Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beyond the feedback system

What we perceive with our physical system is direct feedback, symbolically, of our attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, choices and decisions.  If this is all there was, we would be stuck in "Ground Hog Day", or worse, a 3-D snapshot of a single all-inclusive moment. 

Luckily we get nudges from our day dreams and night dreams which move us out of the deer-in-the-headlights kind of feed back system that can hypnotize us ... physical perception.

“… “Your beliefs form your reality”, and this means that your beliefs structure the events you know.

“Such experience then convinces you more thoroughly of the reality you perceive until a vicious circle is formed, in which all events mirror beliefs so perfectly that no leeway seems to appear between the two.

“If this was really the case, however, mankind’s history would never change in any true regard.  Alternate paths of experience – new possibilities and intuitive solutions – constantly appear in the dream state, so that man’s learning is not simply dependent upon a feedback system that does not allow for the insertion of creative material.  Dreaming otherwise available, in which behavior and events can be judged against more developed and higher understanding than that present in conventional daily reality at any level.

(The Nature of the Psyche, Session 792)

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