The Empty Mirror: ‘Giving Birth To Myself’

 

Goofy vividly demonstrating the Self-Loop. If you understand what Goofy is up to, you understand the Self-Loop.

 

Goofy vividly demonstrating the Self-Loop

 


I can Understand; but I may not try to Understand ‘Understanding’.

I can do a lot of things with ‘Understanding’. But I may not try to Understand it.

Mind may not mentate about Mind. You can mentate about all things in this great and grand universe of ours. But you may not mentate about Mind.

Consciousness may not grasp at consciousness. Thought may not seek its beginnings in another thought. Concept may not conceive itself in another concept.

Logical Symbol may not grasp for its genealogy using other symbols of Logic, nor Mathematics in the axioms of Mathematics.

Language may not seek its source using Language. Word may not seek its meaning through other words.

I may not seek for the definition of  the word ‘Knowledge’ while in the ‘Know’. I may not search for the ground of ‘Being’ while in the ‘Be’.

And ‘I’ may not inquire about ‘Me’.


So what happens if I do? Does the sky collapse? Do the mountains crumble? No. Something much more strange.

The Axioms of Sight: ‘I cannot see what see’s. Anything I see, by that very fact, is not what see’s.

The Axioms of Sight are the Inviolable Virgin Twins. If I get any one of them pregnant, I then: ‘Give Birth to Myself’.

I look into a mirror. And I am absolutely certain that what I see is the source of my vision. I have violated the Virgin.

In claiming to see my own eye, I become an Object to myself as Subject. I double, I multiply and divide, while all the time remaining myself.

The fall into the Self-Loop. The ‘Cycle of Birth and Death’.


You possess this wondrous thing called ‘Mind’. Right here, atop the synapse and betwixt the neuron.

You model yourself and the world around you in great sweeps of analytic glee. And then the conflicts and contradictions show-up.

No fear. You simply turn this formidable apparatus, this ‘Mind’, on ‘Mind’ itself. [A spot of grease should fix things nicely.]

You just violated the Virgin. You are re-born [‘Born-Again’!]. 


You only have two practical options. One is to continue using ‘Mind’ as if you understood what ‘Mind’ was, which is what most of us do. That’s the same as implicitly ‘Turning Mind on Mind’ in an un-investigated presumption of knowing what it is.

The other is to buy yourself a durable Meditation Mat.

[Do not confound the Self-Loop with domesticated, general-issue fallacies like ‘Circular Reasoning’ and such [a truncation far short of Shūnyam]. I’ll get to them when we look at the ground assumptions of Epistemology and Ontology.]

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