If We Take the Time

“For many people the debate as to the ultimate reality of the universe is an academic one, far removed from the concerns and demands of everyday life. After all, reality is whatever it is independent of our models of it.” This line from Rupert Spiras new book “The Nature of Consciousness” is most relevant for me. But to a large degree, regarding many other aspects of living we generally , no longer pay attention to a more direct experience of life having had come to a norm where we accept the conclusions and developments of others we consider to have more expertise than us. Consistent with this way of thinking we have come to see the world and even ourselves in terms of fixed concepts that have been handed to us, that we have come to believe in and that has weakened a trust in our own resources. We no longer trust in discovering for ourselves,  paying   attention to our own innate intuition and ability to relate, connect to and understand a  world  that  we are not separate from.

In our modern consciousness we have become deeply conditioned , attached to the notions we have been told are fact such that we are evolved and that we are more cival and knowledgeable than ever before.

What  if this sense-of-self that we are so attached to is a construct—composed of automatized, mutually reinforcing ways of thinking, feeling and acting? If we take the time to investigate, reflect and contemplate we way come to see that this is likely that through fixed untested notions our perceptions have been molded in ways that don’t reflect a deeper truth but that we can come to realize the limitation and illussion involved in this thinking. In that contemplation there is the possibility of evaporation of our conditioned assumptions that comprise our sense of self. In this there is the possibility of seeing beyond cultural and traditional boundaries.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

3 thoughts on “If We Take the Time”

  1. I agree! We need to detach ourselves from the norms and constructs that we’ve become so accustomed to as representative of the reality about ourselves and the world around us.


    1. Yes and to see the limitation of our fixed concepts or at least the way that we ultimately believe in them. Concepts are fixed and unchanging but nothing in life is. Staying locked in our perceptions keeps us from being open to what is unfolding in some ways. I realize that even the concepts that I use to express myself are limited although I see great benefit in creating, fine tuning and refining with others the expression that emerge from sharing.

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      1. Yeah, just earlier I was on instagram, and this point was made very clear. Someone made a post about what the true “left-right” political spectrum is, and it made me realise the folly of trying to simplify complex political realities into rather black and white conceptual labels. And yes we still need to communicate and we need concepts for that, there’s nothing wrong with them inherently, its just too often we find ourselves mistaking them for reality itself.

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