The genesis of a new realm called “possibility”

The genesis of a new realm called “possibility”

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Language revolutionizes life
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Mandelbrot set: first 20 iterations of equation z = z²+c plotted for different complex constants c. Fractal first studied by Benoît Mandelbrot. Graphics generated with 13 lines of code in R language. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine that there is a clear relationship between language and all of the rest of life. Language is one form of activity of life. Right now, the activity of language is operating, right? However, that is also the activity of life, too!

So, it is clear what language is as well as what is not language. When viewing shapes of letters on a screen, it is life that recognizes the shapes of the letters as the shapes of letters. It is life that decodes the symbolic shapes and constructs words out of letters and then constructs ideas out of sequences of words. 
An idea means a pattern of attention. Life uses language to form ideas (patterns of attention).
But if there are letters on a screen, while the letters may be decoded by life as instances of language, life also recognizes that the screen itself is not language. The letters on the screen might be black, but their blackness is not language. The  letters that are not black are just as linguistic as the black ones, right?
So, what are all of these things that are not language? They are life. Life can use language to label various forms of life (patterns of life). 
A viewing screen is a pattern of life. A series of black shapes (letters) on this screen is also a pattern of life. One pattern is called language and the other is called life, but all of language is also life. 
Language is just a subcategory of life. In fact, language is the subcategorizing of life.
Life (using language) can distinguish black shapes from the white background of a viewing screen. Language is a tool. Language is a creation of life. Life is the authority or creator of language and therefore of all that is formed through language.
Life is the generator of language. The genesis of language is one function of life. Life creates language to organize attention (perception, experience).
How is this important?
In the beginning, life separates the light from the dark using language. Life also uses language to isolate the night from the day and the heavens from the earth. Life uses language to subcategorize the intrinsic, unalterable unity of life.
If life uses language to subcategorize mammals and then primates and then humans, that is not a dividing of life in to 3 isolated categories. Linguistic categories can overlap. Language can categorize “for the last 12 days” and “since the last time we talked” as well as “all of last week.” Those subcategories overlap. They are not completely exclusive.
Language involves patterns of attention. Attention can concentrate by focusing or can relax by expanding or opening. For instance, primate is more specific than mammal. Human is even more precise than primate.
How wide open is life? Well, how wide open is language? Language FORMS patterns of attention. Language organizes attention.
So, a shift in the patterns of language produces a shift in the patterns of attention and perception and experience. In other words, language is extremely important in altering the experience of life.
What about “me?”
Me is a category in language. Life organizes language and, through the use of language, life organizes pattern of attention (experience, perception). “Me” is one type of experience.
During dreamless sleep, there is no operation of the language of me. Prior to a certain age of childhood, human infants are not using language to operate with the experience of me.
Me is an idea, a pattern of attention (a pattern of experience). In addition to “me,” “we” is also an equally valid linguistic pattern for the organizing of attention. “We” can refer to a small group of people or to all primates or to all mammals, etc…. 
Me and we are basic, common examples of linguistic identities (identifyings of language). Another example of an identity would be the use of a geographic reference, like “New York.”
If “New York bans assault weapons for police officers” or if “New York legalizes gay marriage for minors,” do those sequences of words make sense? Are they logically (linguistically) coherent?
New York can grow or shrink (in human population). It can win or lose (like in a sporting event). It can heat up or cool down. It can get wet. It can be attacked. It can mourn. It can vote for a particular political candidate. It can reduce imports or exports, increase in income, decrease in rates of home ownership or experience a wave of a certain illness or a crime spree.
New York is a pattern of language. It is a type of language pattern called an identity, similar to me or we.
By the way, what exactly is the boundary of New York? Is it a city limit? Is it a coastline? What happens if sea levels change? What happens if New York City annexes a neighboring unit of language?
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What about “life?”
Remember, New York does not really have any existence independent of language (and the rest of life). Without language, there is no boundary between New York and the rest of life (such as this screen or the letters of these words on this screen). If you want to know whether a particular viewing screen is IN New York or OUT of New York, that is going to involve some rather complex “social constructions” of language.
So, life is not hard to identify. Life knows that life is life. Life does not need to refer to a dictionary or a birth certificate to know whether life is living. Life does not need language to be alive.
Life is actually the master over it’s tool, language, and over all of the divisions or subcategories “created” by language, such as “me” and “we.” Me does not actually do anything independent from “life itself.” There is nothing outside of life.
Life is the Almighty, the Eternal, the Everpresent. Other linguistic symbols for that idea include “reality” and “nature” and “Allah” and “God.” In any language (Arabic, Hebrew, English, etc…), there is at least one word that symbolizes the beginningless, endless, undivided, inclusive source of all language.
By the way, life does not perform a ritual and THEN become eternal. Eternal life is always eternal and always will be. Eternity is not something that is going to start eventually right after we finish with more important things!
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Inherently, all linguistic identifyings (identities) are just forms of life. All of creation is just patterns of attention organized through language (as in through what might be called “Logos” in the Greek language, which is a common term used in Christian cultures).
So, what is creating this sequence of words? What is viewing it and recognizing it?
Valid answers include “life,” “me,” “my eyes,” “the reflection of light sensed by this brain,” and so on. Language can also say “my hands made my fingers press the keys and type the letters” or “a primate created this” or “we did it!” 
All of those are coherent or valid. Maybe New York will like it. Maybe not.
Is this “good news?”
Well, to the extent that this may seem new, we could call it good news. It may actually be a rather ancient principle. Some extremely famous celebrity people like Moses and Mohammed and Abraham and Jesus and even Buddha may have gone on and on about this principle.
Life may keep repeating this message in hundreds of languages and thousands of proverbs. Life seems to really be intrigued by it’s relationship to language (to it’s “creative” tool or function). Life organizes it’s own attention through language- over and over and over.
There are lots of variations and revisions of this idea, such as “people really should give up their personal will to the divine will of the creator.” That is actually not the same as this distinction of life being Almighty and perfectly forming all personal experience as perfect expressions of life.
This is not about giving up personal will. This is about life recognizing clearly the functioning of it’s own creation: language. This is not about official membership in a religious club. This is about a spiritual recognition.
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What about all of “my” problems?
Well, life could keep creating that pattern of attention (that experience), at least occasionally. Consider that historically  life keeps creating lots of worshipers of “my” problems (their own problems). For life, apparently that is not a problem, but just one activity among others.
So, linguistic identifying is not inherently a problem. In fact, without language, nothing could be labeled “a problem.”
However, a lack of clarity about what linguistic identifying is can lead to various opportunities for attention to begin to focus on what linguistic identifying is and how it might be important or interesting. Through the use of language, life can experience sin and shame and even arguing over literal interpretations.
It is entirely valid to argue over literal interpretations. However, if life looks very attentively at the two words “literal interpretations,” one might find those two words rather ironic when placed next to each other like that.
How could an interpretation ever be literal? All interpretations are interpretative. All languages are symbolic. In other words, language itself is not literal, but poetic.

So, forget “literal interpretations” and realize what language is. It is your tool. You are life and you always have been. You are not a linguistic identifying. Linguistic identifying is an activity of life, and life is what you ARE.
Linguistic identifying is one of your ways of organizing patterns of attention (ideas). Linguistic identifying is something that you can do. Linguistic identifying is your tool.
By you, I do not mean an exclusive personality. I could use the word we and we could use the word you.
Linguistic identifying is something that we can do. Linguistic identifying is our tool.
“Your personal will” or “my personal will” are also just linguistic identifyings. Life can identify like that. Life can also say “all of this is not the activity of a personal will, but the activity of the Almighty, Eternal life which does whatever it does through appearing as this ME, which is it’s creation, it’s tool, like a branch is just the subcategory of a vine. The vine of the tree of eternal life is within each of it’s branchings, within all of US, each of YOU. Even this viewing screen is life’s tool. These letters are just life’s tool. Language and all activities of linguistic identifying are also only tools of life, functions of life, organizings of life.”
If any of that happens to remind you of something that someone famous once said, then consider that life has been quite committed to at least occasionally reminding itself of this principle. Life has been organizing it’s attention to focus on the activity of language itself.
Realize what language is. It is your tool for creating patterns of attention (experience).
spiritual authority and the forgotten essentials of buddhism
spiritual authority and the forgotten essentials of buddhism
spiritual authority and the forgotten essentials of buddhism
spiritual authority and the forgotten essentials of buddhism

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