Language and Mind
In the traditions of Classical Science, the nature of Mind and its mode of apprehending reality is a vital part of all medical teachings. These various disciplines reveal how our often unconscious, culturally derived assumptions form the patterns of thought processes we habitually use to understand the nature of the world around us.
The following is a discussion of the initial parameters used in the different traditions of Classical Medicine to define Mind and its connection to reality and identity.
The term that best expresses the full event of Reality as apprehended by the Mind’s clear Consciousness (Buddhi) is Tathata. Usually translated as ‘thus-ness’, ta-tha-ta is a movement of consciousness, or apprehension, in which there exists no mental differentiation of subject-object, no separateness of seer and seen.
An example of this form of perception when applied in medical practice to diagnostics is pulse diagnosis. When one ‘feels’ the pulse, or observes the way in which the bio-physical energies are creating the dynamic processes of the organism—one is not so much observing an ‘object’ as one is going beyond the subject-object relationship through an expansion of consciousness and apprehending the functional patterns of the patient directly.
Dharma – Dhatu; Energy and Matter
The concept most likely to satisfy the needs of formulating the energy-matter configuration applicable to medical science from the standpoint of the consciousness isDharma-dhatu. Dharma refers to the universal principles involved in the Mind’s evolutionary processes and its apprehension of phenomena, such as Sunyata (Void) and Tathata, while Dhatu refers to the world of matter, energy, and form. Dharma andDhatu are inseparable and operate simultaneously on all levels of reality.
The Void, Sunyata, and Form, Dhatu, are mutual expressions of one another and reveal that neither form nor phenomena exist in an independent, permanent state of existence. The Void (an image of the Element of Space, Akasha) can be said to be the ground from which all Form arises and into which all Form dissolves. In reality Sunyataand Dhatu do not express different conditions but are simultaneously present depending on Viewpoint of the observer. The Void is not “outside” of matter—does not create a duality of matter/non-matter, but rather is the point at which matter is eternally Becoming, revealing itself as a transient expression of the cosmic Creation. In other words, the Void is not a state of matter-less, featureless, non-being, but is the quality behind change—the ’space’ in which all processes occur and which is innate in the very nature of Form itself—the ‘emptiness’ within which the features of transformation occur.
Energy and Form
The flux and flow of dynamic events and their qualities is the underlying cause of all phenomena. It is the qualifier of all manifestation and is the basis for the parameters of Change that is the ground of reality. Reality is the dynamic nature of Change. The nature of phenomena is Change.
Energy has vector.
A vector’s dynamic nature is comprised of the ever-changing matrix of the infinite number of conditions from which it arises.
Energy vectors oscillate on all levels, and their local manifestations create change in all events on the level of the universal field through the resonance of the local event itself (which is not limited to either the nature of particles or waves, but more a reflection of the primary motive of Creation).
Primary, simple archetypal principles create vector.
Vector expresses itself in event and form.
Form is a dynamic, transient expression of the vectors from which it was created.
Form is neither static nor permanent, being dependent on the dynamic nature of the vectors by which it is sustained.
Thought is transient Form created by vectors arising in the dynamic field of relationships.
Thought and Form are void of permanent, independent existence, but contain Identity.
Form has Identity.
Identity has Form.
Identity is a Form-fulfilling process.
Form is an identity fulfilling process.
Form arises from a Ground of infinite relational conditions.
All Forms reflect an infinite relational and conditional background, and reflect this background unrestrictedly in their Identity.
Because Form dynamically reflects an infinite relational and conditional background, this background is continually at work within and upon the Form itself, making Form transient, devoid of permanent, immutable, independent self-seperatness.
Because Form reflects an infinitely relational and conditional background, any Change in form, in turn, effects its entire background.
Form is a matrix of infinite conditions occurring locally.
Form always attempts to express a quality of functional equilibrium in relationship to the dynamic energies from which it arose. Equilibrium is a universal principle that pervades the cosmos and is shared by all energy/matter events creating a Unity within all relationships.
Dynamic Equilibrium the Foundation of Form and Identity
Dynamic Equilibrium is the life within the ‘pulse’ of an individual’s evolution, integrating and reflecting the constant transformations and changes occurring within the organism. It expresses the activity of Creation and the infinitely conditioned background to which it belongs.
Dynamic Equilibrium is not a static condition of ‘balance’ but a highly dynamic intra-relatedness that arises from the organism’s sharing in a field of both local and universal events simultaneously. It insures the integrity of an organism’s own evolutionary processes, the principles characteristic of its life form, and the mode of relationships through which it functions.
There is thusly a two-fold aspect to every individuation process. One is unity and universality, the relationship to life principles that are shared in common; and the other, the individual’s dharma, which represents the specific expression of the organisms own unique an infinitely conditioned life principle.
This two-fold aspect is constantly resolved however in that an individual’s dharma is ultimately an expression of the universal principles comprising all dharmas, and thereby forms the concept we call Compassion as the spiritual unfolding of each human potential.
This pulse of dynamic equilibrium is characterized by the Form-creating and Form-dissolving events of transformation and change. These events operate constantly together and represent the composite nature of Life itself. Inherent in the concept of dynamic equilibrium is that at its most fundamental levels it has no fixed point of origin, no ‘container’ exclusive to the organism as a separate entity. The functional stability of an organism is a complex matrix of relative factors that are intimately active throughout the universe as a whole. We must therefore re-evaluate our concepts of space and time in order to fully understand the holistic concepts of Classical Medicine.
The three dimensional Cartesian universe made up of concepts like ‘inner/outer’, ‘then and now’, and the ‘individual’ contra the ‘universal’, are only relatively applicable and do not represent absolute conditions. The diagnostic practice of Classical Medicine contains parameters that are concerned with the multi-dimensionality of an individual’s functions. These cover a vast range of mutual influences ranging from diet, psychological and spiritual attitudes, and meteorological conditions, to the energetic effects of landscape and milieu, as well as cosmic influences mediated via the cosmos and solar systems. This presents us with a view of the organism in which there is virtually no absolute seperatness and that identity is best understood as being a manifest field of dynamic integral relationships held together by a principle of Identity. This principle is called Ahamkara in Sanskrit, and is defined as the ‘identity forming matrix’ that underlies and is the foundation of all form events including the body and mind.
All descriptions of phenomena are dependent upon the relative point of View from within which they operate.
Form is non-Form becoming.
Non-Form is Form becoming.
All phenomena share this Ground of infinitely relational and conditional background but are comprised of differentiated transient Forms.
Living systems are formative responses to the basic process of dynamic Creativity within an infinitely relational, universal, and conditional environment. The Classical sciences have always taught this, and today we see these perspectives in the development of Quantum Physics in the Western sciences.