Thank you for dropping in. Tonight I had some very good gin, and the talk was created out of connecting a few dots in my afternoon. I had just watched a Murdoch Mystery, found Bombay gin, had been reading this afternoon about the Cartesian Split in Western civilization after the Middle Ages, a wound that won’t heal because we don’t know where it is. The Cartesian Split is not yoga or a soda fountain sundae. The split is between mind and body that was formalized by the philosopher Descartes, and it became the foundation for modern science and our society, not to mention religion. Philosopher is important, you know. It helps be get a grasp of the assumed ideas that shape my mind and today’s society.
Whenever you feel one thing but think you should feel another, whenever you are in conflict, caught in a worry vortex, self divided by two incompatible choices…The Cartesian Split. So listen to the talk.
My talks are the way I heal my Cartesian Split. When I just give the talk without any mental struggle, worry, preparation, etc, when I just stand there and talk, my mind and body are not separated. I am authentic. I speak with one voice, one Word, not two. That is the way you can heal your Cartesian Split. Find an art, find an activity where you speak your Word, where you are not divided, where you feel at home. When you feel at peace in an activity, you have healed the Cartesian Split. When you are free from doubt, self-loathing, negation, worry, fear, and anxiety, you have healed your Cartesian Split. Your mind and body are one. The Cartesian Split is then the One is divided into Two and they don’t talk to each other. You ARE the One without a Second….unless you are divided by the Cartesian Split.
We all know Descartes from his Cogito…I think therefore I am….This created the modern mind that is totally invested in thinking, thus eliminate all other dimensions of the psyche, the unconscious, intuition, and the body wisdom. But thought are a symbolic abstract language, and when we identity with thinking, we are a hot air balloon that has floated off the ground of being. Now we are subject to social currents blowing us this way and that, having lost out ground.