2. Extrasensory perception

Let us go into more detailed pictures of the realm of ‘perception’. A ‘perception’ can be operated in three classifications. First is connected to the analysis of ‘sensed’ information and is called ‘Sensory perception(SP)’. SP involves, in a traditional sense, reception of information gained through the physical senses such as sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. The problem arising from this particular and yet the most generally performed perception is that it is always the case that there are predetermined values affecting the outcome through the processes of organization, identification, and interpretation of the acquired information. In other words, the sensory perception is, by its descent, however excellently keen and acute it may be, only an interpreted mental grasp which leaves it with a considerably huge limit.

The second is incorporated with a higher sensing ability in which higher and deeper coherency with the factual entity of a subject occurs. It is called ‘Highersensory perception(HSP)’. HSP concerns a dealing of a larger amount of information from phenomena acquired by senses. Well known examples are the manifestations of psychic abilities such as telepathy, clairaudience, trans-temporal operations involving pre or retro-cognition and etc. In the course of spiritual or ascetic exercise, this perception occurs at frequent base depending on individual intention. People who exert such perception know things through the ways that are not normally perceived by the general people. Simply put, people with HSP experience the world more multi-dimensionally because they can cognize more information from the nature of totality. But the problem is,  however that HSP mode still relies on the sensory organs, and the processing of organization, identification and interpretation of the brain. Due to such restraints, the results of cognition differ from individual to individual. In other word, people with HSP can experience a world more diversely and multifaceted but still within their own frame of reference, meaning it is still not in line with the highest form of knowledge, the knowledge that coincides with the subject as it truly is, the truth.

The last is one that is surpassing the previous two. Seen from the arguments before, it is clear that sense based perceptive images are in most cases incorrect or insufficient to know things as they really are. ‘Extrasensory perception(ESP)’ is a way of perceiving things without any engagement with the faculty of bodily senses and workings of a brain. It is a form of direct perception of a truth or a fact, an immediate apprehension independent of any reasoning process. Simply put, It is a realm of ‘I just know it.’ In this sense, it might be understood as a form of knowing based on an intuition or one that is equated with a spiritual encounter. The explicit distinction is in the mechanism that five senses have no place to play a part at all. It does not involve any of bodily senses but something much broader and radical realm of human capability.

1. What do we see(the problem of perception)?

“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”

 

Everything starts with a one single moment of engagement between the observer and the observed. A variety of views and opinions are piled up to form a so-called ‘knowledge’ which acts as a stepping stone for the next cycle of observation. It is this on-going process of accumulation which most of the people consciously or unconsciously base their system of cognization of the world.

It does not mean that this subjective way of getting to know things is wrong. If the universe is designed in a way that it operates at its own will(which is considered to be ‘perfect’), this subjectively-engaged process of observation is also perfectly fine. Nothing must be judged by and everything is in its own perfect phase of the time and place. But it is also to be said that even if there is no right or wrong in this realm of ‘perfectness’, there is indeed a difference of depth in relation to acknowledging the true picture of the observed. The one who sees more wins in ‘knowing’ which directly deepens the understanding of it. In the realm of perception, thus, what is essential is quality, not the quantity. One genuine insight over infinite numbers of subjective opinions.

This subtle mechanism of ‘quality-oriented’ observation can be relatively effortlessly operated but it also can be the hardest thing ever to be achieved. As it might have been hinted in the previous paragraph, the key factor in getting access to authentic awareness is a conscious act of engagement with a self to get rid of infinite numbers of subjective opinions. In short, when an individuality dies out, the veiled truth is disclosed. The individuality in this context is largely the sense-based perception based on the process of interpretation which involves person’s learning, memory, expectation, and prejudices. As long as a view is rooted on such perception, the case is closed, leaving one behind with social doctrines and personal inclinations.

The solution to subjugate sense based perception is a mindful act of dismissing what I know now. It is an act of going beyond of a present knowledge, being on the outside of the current norms and looking without discrimination. It is an ‘extra’-sensory perception which is quite essential in acquiring true picture of reality. It is not only important for a domain of science but also a deep concern for many religious systems since they are trying to find the true self, true god and after all, a true reality as it is.

Wonders decoded

Extrasensorial looking at the ancient and its meaning towards future architecture

Hyun Soo Suh

Abstract

The search in this paper is set on the authentic analysis of the ancient architecture. There are many sites and architectures that are considered to be sacred, spiritual or mysterious in a popular sense. Because they are outside of the current knowledge of science, people irresponsibly give them titles of ‘wonders’ or ‘mysteries’ and put them in a cast of untouchable ‘sacredness’ which in turn makes it harder to see the truth about the real causes of their positioning and design. When geared by ‘Extrasensory perception(ESP)’ which is the natural cognitive ability of every human being, the scenes that have gone unnoticed come onto the surface and unfolded as the accurate reflection of the real. With ESP, one is able to measure certain forces existing in nature and find out that those forces have been the major factors affecting the ancient architecture. Having seen the correlation between what ESP can reveal and how the ancients have managed their built environment, from site selection to spatial design, one comes to the conclusion that the architecture in an original sense is much deeper than the current apprehension and practice. Observing the ancient manifestation with intuitive eyes(ESP) thus discloses the proper pattern of spatialization and it is what the architecture of tomorrow should be based upon.

Keywords: Extrasensory perception(ESP), dowsing, ancient placements

종교제도 창시자들의 깨달음 구도에서 보이는 명상(冥想)의 흔적과 그 핵심

(사)한국정신과학학회 제49회 춘계학술대회 논문 초록

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명상(冥想)의 정의를 문자 그대로 해석하면 개체적 편견, 치우친 견해, 혹은 객관적 사실이 아닌 그 모든 ‘생각의 덩어리’ 들을 없애는 과정 혹은 그 결과이다. 이는 서양 종교역사에서도 자주 언급되는 Kenosis의 개념과 상응한다. Kenosis는 Ecstasis, 즉 신인합일(一) 이전에 반드시 거쳐야 하는 필요한 과정으로서 ‘자기 버리기’의 과정이다. 이는 종교를 다룸에 있어 동서양에서 핵심적으로 언급되는 본 개념의 중요성이 대두되는 지점이기도 하다. 만약 이 과정이 종교사에 있어 그토록 중요하고 필수불가결한 조건이었다면 분명 그 개념과 개념을 실천하는 과정에 대한 내용이나 흔적 등이 남아 있을 수 있다는 가정(관점 설정)을 해볼만 하며 그 가정을 통해 드러나는 ‘명상’과 ‘깨달음’의 상관관계를 통해 여태까지 몰랐던 명상의 본질적인 이해는 물론 제대로된 명상에 기반한 수련방식을 도출할 수 있다고 생각한다.

본 논문에서는 ‘명상(冥想)’이라는 개념에 입각한 관점을 가지고 불교의 석가모니, 동학의 최제우, 보조국사 지눌의 깨달음 과정을 들여다 보고자 한다. 소위 깨달았다고 하는 선승들의 구도 과정에서 ‘명상(冥想)’이 어떤식으로 적용되었는지를 비교/대비/분석해 봄으로서 ‘명상(冥想)’의 실체를 더욱 심도있게 이해할 수 있다고 생각하며 그런 이해를 통해 진정한 ‘명상(冥想)’법을 도출할 수 있다고 생각한다. 아울러 참나찾기수련원의 설영상식 참나찾기 과정에서 볼 수 있는 ‘명상에 기반한 직관체계 발동’의 수련체계 분석을 통해 종교 제도로서의 핵심과 지향점을 나타내고자 한다.

명상은 특정 소수가 일반적인 삶을 떠나 뭔가 고귀한 어떤 것을 찾는 과정이 아니다. 본 논문의 분석을 통해 명상이 현시대를 살아가는 개개인들의 삶 속에 어떻게 스며들고 녹아나 진정한 자유와 행복을 발견할 수 있는지를 다루고자 한다.

Evidence-based Contemplative Practice: Body Knows.

‘Applied Kinesiology’ pioneered by Dr. G. Goodheart and ‘bevavioral kinesiology’ developed by Dr. J. Diamond shares the common denominator in essence, which is the fact that body knows things at a level far below conceptual consciousness by signaling through muscle strength. This particular awareness of body seems to be able to recognize things that cannot be perceived by sensory-based data and interpretations. The discovery of this body-awareness is closely linked to the term ‘Extrasensory perception(ESP)’. It occurs independently of the known sensory processes including mental reasoning and interpretation.

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If this perception of ‘deeper consciousness’ or ‘out of ordinary knowledge’ proves to be real and factual, it can definitely be the way to enter ‘tabular-rasa’ of a clear vision for acquiring the higher knowledge. For example, when engaged with ESP, space is not just space but it is a field that is filled with various kinds of forces at play. Exploring the ancient architectures around the world, it has been revealed that the placement of sacred buildings such as temples and tombs are precisely disposed and dimensioned according to the effective forces on-site.

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‘Seeing deeper’ leads to more authentic and proper results. The same mechanism of perception can be applied to self-realization. By being sincerely aware of this perceptive force within and letting it out as it wishes, one comes to the extraordinary territory of clear vision and mindfulness that views the world-as-it-is, which is ‘spiritual’ in its essence.

Ekstasis: Displacement of perception and its connection to spatial understanding

Abstract for ACSF10th 2018

<Ekstasis: Displacement of perception and its connection to spatial understanding>

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

– T. S. Eliot, The Little Gidding –

Ékstasis(ἔκστασις) is known as the Ancient Greek word for ecstasy, meaning “to be or stand outside oneself, a removal to elsewhere”(ek- “out,” and stasis “a stand, or a standoff of forces”). Quoting Karen Armstrong, ekstasis is a “stepping out” from a habitual, self-bound consciousness that enabled man to apprehend a reality that is called “god”. Continuing phenomena around religious pilgrimages show the subtle preservation of such idea in life in order to search for moral or spiritual significance and awakening. It becomes clear that a proper ‘ekstasis’ is in connection to the domain of consciousness, or more accurately saying, a perception that human being is capable of exerting, when the individuality is displaced, leaving one to remain out of any sensorial realm.

In this paper, I would like to put an emphasis on the meaning and a actual working of ‘ekstasis’ on human perception and its bond to spatial understanding. As its definition clearly states, it is an act of dis-placing one’s own individuality and letting a concealed reality come onto the surface. The displacement is in this sense a legitimate tool for one to be engaged in an authentic self, a sacredness within which has been veiled by customs and biases.

Anchoring the notion of ’Ekstasis’ in the idea of displacement leads to the term called “Extrasensory perception”. By looking at the etymology of it, it is a perception that is engaged when one successfully steps out(extra) of sensory-dominated perception. Closing down ordinary modes of perception opens up the extraordinary perception that sees the nature as it is.

The research on the kinesiological response from bodily muscles shows the associative evidence whether this extrasensory perception is palpable. As the well-known psychiatrist and physician, David R. Hawkins says, this body-perception may be a form of communal consciousness, spiritus mundi or a database of consciousness. A body knows what is good and bad at a level outside of a current consciousness and is able to signal its knowledge through a simple muscle strength or movement. A practice called “dowsing” is based on the same mechanism of such “already in- built” system of knowing through a body. The historical evidence of its application in wide fields of exploration shows its distinctive usefulness when finding out something out of a rational consciousness.

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What the extrasensory perception geared by body signals can reveal in nature is quite remarkable. The invisible realm becomes visible(measurable). The myth turns into the real. The mysterious settings of ancients architecture suddenly emerge as the clear-cut case of inevitables. Mounds, cairns, dolmens, stone circles, temples, and churches are revealed to be in proper resonance with the effective forces at play. Whether it is ‘earth magnetic field’, ‘spirit lines’, ‘dragon currents’, ‘song paths’ and ‘astronomical alignments’ or not, what is more important is to see the authentic picture of space before culturally biased naming and be genuine about the facts. This is what the understanding of a concept ‘architecture’ in ancient Greek meant, a mode of disclosive looking into the origin or the root of all-that-is.

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Proper displacement leads to proper perception which then bears proper architecture. It is about making oneself ‘extra’, taking a spiritual journey as a pilgrim to tabular rasa where one would find the essence, a sacred picture of man’s relation to the universe by becoming a true architect.

지눌의 신(信)

지눌의 신(信)

범부가 자신의 불완전성에도 불구하고 현재 있는 모습 그대로의 상태에서 앞으로 수많은 수행 단계들을 거쳐 도달해야 할 부처의 상태를 앞당겨 이미 자신의 것으로 긍정하는 용기라는 것이다.

지눌의 선사상, 길희성 지음, 소나무(동양사상문고), 2015(3쇄), p.58

‘실증’의 중요성

존재에 대한 실증적 확인은 종교적 행위이며 본질을 깨닫기 위한 핵심적인 방법이다. 실증 없이 무언가를 정확히 안다는 것은 불가능 하다. 모든 감각적, 감성적, 정서적 문제들은 바로 이 ‘실증’ 앞에서 무릎을 꿇게된다. 그리고 다시금 자유로이 날개를 달고 날아오른다. 인간으로서 누릴 수 있는 축복을 축복으로 받아들일 수 있으려면 바로 이 ‘실증’을 통해 참에 대한 이해의 폭이 넓어져야 한다.

실증 = 근육역학 매커니즘에 기반한 완력테스트, 오링테스트, 그리고 다우징은 아마 가장 ‘참’에 대한 실증을 가장 간단하게 할 수 있는 방식일 것이다. 역학적으로 드러나는 현상에 대한 관찰을 조금만 하다보면 이내 인간의 무한한 능력, 전지전능한 영역이 내재한다는 것을 사실로 알 수있다. 대개 우리가 ‘숨쉬기’라는 생존의 기본적인 행위 조차 – 소화작용 또한 같다. 우리의 지각 능력과는 상관없이 발동되고 있는 인체의 운영 방식이 분명히 존재하고 있음을 우리는 상식적으로 알 수 있다.- 거의 알아채지 못하고 생활하는 것처럼 근육역학을 통해 드러나는 알아차림의 능력 또한 언제나 발동되고 있지만 단순히 지각하고 있지 못하는 것일 뿐임을 알게 된다.

The only way

I post the article from Gretchen Rubin. It is a part of her Interview with Greer Hendricks. I think she reveals some insights to which everyone can link themselves. They might be the most general type of advice but the hardest ones to do in reality. This morning I read this piece and I contemplated on it for my own weaknesses that I think I should get rid of. I completely agree with Greer that the only way past is to go through it, be humbly brave to stand up to it.


Gretchen: What’s a simple habit or activity that consistently makes you happier or more productive?

Greer: Exercise.  I work out first thing in the morning usually seven days a week — a mixture of running, interval weight training and yoga (which I do with my husband on Sundays).  I find that no matter what curveballs are thrown at me during the day I am much better equipped to handle them if I’ve moved my body.

Gretchen: Is there a particular motto or saying that you’ve found very helpful? (e.g., I remind myself to “Be Gretchen.”) Or a quotation that has struck you as particularly insightful? Or a particular book that has stayed with you?

Greer: The only way past it is through it.  When I dread a task — filling out tricky insurance forms, a challenging rewrite or a difficult conversation — I remind myself of these words and forge forward. Also, one of my favorite mottos is one I learned from you: accept yourself, and expect more from yourself. 

Source: https://gretchenrubin.com/2018/01/greer-hendricks/

오즈의 마법사

도로시가 물었다. “어떻게 그곳에 가죠?” 

걸어가야 한단다. 아주 먼 곳이지. 어떤 때는 즐겁게, 하지만 어떤 때는 무섭고도 힘겨운 일을 거치면서, 그렇게 걸어가야만 하는 아주 먼 곳이란다그러나걱정하지 말아라. 내가 아는 모든 마법을 동원해서 네게 해가 미치지 못하도록 할 테니까.” 북쪽 요정이 대답했다

프랭크 바움, 오즈의 마법사 – 

출처: 가지 않은 의창 지음, Rainbow books, 2015, 에필로그 p.237

 

내 안에 숨 쉬는 본질에 대한 확신은 우리가 걸어가는 모든 길에서 위안과 평안을 가져다준다. 설사 눈앞에 벌어지는 상황이 예상을 벗어나는 그 무엇이 되더라도, 미처 예상하지 못한 자신의 무지를 반성하고 우주의 장엄한 설계에 찬양을 보낼 뿐이다. 무섭고도 힘든 일은 우주가 보낸 선물이요 내가  집중하여 벗겨내야 할 그 무엇이다.  순간순간이 우주의 설계를 한치도 벗어날 수 없다는 확신 위에 삶은 언제나 즐겁고 행복한 시공간으로 가득 찬다. 아주 먼 곳인 줄 알았던 그곳이 지금 내딛는 발걸음 아래에 이미 있다는 것을 100% 아는 날까지….