Fire appears in the sky and in the water, on an early Atlantic Ocean morning. In a sublime state, beauty can inspire great admiration elevated to a high degree of spiritual purity.
“There are always some dominant memories, shining points round which the others form a vague nebulosity.” – Henri Bergson
Dance of shadows
Autumn morning vibes, on the edge of a grove of trees, as brilliant radiation streams in. All things are in constant motion.
“Human knowledge has two forms: it is either intuitive knowledge or logical knowledge; knowledge obtained through the imagination or knowledge obtained through the intellect; knowledge of the individual or knowledge of the universal; of individual things or of the relations between them: it is, in fact, productive either of images or of concepts.” – Benedetto Croce
On a nice long walk, the sundry moods of mental life flow along according to the degree of concentration. Interjected into this stream is an occasional confluence of energy, so affecting as to enjoin attention. Such moments encompass the reciprocity of awareness.
“Matter, in our view, is an aggregate of images. And by ‘image’ we mean a certain existence which is more than that which the idealist calls a representation, but less than that which the realist calls a thing; – an existence placed half-way between the thing and the representation.” – Henri Bergson
Light of consciousness
Objective things exist entirely independent of whether or not they are experienced. Nevertheless, sometimes such objective things properly align from an exclusively subjective viewpoint. Forming harmonious order out of disarray, recognizing any reality inescapably is coherent with a sectional capacity of observation.
“Since the seventeenth century we have come to think of reality as something which must be equally accessible to all competent observers–that is, we think it must be objective.” – John Searle
Light of reason
Experience operates from diverse legitimate epistemic perspectives. To communicate about an event, or to have a mental image of an event, or to participate in an event, are three different ways of dealing with the same occurrence. Therefore, phenomenological authenticity points to two categories of intentionality. In this way, a symbolic intention is ‘fulfilled’ by a perceptive intention. Both Husserl and Merleau-Ponty consider symbolic intentions derivative and perceptual intentions more essential. Nevertheless, imagination and intuitive processing are indispensable.
“Our image of the world can be made up only in part of actual being, and we must find a place in it for the phenomenal realm which surrounds being on all sides.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Mental reference point
Recurrent and recognizable events furnish experience the merges sensation with imagination. The perception of an external reality is distinct from that external reality itself. Understanding is primarily a matter of familiarity.
“Philosophical questions are so difficult, the problems they raise are so complex, that no one can fairly expect, now, any more than in the past, to win more than a very limited assent.” – G.E. Moore
Intuition is not a definable singular object, but rather the combination of various cognitive processes operative below the awareness threshold. Cognitive functions are the cerebral activities that lead to knowledge, including all modes and procedures of acquiring information. In this regard, all conscious mental processes can function in analogous fashion below awareness. As a task of experience, all the following intuitional modalities combine in fluctuating proportions: emotions, instincts, feelings, automaticity, fast and slow thinking, reasoning, concept formation, problem-solving, decision-making, memory, attention, intentionality, and criticality. Repeated exposure to a specific domain is an essential condition for developing expert intuition supporting creativity.
“At any given time, many modular cerebral networks are active in parallel and process information in an unconscious manner.” – Lionel Naccache
The confluence of powerful atmospheric forces that culminate in a nomadic hurricane will scrub the earth’s surface. Contemplating such an imposing event from a safe haven can also cleanse the soul.
“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.” – Immanuel Kant
Inquisitiveness is a desire to understand experience that consistently oversteps its current perimeter. In this quest, it is advantageous to accept that that some things are better left concealed, implicit, and mysterious.
“The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.” – Edmund Burke
Cool to warm
Ethereal beauty in the early morning manifests as the sun rises over a large ocean. Forasmuch as movement and time are enigmatically linked, it is beneficial to be reminded of the diurnal source of celestial procession.
“What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night? Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon like an egg, spilling out light?” – Margaret Atwood