Transcendental Phenomenology


Transcendental Phenomenology is a system of philosophy created by Edmund Husserl, the 20th century German philosopher. Phenomenology is the a priori science of experience: It studies experience without reference to assumptions posited by experience. Phenomenology considers experience in itself and without assuming anything about the reality or unreality of the contents of experience. The experience of seeing has certain universal structures whether the seeing occurs in dream or reality. These universal structures are the subject matter of phenomenology. In this sense phenomenology is related to philosophy as mathematics is related to natural sciences. Although Emmanuel Kant started transcendental philosophy, it was Edmund Husserl who first established phenomenology and its method as a self-sufficient philosophical system that can bring to self-evidence all other inquiries.

Phenomenological truths discovered through phenomenological method have universal validity. It was in transcendental phenomenology that the constitution of human being and its place within cosmos is understood…

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“Complexity is not of God. How could it be, when all He knows is One? He knows of one creation, one reality, one truth and but one Son. Nothing conflicts with oneness. How, then, could there be complexity in Him? What is there to decide? For it is conflict that makes choice possible. The truth is simple; it is one, without an opposite. And how could strife enter in its simple presence, and bring complexity where oneness is? The truth makes no decisions, for there is nothing to decide between. And only if there were could choosing be a necessary step in the advance toward oneness. What is everything leaves room for nothing else. Yet is this magnitude beyond the scope of this curriculum. Nor is it necessary we dwell on anything that cannot be immediately grasped…”

CHAPTER 26 – A Course In Miracles – The Transition – § 3 The Borderland

The Beloved

Simply here

The seed and the fruit The seed and the fruit

The poet Rumi talks a lot about the “Beloved”.

Of whom or what does he refer?

His guru, Shams, who helped open him to the delight of the Universe?

Or perhaps Awareness itself, rising as such an amazing gift, unbidden?

Is the Beloved love itself, singing itself into existence in impossible ways, obliterating the mind’s judgments and assessments?

I’ve always been fascinated:  what exactly is the Beloved that Rumi pens in such a way that we fall helpless before his poetry?

Byron Katie shares:  I experience reality as something so benevolent, so beautiful, so pure that there is no word for it. I don’t have a problem calling it “God.” It exists wherever I turn my eyes (and even saying “exists” is saying too much). When I first realized this, I was amazed. I was ecstatic, and I still am. God, God, God—that was…

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BUDDHA IN THE MUD by Tony Barrs. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions.

Thought is Samsara and Nirvana

From one point of view/level/vehicle, thought is ignorance/samsara
From another point of view/level/vehicle, thought is essence/nirvana.

.I laugh in the face of confusion…!

Plan A
When we start to investigate our mind, we realise that thoughts dominate our lives, especially when they develop into emotions. Firstly, we have to identify and then cut through thoughts, stopping them dead through focused meditation. We start to realise that essence (our essential, empty, pure nature) has totally ignored itself and become involved and obsessed with thoughts – and is therefore ignorant. It’s our idiot friend! We are attached to this ‘friend’ and so we (pure awareness) keep having to cut thoughts dead; this takes much continual effort, and in this way, a duality is still maintained. It is essential to identify this, and have good discipline and therefore control. We must first recognise duality in order…

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