Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boundaries, Mysteries, and Eternity

"Every man takes
the limits of his
own field of vision
for the limits of the world."
-Arthur Schopenhauer
Philosopher
(1788 - 1860)

"Man is the great
mystery of God,
the microcosm or
the complete abridgement
of the whole universe...
a hieroglyphic of
eternity and time."
- Jacob Boehme
Mystic / Theologian
(1575 - 1624)

5 comments:

Joy Mystic said...

What suggestions you can offer that I can use to see the world as it is instead of what my limits deceive me or worse as I want to see the world?

ilachina said...

The first step is to learn the ways in which our senses distort reality; the second step is attain a comnfort level in knowing that not all of "reality" is knowable, and that much of what is taken for "reality" is created from within; the third (but, far from last) step is to learn to transcend distinctions between "objective" and "subjective" interpretations.

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Joy Mystic said...

Can you elaborate more on the third step; "transcend distinctions between "objective" and "subjective" interpretations". Maybe an example. Thanks!

ilachina said...

Joy, you ask a very difficult question to answer within the span of a blog comment! For a glimpse (of my answer, which is still evolving of course) please look at my review of "Luminous Ground" by Christopher Alexander:

http://www.amazon.com/Luminous-Ground-Nature-Order-Book/dp/0972652949/ref=pd_sim_b_3

If this question is important to you - on a deep level - I urge you to purchase this book. It is a world changer.