Post-Reason by Kartott

March 21st, 2009 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized

Once every so often I discover a new voice and kindred spirit who shares my own perspective yet articulates it in new and refreshing ways.  Yesterday Kartott (I don’t know her real name) became known to me by following me on twitter. I followed her back and started reading her new blog.  It’s great stuff and features a lot of her artwork.

From her first entry:

What are we? How have we come to be here on this planet? Are we living a life as fully conscious beings? I suspect not. What are visions, dreams, things seen that ought not to be seen? Do we conjure such things as ghosts, aliens, fairies out of deep genetic memory? Or are they glimpses of a broader reality?

Of late, I have been exploring a number of alternate realties: ufos, ghosts, psychedelic phenomena. All seem to be pointing to some undercurrent of reality that we can barely tip our toe into. We mostly deny it, put it down to “imagination” or simple fantasy. We even deny our own directly experienced phenomena, shutting the door to a wider world. This seems driven by a larger culture intent on squashing all things mysterious, unknown or unknowable. We believe that because such experiences are beyond measure and simple human reasoning, they must therefore not real. Yet they all seem to point to a more fully realized consciousness, a kind of multi-dimensional existence. Our everyday brain seems divorced from this, almost as if there is a wall in place between our everyday functioning mind and our visioning, dreaming consciousness.

An interesting aspect to this (from my admittedly scant observation): people who traverse this consciousness divide seem to possess a high degree of creativity. A large proportion are artists, writers, musicians, or are generally creative in other aspects of their lives. Many express interest in spiritual or deep intuitive connections. Some meditate. Apart from the creative process itself (or perhaps as a part of it), I wonder if this points to a necessary admission of imagination as a fundamental key to the door in the wall. 
As neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor discussed beautifully in her 2008 TED Talk, the left and right hemispheres of our brain have very different ways of perceiving the universe.  Arguing which perspective is more correct, misses the more important point that both perceptions are filters our brains use to subtract out information from the larger unseen universe.  Believing that one is more correct than the other, or worse that our perceptions of the universe with all of our scientific and technological enhancements represents reality, is a very naive and deeply anthropocentric bias.”There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Hamlet, Shakespeare.


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