“Did I not banish the soul when I began? What happens is, as usual, life breaks in.”*
‘One of the deepest needs of the human soul is that others should be blessed through our lives.’**
For Virgina Woolf, the self was an illusion,a dynamic of our brain’s processing observing some things and not others.
I notice some things and not others, and there I am.
We might posit that humans are necessary for the universe to be conscious, to be able to notice itself, and all the pandemonium happening in our brains, some of which some is noticed by the self, is exactly what’s required for this to happen. It’s quite an amazing thing.
Our consciousness continues to fascinate and perplex us. We deconstruct the brain, understanding more of how it works, but there’s always a danger when we cannot reconstruct our existence:
‘We thrive and perform best when we have a sense of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.’^
Sunni Brown is reminding us that we flourish when we find our freedom, identify unique skills, and live for something beyond ourselves.
There’s a story that emerges every day from the ‘raucous parliament of cells that endlessly debate what sensations and feelings should become conscious.’*^
Perhaps this is what Robert McKee is touching upon this when he writes about how we love stories and movies because they allow us to both experience something of the story and to reflect upon it – often when living in the thick of the action, we don’t get the chance to reflect.^^
“Listen to your life.
See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.”^*
(Virginia Woolf, quoted in Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist.)
(**From John Ortberg’s All the Places.)
(^From Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution.)
(^^See Robert McKee’s Story.)
(*^From Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neurotscientist.)
(^*Frederick Buechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)