Perhaps a way to shed light on where this track is heading is to introduce conscience.
We think of conscience as the internal touchstone for an externally directed morality. There is a superstructure of Good & Evil and conscience is where this battle is joined inside each of us.
This conception of conscience covers any form of rebellion against it. A “Bad Conscience” is still of this form. Even if we take it on as an attempt to break from an established morality.
What is morality?
Mores are ways of acting. Habits. We could say that a morality is a codification of a particular set of conditioning. It is an attempt to control behavior by circumscribing some habits and favoring others. It is an outside/in form, attempting to cope with what-is. It remains within and supports an attitude of Negotiation, Persuasion, and Control.
But what if this thing we call conscience were a reflection of something else?
Within the divisive path we find toxic simulacra. Something vital and necessary is twisted into something destructive and pernicious. It gains power from the way it can easily fool us into thinking it is the only way we can approach the vital and necessary core it masks.
So, what if our notion of conscience is a toxic simulacra?
What is it masking?
We’ve touched on the quietest voice. The last post introduces learning to learn. In a practice like Qi Gong there is attending to forms within the moment. Fulfilling the moment. This implies that we have a way of interacting with the moment. A way to – not know – but enter into the moment in a way that it expresses itself around us and within us… with our … participation?
In these hints there a stirrings of what might underlie conscience in its common interpretation. It could be that, just as with any other toxic simulacra, if we find a way through to its vital and necessary core we can pass from this state of “doing everything twice” and enter into flow.