Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Accumulation is the Movment of Becoming.

Accumulation is the movement of becoming. Those of you familiar with Buddhist thought will know that becoming is the root of suffering. Of course, we have no interest here in theories, Buddhist or otherwise, nor in any form of believe or second-hand knowledge. Our sole interest is discovering, together, what, if anything concerning human nature, can be directly observed, and therefore understood, with clarity and a sense of truth, without the need for believing, coloring with thought, opinion, or sentiment. And so, of foremost importance is discovering whether or not what we are sharing together is only the thoughts, beliefs, theories, hopes, or aspirations of a single individual, or group of individuals? For if it is, it has absolutely no value, it is utterly meaningless and destructive.

Our sharing, therefore, would be the equivalent of passing out blindfolds and collectively blocking our eyes from perceiving what is true. No, if it is true, if it has any value at all, it must apply to all human beings, everywhere, throughout time and space. That is not to say that all human beings must understand it, or believe in it, or live it. Only that what is being examined is found to be universal, applying to the human being and the human condition, no matter where, when, or under what circumstance you find them.

Therefore, what is accumulation? There is the accumulation of money and knowledge. There is the accumulation of things, material things, or things of the mind/spirit. There is the accumulation of experience, time as many yesterdays. There is the accumulation of friends, relationships, and the knowledge of one another that sustains a relationship over time. That is to say, accumulation is a very active movement of mind. If one observes, with interest and attention, one’s own life, one is bound to find this movement taking shape throughout all aspects of living, within and in the world out there. And so, being aware of the complexity of this movement, we are not going to define accumulation through one of it’s many forms.

In my view, in order to learn about something very complex, active, and alive one has to observe it fundamentally, that is, observe with the necessity to see that which is basic, central, simple, and universal about one’s subject. That’s not to say that the complexity goes unrecognized. Only that the complexity is secondary to the fundamental structure, or nature, of that which one is observing. Or rather, the complexity of anything, possibly of life itself, is present at the fundamental level, in it’s entirety, as infinite potentiality and therefore never negated through observing the fundamental. And yet, as we will discover together, the fundamental is simple, basic, and universal.

So, let us take me as an example. Keeping in mind another’s example, life, experience, and knowledge communicated through experience are utterly useless to the individual who isn’t actively learning about themselves. In observing the movement of accumulation, actually, within myself, I find that memory is an absolutely crucial factor when accumulating. Whether the accumulating is taking place in the material, internal, mental, or so-called spiritual realms, memory is the basic building block. It is through the accumulation of images, remembered or imagined, and words that allow the accumulating process to take shape and form in any given realm, dimension. And so accumulation is a movement of memory, which is able to actively access itself, in any given moment, through the associations created with thought.

And association is a movement of thought which ‘mimics life,’ for it is able to awaken aspects of itself through touching upon other aspects of itself. I say, ‘mimics life,’ because association operates without the individual necessarily being conscious of it’s operation and it’s effects and it can therefore seem as if things happen or take place independent of thoughts involvement. For instance, the words, ‘do a good job,’ when heard or spoken, can awaken a host of accumulated images that drive one to work harder or better in a particular moment, without the individual ever being aware of their actual motivation and how it takes place. This associative aspect of thought is obviously the response of accumulated memory, for without it; all that has been accumulated may be lost, forgotten, and utterly irretrievable. So it is memory that gives birth to a movement that is able to connect it to the present moment, that movement being thought.

And so we are beginning to bring to light the fundamental aspects of the movement of accumulation/becoming. And as I hope one is aware, the difference between what we are discovering together, now, and any particular form of accumulation is the fact that what we are observing now is actively present and universally operating throughout any and all forms of accumulating, no matter where, how, or what is being accumulated.