There is a coherence beyond neural linkage. Something that persists beyond brain damage. That knows an ‘I’ without defining ‘I’. It is the bit which is left when chat stops in meditation. That is the true self.
You never perceive reality directly with your senses. It isn’t how it works. And how and what you perceive is determined by your focus, often subconsciously according to conditioning. If you can see what you don’t see, then your perspective isn’t a trap, it’s an incarnation.
Many schools speak of a mental body in one terminology or another. But unlike with our flesh itself, which we have no trouble differentiating from our world, we mistake our perspective or mental body for the world itself. If I touch something, I do feel it. My hand did contact whatever I touched. If I think of something, I did think it. But neither experience is an absolute truth. There is an old phrase, “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” This is a truth of perspective.
In fact my truth is true, and your truth even if it contradicts mine is also true. Some people speak on how the Second Life virtual world isn’t real. It’s as real as your senses tell you the real world is. There is no absolute reality other than undifferentiated potential. Your reality is virtual. Mine is.
Lately, I have been struggling with issues of contact. With seeing those places where my reality borders another. For example, in an instance where someone makes a statement and the statements weren’t friendly and they weren’t necessary. I could choose to make it a big issue. To be honest my knee jerk reaction is to feel disparaged. But that is not their reality. It would be mine, and to truly reach another you have to find those nexus points where your perspective and the others overlap. My personal sense of insult shouldn’t interfere with those who are interested in my words. Not everyone sees things like they did.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.