Accepting the inevitable shadow elements as encountered, frees up uncharted mental domains. Identity is an amalgamation of thoughts, feelings, and possesses that come and go.
“What we call civilized consciousness has steadily separated itself from the basic instincts. But these instincts have not disappeared. They have merely lost their contact with our consciousness and are thus forced to assert themselves in an indirect fashion.” – Carl Jung
Thought and life
Arises at the intersection
At a given moment
The shadow self relates to multiple others at an oblique angle, as the concept of the subjective is not contained in that of the objective. Nevertheless, objects of existence are inexhaustible.
“Nothing sensible – whether it be an affective or perceptual quality – can exist in the way it is given to me in the thing by itself, when it is not related to me or to any other living creature.” – Quentin Meillassoux
Nature must exist even if there is no consciousness that is aware of its existence. As the shadowself and a close companion make their way down Poydras Street, the objective and the subjective are simultaneously united and mutually opposed.
“The intrinsic notion of everything merely objective in our knowledge we may speak of as nature.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
For Schelling, the self’s life is not a mathematicized interplay of eidetic shapes within time, but rather time itself. From this view, the finite endures and resists inclusion within any arbitrary totalization.
“For on the basis of this very same perception our utterance could have sounded quite differently and thereby have unfolded a quite different sense.” – Edmund Husserl
Wealth of detail
The shadow self is a form of entanglement that cannot be described independently of the physical casting self. In such cases, aesthetics helps to collapse interconnected superposed states.
“Life is a field of cosmic consciousness, expressing itself in million ways in space-time through quantum entanglement.” – Amit Ray
As a reminder of objectivity, the subjective realities of individual existence are accentuated by the appearance of the shadowself. When making contingent choices, there is an emphasis on each individual finding their own metaphysical way.
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Experience both of the self and its objects depend on acts of synthesis. Because such synthesis functions are the underlying conditions required for any experience, they are not themselves experienced. Certain aspects of existence must remain hidden.
“The thought that these presentations given in intuition belong one and all to me is, . . . tantamount to the thought that I unite them, or at least can unite them, in one self-consciousness.” – Immanuel Kant
Traversing the landscape, the shadowself secures a comfortable resting place. In a wandering resourceful mood, these days out of doors are filled with delight.
“Rhythm is perceived by the creative artist under the veil of appearance.” – Rosamond E. M Harding
Perceptions guide action rather than indicate truth as autonomous shadows blend with the prairie landscape. Between the inner and the outer, aspects of being in the world affirm self-existence when the immanent real of conscious occurrence contacts the transcendent domain of external objects.
“When it comes to conscious intentionality we need an integrated approach.” – Shaun Gallagher
Aesthetic discernment is an active realm of mental freedom in which the self attunes all cognitive aspects. Broadly defined, cognition is the process of acquiring comprehension and understanding through thought, experience, and sensibility. Human cognition is conscious and/or unconscious, concrete and/or abstract, intuitive and/or conceptual, while being capable of generating new perspicacity.
“The mind passes from sensation to thought through a middle disposition in which sensuousness and reason are active at the same time. If we call the condition of sensuous determination the physical and that of rational determination the logical and moral, we must call this condition of real and active determinacy the aesthetic.” – Friedrich Schiller