…practices of attention and consciousness are almost survival necessities…
Erik Davis (Reality Liquified)
High Frequency Sytropics, a metascape for Artful Contemplation by Lanon Prigge
We are experiencing a breakdown of consensus reality in the current milieu. We can no longer take for granted that we inhabit or perceive of a single reality. In part this is attributable to a transition from mass media to individualized media. A few decades ago we were more likely to receive similar data through news bulletins, cultural myths and socio-political narratives. Today we are exposed to multiple perspectives, contradictory views and diverse myths from throughout time and space. In our search to respond to the world openly and honestly, with authenticity and empathy, what strategies will support us?
The following is transcribed from the video (above), Reality Liquified, in which Erik Davis talks about the role of training the imagination in the contemporary milieu.
“The system is very, very interested in you maintaining your personality. And, in fact, giving you exactly what you want…So if you have a nice little inner skeptic on board, who’s going like: ‘Who are you anyway? I mean really? Are you really that person? Are you really those cultural programs? Are you really that belief you have about who you are?’
Scepticism can be part of a meditative path, of a path of enquiry.
The imagination is an interface…the imagination is a faculty that can be trained.
The way that we talk about smell is as a faculty. My nose does it. Nothing else does it. My eye system really works with visual imagery. It’s a faculty. Memory is a faculty. And related to memory is the faculty of what we could call, the imagination. And the imagination is not just a projection we put out on the world. The imagination is an interface that allows us to engage what is outside of us, what we can’t understand in our own terms; the alien, the inhuman, of the non-human.
It’s really key to have an ability to break through your own wish fulfillment.
So the imagination is a faculty that can be trained and we train it through…intentional psychedelics, we train it through magic, we train it to a degree through meditation…And in building up the imagination, we’re not just building up our personal little reality…It’s really key to have an ability to break through your own wish fulfillment. And that is where scepticism and animism work together very beautifully.”
Who shared this with Artful Contemplation?
This talk was transcribed by Metascape Voyager and Artist, Lanon Prigge. He has always had his eyes on the horizon, asking “why?” of nearly everything he has come into contact with. Lanon’s central strategy as an Artist is to follow the open-ending, using mindful imagination, musing and meditation.