ISLANDS IN THE SEA OF BEING
Near as I can determine, all a person is -- is awareness located at a
specific spot in space. The awareness looks outward in all directions,
though inhabiting bodies has biased most of us into the habit of
concentrating our attention in two directions: forward through the face,
and down the length of the body itself.
At this point I should establish a definite word to use for it. This point
location of awareness that is each of us, can be referred to as a spirit.
I do not use the word "soul", except rarely in a poetic sense. "Soul" is
much too ill-defined and fuzzy of a word to be useful except when writing
poetry. The Hindus use a term "atman", and the Hubbardites use
"thetan", but these are too specialized and obscure for most people.
I've also heard the word "nameless" used, and that is very apropos.
Unfortunately it is too obscure for most people. Therefore I usually say
"spirit" when I talk about you and I and all that is aware in the universe.
The ancient Hindus more properly should have used the word
"sat" = "I am." Therefore "being" might be a useful English word to
describe what some have called "The Nameless" -- a term I find hard
to use also because of the overwhelming sense of irony I feel when
naming something "nameless".
This focused point of awareness, this spirit, has more than attention
turned outward in all directions -- it glows constantly with energy that
flows outward in all directions as well. The ancient Sanskrit word for
god is "deva", from which we get our words "divine" and "devil."
Deva means "shining one". This may not make much sense to you
that the ancients would have used that name, but it's because many
of them could see glowing spirits in the air. Almost no one in modern
times can still do this, but it used to be an easy thing for many people
to do. I'm not going to go into long explanations about why and how
we have degenerated intomaterialistic meat robots.
Some other time, okay?
A human being is a spirit operating a meat body, which organism is little
more than an organic machine, sort of a mobile vegetable. A nice
analogy for a person and their body would be a person driving a car.
A spirit does not possess any mass, though it readily creates both
mass and energy. A body is matter, that is to say, atoms and molecules
organized into systems. Between the spirit and the body are at least
three major levels of control which I can perceive. These three
lumped together could be called the "mind." The body itself possesses
its own mental machinery, physically located in the obvious place, the
brain. It also possesses many other less obvious mental mechanisms,
most of which are the ductless glands. Please note that these ductless
or "endocrine" glands are composed of modified nerve cells. These
other sites taken together seem to roughly coincide with the Chakras
of the Hindus. This brain and these glands interact with the spirit's three
levels of control to produce all phenomena associated with humans,
from emotion and reason, on up to clairvoyance and "magic."
The brain allows reality to be organized in the familiar fashion that we're
all accustomed to, but reality is quite different from what you think it is.
The spirit's point of view when bodiless is often radically different from
what most people regard as "normal" reality.
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