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The Warship of Worship


Died on Side Mandala

Here is a mandala/diagram we can use to contemplate the idea of our "Other Self" being a manifestation of our binary minds, wherein one "self" is used to differentiate you from me, while the other "self" is used to merge you and me into we. In this mandala/diagram we just happen to be using the idea of Left-Brained thinking vs. Right-Brained thinking as one possible source of this "ME" vs. "WE" aspect of our perceptions. In fact there are many other binary pairs of perceptive states that contribute to the whole "ME" vs. "WE" phenomenon. But as Left Brains are typically very Rational, and Right Brains are typically very Imaginal, they are a very good place to start when contemplating this dichotomy and how the two working together create a kind of "QI" or "KI" of cosmic energy between them (read about the MEWEQI mantra in the essay Mantras, elsewhere on this site).

This mandala show 12 brains, or minds of consciousness. All the right hemispheres are facing inward, toward the center, and are all connected to each other with a web of pathways, illustrating the interconnectedness of all things to one. It is this interconnectedness of all things to a central one that makes some people believe that this focal point is in fact (or faith) a "God" that (or who) affects us all, and that worship of something (or someone) so vast and all encompassing is appropriate. But are we really perceiving a "God" or just an aspect of perception that is a completely natural and, dare I say it... logical complement to a form of perception which most people are typically much more familiar? Is it only because so many never use the realm of WE to define their Self, and so find it so foreign, and discover it to be so all encompassing that we come to address it as God-like, or... is our Binary Buddy really a Binary Buddha? When the Buddha died, he died on his side. He died on his right side, with his right hemisphere toward the center of the Earth, just like this mandala/diagram... which we can call the Died on His Side Mandala! By dying on his right side, we could say that he was effectively saying: This is ME. This is WE. The two are QI.

So... next time sharing of the archetypal realm is desired, lay on the right side and connect better with other people laying on their right side. In the upper right is someone in America. In the lower left is someone in Australia. They are connected. Are they better connected if they are both laying on their right side? Personally, when I'm lying in bed half awake or half asleep, I often notice more visual thoughts coming to me when I'm on my right side, and more verbal ideas when on my left. Or, if writing one of these essays, I notice content and ideas coming to me while on my left side and the big picture of how to organize and sequence those ideas, or fit all the puzzle pieces together as a whole, to express an overall thought, coming to me while on my right side, so maybe there's something to this!

NOTE: Just so we're not confused, this mandala/diagram is not meant to illustrate our theoretical model of existence. By having a negative inside (Right Brains) and a positive outside (Left Brains) it would be exactly inside out from what it would need to be in order to represent our theoretical model of existence! In actuality, each pair of "brains" would be a representation of our theoretical model of existence, with this diagram showing - in circular, mandala-like form - how all the negative outsides of every entity are all connected via the vast empty spaces between us, no matter which direction we are facing. I could have drawn a diagram with a bunch of "brains" scattered all over, and connected them with curved and zigzagging lines, but I decided a mandala-like diagram would be more fun, and make the idea of a web-like world of interconnectedness clearer. Thus the idea of laying our Right Brain down on the Earth is just a metaphor for connectivity to a source, versus the independence of the ME side from those connections. In this way, this mandala/diagram is essentially identical to the Paradox in the Lotus Mandala, seen in the essay Stop Being So Human, as it too portrays conscious entities as protuberances from unity. This one, though, does a bit more to drive home the idea that we truly need both halves of our binary nature to function properly. And... if any worship should ever take place, it really should be the worship of the QI between our two Selves, or... the cosmic singularity of The Absentia that lies beyond our binary selves, illustrated here at the center, with a Mobius band of paradox.


 

 


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