Here are a few things about stories, which can be explored through the sense fields…
Is a projection of a story and a quality. Imagination is taken as saying something about the world, out there and in the past, present or future. And what that imagination is about is taken as being out there as well. When it is recognized as imagination, it can be a very useful and practical tool for our human self to orient and function in the world. When it is taken as truth, it becomes a blind projection. We are blind for it as an imagination.
Is imagination, and the world we relate to is quite literally imaginary. It is an overlay of images relating to each other, and those images include images of me. Any drama happens among those images, mostly in the way other images relate to the images of me.
Is a question, an innocent question about the world. It is sometimes taken as something more, as a statement, fact or truth, which itself is just a story about a story.
Is a tool. It is a tool for our human self to orient and function in the world. And as any tool, it is sometimes useful and sometimes not. It has only practical value.
Is no thing appearing as something. Any mental field creation is insubstantial and ephemeral. Like a hologram, it has form but no substance. When it is recognized as a mental field creation, it is noticed as insubstantial and ephemeral. As no-thing appearing as something. When it is taken as true, it appears real, solid and substantial. (Sensations combine with the story to lend it a sense of substantiality, and muscles often tense up to make those sensations stronger.)
Is a mental field overlay. It is a mental field overlay on top of the other sense fields. And separating it out in sense fields (sensation, sight, sound, smell, taste, mental) is itself from a mental field overlay.
For instance, there is a sensation, a story of “pain”, and additional stories of pain as undesireable. All of these create the gestalt of “pain”, and this appears substantial and real when the gestalt is not noticed as a gestalt, and quite differently when it is noticed as a gestalt.
Here are three basic gestalts:
The gestalt of space. There is a mental field overlay of space, of extent, and whatever happens in the sense fields is mapped onto this overlay.
The gestalt of time. There is a mental field overlay of time, and whatever happens in the sense fields goes into a memory of a past (sometimes called a present), and fits in with other memories of the past as well as scenarios about the future. It is all really about the past, since this overlay always reflect something that has already passed, and scenarios about the future is based on memories from the past.
The gestalts of a me and a separate I. There is a mental field overlay of a me, as a human self, and sensations is mapped onto this creating a gestalt of me. And there is also a mental field overlay of a separate I, an I with an other, and this too is combined with sensations (for me, in the head area) to create the gestalt of a separate I.
As with any gestalt, the gestalts of space, time, me and a separate I can be recognized as a gestalt, as a mental field overlay combining with sense fields. All of it is then recognized as insubstantial and ephemeral, as a no thing appearing as something. And the reverse is true as well. When these gestalts are not recognized as gestalts, they appear real, substantial and solid.
The most basic gestalt is that of a separate I, and to the extent that one is recognized – as it happens – as a gestalt, identification with it falls away and it is recognized as happening within and as that which everything happens within and as. The gestalt of a separate I goes from being taken as “I” to becoming just another gestalt. Just another content of experience. Just another combination of sense fields and imagination.
And all of this can be explored through the sense fields.
For instance, close your eyes and visualize your body and its environment. Then notice how sensations are mapped onto the image of a body, and sounds are mapped onto an image of the environment it is in.
Then, find what appears most as an “I”. Can you find the sensation components of that sense of a separate I? Can you notice the imaginary component, the image of a separate I, a center with a periphery?
Can you notice how the two – sensations and imagination – combine to create a gestalt of a separate I?
Is that gestalt different from any other gestalt? Does that one too happen within experience, as content of experience? Is it really different from anything else happening as content of experience? Isn’t it all content of experience?
And is that what you really are?
- a projection
- of a story
- a quality
- sometimes recognized as a story and projection, and remains a useful and practical tool
- sometimes taken as true, so a blind projection (don’t recognize as a story only)
- an image
- images relating to images, creating a world, emotions, reactions, etc.
- a question
- an innocent question about the world
- sometimes taken as something more (a statement, fact, truth), which is just a story about a story
- no thing appearing as something
- when taken as true, appears solid, real, substantial
- when recognized as story, appears as insubstantial, ephemeral
- a mental field overlay
- creating a sense of gestalts
- of time (memories, scenarios)
- of space (an image of space and extent, mapping sense fields in space)