bodily existence

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
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.

You are so accustomed to think of yourselves as bodies having consciousness that you just cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Once you realize that bodily existence is but a state of mind, a movement in consciousness, that the ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal, and that, when in touch with consciousness, you are the witness only, you will be able to withdraw beyond consciousness altogether.
— 

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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.

Butler’s second strong claim is that the body itself, and especially the distinction between the two sexes, is also a social construction. She means not only that the body is shaped in many ways by social norms of how men and women should be; she means also that the fact that a binary division of sexes is taken as fundamental, as a key to arranging society, is itself a social idea that is not given in bodily reality. What exactly does this claim mean, and how plausible is it?

Butler’s brief exploration of Foucault on hermaphrodites does show us society’s anxious insistence to classify every human being in one box or another, whether or not the individual fits a box; but of course it does not show that there are many such indeterminate cases. She is right to insist that we might have made many different classifications of body types, not necessarily focusing on the binary division as the most salient; and she is also right to insist that, to a large extent, claims of bodily sex difference allegedly based upon scientific research have been projections of cultural prejudice (…).

And yet it is much too simple to say that power is all that the body is. We might have had the bodies of birds or dinosaurs or lions, but we do not; and this reality shapes our choices. Culture can shape and reshape some aspects of our bodily existence, but it does not shape all the aspects of it. (…) Even where sex difference is concerned, it is surely too simple to write it all off as culture; nor should feminists be eager to make such a sweeping gesture. Women who run or play basketball, for example, were right to welcome the demolition of myths about women’s athletic performance that were the product of male-dominated assumptions; but they were also right to demand the specialized research on women’s bodies that has fostered a better understanding of women’s training needs and women’s injuries. In short: what feminism needs, and sometimes gets, is a subtle study of the interplay of bodily difference and cultural construction. And Butler’s abstract pronouncements, floating high above all matter, give us none of what we need.

—  Martha Nussbaum, The Professor of Parody

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.”

Etymology melancholie

Another fun fact I found out while studying for my exam :D

The word melancholie (English: melancholy) comes from the term melancholer, which means “black bile”. It was thought that too much of this (non-existent) bodily fluid caused depression. If you want to know more about this ancient theory you should look into the humoral theory by Hippocrates and Galen.

“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.

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
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. 

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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