An investigation into the nature of reality leads us, naturally, to first inspect the nature of ourselves.
Self-observation has proven that, without a doubt, my brain and mind are of fundamental importance, as the center of the “me”, and the presumed “controller” of thought, action, and belief.
But is my brain, is this mind, no more than a simple recording a device?
A kind of biological computer, responding to environmental conditions based solely upon previous experience?
Or is there something more to it?
Of all the Psychologists I’ve studied, Carl Jung‘s ideas have especially captured my attention, with concepts like The Archetype, The Collective Unconscious, and Synchronicity receiving special attention.
But if I’ve learned anything through these many years of self-observation, it’s that no matter how clearly my mind sees, it’s still limited by the divisions of “I” and “not I”, of “self” and “other”.
And it seems, at least to me, that if there’s any hope for perceiving “the ultimate truth” or “the nature of reality”, if there’s any hope for “achieving enlightenment”, or “knowing God”, that this division of “me” and “not-me” would first have to be put aside.