Socrates:
Hero or Villian?


Socrates is considered one of the preeminent and most brilliant of philosophers the world has ever known. It is Socrates who is believed to have formulated the Socratic Method of learning; a method still employed today. Along with Descartes, who formed the phrase, ‘I think, therefore I am’, much of what we know philosophically today can be traced to the work of these two men. It is believed that these men and this type of philosophical reasoning have led us to a higher level of thought; but with this in mind, we must ask ourselves why it is that in contemporary thought there is a gap that exists between the spirit and the body.

The gap between the mind and the body, or the spirit and the body, has its roots in Western Philosophy. It is known as the Socratic Gap and it is a direct result and consequence of the formulations of thought brought about by the work of Socrates and Descartes. The consciousness developed by these thought methods establish the gap between the spirit and the body by the supposition that the two elements are separate entities. As soon as you accept the saying, the idea, or the thought of Descartes, ‘I think, therefore I am’, or the self-fulfilling mental sparring of the Socratic Method, your existence is only established, validated, and verified by the fact of your thought. It is not established by your sensations or your feelings or any of the other ways we have of physical experience. It is simply established by thought. This is a conditioning that is long lived and we have suffered from this Socratic Gap from the first instant that it separated our mind and body.

Many people have ideas as to what the exact origin of the gap actually is, but it is not important to focus on any single idea about Socrates and this gap, but rather establish the fact of the gap’s existence and then work our way around it and backward in a different direction in order to close the gap. This gap itself establishes the separation of mind and body and creates the two as being opposite when, in fact, the mind and body are of the same person, and thinking of those two things as opposite is completely without merit. Yet this is the trap into which we have fallen since we have employed the methods of Socrates to create our language and create meaning in the things around us. If anything, the gap has limited our ability to expand our mental capabilities and unlock new pathways to mental and spiritual enlightenment. The gap has created a rift within us that demands any experience fall within the grasp of pleasure or pain, and unfortunately, the sexuality of humanity is caught in the gap. It associates sometimes on the side of the body and other times on the side of the mind, and very seldom in the sexual identity of the human being, which would unify the mind and body if it did. Our sexual identity becomes trapped in the gap, wandering between the pleasure of lust and the pain of guilt as it shifts association between our mind and our body, and as we do this, our sexual identity is never allowed to earth itself into our human nature, and we remain isolated from it.

The consequences that arise from the gap manifest themselves in different ways. The human being and the human psyche end up in a labyrinth of pleasure and pain, visiting the sexuality to receive pleasure and afterwards, feeling depleted and moving into a state of pain and loneliness. This is the labyrinth that the sexual identity is trapped within, and this labyrinth can also be referred to as the labyrinth of good and evil. This creates further problems because our sexuality is the unified part of us that is our creative energy, and it is always in touch with the Almighty, and yet our experience of our own sexual identity is often separated from the Almighty. The Nature of Sex falls within this dilemma, and the degree of separation of our mind and body directly effects our psychological disposition to sex. What this means is that the very essence of us that allows us to create thoughts and other life, is completely separated from us, hidden behind a veiled cloak of misdirected reason and junk knowledge. The very part of us that makes us who we are and allows us to place our marks upon the world is hidden from us in a maze of psychological traps inadvertently created by methods designed to help us cure psychological problems.

The difficulty in releasing ourselves from this trap is that most all of our knowledge and understanding that is required to free ourselves comes from the very source of the problem – the separation of our mind and body. Our thought patterns and our conventional wisdom are founded with and rely upon information formulated in the gap created by Socrates methods. We have learned the very methods that keep us separated from ourselves and the systems of thought that exist around us make it that much more difficult to simply turn our back on what we know and fight against this unseen and shifting foe known as the gap.

The first thing we must do is try to understand all this in the simplest of terms. The Gap exists on the premise that our thoughts and our actions are separate notions, just as the mind and body are independent of each other. The first step is to comprehend fully that this is false. The mind and the body are not separate elements of ourselves. They are the form and the function of our existence and they cannot exist independently. Secondly, we must understand that feeling and emotion are the elements that help connect our thoughts to our body. What we feel is how our body interacts with what we think and it is this interaction that helps us bridge the gap and unify with ourselves. By allowing our thoughts to create feelings that, in turn, are sensed in our body, we are reversing the process of separation. When we have the ability to sense and feel thoughts in our body, all of our thoughts earth themselves within our form and emanate from it, and in this way, the separation ceases to exist. The truth of the matter is that the separation never really existed at all, only the concept of it, which was veiled as the truth delivered by Socrates and Descartes. Once this lie is exposed and we learn to eliminate this notion, we can free ourselves from the limitations imposed by the gap that keep us from achieving our full capabilities and potential.

To close this gap is perhaps one of the most important accomplishments that we can achieve. It is the first major step in building the fundamental base of our spiritual nature. It is the unwinding of centuries of structure based on the work of Socrates, and it is not an overnight process, but once we have the ability to unify our thoughts, feelings and actions within our form, the function of our spirituality is free to sense and know the magic in the world around us. It is the time where we begin to grow spiritually and prepare ourselves for the path ahead of us that leads to spiritual manifestation.

Spirituality and Psychology



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