Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Spreading "I"

The Coordination of everyday perception with fantastic experience is one of our fundamental developmental normal circumstances, our I-feeling waxes and wanes. It shifts in intensity and quality, seeming to vary from moment to moment like barometric pressure. In states of absent-mindedness or creative absorption, it may fade for a moment. It may grow keener when caught in conflict. In the case of prolonged psychic stress, it can become numb and die out. In physical illness, I-feeling may contract to exclude the body. In health on a sunny day after a swim, it may include not only the body, but the entire universe as well. - Michael Eigen

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