speaks somewhat to the meaning of the “gap” in the post between the Master and Emissary modes of consciousness. In fact, you probably experience this same thing in your transition from dreaming to waking state every morning, too, but it probably happens so quickly that you don’t really notice “this “abyss of the five senses”.

    If you look at the gap between the cerebral hemispheres, too, they also resemble that “flat-sided steep”. The gap (abyss, chasm) is quite literal when it comes to the divided brain. Blake seems to have been able to transition at will between the hemispheres, so that this particular passage could even be an interpretation of neuroanatomy — how he experienced that gap.

    Blake’s sense of passing through an abyss might be quite literal in that sense, which has quite intriguing implications, perhaps, for understanding transitional states.

    • InfiniteWarrior says :

      If you look at the gap between the cerebral hemispheres

      And how much of a “gap” is that? The “hemispheres” between each other? Or, perhaps, both hemispheres between the “hemispheres” and the “medulla oblongata”? Or, even yet, between the “medulla oblongata” and the “pituitary gland?”

      I’ve mentioned elsewhere (and I’ll repeat it here), that I’m unsure whether it’s Gebser (or McGilchrist…or, whoever) I disagree with at times or whether it’s “prominent” Gebserians (and, or, McGil-christians) that I disagree with at times.

      For the last time: THERE IS NO FUCKING GAP.

      • Scott Preston says :

        No gap? Tnen you’ll have a hard time explaining the existence of dualistic consciousness, or even understanding something simple like the parable of the Prodigal Son.

        If there is no gap, you’ll also have a very hard time explaining why states like separation, segregation or apartness can even exist. But the fact is, they do. Denying it is not sensible.

        • InfiniteWarrior says :

          Not really.

          The “gaps,” you see, are all created in the human mind.

          • Scott Preston says :

            Then they stil exist, don’t they? Gaps, lacunae, haituses.

            If you deny the gap, you must deny the meaning of “bridge-building” or even “peace-making” activity as illusory as well. And must also deny as illusory such matters as “inter-faith dialogue”.

            No. The gap just doesn’t exist in the mind. It’s also the silence between words or between notes in music, and it also serves to give coherence to the words and the music.

            • InfiniteWarrior says :

              The gap just doesn’t exist in the mind. It’s also the silence between words or between notes in music, and it also serves to give coherence to the words and the music

              That is hardly a “gap.” Think upon it.

            • Scott Preston says :

              That is hardly a “gap.” Think upon it.

              Whydoyousaythat? Wouldntitjustbemoresensibletoadmittherelevanceofthegap?

            • InfiniteWarrior says :

              Typical.

      • mikemackd says :

        I.W., have you even begun to read McGilchrist? Or read elsewhere of the results of corpus callosotomies?

        • InfiniteWarrior says :

          Yes.

          • mikemackd says :

            Well, please help me to understand your position. The use of the upper case and “fucking” for emphasis conveys the strength of your conviction, but does not convey any evidence for it.

            As I understand him, McGilchrist’s decades of clinical and academic research persuaded him to the view that the growth of the human cortices resulted in the corpus callosum, the interhemispheric conduit, being disproportionately small in our species when compared to others, His clinical experience was with stroke victims, and the manifestations of their strokes showed a big gap, depending upon what side of the brain they were on, and his 2009 book was based on that clinical evidence to warn that a natural differentiation had become a dissociation which needs our awareness of it for our optimal functioning..

            I have no knowledge in that field. His book made sense to me, but lots of arguments subsequently proven wrong have made sense to me in the past, and I consider you to be sensible too. I have a good deal of egg on my face if McGilchrist has got it all wrong, but I believe that like you and all the rest of of us here, we come here to journey towards truth, and egg on one’s face in part of that journey.

            If you can provide a better explanation of the territory McGilchrist covered, the egg on my face may provide a tastier meal than even McGilchrist has. In which case, I look forward to it.
            .

            • InfiniteWarrior says :

              Ask yourself.

            • mikemackd says :

              You want me to ask myself what you think?

              I had thought asking you may have provided a more authoritative answer.

              Still, if you insist, perhaps this translation of chapter one of the Tao Te Ching, by Ch’u Ta Kao (1972, London, Unwin) can help here?

              The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao;

              The name that can be defined is not the unchanging name.

              Non-existence is called the antecedent of heaven and earth;

              Existence is the mother of all things.

              From eternal non-existence, therefore, we serenely observe
              the mysterious beginnings of the Universe;

              From eternal existence we clearly see the apparent distinctions.

              These two are the same in source and become different when manifested.

              This sameness is called profundity.

              Infinite profundity
              is the gate whence comes the beginning of all parts of the Universe

            • InfiniteWarrior says :

              You want me to ask myself what you think?

              I didn’t ask you to ask or think what I think. Just sayin’.

  5. Scott Preston says :

    Something else rather intriguing about Blake’s understanding (from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)

    The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged and numerous senses could perceive

    And particularly they studied the Genius of each city and country, placing it under its Mental Deity;

    Till a System was formed, which some took advantage of, and enslav’d the vulgar by attempting to realise or abstract the Mental Deities from their objects—thus began Priesthood;

    Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales.

    And at length they pronounc’d that the Gods had order’d such things.

    Thus men forgot that All Deities reside in the Human breast.

    On the other hand, Blake’s four Zoas “reside in the Human Brain”.

    Blake seems to be making a distinction here between the mythical and the mental — the gods as images of the passions, the zoas as forms or modes of thought (and, perhaps, a corresponding shift of the “seat of the soul” from the solar plexus — the “heart” — to the head or nervous system).

    The Zoas aren’t really the gods. Blake took them from the Book of Revelation as the four beasts that surround the throne of God described there (“Zoa” means “beast”).

    Blake may be saying something quite profound here about human psychology and the psychology of consciousness and the unconscious (the one being now associated with the head, while the solar plexus becomes the realm of the “collective unconscious”.– the realm of the Jungian archetypes). This shift from solar plexus to the head is represented by Plato, who separates logos from mythos.

  6. mikemackd says :

    Like language, nations, religions et al., numbers are abstractions, a way of manipulating parts of the whole. The word “abstraction” is abstracted from two Latin words, “abs”, meaning “away from”, and “trahere”, meaning “to draw”.

    Abstractions are as necessary to human flourishing as teeth are to a tiger. If a tiger’s teeth get too much out of proportion the tiger will die; if our abstractions get too much out of proportion, too big or too small, we will die.

    Abstracts are preconditional to conceptions, but not to our perceptions. With geometry they are foundational to mathematics. So far, so left hemisphere. But as McGilchrist said:

    “But Bach is always mainly right hemisphere appreciated because I think it creates these wonderful shapes, rather like mathematics which, as I say, is really a right hemisphere…a lot of people think it’s left hemisphere but it isn’t. The procedures are. You know, learning how to do a quadratic equation is very left hemisphere, but seeing what that means, the initial insight, is right hemisphere”.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/the-divided-brain/8895804

    As you say, Knowledge is necessarily implied in wisdom, but not necessarily vice versa. There is a stage between the two that the right hemisphere delivers: understanding. We need data to acquire information, information to acquire knowledge, knowledge to attain understanding, and understanding to attain wisdom. For such a process, we need what Michael Polanyi termed “a society of explorers” (Polanyi 1966, The Tacit Dimension, New York, Doubleday, pp. 83-84).

    I consider that when Jesus said “seek and ye shall find”, the finding is not in the goal of the seeking, but in the seeking itself:

    • Scott Preston says :

      Yes. Another way of putting it is to discern between creativity and calculating rationality. And the waution of our survival today has less to do with more efficient “problem solving” in the sense of more efficient calculating or instrumentalist rationality than it does with discovering new sources of creativity (for even calculating rationality must rely on an unacknowledged undercurrent of creative energy).

      In some respects, that’s the meaning of Blake’s Proverb of Hell that runs “the cistern contains; the fountain overflows”, which also applies to the Emissary and the Master respectively, and to the difference between calculation and creation.

    • Leo says :

      I wasn’t previously aware of the ‘Change my View’ SubReddit site linked to in this article, but on brief inspection, it looks to be an interesting attempt to improve the quality of online debate

      https://www.reddit.com/r/changemyview/wiki/rules

      • Scott Preston says :

        That raises an interesting thought — that perhaps in the near future, “free listening” might become more important — something to be valued more — even than “free speech”!

        That’s what impressed me about that quote from John Maynard Keynes in the article: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

        Which brought to mind one of Blake’s Proverbs: ‘The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.’

        (Breeders of mind reptiles — or mind parasites — are pretty common today).

        • Leo says :

          That raises an interesting thought — that perhaps in the near future, “free listening” might become more important — something to be valued more — even than “free speech”!

          I sincerely hope so Scott, and I like the elegance of the switch of phrase you propose. Dare we speculate that, as more people become aware of effects of these kinds of cognitive biases, so we might see greater efforts to overcome unhelpful tendencies in our discourses?

      • Scott Preston says :

        Found this YouTube reading of the Preface to Jane Roberts’ Dialogues of the Soul and the Mortal Self In Time. Quite interesting (especially revealing, too, of the value Blake puts on the poetic voice). But I will take this as further confirmation of the essential correctness of McGilchrist’s neurodynamic description.

        • mikemackd says :

          I wrote a little poem in September 1980 which echoed what was said around 7:50. There was a wind howling through some high tension power lines:

          Midnight Isthmus

          The roaring snake is fettered
          Nailed atop poles to the ground
          The black sky howls for freedom
          Clouds flee like sheep from a hound.
          Searchlights sweep through the hollow
          Of Dublin head at night
          Ane nothing – no silence, no shouting
          Can encompass my delight!

        • Scott Preston says :

          That’s another way of reflecting on the master-emissary relationship — the poetic-prosaic.

          That also brings to mind George Morgan’s The Human Predicament: Dissolution and Wholeness, which is part of a stream of books and essays on the contemporary disintegration of the ego consciousness. Morgan’s “Prosaic Man” is the equivalent of McGilchrist’s “Emissary”, and, in turn, equivalent of Blake’s “Urizenic Man”.

          So, it all makes perfect sense in those terms.

          • mikemackd says :

            Thanks for your comments; yes, the poetic-prosaic distinction is pertinent as well.

            I see there’s some other relevant comments in Green Ears:

            “That’s what talking is for,
            to help us to be One.”

            “listen to the guide …

            The guide can make you live.

            The guide will take your falcon’s hood off.
            Love is the falconer, your king.”

    • Scott Preston says :

      Yes, that is quite pertinent. Thanks, Leo. It also brought to mind Rosenstock-Huessy’s and David Bohm’s interest in dialogics over dialectics. A good illustration of that.

      • Scott Preston says :

        Come to think of it, the relationship between McGilchrist’s “master” and “emissary” is also a dialogical one, moreso than a dialectical one. It brought to mind the title of a book that I once saw “Dialogs of the Soul and the Mortal Self in Time”.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Your comment, Leo, and Tim Adams’ article in The Guardian set off quite a reverie on my part this morning about the art of listening and the significance of dialogics, especially its re-emphasis on the art of listening and the responsibility of the listener. Rosenstock-Huessy wrote quite a bit about that, and even made it the basis for his social science. His new formula to replace Descartes cogito runs “Audi, ne moriamur” — “Listen, and we will survive”.

      J. Samuel Bois (from General Semantics) also wrote an interesting book about that called The Art of Awareness (although a long time since I read that). Michael Purdy (from a Gebserian and Phenomenological approach) also edited a book I’ve yet to read entitled Listening in Everyday Life. It seems to be a book of training the ear to listen properly (as is Bois’ book).

      Ultimately, the art of paying attention, of being present.

  7. Scott Preston says :

    I might have to depart temporarily from the theme of my recent posts to deal with this:

    You all know of “The End of the Master Narrative” and the issue of post-modernism. Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now thinks that we just have to “dump Nietzsche” to restore and revive the Enlightenment’s Master Narrative — of reason, progress, and what Condorcet once called “the infinite perfectibility of man”. Just dump Nietzsche.

    That’s delusional thinking on Pinker’s part. The end of the Master Narrative is also associated with the disintegration of the ego consciousness, and the personality and character structure of modern man (and his “structure of consciousness”). The Master Narrative was, effectively, the story the Prosaic Mind/Emissary/Ego Consciousness/Consciousness Structure, etc — told itself about who it is and what its world is like. And that story doesn’t nourish and satisfy any more. It doesn’t really reflect our experience or our present reality.

    So, end of the Master Narrative means, also, post-modern fragmentation, disintegration, dissolution. The Master Narrative was essentially what we were all taught in school, but which we all probably felt wasn’t very nourishing any longer for our thirsty ears.

    The need for a new story or stories means, also, that we have to have ears for that new story. So, if the Master Narrative is disintegrating — the emphasis must shift to listening. Thirsty ears want a new and meaningful story that will orient them in the new spacetime reality (cosmos). One reason Rosenstock-Huessy set about developing a true “universal history”, or why Gebser wrote his “Ever-Present Origin”. These are attempts at the new story.

    Pinker is revealed as something of a reactionary. True, we don’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater. But the fact is, Pinker doesn’t realise the truth that the old Master Narrative that made Steven Pinker who and what he is really doesn’t work any longer. Very few people believe it any more, but they are disoriented in the new cosmos — hence “chaotic transition”.

    So, we are waiting for this new master narrative that will reintegrate the fragments of our experience which no longer seem to cohere or relate to one another in any meaningful or purposeful way. That’s the real issue, isn’t it?

    Neither the “greatest story ever told” (the Biblical one) nor the Master Narrative of the Enlightenment work for us any longer. They don’t satisfy. And for that reason alone, I think, there is a new concern with the art of listening and with dialogics.

    To say that the “master narrative” is over, also explains the dissolution of Morgan’s “Prosaic Man”, too, and his concern as well with “dissolution and wholeness”.

  8. Scott Preston says :

    The new congregationalism and evangelism — built around brands.

    https://www.fastcompany.com/40530846/the-best-brands-are-the-ones-that-build-belonging

    Knew this was coming after my research into “spiritual branding” (“marketing 3.0”) a couple of years ago.

  9. Scott Preston says :

    A review of Amy Chua’s Political Tribes. At least she recognises the problem, even if she doesn’t really understand it or know what to make of it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/25/political-tribes-amy-chua-review

    So, then arises the question — in the face of this, what to make of Aurobindo’s “Human Unity”, Blake’s “Universal Humanity” or Rosenstock-Huessy’s “Universal History” and prospects for a “planetary civilisation” grounded in that Universal History? Is it possible to integrate this tribalism within the larger universality?

    Yes. Paradoxical, but possible. Not on its current trajectory, though, where everyone (including Steven Pinker) is throwing up walls around their identities — gated communities of common identity, as it were (another name for tribalism). Just requires a proper understanding of the relationship of the part to the whole (which is something of a problem for the ego or Wego).

    The precedent for that was, of course, ancient Israel — how 12 tribes were integrated into a nation, Israel, and nations into a larger unity — many layers of “we” in that sense, like layers of an onion. Always possible.

  10. Abdulmunem Othman says :

    It is not not plausible to say we are under the spell of a brand of human ideas that work on disabling the human conviction in a divine narrative that emphasizes the divine source of human life, knowledge, will , ability to execute, ability to speak and the two last wisdom traits of generous empathy and harmonious balance. A brand that is working insistently on inundating the world with disinformation and spreading the antagonistic viewpoints that leave the humans in a state of confusion and perplexity as what is right and what is wrong. A brand that has erected its social and economic systems on wrong premises and refuse to change despite of new facts and new visions. It is dispersing and disturbing to follow the human many views and leave the oneness of direction of the divine source, the main original referential center that feeds us with both physical and mental valuable food . All the studies, research and experiments are done in the name of science and the arrogant claim of human knowablity in the realm of objectivity. The purpose is to disfavor the claim of the divine message directed to the humans and deny its authenticity and its value in running human life. We have to be aware that our world in both its negativity and positivity. in all its evil and goodness are divinely planed to test the humans and let us not be cheated by the plentiful talk of freedom and liberty without limits. The abysmal repercussions are clear, displaying its disastrous outcomes across the globe in different fashions and modes. Isthmus is not a gap It is the symbolic mystery of the one, to show the humans the work of god that defies the human logic where salty water and sweet one encounter each other in the wide seas without encroachment. It is the unseen line of AlKhaham which Scott does not get tired from quoting. Combined duality where the spiritual energy and the material energy are intertwined in the mystic eyes. The human souls can not function properly and harmoniously without the light of the spirit which all devotedly honest seekers know how to make the necessary alignment with it. We are living in a field of sound that demands our awareness in the way of that alignment. We have to stop from taking the mirrors of other peers in the way of self-formulation and turn to the divine mirror which the poetic discourse say a lot in that regard. I some time find it too difficult to grasp when these finite creatures are asked to praise the lord for his creation of heaven and earth and made the darkness and the light then I refrain saying that these creatures must have something to do that, if they only pay the proper attention and formulate the right intention in the way of understanding the conscious presence of both the origin divine consciousness and the human derived consciousness. It is our awareness of his awareness that what make us human. No wonder he said remember oh human! if you forget me you will forget yourself. Blindness is not loss of sight but the loss of the right path.

    • mikemackd says :

      Thank you for your appreciation of my poem, Abdulmunem Othman. I have written very few others, but post this one of those few, again written decades ago, in support of your comment, and the awareness of different levels of awareness:

      The silver moon looks liquid on the lake
      The silver flute’s sounds lilt
      Across the water.
      Reflections in the night
      Of sound and of light
      Are, with the stillness,
      One.

  11. Jo Jo Be says :

    Yes at breakfast yesterday we were joking about the definition of truth. Minding the gap is still “ minding “. Christ was not a Christian, we being creatures of time perspectival fixations . The gap is an invention of perspective “ an inventory of time”. So retro , I’d say, just as in the waking from sleep the senses jar the body into a quasi waking state. I am using an instrument which at this juncture appears to have been programmed for use in duality. Reprogramming is an interesting endeavor. Does that master/emessary either or approach provide the gap … come now , is there in truth, a gap or consequential to the tool I use. Ego te obsolvo

    • InfiniteWarrior says :

      “The emotional and psychic resonance of a particular people at a particular time is not a series of snapshots that can be stuck together to make a montage, it is a living, breathing, winding movement that flows out of the past and into the future while making its unique present. This fixity and flux is never clear until we are beyond it, into a further fixity and flux….” ~ Angela Lambert

      • Scott Preston says :

        Fixity and flux is a very good way of putting it and, as you might guess, is implicated in Bolte-Taylor’s experience of her stroke. The emissary loves fixity; the master loves the flux.

        That’s Blake’s proverb: “the cistern contains; the fountain overflows”.

        So I like Lambert’s quote.

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