The following is a transcript of my video: Where is the rainbow? (Perhaps best watched at x1.25 speed as my reading is a bit slow.)
Where is the rainbow?Is it inside of your head?
What is beyond the Cosmos? Is it bounded by your skull?
Where is the rainbow? Is it inside your head?
Where is your head? Is it inside your skull?
What kind of magic is the skull? It contains the valleys and the hills. It bounds the mighty oceans and the wooded glens.
What kind of magic is the skull? It contains its own self within itself. How can this be?
Where is the rainbow?
Have you ever experienced anything outside of your mind?
So where is the rainbow? Inside of your mind.
Where is the Cosmos? Inside of your mind.
Where is your skull? Inside of your mind.
Where is your brain? Inside of your mind.
” The world is my idea : ” — this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness. If he really does this, he has attained to philosophical wisdom. It then becomes clear and certain to him that what he knows is not a sun and an earth, but only an eye that sees a sun, a hand that feels an earth ; that the world which surrounds him is there only as idea, i.e., only in relation to something else, the consciousness, which is himself.Arthur Schopenauer, The World as Will & Idea.
The rainbow does not exist inside your skull. It exists inside your mind. It is there only as idea; in relation to the consciousness; which is yourself.
The world is not bounded by your skull, but is known outside your body and exists within your mind.
Thus the rainbow is also known outside your body but is inside your mind.
Your brain is known inside your body and is inside your mind. It is a world within the world – a mini Cosmos
The world is your idea. This is your fundamental experience.
Aside – An Unwarranted metaphysical faith: That a shadowy world of matter exists outside your mind, beyond experience, giving birth to the rainbow. A fundamentalisic faith that idolises the map, and blasphemes the terrain. – End of Aside
What is your brain? Your ideas – that is your thoughts, emotions and beliefs – viewed from without, from the second person perspective.
What are your ideas? Your brain viewed from within, directly, without mediation, from the first person perspective.
Look within and what do you see?
Thoughts, emotions, beliefs. IDEAS. An unbounded world of mental content supposedly bounded by a bony skull.
Crack open that skull and what do you see. Ideas?
Or a brain. Dissect the brain and what do you find. Thoughts? Emotions? Beliefs?
Or is it soggy old brain the whole way down.
Ideas within, brains without.
What is a brain? Ideas observed from without.
What are ideas? A brain observed from within.
Have you ever observed ideas inside a brain?
But you have observed a brain inside your ideas.
The world is Idea, that is, the world appears within my mind. This I know.
The brain is an ocean of thoughts, ideas, emotions and beliefs viewed from without. Sometimes it is calm. Sometimes it is tempest tossed.
And what is a pill? A pill is a simple idea, a simple thought, a simple emotion, a simple belief.
Pills are ideas. When you take psycho-active drugs such as antidepressants you are downloading beliefs and emotions. Observed from without you are taking a pill. Practically modelled you are taking chemicals.
But really you are swallowing beliefs.
To take psycho-active drugs is to consume ideas. This is how they affect your mind.
Some are natural. Others artificial.
When you consume man-made psycho-active drugs you are consuming thoughts that another man has designed for you.
Have you ever met this man? Do you suppose that he has your best interests at heart?
Perhaps you are consuming the idea that you are happy?
Perhaps you are implanting another man’s beliefs.
Whys is suicide a side effect of anti-depressants – what ideas are you downloading?
Postscript: the error of Schopenhauer
” The world is my idea : ” — this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness. If he really does this, he has attained to philosophical wisdom.Arthur Schopenhauer, Ibid.
Question: Is the world my idea and mine alone?
Suggestion: The world is my shared idea, a collective dream.
But are all dreamers?
The error of Schopenhauer. That everything that lives also knows.
The correction: Only the dreamer can know, only the dreamer creates reality. The individual dreamer is the disassociated alter of the mind of god. The fragmented consciousness of Hermes.
Hermes is an absent-minded schizophrenic. He has forgotten that the voices he hears are his own.
He is both doctor and patient, and the honk pill is his medicine.
The world is the shared idea of dreamers. To bring this into reflective consciousness is to awaken within the dream.
Not all are dreamers, not all are gods, and not all are the co-creators of this realm.
To dream is to bring forth rainbows.
To take the honk pill is to remember that you are Hermes.