20 – Parallels …

Pre-meditated thought and pre-determined instinct are complementary expressions of existence. The world of our minds and the world of our bodies thoughtfully and instinctively parallel each other as we interact with environments. In our conscious and unconscious behaviors we fluctuate back and forth between these complements, changing them and being changed by them.

Our Bodies are complemented by a mysterious Being who we try to describe with many words: Mind, Self, Soul, Ego, Energy, Intelligence, Consciousness, Awareness, etc, etc. But this mysterious Being is almost impossible to define because, although it feels uniquely ours, it is a common ‘thing’ we share with the rest of Humanity. We all experience this indefinable ‘thing’ that makes its own decisions and dreams its own dreams and craves its own desires and creates its own fantasies and … without hesitation or consent … finds its own ways to get what it wants. We all experience the autonomous Self that makes us laugh and cry, the Ego that drives us into love and hate, the Mind that stands in awe before the beauty and unpredictability of Nature, the Intelligence that inquires about its own meaning and the meaning of it all, the Consciousness that tells us what is wrong and what is right, the Soul that has become aware of its own awareness and intuitively knows it belongs to something beyond its comprehension.

Our Minds are complemented by a mysterious Being who we try to describe with many words: Body, Organism, Animal, Creature, Structure, System, etc., etc. But this mysterious Being is almost impossible to define because, although it feels uniquely ours, it is a common ‘thing’ we share with the rest of Humanity. We all experience this indefinable ‘thing’ that has roots in ancient times and has learned to absorb and synthesize the elements of the world it inhabits; we all experience the indomitable Creature that challenges the laws of Nature and rebelliously obeys its pre-destined ending, the organic Structure that can create new forms of existence or destroy its own world, the fragile Organism created out of the union of an ovum and a sperm knowing how to manipulate and be manipulated by its own environment, the instinctive Animal that seeking pleasure perpetuates Life, the fluid and sensuous Body that reaches feelings beyond its comprehension in the ecstasy of lovemaking.

Although there are times when our minds do feel separate from our bodies and times when our bodies do feel separate from our minds, it is in moments of fancy when we lose ourselves to our instincts or when we move deep into the wonder of self-reflection. But as energy is transformed into mass and mass is transformed into energy, so we transform mind into animal and animal into mind while creating an existence that is insignificant in the scheme of the Universe yet a transformative force in the scheme of Life.

Descartes was wrong in his deduction centuries ago that the mind is separate from the body. Like Energy and Mass, Mind and body are parallel and inseparable expressions of Nature. One cannot exist without the other, and we cannot exist without them. We are Nature, and Nature is us.

Yet we let a mistake a man made hundreds of years ago dominate how we think!!!

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