Originally Posted by Gem
each cultural paradigm rests on its particular 'dreaming', or mythology, in other words.
Yes. I would also equate mythology with “dreaming”, and coming from Australia you Gem could not help but get an insight into that word “dreaming”.
It has been said that mythology is the landscape of the soul and also a way of expressing the journeys of the soul.
“Mind over matter” imo. is not mythological thinking, mythological thinking is a non-thought rather and can better be described as “seeing”.
Seeing Spirit and Matter entwined in eternal embrace like two lovers, one being a reflection of the other. (Or call it a perception of interdependence
So, in mythological (indigenous) culture (in my experience) you are kind of being trained to be in two places simultaneously in your awareness & not in the sense of in here
and out there
, but here and here.
For example if you are a hunter-gatherer, you are
the forest (oneness/totality of the situation) as well as a unique part of that totality (forest).
Therefore for a mythological seer it is not that big a stretch to “see”:
- timelessness unfolding as time
- the immovable forever in motion
- the unborn in continuous birth, living and death cycle
- the oneness as multiplicity
But that shift into seeing in depth definitely takes one from left hemispheric high beta brainwaves into theta (associated with dreaming states) and perhaps even delta. (Delta as in “time stops”?)
Therefore one can’t regard the body as a mere illusion, it might be/feel empty like nobody’s home anymore, or like an empty but haunted house, but in its emptiness it is still the instrument Oneness, Pure Awareness/Energy can express itself.
So, a both - and
view is a bit like standing on a doorway between non-duality and duality. That “doorway” or “alignment” puts one on the spot and like a tightrope walker, continually needing to fine tune and find balance.