'Second Life' Articles
Many cultures across the world had views that spoke of not one world, but two, which we live in equally. The subconscious self in most of these second life cultures was the seat of personal power. They believed that it primarily was the recipient of the wisdom of the Gods and spirits.
The range of inner experience is huge. Humanity hasn’t begun to touch the range of its perceptions or the strength of its will. Your inner life is your outer life. Your second life is your first life. Your fantasies are your reality.
“Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.” Gerard de Nerval
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” Edgar Cayce (American psychic 1877-1945)
The concept of a second life did not have its origin in internet culture. Many cultures across the world had views that spoke of not one world, but two, which we live in equally. In fact, we live in one of the worlds for at least one third of our entire life, if not a bit more. In the modern era, we have made of education and realism an idol. This strikes me as funny that it takes a fringe technological project to resurrect an ancient notion, and also amusing that they are surprised at its sociological impact. The ancient… Seek More
In the Shamanic cultures that recognized the reality of the second life, the flesh and blood guide would serve as an interpreter of this seemingly strange experience. They would even use it to diagnose mental and physical health issues, but they didn’t make that split conceptually. And they didn’t consider the events of the second life (what we call dreaming, even daydreaming) as any less causative than real life events. In the second life traditions, the dream and fantasy events would not have such a subtle impact. The Shaman, as psycho-pomp for both the living and the dead, would describe… Seek More
In all of the oldest traditions, the imagery of the second life was externalized. This is why woodwork in houses often had such elaborate human and animal imagery. This happened well into written history, but has prehistoric roots. It ended around about the industrial revolution. But the reason the dreaming was so readily included in the external inventory was because without it the finished product was considered unreal, half finished. One possible explanation for this was that homo sapiens did not originally have the supposedly integrated mind they have today. (I say modern man is half brained myself.) But in the… Seek More
I expect being more in touch with our dream world will make us healthier people in general? Yes, it will. Also managing impulse rather than sublimating it. Resisting impulse sends a cascading message of “don’t do that” to every part of your body. The various parts not having the ability to distinguish between artefacts of thought and sensory data. So thinking “Don’t eat that cookie” translates to the hearts consciousness as don’t beat, and to the brains consciousness as don’t notice. Eventually the chronic suggestion of “thou shalt not” will end your life. But, with embracing the full life you… Seek More
Any questions about unifying the first and second life? If you are willing, share with me a fantasy and I can tell you about a basic part of your waking life. Mine is in my role playing. I would love to live life as a fae. Ok. You would love to be able to live closer to the earth in a simple way. You try to even without thinking about it. You try to avoid problem solving as most people understand it, because you have a hard time seeing those problems as real, and you trust your feelings and intuition… Seek More
Anyone else want to share a fantasy? Fantasy and wish fulfillment are just a safety valve for inner energy we really need to use, and though just having a fantasy about it releases some steam, in the long run it won’t be enough. Right now my fantasy is to retire and live in a gypsy wagon or other cool place. You are likely already limiting your obligations beyond the practical, and probably show a preference for being away from your literal address. Likely are fascinated with other peoples homes and places that aren’t like your native country. Yes. I’ve always… Seek More
There is always a “How”. I am often very angry as I find exchanges with people very frustrating more often than not, but there is always a way for clarity to be reached. Which is what I want. I don’t actually want to lash out at anyone physically. I just want to get through their screen, and I know fear and drama do it. Yet, they also reinforce the wall and makes them hop right back behind it after they recover from the shock. So very often I don’t bother at all, and let the sleeping hairless monkeys lay. Homo… Seek More
We all dream. Here is a simple trick you might enjoy practicing. The next time you have an animals attention, clear your mind, don’t think, and just fix your gaze on its eyes. Don’t analyze its eyes, just let your vision touch its vision. You might be surprised at how much you and the animal will have to (for lack of a better word) talk about. But you can only do that if you deliberately dream with the animal. It’s like daydreaming. If I do that to my dog, her ears prick up as if she sensed me saying dinner… Seek More