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
A constraining force of physical determinants, shadow selves share a moment of intense focus and attention to detail on the ocean edge. Being there is sometimes the only essential necessity.
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand, there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson
Out of chaos
Recursively interacting, the mind and body are discretely connected. Thrown into the world, dualism slides along a continuum gradation. As a formal identity in the physical realm, the self manifests as a dynamic conscious expression with a stable memory component.
“It acts upon that which surrounds it, sound or light, extracting from it various vibrations, or decompositions, projects, or transformations.” – Deleuze and Guattari
Local and remote energy patterns cohere. As an objective evaluator seen in the mind, integrated yet separate from the environment, a second-order representation becomes aware of cosmic relationships.
“The mass of a body that is crushed on the ground is not the cause of that which it receives in return for its vital force–its mass is integrated in this force that comes back to it in order to dissolve its coherence by a return effect.” – Jacques Lacan
It has been a long while since the shadow-self made an appearance. In a reassertion of presence, it seems appropriate to manifest in an infrared world on a warm spring afternoon, as an immaterial subject of consciousness.
“Sitting there on the heather, on our planetary grain, I shrank from the abysses that opened up on every side, and in the future.” – Olaf Stapledon
Reveal and develop
Found, rendered, and presented as separate components unified into a cohesive whole, an abstract geometric appearance manifests. This mereological view is aesthetically explicated in collaboration with the shadowself, helping to establish entity boundaries.
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.” – C.G. Jung
Identity over time
Existence falls prey to the problem of vagueness persistence. The shadowself confronts psychological continuity theories as a function of energy interaction. Such vexing encounters force metaphysical questions surrounding identity in a dynamic environment, always changing and affecting the object of reference.
“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.” – John Locke