CHAPTER SEVEN - NOW COMES THE HARD PART
How does one distill forty years of "research" into one blog page - which by definition - is being read by people who have little time for such things. Not that I blame you, but in this case what has to be laid out is important if what follows is going to be understood. It''s like my friend Krishnamurti says in the video clip below... it's all about "being serious" . Funny thing is that Krishnamurti had one of the most highly developed "quickfire" senses of humor it has ever been my experience - well, to experience... Point being, all humor is serious business... even slapstick "slip on a banana peel" stuff. That's why those who lack the gift find it so difficult to comprehend how those who have been blessed with it " come up with that stuff ."
Briefly, - It, has nothing to do with the intellect... Humor can be refined by the intellect, but it's origins are not imprisoned - or limited - by the thinking process.
So when Krishnamurti suggests that we be "serious" - as you will see a little later on - what he's talking about also has nothing to do with the intellect. And yet, that's where all inquiry must begin... it's the only "turf" we know... So let's begin with a little introduction to the principal players in what comes next:
Although it was an appendix on Perception in a now classic book by Professor David Bohm called "The Special Theory of Relativity" that provided the link between the lifework of Psychologist James J. Gibson and the lifework of Paul Bach-y-Rita, it was the man who introduced me to Professor Bohm, J. Krishnamurti (JK) who offered the first clue. The year was 1975. The setting, the Oak Grove in Ojai California where JK gave his annual talks. These talks were hard work for those of us who were serious. And to make matters worse there was no way of knowing if what you had just listened to, had "stuck". Why? Because there was no dogma, no set of rules to live buy being set down.
This particular Talk was even more to the point, since it was about DIRECT PERCEPTION - and as we have said more than once, the intellect, which is accumulated knowledge that is stored in the brain in the form of electro-chemical patterns of thought that we call "memory" has nothing to do with DIRECT PERCEPTION. In fact thought/memory aka "intellect" is the "dark glass" that prevents DIRECT PERCEPTION.
In deference to those who have never been exposed to the Krishnamurti experience, immediately below is a 15-minute excerpt I chose - randomly - from the one-hour and eleven minute talk he gave that morning on "DIRECT PERCEPTION and TRANSFORMATION". And what is Transformation according to Krishnamurti? It's what Cheryl Schiltz was beginning to experience that morning for a few hours - only more so. She described it as perceiving "the oneness of everything" - but as JK would say "the description is not the described". I can't say more without painting an intellectual picture of a non-intellectual process. So listen to the excerpt. If you think you can handle more - then just go directly to the full clip that's beneath the excerpt - sit back, relax and prepare to be - and just listen... it is important.
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