. . . remembering that bodies are a limit on perception
Hello, Sean. My perception has always been a bit "different." Ever since I can remember, and I'm now well into being a senior citizen, I have had tinnitus - constantly. Sometimes I don't "hear" it because there is enough external noise to drown it out. When things are quiet, it's very loud. But, I'm not "hearing" anything. It's something haywire in my brain that another part of my brain "interprets" as sound. Is what I think I "hear" "real"? My eyes don't focus together - this used to be called "lazy eye." I was supposed to wear a patch over my "stronger" eye when I was a kid to force my "weaker" eye to conform. I wasn't a "good" patient. So now, with my "weaker" eye, I can literally see a short distance around what my "stronger" eye sees as a corner. With very little effort, or just with relaxing, my eyes go out of focus, and I see two of whatever I'm looking at - for example, two moons. Which eye is "right"? Which moon is "real"? With the "knowledge" that my eyes and ears can't be fully trusted to report the "truth," how much of my brain's interpretation of that perception is likely to be "correct"? These "disabilities" have reinforced for me that what I think I "know" is the product of an unreliable interpretation of untrustworthy input, and made it easier to be still, and let Holy Spirit tell me Truth. Thank you. Kathy
Once again, a heartful thank you for sharing what you know. Brilliant essay and it truly spot on..."being spiritual is sharing what you know"... and that you do in fine form dear Sean.
Beautiful and well put.
I need to be reminded of the need to take a step back when I am caught up in all that is right in front of my face.
Thank you, Sean, for shedding more light about “the body” as understood by ACIM. As a newer student to these materials I welcome further clarity on this important subject. Your words today remind me that there is some quarrel about thought being part of the senses. J. Krishnamurti suggests that thought IS one of the senses. In one of his teachings he tells us that the flowering of goodness is the release of our total energy and that the control and suppression of our total energy *by thought* results in the fragmentation of our commonly understood senses. He asks: Does the body, the physical organism itself, have its own intelligence, and can there be *a non-fragmentary awareness* by all the senses? Specifically: “Can the body be aware of itself? Not you being aware of your own body (or parts of it), but *the body itself* being aware?” I’m interested, for all of us, in what happens when all the senses are acting together in harmony, when there is no fragmentation whatsoever. There is merit to J.K.’s question: "Can the organism’s (the body’s) own intelligence, which has been suppressed or destroyed by thought, be awakened?" And what might occur with the total freedom of this vast energy once awakened?
Thank you for these offerings that guide us into deeper inquiry.
Thank you Sean a loving simple reminder that we are all One Be still and know Love. ♥️
Your reflections on “I” are so helpful to me.
Thank you Sean. ❤️