Most individuals who identify as an atheist or a theist also identify with the thoughts their brain produces, unknowing that they are the product of a particular point of human evolution in which the brain is highly developed in regards to its reductionist, binary, and causal cognitive-perceptive functioning; but molded in a society manifesting a deep and unconscious disregard for the development of the brain's natural capacity for holism. We are forced to invent terms such as "self-transcendence" because we have forgotten that words are symbols. The words I am presenting you with are not meant to be taken on face value, but used as tools. You may reject these tools, or you may find some use with them. What I'm talking about here isn't an appreciation of this thought or that thought but a consideration of our relationship with the instrument of mind.
What matters more: what you believe or how you believe?
How did you come to your current thought(s) about life, about reality; how strongly do you hold these like a life-vest, afraid of where the current might take you if you let that cherished idea go? How thick are the walls you barricade yourself with?
We are born as sensitive and empathic beings fully open to our environment and fully alive. Over time, we must adapt or suffer worse consequences. This happens unconsciously. By the time the rational mind takes precedence, our inner light is dimly lit and smoldering. Instead of merging our rationality with the background of holism from which it emerges, we live and die in the pretend box our brain creates out of thoughts, giving silent lip service to an unknown superstition.
Hopefully our thoughts hit something good and get a little leverage to get some orientation, breathing space, and a little light into the rabbit hole they've been furiously digging. Maybe even some help. Cos you might have a ways to go, and stopping is only an option
The unverified belief is that you are or can be fully explained through the usage of symbols.
Take it or leave it.
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