Questionable World: A Phenomenology of Wonder


Why does man raise questions? 

There are many criteria based on which man is distinguished from animal, such as language and logic. One peculiar aspect of man, in contrast with animals, is his ability to refuse to accept matters of fact, to turn away in the face of the inevitable, to doubt and to raise questions. To raise a question entails man’s conception of the alternatives to the fact: He sees what is in front of him, the factual aspect of world; but he questions this facticity because he can conceive of it being otherwise. The question of “why this” presupposes a “why not that?” the two being equivalent formulations of man’s peculiar mode of consciousness. In other words, man is distinct from the beast insofar as the world is questionable for him.

The questionability of world for man is a questionability of world’s facticity; world being a matter of…

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BUDDHA IN THE MUD. 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.

Awareness in Stillness

Awareness in Stillness
Awareness in Busy-ness
It’s all the same a-w-a-r-e-n-e-s-s!

Through mindfulness meditation, the mind becomes still. Because of stillness, we become aware of the awareness of a still mind. Now, anything that arises in this stillness is allowed because awareness is still aware, but unattached. As this awareness is unattached to whatever arises in the mind, we take the first step towards non-duality.

In non-duality, there is no personified experiencer, but merely unattached awareness. Of course, in order to express this, a I is needed; a mere i. A mere ego. This can be illustrated as ‘essence’, and ‘essence love’, when essence is working for the benefit of all sentient beings. And so the absolute comes down into the relative to function at an altruistic level. This is essence love.

All appearances and experiences are merely projections in the mind. However, we become caught up…

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Melissa Shaw-Smith

DSCF9362These hands–
they hold
and push
and pull
and eat
and give
and slap
and dig
and stir
and knit
and write
and carry
and punch
and caress
and grasp
and pluck
and stroke
and grip
and make love
and cling
and release
and wave
and cradle
and wash
and feed
and clap
and hug
and soothe
and let go.

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