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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %HONEST PRIMARY SENSORY EXPERIENCE COLLUSION BLOCK 911020 Because honest primary sensory experiences often expose the dishonesty of our collusive games of mutual self deception, our collusions set up defenses against exposure: 1. by promoting beliefs according to which "spiritual perceptions" are more reliable than perceptions of our merely physical bodies. 2. by setting up systems of authority and experts which we are to believe are more reliable than the perceptions of our merely physical bodies. 3. by traditions according to which the more "dangerous" stimulations of primary sensory perceptions are taboo, forbidden, un-thinkable, un-speakable experiences which if revealed openly and honestly in intimate conversation are grounds for rejection, alienation, estrangement and formal excommunication/dis- fellowship. 4. creating systems of cognitive procedures, reasoning and logic within which attention is systematically diverted away from awareness of primary sensory experiences; and towards the processing of secondary cognitive, reasoning, logical, mathematical, computational, and other non-primary processes. In these ways we often come to be out of touch with our bodies; both figuratively and literally. We become less and less rooted in the physical world in which our bodies exist, and more and more preoccupied with the worlds which we have created in our fearful imaginations. In our fearful imaginations we are the gods of the universes of our disparate imaginations, and fearful of each other in those universes; because we are out of touch with each other. We think in our detached ways that we are powerful; yet we cannot know each other intimately because we cannot honestly touch each other for fear of violating the hidden rules of our collusive games of mutual self deception. We need to examine the logics of our carefully crafted collusive systems, and consider the personally and communally disintegrative consequences of our systems. We need to decide if those disintegrative consequences are what (in the depths of our being) we truly want for ourselves and for each other. If not, we need to listen to the ground of our being, and be true to ourselves and to each other. This will no doubt involve getting honestly back in touch with ourselves and with each other. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================