There is the capacity to focus awareness, which is focusing energy, which is shaping creation.
Is pain an absolute value? If pain is an absolute bad then we would never need to make a new choice.
Ever felt bone on bone? My own pain experience is more sense on sense. Sounds so loud I can’t even feel my own bodies position in space. Sights so loud I struggle to hold down my gorge, not puke up my last meal. Is that adequate pain? Imagine if the scent of a rose stank so bad you couldn’t think straight, couldn’t concentrate, and that was only my own experience.
A battle I’ve lost, so yes. I know there will be pain just as there will be joy, physical and emotional.
I have to disregard it all. I have a greater need than avoiding pain, or I would sit in a dark room all by myself every day of my life, but what could I need so badly? Any ideas?
Social interaction? Would sensory isolation appeal to any of you?
Temporarily only. Why only temporarily?
I seem to prefer that my sense stimulations come in lower volumes than most folks do. Actually, what you are looking for is reference, not sensation. This is why the mind will ignore sensation, even fill in the blanks when sensation is lacking, and your won’t feel a moments disturbance by this.
That’s why I think I would like it on a temporary basis to put my mind in a different place for a while. You are looking for self reference. You crave the sense of being alive, and you form inferences that give you this.
Is there any such thing as a belief that lacks a causal inference? Because this is so, then that must also be so. Because of my feeling this way, I obviously can’t do that. Can you even express a belief in any other way?
I don’t think so.
In the synoptic gospels, Jesus attributes his ability to perform miracles on whether individuals had BELIEF prior to that miracle (not so in Gospel of John, though).
“Your belief has healed you…” Even implied that Jesus would be powerless to do miracles UNLESS the individual believed beforehand (not so in John…).
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.