Everything we do in life is shaped by …
“humanness … having the attributes of man as opposed to animals, …
… divine beings, or machines“.
Today we explore the idea that re-connecting with this flesh of ours might be the most important thing we do,
we want to have a real chance
at a future.
“Total knowledge is annihilation
Of the desire to see, to touch, to feel
The world sensed only through senses
And immune to the knowledge without feeling” ―Dejan Stojanovic
We open (playfully) with the (apparent) ultimate truth of mathematics.
“According to the famous 17 century Alchemical tract Atalanta Fugiens the great Hermetic Secret …
… can only be penetrated through an astute employment of geometry.“
Do you feel astute?
I want to contemplate the idea that the truth behind the truth of sacred geometry, is the very fleshy human touch:
“we begin to appreciate that Geometry played a profound role in opening up the mysteries and secrets of Nature to humankind…
… by mimicking the … fundamental
processes and harmonies
“All geometric constructions begin with …
… a single point,
represented by the moment that
the point of the compass or the point of the pencil …
… contacts paper“
“contact (n.) 1620s, “action of touching,” from Latin contactus“
Despite the best biblical efforts …
… to prove otherwise,
… required contact/touch.
Any act of creation
joining with …
Thus (geometric) constructions must begin with two points, not one:
The compass (or pencil) touches the paper only because of the hand that holds it.
The alchemists …
have always known this.
“A study of Sacred Geometry begins with the …
… hands-on experience, the commission of a geometric act of creation“
Ritual symbolic touch permeates our world:
1. Abbr. TD Football An act of carrying, receiving, or gaining possession of the ball across …
… the opponent’s goal line.
2. The contact, or moment of contact, of a landing aircraft …
… or spacecraft with the landing surface“
“Throughout the descent Aldrin had called out navigation data to Armstrong, who was busy piloting the LM [lunar module]. A few moments before the landing … he said ..
“Contact light!” Three seconds later, Eagle landed.“
However healing human touch …
Just because we can sum up the world with numbers, doesn’t mean we can touch those numbers. Even if this world proves to be a …
our experience will remain
The following slightly poetically licenced quote fleshes out this point:
“In all these processes and influences, words (and numbers) are unimportant. What happens between adult and infant is …
… not primarily conversational or intellectual. The foundations of our personality are not composed of words (or numbers) … How poor we would be if we needed words (or numbers) to appreciate a landscape! … The non-verbal nature of …
… infant experience is similarly hard to apprehend and put into words. This makes it easy to neglect the non-verbal elements from which our personality is built up”
“A person could last a long while without touch, but once someone had experienced the comfort, joy, and sheer relief of another human body close, the desire to experience that again was hard to deny.” ― Mary Johnson
What did we lose when we lost touch?
Animal experimentation is a prime example & psychological mirror of, our lost connection:
“For four newborn monkeys the cloth mother lactated and the wire mother did not; …
… and, for the other four, this condition was reversed … Thus, the experiment was designed as a test of the relative importance of the variables of contact comfort and nursing comfort … The infants were always free to … contact either mother, and the time spent on the surrogate mothers was automatically recorded …
[The] data make[s] it obvious that contact comfort …
… is a variable of overwhelming importance in the development of affectional response, whereas lactation is a variable of negligible importance … The persistence of these differential responses [continued] throughout 165 consecutive days of testing.
We were not surprised to discover that contact comfort was an important … variable, but we did not expect it to overshadow so completely the variable of nursing; indeed, the disparity is so great as to suggest that the primary function ..
… of nursing … is that of insuring frequent and intimate body contact of the infant with the mother.”
“By far the most important of Harlow’s observations was the finding that his infant monkeys valued tactile stimulation more than they did nourishment … When a baby is born a mother is also born. There is considerable evidence at this time, and for months thereafter, her need for contact exceed those of the infant.”
Lest we are tempted to brush off the importance of [human] “touch” in our adult lives, let’s look at a quote from a highly regarded business development handbook. The author experienced a series of competent yet deeply unsatisfying, haircuts:
“It didn’t matter what I wanted. It didn’t matter that I enjoyed the sound of the scissors and somehow equated them with a professional haircut. It didn’t matter that I enjoyed being waited on by his assistant. It didn’t matter that I enjoyed the experience of having my hair washed.“
So unacceptable is our need for physical care & touch, that the author cannot bring himself to ask for these human touches:
“I would have been embarrassed to ask for these things, let alone give my reason for wanting them. They were all so totally emotional, so illogical. How could I have explained them, or justified them, without appearing to be a boob?
What the barber did was to give me a …
… delightful experience, and then take it away.” The E-Myth ~ Michael Gerber
Of late my friend Michael & I have been discussing our dissatisfaction with our dreams. For the most part they seem to be …
… a load of bollocks. Perhaps if I dig deep and long enough I can interpret a few of them into something semi-useful, but more & more it seems like a waste of my valuable conscious time.
What if our bodies are crucial to making wise decisions – & without their connection, our heads just go crazy?
Yet when we sleep our body is …
- Are many of our crazy dreams simply the result of a mind-frenzied body disconnect?
- Is our civilisation the result of a mind-frenzied body disconnection?
What is the one
in this world today?
The body is under diabolical attack via toxic food, pharmaceuticals, pollution, technology, overwork, over-stimulation (media, light), under-stimulation (lack of nourishing communication & touch), isolation, overcrowding etc ..
Is the body being taken out of the equation so that our weaker minds will mindlessly take whatever road has been prepared for us?
Without our bodies …
… we are truly
Our skin is the mediator between our inner & outer worlds.
“Never trust anything, not until you can touch it. With touch, you know you know” ― Ron Parsons
“That the importance in human behavior of the tactile functions of the skin has not gone wholly unrecognized is evident from the many expressions in common parlance in which reference is made to them. We speak of “rubbing” people the wrong way, …
… and “stroking” then the right way; of …
… “abrasive” and “prickly” personalities. We speak of the “personal touch” … of “getting in touch.” We say of someone that he has … “a magic touch,” … a “human touch,” or …
“delicate touch,”… a “feminine touch,” … or that he is a “soft touch.” In the constant search for human contact we get “into touch” or “contact ” with others. Some people are “hard” to deal with, others are “softies.” Some people have to be …
… “handled carefully” … We speak of someone who is quick to take offence or oversensitive as “touchy” … Some people are “thick-skinned,” others are “thin-skinned,” some get “under one’s skin,” while others remain “only skin deep.” Others are “out of touch” or have …
… “lost their grip.” Things are either “palpably” or “tangibly” so or not. The “feel” of a thing is in many ways important to us … Our “feeling” for others embodies much of the kind of experience we have ourselves undergone through the skin. A deeply felt experience is …
“What emerges from the observations and experiments reported here [is that] cutaneous stimulation …
… is of prime importance for their healthy physical and behavioral development. It appears probable that for human beings, tactile stimulation is of fundamental significance for the development of healthy emotional or affectional relationships … in short one learns to love … by being loved“.
Without the body we are …
… rabbit-holed minds.
Touch tells us we are alive. Through it we connect to others & to our worlds. With that connection comes the creative power that has always made us greater than the gods.
Human touch requires the existence of an “other”.
I think many of us got too used to “doing it” alone. Struggling on alone, living out of our minds the way some people …
… live out of a suitcase, & trying so hard to make a difference.
Maybe that is no longer an option if we wish to create a future.
The time may have come to create a relationship with our bodies & as well as to learn to create relationships with each other:
“In the last fifty years … psychology has begun to catch up with common knowledge, and all kinds of evidence have been accumulating to suggest that relationships are at least as basic as individuals. Indeed … being an individual may not be such a big prize anyway.“
Apologies for extended leave of absence –
New article …
plus upcoming podcast /exploration on structures
with Michael Skaggs.