Looking at and Expressing the Whole

I’ve recently read a book called The Evolutionary Mind: Conversations on Science, Imagination & Spirit by Rupert Sheldrake and Terence McKenna.
A section in the book explores language and there is a suggestion raised that the development of language has taken human kind away from a fourth dimension of being that is more intuitive.
Language has been a step in evolution that has allowed us to see our world in parts and in an abstract way and is a gift to be able to do that. Its given us a foundation for developing some wonderful inventions and allowed us to see as no other being on this planet can see. But in our seeing of parts and abstractions we seem to miss a lot. We have come to rely on language to understand our worlds and even ourselves in a second-hand way and it is an enormous part of what we teach and pass on to our children and others often taking the form of factual and absolute information. But it is not the direct experience of living and never will be, mainly because it is so hard to capture moments of love, connecting to others, compassion and other very human experiences in language. They are not as amendable to abstraction and the senses as more material, measurable phenomenon are. Our reliance on what we call empirical information as absolute truth has taken our planet towards dilemma and crisis. We don’t seem to be able to perceive the dire consequences of our selective thinking and the perception that it influences, that are becoming so apparent in our modern times. We don’t seem to comprehend what it is that we are missing of our humanity and a being on this planet and in this universe, in our selective and conditioned perception.
My own experience is that, in coming to this awareness of the limitations of our modern ways it has been helpful in that I can focus on expressing and creating language that does reflect a deeper and more direct experience. It emphasises more often than not reflecting and pointing to that experience as opposed to abstractly representing it.
I am reading a new book “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett that gets at this a bit I think. I think as well that this is where Marshall Rosenberg intentions around non violent communication
might be helpful.

One thought on “Looking at and Expressing the Whole

  1. I really liked Sheldrake’s Science Set Free (aka The Science Delusion). That is all I’ve read of his. I have a slight familiarity with the ideas of Terence McKenna though I’ve never actually read a whole book of his.

    It would be great if we could cultivate the ability to slip easily back and forth between these forms of consciousness. One is clearly a necessary tool for the performance of practical tasks and yet the other can connect us to the larger whole. I don’t think there is any essential reason why one should interfere with access to the other. If you are going to do some gardening, you put on your gardening gloves. I’ve you are going to do the dishes, you put on rubber gloves. The fact that you might have trouble wearing them both at the same time shouldn’t make it any less convenient to slip on the one we need for the task.


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