Thursday, January 04, 2018

Dark Consciousness


Ce n'est que du dedans, vécue jusqu'à la transe... Soi-même, ce n'est pas le sujet s'isolant du monde,
mais un lieu de communication, de fusion du sujet et de l'objet.
... demeurer figé comme une bête.
Georges Bataille

... ces forces actives... elles échappent à la conscience... c'est pourquoi nous ne savons pas ce que
peut un corps, de quelle activité il est capable...
Gilles Deleuze

... my Lord has shown me the intestines of all my countrymen in the Land
 of Two Dimensions by taking me with him into the Land of Three...
the Square in Abbott`s Flatland (quoted by Linda Henderson)

La vie intime du corps est si profonde!
Pierre Angelici


"... the base structure of the mind-body relation... refers both to the interconnection among the various organs controlled by the autonomic nervous systems, and the splanchnic sensations of the internal organs, as well as the conjoined emotions (the autonomic nervous system's internal perception as protopathic sensation). Psychologically, this base structure appears in part as conscious feeling (through the stimulation of the cortex), but most of its function lurks in the unconscious regions, resisting any clear differentiation. It forms the dark consciousness hidden beneath the bright consciousness... thrusting into the dark, primitive consciousness, the creative intuition of a genius may also seem endowed with a sense of 'abnormality'..." Yasuo Yuasa, The Body (State University of New York Press, 1987, p. 187-87).

"The neurons of the brain cells are not fully interrelated with each other in a child, and, as one grows, the dendrites and netlike synapses are further developed. This implies that the cortex is immaturely developed in childhood and that the functions of the old cortex and the nervous system beneath the cortex are strongly vivified... a child lives within a dreamlike, smiunconscious world of emotions... This is probably why fluctuating emotional responses are so common in children, responses like the sudden reversals between crying and smiling" (197-98).

"Asanas are the various postures for sitting in meditation, the essential point being to achieve a stable, quiet body over a long duration... Since the motor nerves are in the cortex and linked with conscious activities, a resting bodily state lowers the activity of the bright consciousness and its activating of the sensory-motor circuit... prana-yama is a general term for various breathing methods... prana is a philosophical term translated as ki... it approximates the meaning of the pneuma or logos in Greek thought... The organs governed by both the cerebral and the autonomic nerves include only the respiratory organs and the sphincter muscles... Yoga emphasizes kumbhaka, holding the breath for a long time. According to Tsuruji Sahoda, if, at the outset of training, one practices kumbhaka in its extreme form, one will lose one's eyesight... bhastrika method alternates rapid breathing with regular breathing twice each minute" (211-12).

"Pratyahara is mean to control the sensations... when absorbed single-mindedly in reading or thinking, we do not notice any external noises, and are not aware of seeing anything, even when looking at it. Pratyahara tries to produce such a state of mind in meditation. For example, in concentrating on a monotonous sound like the ticking of a clock, we enter into a mildly hypnotic state... the dark, primitive consciousness surfaces... Dharana means the mental concentration on one object through a conscious effort, for example, a part of one's body (the space between eyebrows, the tip of the nose, or the lower abdomen) or a conceptual object (a buccha, a bodhisattwa, or the notion of emptiness). Mandalas and pictures depicting Buddha's descent, for example, were originally meditative tools... a phenomenon analogous to psychosomatic disease occurs... compensatory animation... At the initial state of meditation, a cultivator often experiences emotional instability, physical abnormalities, and hallucinations. The Tendai Budhist meditation tradition, shikan, calls this the state of majikyo (the demonic realm) and warns us not to confuse it with a true satori... meditation is immunization therapy: one elevates the soul to higher state by producing voluntarily a stage of slight sickness... dhyana is a state in which the mind rests quietly and stably... samadhi is one in which ego-consciousness is eliminated, one achieves the 'self without a self', the distinction between the ego and its object is eliminated... in the case of meditative cultivation, the self roots itself deeply in the base structure by controlling and overcoming emotions. In terms of Nishida's philosophy, we can say that the self approaches the authentic self grounded in the basho vis-à-vis nothing. This power, springing forth from such a center of the personality, is the function that produces the mental harmony and solidarity..." (214).

"... in Yogic theory, the body has three dimensions: gross, subtle (suksma-sarira), and casual... The dictionary meaning of suksma is 'small, delicate, thin, intangible, inaudible, and atom-like... this subtle body consists of numerous nadis (rivers, veins, tubes)... In Chinese medicine there is a kind of artery system in the body know as the 'meridians'... The meridian system in Chinese medicine takes its inspiration from the yin-yang and five-agent theories of the I Ching, a common source for both Taoism and Confucianism... Prana cannot be known rationally but only experimentally — along with the functions of the heart, belly, and blood — in one's meditation." (219).

"... if we were lost in an African jungle, we would have to rely on intuition to decide in what direction go... intuition is the function of judging the place of one's being by grasping holistically and synthetically the ontological relationship between self and world... 'existential anxiety'... From the standpoint of Jung's depth psychology, this is the question of who (wer)..." (227).

"In Yoga, it is considered experientially evident that parapsychological abilities arise in the process of meditation... There is a modern intellectual tendency, even among some religious figures, to consider parapsychological phenomena and miracles to be mere superstition. Perhaps this is one reason why the secularized religions have lost their popular support..." (251).

About politics and rationalistic ideology:
"People with a developed capacity for intellectual thinking are skillful in giving rationales for their feelings, but an excessive tendency towards logical coherence is an expression of emotional instability. To take an example from mass psychology, an ideological political explanation may define an opposing group as 'the enemy of the people,' or 'the enemy of freedom,' and the view may be supported by a coherent logic deduced from one's fundamental principles" (226).

"What truly moves people's minds is not speculative logic, but charismatic power radiating from within the personality..." (232).

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See also:
- Turning the light around;
- liste des déclencheurs atonales;
- The Doors of Perception & the learned foolery of research;
- Land of the Southern Lapwing;
- pick a soul (ass you wish);


(picture A/Z archives)