The last variation of the logo. Strange dreams and anxiety this week. There has been death, a wind storm, fear & hallucinations, swimming, gum stuck in my mouth, candles unable to hold a flame, and distrust. I'm happy that spring equinox is tomorrow!
Sometimes I wonder-why you never ponder,
On the things-that we love.
Somewhere over yonder-I always lose thunder, from my eyes when I cry.
I never felt alive by your side-when I lost my mind beneath the ocean sky.
all my love I gave to you.
All my tears have been wasted on you,
Now you’re gone.
I don’t know what to do.
I sold my soul, lost myself, revealed my mind, gave up my time and now we’ve died.
I’ve lost the meaning of life.
¦ IN HIS LA-LA LAND ¦
I met this man near Bandra station. He was talking with someone who only exist in his la-la land!
While observing him, some lines came into my mind from a book called Autobiography of a Yogi;
“You could control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; By alchemy you may earn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; You may walk on water and live in fire. But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”
The Problem Of Perception
Our perception of reality stems from our conception of the perceptional experience. How both are sharpened is through reflection. Reflection cultivates the inner eye. It helps us realise that what we look at in the outside world is different than what we see, just as listening is different than hearing. Without the awareness of the mind and heart — be it conscious or subconscious — our senses cannot be fully trusted to navigate through reality.
Why? Due to illusions and hallucinations.
Illusion is a distorted form of perception not caused by altered mental states. And the biggest illusion of all is that your own perspective isn’t distorted. Hallucination is another form of false perception. While illusion originates outside the mind, hallucination originates within it.
What is remarkably interesting is that what we call ‘hallucination’ today, or since 1830 to be exact, has always been referred to in history and religions as ‘apparition’. When the word first came into use in the early 16th c., it only denoted “a wandering mind”; deriving from the Latin deponent or half-passive verb ‘alucinari’. A wandering mind is quite the healthy feat, if you ask me. Just like how imagination is seeing with the mind.
Hallucination is a sensation which appears real yet is not elicited by external factors. It could involve seeing, hearing, smelling, even touching. In simpler words, hallucination is perceiving things that are not actually there. It is a cognitive phenomenon that mimics perceptions of mysticism, which has undoubtedly inspired countless mystical tales. Epiphanies experienced by prophets and seers is another word for the phenomenon. Unfortunately, ‘hallucination’ has since then come to take a negative connotation as it is often regarded as a symptom of mental illness or mind-altering drugs.
As such, both illusions and hallucinations lead us to what is called The Problem of Perception. It is based on the premise that if both are possible, and we all know they are, then perception as we generally understand it and tend to trust it is impossible. I simply choose to reckon that our senses cannot be fully trusted.