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Nurture is Nature

In this video Jiddu Krishnamurti is referring to the work of Argentinian doctor Rubén Feldman-González, who developed a branch of brain science known as Holokinetic Psychology, or Unitary Perception. This was developed out of a series of talks initiated in 1975 between Krishnamurti, physicist David Bohm, and Feldman-Gonzálaez.

Once the process of nature becomes self aware through its human faculty of contemplation, the nature and nurture debate begins to dissolve into itself. You cannot separate the two. The process of nurture is how nature is created. One time, I heard someone say, “there is no human nature, only human habit.” This works for me. People use the notion of “hard-wiring” to describe a multitude of belief structures regarding the why humans behave as we do: morally, ethically, sexually, and the rest. Some people will say humans are hard wired toward violence, it is in our nature. Others will say our nature is altruism.

The problem with using this metaphor of “hard-wiring” is that it makes nature into a fixed constant. But nature is totally and obviously a moving target. By the time we have made a well developed observation, the world has already created itself anew. We are quite literally creating our brain as we live. The connections we make, the conditioning we are subject to, all of this is creating our reality, both physically and mentally. Every seven years our body’s cells are completely new. So, to this extent our health is not primarily impacted by “bad cells,” but by the patterns with which we replicate ourselves.

There are a few phrases that stuck with me from high-school science, and one is Earnst Haeckel’s, “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.” This means that the development of the individual is mirrored by the evolutionary development of the species. In a psycho-physical sense, this implies that our brain’s “wiring” is conditioned by thousands of years of human behavior, and it’s physical structure is conditioned by hundreds of thousands of years of specie-al development, which is to say hundreds of thousands of years of “nurture.” And we continue this specie-al development through actions of humanity, collectively and individually. So, the establishment of awareness is not a small thing. It is not enough to say we create our reality by our thoughts and actions, however true it may be. But facing the immensity of our content, in such a way that has the potential of fundamentally transforming our consciousness, to the extent that this transformation brings about a physical mutation of the brain’s structure.

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“Can the Content End?”

Via Negativa

From the religious mystic‘s point of view, the “negative way” or via negativa, is at the core of all world religions. The work of which is absolute self-abnegation. This concept is regularly combined with selfless service, abstaining from pleasures, or in its extremity, self-abuse. These types of positive expressions are not what Krishnamurti is discussing here. Rather, K proposes entering into truth without method.

Self-abnegation, for Mercury Rising’s purposes, is the understanding of what one is through the understanding of what one is not. In this, one is empty of a sense of self and empty of the drive to draw meaning from events. Identity and meaning are self-projected images, or the story we tells ourselves after the events happen, rather than reality as it is happening. It is through the lens of the self that we distort reality. This does not imply a denial of the content of the self, but rather a plain and simple awareness of the content in its totality.

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