Is it possible for an individual to escape the bubble of his own perceptions, beliefs and mental constructs and know universal truth?
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Marvelous insightful comment, Sid.
'Letting go of the idea of what it means to be human' goes along with Laura's, 'outside of which the human cannot be defined.' It is time also I 'let go' of my aversion to being a follower, and follow your writings
Without some bubbles, though, wouldn't we be in danger? Aren't "unique" and "universal life or reality" opposites?
Using a different approach, physics (thermodynamics, specifically): you can't observe something without changing it. So, answer is no.
Hi Laura, your intelligent response is appreciated. To me, it is something for more dialog as in a forum. I'd love it! May I invite you to write more also in the hub just published, "What do you believe and why?"
Fun answer, and thanks for playing!
ConnorJ - I encourage you to study the latest brain science / meditation mixes, esp. the HeartMath Institute and Joseph Chilton Pierce. Integrate heart-brain, pre-frontal cortex, neocortext, left, right, base, and belly brains, & get connected!
Great, great comment. I would like to know more about you and will check your hubs.
Very practical and logical. I like the contrast of personal reality/perception with universal truth. Ex: do I see the exact "red" that you do when looking at it? If no, then our perceptions of universal truth are the same though our realities differ.
It does become more challenging as we go farther. But there are ways of remaining connected. Ask your friend to get in touch with me. I might be able to help him rebalance and continue on his journey while improving his ordinary connection.
I would, but I am no longer in contact with them. The reasons are complicated but we decided to go our separate ways. I didn't agree with some of their beliefs, such as, that there isn't a God.
Your profound and honest insights are touching. "This is a very difficult... I can't go as far into things as I would like... The more points of view or perceptions that you are aware of...." There is a new question on HP about PD forum discussion...
Even if it assumes there is a bubble, it also assumes there may be a way through or around it. The human *could* be defined outside the beliefs by whatever it is that can go outside, yes? I like your perceptive response.
Pardon, but that's actually your central question: "CAN we escape the bubble?", not an assumption. Practically, you ask if we can be better than ourselves, to reach beyond ourselves: I think we all have that power, which "*could* be defined outside..
I have been there so understand where you are coming from.
Yes, but do we have to know it is Jesus we are relating to? Or any time we live the Way, act on the Truth, and live the Life, are we one with Jesus?
SidKemp - I would say you would have to know it is Jesus because it says in the scriptures that : "Apart from me you can do nothing" . Based on this scripture and its context I would say that the only way to be one with Jesus is through relationship.
Good answer! The clearest I have ever seen has been when I was touched with the Holy spirit.
Me too! I agree.
I love it.
Beautiful. Will enjoy to read more from you, raciniwa.
No wonder I like soapy showers, jacuzzi baths, and meditation! :) Seriously, though, good metaphor. I'm guessing you've studies the Vedas, or Hindu sources?
A completely new idea: popping our own bubbleS (plural)! Are bubbles bad, because the more we pop the closer we are to universal truths? Are the multiple universal truths multiple divinities (gods)? Fascinating! (Many more ??s than space permits).
The Absolute is the Light that shines through water and air. The Relative is the water, the air, and the bubbles. No bad, no good. Dogen: a lIfetime is a bubble in a stream, lighting in a summer storm. We're all just interference patterns!
I have studied mainly Taoist works, and have had the benefit of s teacher who is versed across various eastern spiritual traditions.
Wonderful to meet you, Randy M. I lead a Zen community, study taoism and across the board. I have found a wonderful qigong teacher. Let's learn together.
Great comment. I look forward to more from you.
I'm writing a hub on beliefs, perceptions, and the absolute. From my unfolding perspective....
Anyone who claims "I am a saint" is full of ego. Anyone who makes specific predictions of the future is lost in mind games. But that does not mean that there are not genuine saints, full of humility, who know that we are all shining with Divine Light
Yes, many people get caught up in their own egos, unfortunately, and become arrogant. On the path of seeking truth, one must keep themselves in check and continuously work at remaining humble.
Sarah Christina, this reminds me of the man who received a lapel pin medal as recognition for his humility. Then it had to be taken from him because he wore it....
Nice, I like that story. Irony.
Are you saying that God created you differently than everyone else--not in his own image, as the Christian bible says he has done? If so, why? And how do you know that you are different and can perceive and comprehend everything?
Perhaps it is God's will for all of us, just like the father of the prodigal son is joyous at any son's return. But it's up to us to choose to come Home.