I notice that when I express my experience to a companion it involves a much more intimate and authentic process than if I am sitting down to capture my reflections in writing. More specifically the act of connecting and communicating in an intimate way with another seems to allow for deeper insights than if I am attempting to illuminate my reflections in writing. There is more of an abstract, subject – object shift in that reflection and expression of it in the later. Its a more of an individual, mechanical – cerebral process that is introduced.
It seems that many philosophers made wonderful insights but than seemed to become so caught up in the individual literal reflection and expression which took them into this very abstract bifurcated process. At times they have become quite obsessive about their individual insights seeing them as ultimate and fixed revelations. These days I am more and more aware that this kind of individual effort is limited. It loses, or is missing something of which it is inseparable from.
Humans are involved in an ongong search and have come to some conclusions about how we might best come to know ourselves. From this tendency to abstract our experience it is possible that human kind has come to accept a modernized mind-body dualism grasping of our immutable human condition that is quite possibly just another historically determined understanding; one of many possible. My experience has led me to realize that finding out who we really are doesn’t come in words, but only as an intimate experience, an awakening.
Rabindranath Tagore wrote “Listen, my heart, to the whispering of the world. That is how it makes love to you.”