The Human Existence

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The main topic of mindfulness discussion in the fifth class on Mindfulness Course is THE HUMAN EXISTENCE.

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THE HUMAN ORGANISM

  1. A human is a life organism that consists of a body and a mind. The component of spirit is added to it with the evolution of intelligence at this level.

  2. The body is associated with physical attributes. The mind and spirit are associated with metaphysical attributes. It is considered that in some way the human spirit, with a portion of the mind, can be cleanly separated from the human body, but this is only a subjective feeling. In truth, the physical and metaphysical attributes are well-integrated as they are in the rest of the universe.

  3. The basic physical attributes are space and time that evolve into energy and matter. These attributes may be abbreviated as MEST (matter, energy, space and time). The human body is essentially MEST, which is continuous with all other MEST in the universe at the level of electromagnetic energy, space and time.

  4. The basic metaphysical attributes are awareness and desire that evolve into consciousness and identity. These attributes may be abbreviated as ICAD (identity, consciousness, awareness and desire). The human mind and spirit are essentially ICAD, which is continuous with all other ICAD in the universe at the level of consciousness, awareness and desire.

  5. There appears to be an equivalency between “matter and identity”; “energy and consciousness”; “awareness and space”; and “desire and time”. Thus, evolution occurs in tandem between physical and metaphysical attributes. In addition, there are likely to be parallels between physical and metaphysical laws.

  6. The metaphysical attributes are generally represented by “life”. The physical attributes are represented as the “physical universe”. However, the physical universe is the outer form of life; just as life is the inner essence of the physical universe. Life and the physical universe are integrated and cannot be separated.

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THE HUMAN MIND

  1. The human mind is an experiential matrix, where free association and postulation takes place to align all experience. It is made up of ICAD (identity, consciousness, awareness and desire). The mind is anchored to the human body, but it covers the whole universe as its scope.

  2. The mind receives perceptions from the environment and aligns them within the existing experiential matrix. This alignment is then reflected in the efforts of the human organism, which deals with the efforts in the environment. This cycle is continuous and dynamic.

  3. When the perceptions received in the mind can be well aligned and thus assimilated within the experiential matrix then they reflect in the rational behavior of the human organism. When the perceptions cannot be so assimilated, they reflect as reactive or irrational behavior.

  4. The perceptions that do not align with the experiential matrix simply get lodged there as received. Thereafter, such “unassimilated experience” gets activated whenever similar perceptual content appears in the environment. This then leads to reactivity in behavior.

  5. The unassimilated experience in the mind has its own “limited context” inside the wider context of the mind. When activated, this limited context determines the response of the human organism. It often appears as “alternate personality” in contrast to the personality of the mind.

  6. The personality of the mind has a much larger assimilated context of the experiential matrix. So, it appears that the larger and better aligned is the context the more rational ia the response.

  7. One may say that there is a “universal experiential field” in which the inanimate objects are reflected by their properties according to the laws of physics. The additional properties of animation of living organisms are also reflected therein, integrated with inanimate properties. This is the mind of the universe.

  8. This universal experiential field surrounds the experiential matrix of the human mind. When the experiential matrix of the mind is integrated with the surrounding experiential field then the context of the human mind expands to become universal. This universal context then provides the most rational response.

  9. It seems that there is a Law of Rationality as follows:

RATIONALITY OF THE MIND DEPENDS ON THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE CONTEXT IT USES.

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HUMAN LIFE & DEATH

  1. The human organism is part of the universe. We may say that the human body is part of the universal body, the human mind is part of the universal mind, and human soul is part of the universal soul, which we identify as God.

  2. The human body, mind and soul are well-integrated. None of these three components can exist independently of the other two. When the human organism dies, all three components (body, mind and soul) decompose into finer existence.

  3. The physical and metaphysical attributes of the human organism correspond to each other. When the physical attributes disintegrate and regenerate; the corresponding metaphysical attributes also disintegrate and regenerate.

  4. All three components (body, mind and soul) come into existence at birth. Majority of physical and metaphysical attributes come from the parents, but some may be absorbed from the environment.

  5. At birth, it is rare that a body, mind and soul, which existed before, come back into existence. Physical and metaphysical attributes, which existed before, may reappear in different combinations; but the personality, or soul, disintegrates just like the body, and never reincarnates.

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