The habits of my being are comprised of three rules; objectivity, incentive and approval. These rules are applied to everything I am, creating how I consider what I allow myself to be. I use these rules to reveal or to hide my true being.
The intimacy of a woman, with child, is the most fundamental conversation. There is no need for words but the mechanisms required to structure our self are hard at work. We begin the process of self-representation while entirely dependent on another. Our sense of objectivity is obscured by the extremely subjective nature of our circumstance. It takes time to grow and realize our independent nature. Even when we think we have done this the intimacy of the dependency that we experienced in the womb and as a baby, toddler etc stays with us. We first fashion our tools of identity, of self, at this early time and they are the underlying tide, the conversation with community that gives us our appointment of self recognition. We project through a lens of disposition and attitude the person others see and they in turn reflect it back at us. Words are secondary to this process but this is the conversation we are having. This is communication. It is very real but real need not be true.
Objectivity having been obscured by the subjective nature of conception, birth and childhood our sense of incentive is also skewed. For anything at all to happen, approval is granted and we create how we are. How, for this topic, can be considered in terms of value. The value we place on our experience creates the exchange that presents our self. It is the things that I value, habits, behaviors, beliefs that I pin myself to. Even if these are of a poor nature, bad for me, if I value them, choose them, they come to be the way I fix my self. The conversation, silent and wordless, by which we present our self emphasizes the importance of community. Community can be as a siren tempting us to build our self away from our true self. Should I decide to discover my true self and build my identity based on that, I only need objectivity. Another word for objectivity is compassion. Compassion does not exist without objectivity and compassion is absolute because it only exists in a measure that is inexhaustible. It is this absolute quality that makes possible the expression of my true self because truth is also absolute. No matter the challenge truth remains unchanged. It is omnipotent.
We also project the imaginings we craft of other people and these images are influential. While these imaginings portend to be about others what are in fact about is our own considerations which are in turn reflected back to us reaffirming our own craft. We have imaginings about all manner of things and project images that we then expect accurately present the true content of experience. We have a community of consent and form broad agreements. This is how we craft reality and while it is true that we imagine things to be a certain way and form broad agreements our imaginings do not need to be truth-based. I expect that largely the truth is lost in our imaginings and consent. The experience we imagine is peppered with incentive and reward for approval but what is lost is objectivity. Our true nature, which is obscured is also absolute. Regardless of what we foist upon it, it remains unchanged, unharmed, as truth can suffer no injury. Objectivity is marked by what is absolute and so it is as a key that can unlock the narrow gate and reveal our true nature.
Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012