Dualism is the conception that our mind (psyche) is more than just our brain. This belief incorporates that our mind has a non-material entity, a spiritual dimension (our soul), that embodies multiple levels of healing cosmic-conscious energy. For example, the spirit, psyche, and the body are but the various expressions of one undivided substratum of consciousness…that the altered and spiritual states of consciousness, personality structures and developmental changes can be associated with the particular forms of embodied awareness, mainly the awareness of the subtle energies of the body–and be biochemically and anatomically associated with the body.
Correspondingly, Philosopher Rene Descartes suggested that the mind interacts with the body at the pineal gland, which to him, was the seat of the soul and or the point of interaction; similarly, this epiphysis is known as the “third-eye” (Ajna) in Psychosomatic Mysticism’, such as kundalini and the chakra system. I am inclined to fuse with the implication of “The Individual Analogy.” More specifically, I agree with the theoretical process of spontaneous philosophical reflection as a course in understanding the connection in psycho-spiritual development.
For example, the individual becomes logical or reflective when s/he becomes aware’ that the material of their experience is not at once and immediately available in the form in which they take to be real-as body, soul, truth, etc…but that they have to work by means of their consciousness, by the instrumentality of their memories, ideas, and concepts; in short, the person interprets the data’ presented in their consciousness, and thus establishes results that they find fit to be trusted and acted upon; for, this is reflection (Baldwin, 1913).
I find further interest in the connection between one’s imagination’ as a passage to accessing the cosmic-self. The reason being, I strongly agree with the conception of being able to leave the realm of the actual, thereupon, opening up a Supreme Consciousness’ and an Infinite Creative Energy‘ (Shiva and Shakti).
Consequently, identity development is an enduring metamorphosis journey between the ego-self and the virtues higher-self. It is a passage that can best be compared to the fighting spirit of the butterfly. The physical aspects and forms of the butterfly teaches you the meaning of metamorphosis during the four stages of it’s life. Metamorphosis is the more than physical change that happens between the stages of caterpillar and butterfly. During it’s first life, an egg hatches and the larva is born, growing into a pubescent caterpillar. As an earthbound creature, the caterpillar crawls along the ground. After the completion of it’s life as a caterpillar, a great change will occur. The caterpillar larva will begin to weave and an entire new life will begin. The caterpillar encases itself in a chrysalis that becomes a chamber for it’s metamorphosis into a butterfly. The caterpillar knowingly chooses to die. Similarly, the human being must allow their ego self to die, in order to become the spirit that was meant to be. Again, the butterfly knows that change is a simple part of life, necessary in order that one may grow greater. So willingly the caterpillar pupae builds the chrysalis, it’s own tomb and it’s first life comes to an end. Much like a teenage boy becoming a man or a teenage girl becoming a woman, not only do butterflies have to change physically, leaving childhood behind, they have to go through a spiritual change, through the acceptance of a conviction to fulfill their destiny, identity achievement; this occurring when an individual has gone through an exploration of different identities and made a commitment to one. They know they need to change but have no idea what they will change into, moratorium; the status of a person who is actively involved in exploring different identities, but has not made a commitment. During this time the teenager, lays around and dreams change too. In the chrysalis the pupae, much like the male or female in transition, must choose to be transformed. In the same manner, reflecting back on Erik Erikson’s psychosocial stages of development; In each stage, Erikson believed people experience a conflict that serves as a turning point in development. In Erikson’s view, these conflicts are centered on either developing a psychological quality or failing to develop that quality. This is a psychosocial approach where development is unconscious and an outcome of the inner workings of the mind. The heart speaks and communicates through the language of intuition. And, when one gives themselves permission to deeply feel and connect with the flow of energy within… transformation begins.
May you access your Higher-Self in order to CREATE the self you long to be…
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