bodily existence

Jung’s Ni, Abridged

These articles are an attempt to condense Chapter X of Psychological Types into a more readable format. I’ve tried to stay as true to the original texts as possible. Enjoy!

Foreword

Introverted Intuition

Introverted Intuition is directed at the contents of the unconscious. However, just as our senses only give us an approximate image of the objective world, so does Ni give an approximate image or impression of the inner world and its contents. Although it may be triggered by an external stimulus, it doesn’t focus on the external possibilities, but on what images are released in the psyche. Unlike Si, these images don’t concern the course of sensations, but their underlying causes or hidden meanings. However, since the Ni type represses Sensation, he rarely manages to connect the resulting hunches to himself or his bodily existence, instead seeing them as if they had an objective existence of their own.

Just as Ne chases every possibility in the outer world, Ni chases every image that arises from the inner world, “the teeming womb of the unconscious”. Again, the Ni type doesn’t connect them to himself, and since he’s only concerned with perceiving them, he isn’t impelled to shape them into rational judgements like Ti or Fi. The latter are also only affected by the images subconsciously – by contrast, Ni seeks to explore every detail of them, with the same clarity that Se has with respect to the outer world.

Ni is the function which is most intimately connected with the collective unconscious. The archetypal patterns, which have evolved over millions of years to represent eternal patterns of life, are the main source of the insight which Ni often provides. Its tendency to project into the future is thanks to an almost direct consultation with these archetypes. If paired with Feeling, it has the potential to paint a more or less complete picture of another person’s psychology.

The Introverted Intuitive Type

This type is oriented by his inner vision, and the more intensely he relies on intuition, the more he is divorced from tangible reality. In exceptional cases he might be something like a seer, or an artist whose work is far-off and psychedelic – all at once beautiful and grotesque, since it represents the Janus-faced nature of the psyche. If he neglects to share or express his perceptions, he might become an eccentric or a crank, someone completely incomprehensible to his peers.

The pure type stops at the perception his vision, and perhaps the aesthetic shaping of it in art. He suppresses any attempt to make it into a moral problem. However, as soon as he differentiates an auxiliary Judging function, he begins to face certain questions. What does this image mean for me and for for others? What task or duty does it represent for me? He begins to dimly perceive that he is actually connected to his vision, and subsequently feels he has to actualise it somehow. However, since he’s more adapted to his inner world than present-day reality, he has great difficulties in bringing his vision to his society. His life becomes symbolic, with little relevance to any concrete reality. His arguments fall short, since his reasoning functions are secondary to his vision, and at a certain point he can only claim “I just know”.

This type is characterised by a risky tendency to suppress concrete reality. Even the normal type has trouble connecting his inner vision to his own life. He might becomes increasingly unaware of his bodily existence or its effect on others. If he becomes completely one-sided, his outer life hits him through Sensation in his unconscious, causing a neurotic, compulsive dependence on concrete reality. He begins to suffer from all kinds of hypochondrial symptoms, hypersensitivity to sensations, and exaggerated ties to certain objects and people.

This is the abode of those who dwell in the state of emptiness, signlessness, and wishlessness; this is the abode of those who dwell in non-conceptualization of all things, those who dwell in the state of the unity of the cosmos, those who dwell in the state of the ungraspability of the realm of beings, those who dwell in the state of nonattachment to all worlds, those who dwell in the state of nonreliance on what all worldlings rely on, those who dwell in the state of independence from all supports, those who dwell in the state of independence from all bodily existence, those who dwell in the state of annihilation of all afflictive notions, those who dwell in the state of the essence of all things, those who dwell in the state of freedom from false imaginings, those who dwell in the state of detachment from all thought, those who dwell in the state of neither entering or leaving all perceptions, those who dwell in the state of entry into profound transcendent wisdom, those who dwell in the state of capacity to penetrate the realm of reality in all its aspects, those who dwell in the state of ability to extinguish all afflictions, those who dwell in the higher state of wisdom free from all views, cravings, and conceits, those who dwell in the state of freedom arising from higher knowledge of all meditations, liberations, concentrations, and spiritual attainments, those who dwell in the state of development of all spheres of concentration of bodhisattvas, those who dwell in the state of presence with all buddhas.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 1454, 1455

Note on the image: Nagarjuna.

Oh me? Just thinking about how awesome having he ability to shape shift would be

As he [the gnani] gets older, he grows more and more happy and peaceful. After all, he is going home. Like a traveller nearing his destination and collecting his luggage, he leaves the train without regret. The reel of destiny is coming to its end - the mind is happy. The mist of bodily existence is lifting - the burden of the body is growing less from day to day. (180) ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj from I Am That

Lygia Clark, Dialogue: Goggles, (1968)

 In keeping with her experimentation with therelationship between the artist, the artwork and the audience/participant, Clark fabricated a pair of goggles that restrict the visual field of the participants and force an eye-to-eye exchange through a series of mirrors that distort their vision. In this piece, Clark merges concrete examples of performance, interactivity and dialogism. For Clark, the object becomes “a mere vehicle for bodily experience and exists only in relation to the body that holds (or interacts) with it.”

“The reason that certain venues have age limits is because there’s a huge chance there’s alcohol or a large amount of swearing and profanity. And the reason kids can’t use the bathroom whenever they want is because they’re expected to have more bodily control then a baby. Or something important is going on then, most teachers will let you go while doing something less important. Just like adults can’t get up during the middle of a business interview or job interview.” - An ask we recently received, the author wished to remain anonymous for unknown reasons.

No need to explain the asserted justifications for the practices we argue against, we’re already well aware of them.

I’m going to assume that you’re talking about venues with a 21 age restrictions since those are the most common. It seems really redundant to ban young people from certain places to “protect them” from being around alcohol, considering that young people are already forced to spend plenty of time around alcohol already. They’re already heavily exposed to it in restaurants, parties, television, and even their own homes. What exactly is there to “protect” them from, a beverage? And as for the “swearing and profanity,” have you ever walked down a middle school hallway? Young people are already quite fluent in the “swearing and profanity” department, so there’s really nothing to “protect” from there, either. When it comes to age restrictions in venues, it seems to almost always be less about “protecting” young people and more about making adults feel more comfortable. It’s a symptom of our society valuing adults’ feelings more than young people’s existence.

Having bodily control doesn’t mean being able to hold it indefinitely. As the old saying goes; when you gotta go, you gotta go. It is degrading to be forced to ask permission to perform a natural bodily function, it is even more so to be denied said request. Plus, I don’t think that a business/job interview is a balanced comparison to what goes on in the average classroom. Perhaps a work setting is a more ample comparison? Imagine working an office job and having to ask your supervisor permission to use the bathroom. It’s not likely that most adults would stand for that kind of humiliation, so why do we submit school students to such treatment?

- Wedway

This is the abode of those who dwell in the state of emptiness, signlessness, and wishlessness; this is the abode of those who dwell in non-conceptualization of all things, those who dwell in the state of the unity of the cosmos, those who dwell in the state of the ungraspability of the realm of beings, those who dwell in the state of nonattachment to all worlds, those who dwell in the state of nonreliance on what all worldlings rely on, those who dwell in the state of independence from all supports, those who dwell in the state of independence from all bodily existence, those who dwell in the state of annihilation of all afflictive notions, those who dwell in the state of the essence of all things, those who dwell in the state of freedom from false imaginings, those who dwell in the state of detachment from all thought, those who dwell in the state of neither entering or leaving all perceptions, those who dwell in the state of entry into profound transcendent wisdom, those who dwell in the state of capacity to penetrate the realm of reality in all its aspects, those who dwell in the state of ability to extinguish all afflictions, those who dwell in the higher state of wisdom free from all views, cravings, and conceits, those who dwell in the state of freedom arising from higher knowledge of all meditations, liberations, concentrations, and spiritual attainments, those who dwell in the state of development of all spheres of concentration of bodhisattvas, those who dwell in the state of presence with all buddhas.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 1454, 1455

Note on the image: Trikaya in Thailand.

Let’s clarify something: 

The pregnant person matters more than the fetus.

The fetus is not sentient, cognizant, aware of the world, or bodily viable. It simply exists and, after an abortion, ceases to exist. 

The pregnant person, on the other hand, will suffer if denied the right to their own body.

You cannot give a fetus more rights than the body it lives in.

Hedonism is really a form of nihilism, revelling in the very pointlessness of bodily existence. It is when that sensuous life is no longer grasped as purposive that it can be objectified as a fetish to be worshipped, or a commodity to be consumed.
—  For all its excited pursuit of novelty, hedonism is a covert kind of cynicism. Power as an end in itself, and sensation as an end in itself, belong together</p>

<p>Holy Terror (Eagleton, Terry.)<br />

pursuitofhappiness98  asked:

How important do you think the gut is for spiritual health? I've heard it's our second brain. I'm asking because I think my dieting choices are making it hard for me on my spiritual journey.

Well firstly I wrote a post about the enteric nervous system (the “gut”) not too long ago, so take a look! 

Secondly, there are differing perspectives on diet and spirituality. Recently, two spiritual friends of mine separately decided to become vegetarian and I’ve been hearing about the benefits of that change. It seems very conducive toward health, happiness, and a feeling of ease/lightness with the body. 

Those are all very, very good things. And they are beneficial on the spiritual path. One can feel more energetic and ready for yoga, meditation, and maintaining mindfulness throughout the day. 

Eating poorly, not taking care of your body’s health, and even consuming products with ingredients detrimental to your health (especially large amounts of alcohol), can indeed start to weigh you down. 

However, none of that is capable of holding you back on the spiritual path. The path is transcendent of and prior to bodily existence. That being said, we start on the path from where we are now. And the majority of us are caught up in some level of bodily fixation. This is difficult to move past without giving your body the right amount of attention. 

Some people go too far with this. They obsess about the foods they eat, the “energies” they are putting into their body, and even what other people are doing around them. I’ve been on meditation retreats with people like that. They’re often quite accomplished meditators or spiritual practitioners to some extent but they’re also kinda bitchy. I had one woman turn around at one session and tell me to move my cellphone because she was sensitive to its vibes. My phone had been in the same spot during those sessions the whole weekend without her noticing, but of course I moved it anyway. 

My point being, the Buddha’s Middle Way is a good way to go with this. Like a bowstring, not too tight and not too loose. Your body should be cared for such that it is not a burden nor is it a fixation. It is a beautiful gift for which we should be grateful, and we should express that gratitude by making use of the preciousness of human birth. To me, that means walking the path. 

Lastly, the practices of yoga and daily meditation will organically alter to what diet you naturally gravitate. Our state of mind often dictates what our body craves. Many people eat beyond their physical comfort. At that point, they’re eating to satisfy their minds/habits more than their body’s needs. Yoga and meditation tune a person in to their body and they begin to feel it with increased sensitivity. This makes it easier to invite new changes in dietary habit. 

Namaste sis :) Much love. 

alexseanchai  asked:

Are there transgender characters in October Daye? I figure transition (surgical or otherwise) is much easier given fae magic and the canonical existence of bodily transformation, but I'm not sure if that's a thing that happens in Toby's world or if it's yet another fantasy world in which everyone is cisgender. And I mean, the existence of Gerry Marchen delights me, so I can't imagine you haven't thought about trans issues in context of Faerie. I just haven't seen you say anything on the subject.

There are!

Gender disphoria is about as common among the fae as it is among humans, with the added wrinkle of “we have access to transformation spells.”  So it’s not uncommon for fae kids to come out as trans, have Mom and Dad shrug and call the local transformation mage, and call the whole thing good.  Now, the downside here is that nothing is forever; transformation spells wear off without much warning, and waking up one morning to discover that your body has gone back to what it was in the night is incredibly triggering and upsetting for trans fae.  So those who go the transformation spell route are often very nervous.

Alchemy can also be used, much as hormones and the like are used in the mortal world; this is very common with changeling trans kids.

The least explored route is Selkie skins, which re-manifest the bipedal form of their users based on what that user feels in their soul.  Selkie kids who receive their skins go to the sea, and when they emerge, they are physically and completely the correct gender, permanently, even if they later lose their skins.  Selkies are very careful not to advertise this, as they do not wish to deal with a rash of skin-thefts.  (This doesn’t allow for non-soul-essential physical changes–a Selkie who’s always secretly thought they shouldn’t have freckles will still have them.  It does heal scars and the like.)

ETA: I don’t normally edit Asks, but I wanted to correct a typo and clarify some bad wording.  This was done about two hours after the original posting.  I just didn’t want it to be a secret, or look like I tried to edit history.

Some beings will walk with you for the duration of this bodily existence, up to the very end. Some will come with bright promises, bright lights, but they fade quickly. Others come, they don’t look like they will go very far, but they are marathon runners; they’re there with you all the time. You cannot determine this… Somehow in the flow of your own unique river, you will see that everything is as it should be.
—  Mooji
All Hope Abandon Ye Who Enter Here

as requested and suggested by @dark–swan and @whimsicallyenchantedrose - Killian in the Underworld: chained-up, shirtless (oops) and angry. And then the rescue party shows up. DOESN’T CONTAIN SPOILERS!

(also on ff.net and ao3)

Special thanks to @duathadun for making that gif!!


He should feel better, less guilty now.

After all, he made up for his sins when he sacrificed his life. It was nothing more than the right thing to do, of course, the good form he finally remembered after he woke from the haze of his crazed crusade for vengeance. He saved Emma, her son, her family and friends and the entire town when he finally withstood Nimue and all her dark successors, in the last moment overcoming the darkness within himself that was trying to rip him apart. He was the man he wanted to be when he finally destroyed the darkness once and for all (at least, that’s what he thinks).

He should feel better. Alas, he doesn’t.

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lusarity  asked:

Hey there LazyYogi! I've been following the blog for a while and found solace when I felt grim. Up until recently, I was meditating twice a day, I was eating right, I didn't feel depressed nor anxious any more, and everything seemed, just right. One day, I just awoke and didn't feel like doing anything. I stopped reading the book you recommend, The Places That Scare You, and I just don't know what is happening. I've tried to meditate again, but didn't even get through 1 minute. Any advice? :(

This is a very common experience. It is also a sign of progress. 

Before, you were taking up the path of meditation and self-care as a way to stave off depression and anxiety. And it worked! But then once the depression and anxiety ceased to be a major influence on your state of mind, you lost the motivation for your practice.

Motivation for spiritual practice is an important facet of the path. That motivation can and will shift throughout your journey. 

Most people start on the spiritual path for narrow reasons, personal reasons. Perhaps they have depression or anxiety but they may have also had a close encounter with death, a looming fear, a desire for something divine, or some sense of lack that needs completion. 

Whatever the form such narrow reasons take, it is temporary. As you have experienced, depression and anxiety can and will melt away. Fears, desires, and delusions will give way to clarity and peace. But then what? If your motivation stops there, then so does your path. 

There are two ways you can “level-up” your motivation. 

  1. Aspire to endless happiness and peace supreme by orienting your path toward self-realization.

    Sooner or later we must really acknowledge that we will die. Everything we consider to be who we are will end. Every reason we have to be happy, playful, and loving will end. Everyone we love will dissipate.

    This is a very sad fact. So how is it that realized sages of the past and present have emphasized this fact and yet themselves remain jolly and peaceful? They must existentially know something of which we are unaware.

    We cannot avoid the limiting aspects of bodily incarnation and worldly existence, nor can we pretend that our beliefs and desires are enough to save us. Instead, if we really wish for authentic liberation from suffering, then we must question those very beliefs. 

    Spiritual practices such as meditation, mindfulness, energy work, and so on are all methods for questioning the assumptions on which we base our sense of reality. The emphasis, however, isn’t on the “ultimate answer” but the end of all possible questioning. 

  2. Aspire to liberate all sentient beings from suffering. 

    It is not enough for us to seek liberation and freedom from suffering for only ourselves. Until our motivation includes the whole, it is still limited by the false sense of separateness. 

    How can we possibly help liberate all beings? On an ultimate level, the best way we can do so is with our own enlightenment. Buddha was a single human but his enlightenment changed countless lives and led numberless people from suffering to peace. There is no fundamental difference between you and Buddha. He started on his path not to save everyone but to find his way out of the riddle he later called samsara. After his enlightenment, he was graced with tremendous capacity to help others. 

    On a more immediate level, we can help others directly through the practices of compassion, charity, and clarity. When you meditate now, it is not just so you can be free from your suffering, but also so you can be free from causing others suffering. And so you can even start to take in ignorance and pain and transmute them into clarity and love. 

    This is a very potent motivation because it is always building. As you noticed with your own motivation, once the circumstances that caused you to meditate changed, you lost the will to meditate. When your motivation is connected to a universal well-being, it is continual and undiminished. 

But in the end, the most simple meditation advice I can give is this: When times are good, meditate. When times are bad, meditate. 

It doesn’t matter if you feel like it or if your meditation feels awful and unfocused. Pick the amount of time you will sit daily and do it. Rain or shine. Don’t expect anything and don’t avoid anything. 

Keep after it! You’re at an important change of the tides. 

Namaste :) Much love. 

anonymous asked:

The holo deck is probably really gross and dirty... Once the naughty programs shut off, all of the real person's bodily fluids still exist, and they probably just splat to the ground with no force fields to hold them up.

just to expand on what i was saying earlier some of these slogans explicitly talking about uteruses and vaginas may be less than ideal or even offensive but most arent and plus so much of this is in support of vital healthcare organizations like planned parenthood that provide sexual and primary healthcare that is crucial for cis women but also provides some of the only hormone therapy in some states for trans women as well as std testing and treatment for the broader lgbt community…. most of these signs and slogans are perfectly justified in addressing bodily existence  that is in fact necessary to adress misogyny of all sorts and even if somebody wants to shout a shaky slogan i dont really care if its giving attention and monetary support to an institution that is dedicated to helping my community and i dont think its a good reason not to support the marches… i might be wrong idk but the protection of womens healthcare is vital right now and the same places that provide it are often providing so much care to so many vulnerable sections of our communities.. thats just my messy onion.  im not that invested in using these flaws as reason not to participate or support when we have overlapping goals … im still thinkin about it but thats just how its resonating for me now… dont reblog please