Monday, August 3, 2009

Accumulation is the Movment of Becoming: Part 5.

So we continue to examine the accumulating movement in order to make sure we are observing the entire process clearly, without leaving anything unseen. We were saying that basically, this movement requires, or begins, with the capacity of the human brain to remember, with memory. And that essentially, memory is the image and the word, or rather images, remembered or imagined, symbols, abstract images, and words, language and meaning. But let us now go into the nature of memory a little more. For when memory functions in a normal, healthy fashion, it’s ability to combine and retain image, symbol, and word creates a sort of hybrid not possible prior to the involvement of memory.

This hybrid has come to be called knowledge and it holds great significance in terms of the success of the accumulating movement. Later on we will go into, and therefore be able to discern between, for example, knowledge and observation, but for now let us stick to inquiring into, and bringing to light, the complete movement of accumulation and therefore attempt to, as accurately as possible, define and distinguish between it’s many active principles. Knowledge is retained in memory at what we can refer to as the crossroads of image and word. Another word for this crossroad would be experience. Knowledge is born from experience and experience is recorded in memory essentially through the impressions of past phenomena accompanied by the continuity of the associated words.

These impressions can either be firsthand, meaning directly lived through and sensed by the individual recording them, or secondhand, mainly what we have come to refer to as education, or the accepting of others experience and subsequent knowledge of things. But please bear in mind, that experience is only experience when the word, thought, is involved, lending the focused power of continuity to the impressed images in mind. Living in the world we share today, with so many years of past experience and knowledge being passed down, much of our knowledge is only of the word, or rather of the secondhand nature. And as one can see, the word is an easy symbol for the mind to record, and remember in its entirety, and therefore the continuity it creates a strong binding force in the accumulating movement.

However, again, let us view this with caution, because the word is an abstraction of something it is attempting to represent in the mind, and therefore creating, once again, space for delusion to set in. Let us now turn our attention to firsthand experience, or that which one has lived through directly. First of all, what becomes apparent to me is that experience is always of the past, and therefore its very existence depends upon memory. The past only exists in the memory of those holding it. (We have expanded the influence of the past through the written word, film recording, etc. which function as external memory banks, retaining knowledge for humanity to have access to collectively.)

Experience seems to be the recording of an event, for example, and the commentary that lends a certain life to that recording. The combination of the two, in memory, is what I am referring to as experience, which lends itself to creating knowledge, the distilling of what ‘was experienced’ through assimilating it with all one has accumulated as knowledge prior to this event. Notice that I am making a distinction between the actual event and the recording of that event in memory. I am not saying that the actual event is an experience, I am saying that the event, however it is retained and remembered in memory, and the commentary attached to it in one’s mind, is the experience. I clarify this point only so that we understand one another. Therefore, all experience is a movement, a process, of the past, of memory. It takes place in the space created through retaining something in memory that has already happened.

This brings us to a very interesting point concerning thought as well. Thought is also a movement that is of the past. Thought has a divorcing quality to it, meaning when thought is operating remembrance is active and therefore one’s attention is in and of the past, divorced somewhat from the present moment at hand. It is due to this quality of thought, an aspect of its nature, that thought relates to the present moment by creating bridges of comparison, measurement, conclusion, opinion, knowledge, and it’s directing principle. These are the relationships thought, the past (remembered present moments), has with the active present.