William James: Final Paper
Reaching the Divine
Here I am….Still Shedding….looks like I will hit the actual ‘highway West’ Monday morning….which is good…now, that I am officially ‘unemployed yet employable’ I have more time to shed/pack/prepare….hahahaha
So, as I was cleaning out my desk (another GiveWay) I found the final paper I wrote for a class I was taking (undergraduate)….an entire course dedicated to William James. We only had one assignment due; a 15 page review of my William James experience. HA!
So, I took a little break from packing and read my paper (been about 13 years since the course)….and I had an intense ‘AhhHA!’ moment.
The paper is titled Reaching the Divine…funny, as of late, I have been experiencing exactly what fascinated me most about James’s work; ‘psychical experience’.
A few quotes from my paper:
“in this essay, I will focus on what I feel created the foundation for James’s desire to incorporate psychical research into the worthiness of scientific investigation. I will show how his works on faith, the stream of consciousness, will, determinism and belief can be applied to not only religious experience but also the claims of psychical phenomena and psychical experience.”
“these experiences, psychic and religious contain noetic feelings; a knowing amongst the unknown. A weaving of the external and internal.”
“when researching religious/psychic consciousness, it is important to examine our Roots. For example, many indigenous cultures have used (and still use) psychotropic plants for healing and religious ceremony; used as a vehicle to reach higher consciousness (the Divine) creating a panpsychic view of the universe.”
“Religious faith, according to James, amounted to the belief that the possibility exists. James argued that ‘all the converging multitude of arguments that make in favor of idealism tend to prove; that the world of physics probably does not exist’” (Levinson).
“A man’s religious faith means for me essentially is faith in the existence of an unseen order of some kind which riddles of the natural order mat be found explained.” (James 1895).
I say: Credo quia absurdum!!!
“In conclusion, if the philosophical and psychological communities ignore psychical experience why not ignore religious experience as they are one and the same. Why consider our subconscious as having little to do with our lives as humans? The possibilities of our body, mind, spirit and heart are Endless. We are evolving beings and should not discredit phenomena because it has yet to be scientifically ‘proven’.”
“The first difference between the psychical researcher and the inexpert person is that the former realizes the commonness and typicality of the phenomenon here, and while the latter, less informed, thinks it is so rare as to be unworthy of attention.” (McDermott, 1967).
And so it is
Now I Journey into the Known yet Unknown…guided by Faith, Trust, Determination and Belief.
Ok…best get back to shed/pack/prepare…..hahaha
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