“Collaborative problem solving involves much more than the mere exchange of information and orchestration of activity. It involves actively prompting the other to work harder at certain aspects of a problem, and allowing the other to focus your own attention in places you might otherwise ignore.”-Andy Clark
Thinking about thinking…dreaming about dreaming…and developing a meta- language to model hyper-realities…
On the night of April 30th, the year 2017, I had a lucid dream-
I am in a lucid state. I see two women at an elevator and I approach. One of the women gets taller, then I get taller. I say," I want better companionship on the Astral-and on the Earth."
I look at my dream hand. In my dream hand I see a round, golden, radiant medallion and a face appears upon it and I ask," Is there a relationship between the Astral, the Imagination and the Earth?"
I see an image, quite impossible to describe. It is like the backstage process of putting on an opera, or a movie, there are lots of wires and pulleys but they are also like arteries and veins. There is a sense of an ‘us’ but it is an invisible presence and an upward feeling movement and I wonder about what I am seeing/sensing. Some kind of cosmic organism, pulsing, throbbing, undulating…
I am working with elderly people. I work with an organization-I am a go between-and I arrange the elderly man’s place, I set up his environment. Then I leave that place and I walk outside, a public street, but empty, and notice iced over buildings, lots of ice.
I turn around and go in another direction and meet an image of my little brother, as a child. His clothing is messed up, looking lost and I embrace him and say," Thank God." I feel grateful that we are re-united. ( A meta-reflection…On Earth as it is in Heaven?)
I see the Old Man that I was working for giving a talk/demonstration with elaborate drawings on a board. I watch with satisfaction from the back of a crowded conference room. A woman, who is my supervisor, says," I can see your influence on his presentation."
I reply," It is best that he is doing it on his own."
Then, I am in a wheel chair, one of the elderly, being given assistance, at the conference. End of Lucid Dream. Re-enter physical reality, with good recall and feeling refreshed and alert.
Questions and reflections
How to contrast/ compare meta-perspectives?
How or what is the Observer?
How to put the Aperspectival into a linguistic formula that others can follow?
How do we model the modeler of Alternate-Realities in the making?
It is my belief that Gebser’s Aperspectival is happening in lucid dreams, OBE’s and various other kinds of altered states of consciousness by some ( not all) practioners. What appears as a monster may turn into an ally. We are fluid and in between shapes and sizes, much as Alice, morphs in odd ways, falls through holes, goes through mirrors, etc.
As, Moderns, or Ultra Moderns, or what I would call Alter-Moderns, we have presumably developed a capacity for reentering an indicated space and reflecting upon that re-entry. This is what I would call a Self-reflexive move ( not to be confused with Self-reflective-a very different metaphorical construct). Taking perspectives, is how the Modern Mind ( the Alter-Modern Mind) elaborates upon the Magical and Mythic structures in a direct way.
Past-Present-Future are improvisations upon a Theme, a Motif, that the Participant/Observer shapes and is shaped by.
What is the nature of ‘joint attention’ in the Lucid or OBE?
Is this ‘joint attention’ similar or different from the ’ joint attention’ in the waking state?
What is the different phenomenology of these differently labeled states of consciousness?
Who or what comes up with these labels?
What is the nature of an action plan when all of these various capacities are developed further?
And when it is impossible to describe, then what happens?
What new metaphorical constructs will arise?
As Donna Haraway says," The Imagination is Physical."
I agree but maybe not in the way she means. I will discuss this among the members of my Mandala.