Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason provides us with a basis for understanding the ineffable nature of the divine. As Kant observes, our experience comes to us within the fields of time and space. — Joseph Campbell
Let’s examine this quote of Mr. Campbell to see what if this is statement is complete.
What is Life?
We are separate from each other because there is space in which to be separate. — Joseph Campbell
Life is an opportunity for our consciousness to explore as a single vantage point. Within this sphere of awareness, we embark on a mission in search of experience our true nature of divinity.
Remember, all experience takes place in the mind. The physical senses provide input. But, they are not the only means of experience.
This quest is made more difficult because we have different skills and abilities. Many people don’t realize they are on this quest until it is too late. Some only get the big picture when they are on their t of use don’t know we are on this quest until we are on our deathbed. The path for our mission of discovery has several obstacles.
Not the Only Portals of Experience
Time and space are the prime conditioning factors of our human lives.
— Joseph Campbell
Don’t run past this last sentence too quickly. It contains an important element of wisdom. Notice that both space and time are prime conditioning factors. This means something or someone is purposely conditioning these limitations on our experience.
More importantly, it tells us that other factors affect our lives. Most people ignore the proofs of non-ordinary reality. Yet, they do not discount the fact that they have dreams.
The dream state is our own experiential proof of non-ordinary reality. We are conditioned by the culture to ignore this proof. So, this means space and time are factors of normal reality, not non-ordinary reality.
What we call reality is a construct of just two factors, but they are not the only portals of experience.
If we do not or cannot experience anything outside of the fields of time and space. Kant calls this “the aesthetic forms of sensibility.” In India, they call it Maya. Maya is that which transforms that which is transcendent of the manifestation into a broken up world.
When you think about what you have experienced in the apprehension of forms in space and time, you employ the grammar of thought, the ultimate categories of which are: being and nonbeing. — Joseph Campbell
What is God?
Is there a God? If the word “God” means anything, it must mean nothing. God is not a fact. A fact is an object in the field of time and space.
God is no fact — God is a word referring us past anything that can be conceived of or named. Yet people think of their God as having sentiments like we do, liking these people better than those, and having certain rules for their lives. Moses received a great deal of information from what we might call this non-fact. As understood particularly in the Judeo-Christian tradition, God is a final term.
— Joseph Campbell
In other words, the term God is a catch-all answer when the answer is beyond our knowledge or understanding. It is no more or less real than any imaginary friend. It is part of the conditioning of the cultural narrative. It keeps us from realizing space and time are not the only two portals of experience.
Beyond the Fields of Time and Space
So, we recognize that there are other possibilities besides normal reality. The question what other possibilities? Space and time are just limitations that our culture programs in order to better control us. It can’t control non-ordinary reality.
Everyone has their way of awakening. And, each of us has spiritual gifts to aid in this quest. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. So, waking these gifts is the key. It sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a set of powerful tools anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies. These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
Above all, these tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And, higher states of awareness also have unique measurable physiological signatures. They differ from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). These processes do not require belief in a religion. All you need to do is follow the process. For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions. This is probably due to their focus is on developing human potential.
Other schools of thought have a similarly eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt what is already proven to be effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration. They are the most direct way to move beyond the fields of time and space.
Why The Focus on Space and Time?
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