Imagine that a joker walked through a free-standing doorframe in the middle of a field and then came up to you and said “Hey, I can give you what you really want, what you value most, what you can only get through me, your magic genie Santa Claus of a God: I will give you anything you could desire, including power and authority over the entire world, including even treasures and romance and utopia and fame and glory, but in exchange for that you must give away your attention.” Could anyone accept such a devil’s bargain? Can anyone give away their own attention?
If attention focuses on attention itself, what does attention find? If attention focuses on attentive introspecting, would learning be possible? If learning happens, isn’t every instance of learning a discovery of a new reality- not actually isolated from the rest of reality, but another part of reality that may have never been witnessed until the moment of discovery?
Speaking subjectively (poetically, figuratively), then “a new reality” could simply be a label for any new perception. After all, all perception is a real perception, right?
There are no essential instructions for introspection. To study one’s own language is introspective. To study’s one’s body or one’s physical movements (like in an aerobics class or hatha yoga class) is also introspective.
Further, to study language at all is already introspective, because anything that you study becomes familiar to you, becoming yours. To even study human physiology or biology or biochemistry again does not exclude introspection (self-discovery). Isn’t your physical organism included in what you can reference when say use the label “me?” To the extent that ecology or economics or geology or law are important in any human life, even studying those subjects inherently involves an element of introspection, of “how I am relating to what is related to me.”
Every observation or experience includes the process of subjective perceiving. So, there is really no getting away from introspection.
Similarly, there is no getting away from reality. Even dreaming is not getting away from reality. Dreaming is just the reality of dreaming.
Where is the boundary claimed between “reality” and “unreality?” Where is the linguistic boundary declared between “I” and “not I?”
Famous people, whose names I do not recall at this moment, have said things like “Seek God and you will find yourself. Seek yourself and you will find God.” Maybe the point is that everywhere attention goes looking for anything, attention will always be there. Can you escape from your own attention?
Put another way, can attention escape from you? Can you isolate yourself from attention? Can you isolate attention from yourself?
If you passed out and went unconscious, falling down in the middle of crowded forest full of people, would you actually fall down or would whatever happens to any remaining physical organism be completely independent of attention and perception? When you are in deep sleep, do you sleep, or is perhaps there just a sleeping body without any functioning of attention, like no conscious identifying of a self or a body or anything else?
Maybe you are just a body. Maybe a body is just a vehicle of attention or consciousness, or a form or formation composed of attention and consciousness.
What if a body is like a garment? Or, what if the identity in language is like a garment? During the manifesting of schizophrenia, personality can suddenly shift. So, which is more fundamental: the physical organism or a particular personality or identity or character? Doesn’t personality eventually change over time anyway? A senile elderly person may have an “infantile” personality, right, as well as someone who is barely awake, or in a hypnotic trance, or extremely drunk (in a “stupor”).
What if there was a recognition that a physical organism can produce the function of attention and then there was another recognition that the attention can identify or relate in a variety of ways? It is not called schizophrenia when a person is an actress and the actress performs different roles with different names and different characteristics or characters (personas or personalities), but what happens to the actress when the actress’ infant cries to nurse? The actress and all of her characters may simply disappear, with a nursing mother showing up instantly “replacing” or “displacing” the actress.
Attention may be a function of “the” body. Language can also be identified as a bodily fuction, as in a neurological development or process. However, attention is quite distinct from language. The Logos is distinct from The Eternal Living Presence.
No matter where you go, The Eternal Living Presence is there “with” you, abiding in you. Language can form the words “I am not the Eternal Living Presence,” but consider what is directly observable: is the presence of a particular linguistic formation evidence of anything but the presence of that particular linguistic formation?
Once upon a time, the Devil walked up to Jesus and said, “Obviously, when you look around, you can tell that neither of us are really here. We are not even real. There is no such thing as us. There are no such thing as identities in language. There is no such thing as attention. There is no such thing as reality. There is no such thing as language. However, if there were such a thing as language or attention or reality, then it would be my duty and my privilege to condemn it, to stop it, to prevent it, or at least to make jokes about it until someone starts laughing so hard that everything else seems extremely easy. By the way, just because Santa Claus is just an identity in language, yes, this is a real beard, so please stop pulling on it or else I will throw you over my lap and spank your bottom.”
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