All Thinking May be Visual

What we call thinking may exclusively be visualising.

In making a decision, it could be understood that we habitually attempt to visualise each theoretical (imaginary) scenario, and make a decision based on our emotional reaction.

In performing arithmetic, and multiplication, a process of visualising dots and removing them is undertaken, possibly with a limit of twelve or so, and the rest is done by remembering the pictograms which are the symbols of numbers.

Letters may be seen to be small pictures, and our process of making them into words (which also create more pictures), is done by a very quick processing of imagery.

This obviously, therefore, has something to do with auditory perception (connected with speech) (ears and throat being more connected than eyes and ears).

Our thinking probably has its impetus from dreams (which are strongly visual) which may go on beneath the surface at all times, outside of our normal waking consciousness.

Thinking would therefore be a constant stream of images, unfolding out of one another, controlled by whichever impetus forms the will of the present being.

It is arguable that when one is asked to ‘think’ of one’s Grandfather, one will imagine his face etc.  If one is asked to ‘think’ of a certain country, one will begin to process (imagine) a series of images.

If one is worried about future possible scenarios, or about regretful past scenarios, one is in actual fact, imagining and visualising, comparing real or imagined ones, and nothing more, it would seem.

If one is engaged in working out a complex set of possibilities for a business venture, each outcome, whether merging with another company, employing new staff, updating the company logo, getting new advertising, borrowing money and imagining its expenditure, all can be seen to be nothing more than compared acts of visualisation.

Perhaps we need to stop thinking of the word ‘thinking’ as having something to do with words and numerical symbols in outerspace, and and begin to blur again the lines between words, numbers and pictures.

Perhaps Descartes should have said ‘I ‘see’ (with the ‘mind’s eye) therefore I am’

All words may also be seen to be conceivable visually, the word ‘the’ to an arrow, for example; ‘difference’ as two ‘different’ objects.

People are not thinking, they are imagining.

Copyright, Edward Mirza, 2016

Meditation as Ultimate form of Self Discipline

It would seem that people stand divided on this subject, and not least on whether it is to be conceived as in any way valid in a secular, or non-religious or spiritual sense.  It is touted as a method of calming down and reducing stress; and it is conceived as possible in different forms whether in ‘therapeutic’ forms of gardening, dance, yoga, tai chi etc., all of which may converge on a form of relaxation, generally perceived as ‘good’.

There is also money in the realm of recommending ‘meditation’ however it may be defined, or in whatever form it may take.

It would seem perhaps that the majority of people might say, that on their terms, today, whether secular or non-secular, ‘meditation’, whether it’s to calm their nerves, or re-align their ‘vital energies’ shall we say, make them better in bed, is something they can do with in their life, or that they approve of.

But it is arguable that it is perhaps the most difficult thing of all to do.  That is, in the sense that meditation is sitting still, perhaps in the lotus position, and counting one’s breaths, and placing one’s attention in one’s midriff, listening to one’s surroundings, and filling one’s chest and throat with air, and having a sense of ‘watching’ all the pictures in one’s mind, for a minimum of half an hour: this, then, it can be argued, is the defining image of meditation as in Zen Buddhism: and this, it can be seen is perhaps the most difficult discipline in life it is possible to undertake.

The sense of bodily nervous tensions, and emotional inducements to move are usually described as unendurable; it seems there are a thousand more important things to do; the worry occurs to one that one may be wasting one’s time; if one is doing in a ‘spiritual’ sense, it may occur to one that one may get further spiritually by going about one’s worldly chores ‘until’ one is ready to meditate.  It seems that people would rather do anything than test their patience to this degree.

But a strong argument in favour of this exercise is that, if one can force oneself to do this, and perhaps in time become used to it, it is very likely they will have the discipline to undertake other tasks which in actual fact require less personal discipline, such as learning the piano, or a language, or a martial art, or mathematics, or undergoing psycho-analysis, or going about their business.

Personal training and strength building and endurance sports are buildable by gradual degrees, and can be the result of a nervous obsession and still may not be as great a personal discipline as meditation.

It is worth pointing out, that although 1/2 an hour may be the minimum, it may be that 15 minutes is a quantity of this exercise that anyone, no matter how nervous, might just about be able to force themselves to do.  From this achievement they may be able to build up to half an hour.

So it is curious to think that the most difficult thing to do in life, is a thing which requires no tools, no money, no special clothing, and no training in one sense, and a thing which, in some way, can be done in any situation (presumably one of solitude, and with some quiet, but still this is not absolutely necessary – even if you are floating in a glass jar in Chingis Khan’s court).  It would seem that this most difficult thing to do in life, is in fact the most easy thing to do in life, since everything in life is so difficult without it; and in this sense, it must be that one is not doing anything in life, but this.

If you must imagine things while you are doing it, at least imagine how easy things will be once you have managed that.