Yes, you can sense your own thinking as well as the thinking of another. Last month, we explored the sense of words but even deeper than words is the perception of concepts. We did not discriminate it much last time. Now, we are ready to look into this more subtle level. For some people the level of words is what they relate to. To perceive the other person’s way of thinking is to get beyond the words, to get even closer to the core of their identity.
When Descartes formulated “cogito ergo sum” he understood the close connection between the thinking and the awareness of an individual’s identity.
This ability to perceive the thinking and the concepts they use to express understanding and meaning, is glimpsing behind the door of the words they use. You might even perceive their thinking so deeply that you know other words that would describe the meaning more precisely.
If you know different languages you will know that certain concepts cannot be expressed to the same degree of exactness in one language while the other language has a very good concept.
Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) coined the term holon to describe something that is a wholeness and a part of a bigger wholeness at the same time. Before that that exact meaning could not be expressed in one word. I have coined the term holonity to describe the degree of harmony with the next bigger holon. The health you have on a physical level is dependent on the health of the sum of each of your organs, the holonity of your organs. The health you have as an individual is dependent of your harmony with the family, the society and humankind, that is your degree of holonity.
This is sharing my thinking and understanding with you telling you more of who I am and what I think about reality. Receiving my thinking defines a big aspect of me. Together with the sense of hearing, the sense of speech and the sense of self (coming next month) this sense of thought or concept enables you to perceive the identity of the other human being. These are the senses that makes you an aware part of a bigger holon, that makes you a conscious social being, a person taking responsibility for your actions towards others. Taking as much care of their well-being as your own, taking the bigger picture into consideration for your actions.
Learning to picture what another person conveys is the first step away from living in the illusion of your own sovereignty. It is transcending a childish perception of being right or having the only possible opinion. This is the first step towards perceiving that reality can be derived from different perspectives and levels of awareness. This steps cultivate your intuition, it cultivates your ability to think new, to think different, to find your own concepts and words and to realize that you never until now was able to perceive reality in this way. It cultivates your intuition.
Behind words there is concept, meaning or thought. When you start to look at related concepts putting them together in piles or when you start to try to find what two concepts have in common, you transcend the word aspect of the concept and get in-touch with the meaning aspect. This process has two steps. First, you have it on the tip of your tongue, you sense it, you feel it, but then you have to conceptualize it and give it a word. This distinction is the distinction that discriminates the sense of word and the sense of thought or concept. When you sense that more subtle part that we can call sense of thought, sense of concept or sense of meaning you are in touch with a bigger holon. A mind that transcends the individual mind, and hence you are connected to a bigger holon and acquire a higher holonity.
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