The contours of the soul

A strange and controversial topic… Aldous Huxley at the end of his Doors of perception book says this:

“In the final stage of ego-lessness there is an ‘obscure knowledge’ that All is In all – that All is actually each. This is as near, I take it, as a finite mind can ever come to ‘perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe’.”

Aldous Huxley, Doors of Perception

Now the quote above sounds like a 1960s hippy, but bear with me for a moment because I can feel something is there. 

I wanted to see if I could get a little bit deeper into my understanding of what I’ve imagined as the contours of the soul. They are as if missing pieces of a puzzle, but the puzzle is fully outlined with every piece in its proper place. They are missing pieces that call out to us, we know we are missing them, that is why they are contours.

Well, what does that even mean? It means that Psychologically, we all lack something, probably a lot of things. It means that in many ways we come into the world with an understanding of that lack, and everyone usually spends a good chunk of time trying to find it. 

Intuition is important, but only so far as it can be understood with some degree of clarity and sense. It’s no use concluding something merely based on the fact that you had a feeling, that feeling is merely the beginning of bringing something into consciousness. The same thing happens, albeit at a much more superficial level, when a thought pops into your mind. It sort of emerges from the depths of your unconscious into your conscious mind and then you say it. Sometimes, it skips our conscious altogether and merely spews out, this is more common in children. 

The point is, the deeper you, your unconscious, your soul, it is God’s presence in man, and it knows a lot more than we think it knows. It’s your conscience, it’s the thing that tells you, you shouldn’t be drinking… you shouldn’t have said that… you should apologize… you need to do this… how does it know!? That’s a good question, and that’s maybe something that Huxley was getting at here. Individually, we all contain the contours of “all” but also the “all” needs to be actualized individually. Maybe it’s something like that, I’m not exactly sure.

Hustle it up.

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