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The Nature of Thought – Part IX
by Mr. Iain Kirkaldy-Willis,
Canary Islands, Spain
Philosophy is about the human being’s preoccupation with itself, coming to terms with its nature and how that is inseparably entwined with the overall nature of things. Awareness of the world is essential, not just to our well-being, but for our very existence. It is through our senses that we become aware, leading to the feelings we have about matters and how they lead us to do what we do toward easing our existence, as opposed to its being troubled and fraught with difficulty. When one thinks one’s way through the situations one finds oneself in, the changes of circumstance or the contingencies that arise, in order to improve on, modify, re-arrange or alter the direction one’s life is going in, one is employing an inherent capacity for self-organisation.
It is like this for any living thing. Each is aware of its world, its place therein, and has the feel for it that knowing and being itself gives it, with regard to what is going on in it, subsequently informing it as to whether to do something about that and what that should be. We call this intelligence, something that characterises each living thing in its own unique way. Each one of us, out through everything about the natural world and back to the cells of our make-up, with the composition of DNA, particular to them, has the integrity their intelligence gives them, so that they are in themselves a world having their place in a larger world, in some way or other. This is so up and down the scale from the infinitesimal to the infinite. Totally competent about caring for their own well-being in living their own lives, they are also an essential part of the life of something greater than them. Their place in the scheme of things is due to faithfulness to their very nature.
The key to this is to be found in DNA’s ability to rearrange itself within the cell. As science is finding out, mutation is the norm, continual variations on the theme of Life’s organising itself, rearranging itself towards something fresh, different, better. Self-organisation is life. If one manages it, things are well. If it is a struggle, then there is un-ease, even disease. If one does not manage it, one’s life goes on hold. This is so whether it is about you, your liver or any of the cells, tissues, organs and systems in you. Each manages its own well-being for itself, according to the play between what is going on within itself and the domain in which it has its being. Grouping together, cells have become matter, taking on some form or other. Yet, they can as easily abandon form and reform. It makes no difference. It is all the same, for it is DNA activity within the cell itself that gives the directives. DNA at the core of those parts of which the cell is composed is playing around with different ways of organising itself, according to all that is coming at it from different levels in life and from various sources outside the cell, along numerous pathways in the body, in order to do all this more sensitively, with greater refinement, for life to be better.
We are energy. The energy within us flows in organised ways that we call fields. We belong to a larger field of energy. All this takes place in a sea of energy. By nature consciousness organises. Senses, for example, register the frequencies of vibrations in the sea of energy in which we are immersed. Thus, through the senses things become known. We are sensitive. We become aware. And, as said above, awareness prompts action, reaction and interaction. To live, therefore, is to organise, life forms organising themselves; arranging their lives according to their nature; in terms of what impinges upon them, and as a result of what they encounter in their vicinity. This goes on inside us, the cells, tissues, organs and systems doing it, in the context of the body they serve and to which they belong. Creatures do this and are part of its going on up and down the scale of creation. We are sensitive to this too. It belongs to our awareness. This is consciousness. This is Life.
So, here we are talking of intelligences living, moving and having their being as essential entities belonging to worlds of more comprehensive intelligence, all the way out to the Absolute. We are droplets of life in an ocean of being. As with the cells, tissues and organs in forms of life, like us, here on Earth, their intelligence belongs to the planet’s intelligence. It is how everything fits together. Life organises itself in us, around us and through us. This quality, self-organisation, is the most fundamental thing about life. Just because we do not see this does not mean it is not so.
Here is an image/text series in order to dwell on the matter a bit longer.
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