Updated: May 1
Human beings possess a remarkable ability to project meaning into the world around them. This capacity for creating meaning is a fundamental aspect of human nature, rooted in our complex emotional and cognitive systems. As we engage in the act of world creation, we begin to purify our constructs by imbuing them with meaning.
In this process of meaning-making, humans look into the abyss of chaos and seek to bring order to the world. We create a conceptual network of icons that both name things and frame them within a larger noetic network of ideas. These symbols serve as signposts for our understanding of the world, allowing us to communicate complex ideas and emotions with one another.
However, this process of world creation and meaning making is not static or fixed. It is constantly evolving and shaped by our individual experiences and the cultural context in which we exist. As such, the meanings we attach to symbols can change over time, reflecting shifts in cultural values and beliefs. Furthermore, the act of imbuing meaning into the world is not purely cognitive or intellectual; it is inherently emotional as well. Human beings are emotional engines, and our capacity for creating meaning is closely intertwined with our emotional experiences. The emotions we attach to symbols can be powerful and complex, shaping our perceptions of the world and influencing our behavior.
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As creators of symbols, humans have the ability to imbue their constructs with emotional meaning and significance. In other words, imprinting emotional gravity to symbols brings their noetic contraption to life, transforming it from a mere abstract concept to a tangible and meaningful representation of the human experience. Through this process, humans create a perceptual and emotional framework that they can interact with and respond to as if it were a living entity.
By creating and imbuing symbols with emotional gravity, humans create a powerful tool for communication, expression, and meaning making. Symbols allow humans to share complex ideas and emotions with one another, transcending language and cultural barriers. As such, symbols are an integral part of the human experience, shaping our perception of the world around us and giving meaning to our lives. However, it is important to note that the process of creating and imbuing symbols with emotional gravity is not a one-way street. While symbols can serve as a framework for our emotions and perceptions, they can also be shaped by our emotions and perceptions in return. In other words, the emotional meaning we attach to symbols can influence our interpretation and understanding of the symbols themselves.
Let’s speculate on the biblical concept of the creation of man. Genesis 2:7 - "the Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life's breath into his nostrils. The human came to life".
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The process of creating life, which involves both intellect and emotion, is similar to the way in which humans create their world. We engage in a symbolic enactment of creating noetic structures that are imposed upon the undetermined and unformed reality that surrounds us.
As we engage in this process of world creation, we draw upon our intellect to provide us with the necessary tools and knowledge to create a coherent and meaningful world. However, this process is not purely rational or logical; it is deeply intertwined with our emotional experiences. Our emotions provide us with the impetus to create meaning and imbue our world with significance.
In this way, the process of world creation is a complex interplay between intellect and emotion. We use our intellect to create symbols and narratives that give structure and meaning to our world, and our emotions give these symbols and narratives "emotional gravity" significance and ultimately meaning. It is through this interplay that we create a coherent and meaningful world that we can interact with and respond to as if it were a living entity.
However, this process of world creation is not without its challenges. The liminal space of uncreated material that we draw upon for our symbols and narratives can be chaotic and confusing, leading to misunderstandings and conflict. Moreover, the meanings we attach to symbols and narratives can vary greatly among individuals and cultures, leading to further misunderstandings and disagreements.
Each moment of our waking life is an act of creation, where we engage in a continuous process of transforming raw and undifferentiated matter into a structured and meaningful lattice of noetic constructions. This process can be likened to an alchemical transformation, where the raw material is shaped and shifted into something greater, imbued with meaning and significance. Our engagement with the world around us is not a passive one, but an active process of shaping and transforming it into something that we can interact with and respond to. In this way, we are constantly engaged in a process of creation, where our experiences and interactions with the world shape our understanding and perception of it.
Be wary and deliberate my friend of what you are going to create today!
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Prime Matter is the ubiquitous starting material required for the alchemical magnum opus and the creation of the philosopher's stone. It is the primitive formless base of all matter similar to chaos, the quintessence or Aether.
Noetic derives from the Greek adjective noētikos, meaning "intellectual," from the verb noein ("to think") and ultimately from the noun nous, meaning "mind." (Nous also gave English the word paranoia by joining with a prefix meaning "faulty" or "abnormal.") Noetic is related to noesis, a rare noun that turns up in the field of philosophy and refers to the action of perceiving or thinking. The most notable use of noetic might be in the name of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research organization based in California that is devoted to studies of consciousness and the mind.