However vast outer space may be, yet with all its sidereal distances it hardly bears comparison with the dimensions, with the depth dimension of our inner being, which does not even need the spaciousness of the universe to be within itself almost unfathomable…To me it seems more and more as though our customary consciousness lives on the tip of a pyramid whose base within us (and in a certain way beneath us) widens out so fully that the farther we find ourselves able to descend into it, the more generally we appear to be merged into those things that, independent of time and space, are given in our earthly, in the widest sense, worldly existence.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information, puts all our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but it is ghastly silent about all and sundry that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us. It cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight; it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.
...The scientific world-picture vouchsafes a very complete understanding of all that happens - it makes it just a little too understandable. It allows you to imagine the total display as that of a mechanical clockwork which, for all that science knows, could go on just the same as it does, without there being consciousness, will, endeavour, pain and delight and responsibility connected with it - though they actually are."
In particular, and most importantly, this is the reason why the scientific worldview contains of itself no ethical values, no aesthetical values, not a word about our own ultimate scope or destination, and no God, if you please. Whence came I and whither go I?
…what is knowable and what is known are each determined in their essence in a unified way from the same essential ground. We may not separate either one, nor will we encounter them separately. Knowing is not a bridge that somehow subsequently connects two existent banks of a stream, but is itself a stream that in its flow first creates the banks and turns them towards each other in a more primordial way than a bridge ever could.
The relation that constitutes knowing is one in which we ourselves are related and in which this relation vibrates through our basic posture.
Everywhere there is meaning; universal meaning, weaving and living in the universe forms itself out of individual meaning. The meaning of things bursts like fruit out of many centres. And the spiritual bursting forth in the single individual meanings weaves itself into a cosmic word that is full of meaning. Man lives and weaves with the cosmic word.
Meaning can be in the world because it is in Being.
We come from within, not above.
It is a remarkable thing that what flows out remains within. That the word flows out and yet remains within.
Nothing will come of whatever works they work, who are not great in Being.
Sink you being-you into being Him and your 'you' and his 'him' become a single 'me', so that with him you shall know in eternity his unbecome beingness and his unnameable nothingness.
Your emotional feelings are often transitory, but beneath there are certain qualities of feeling uniquely your own, that are like deep musical chords. While your day-to-day feelings may rise or fall, these characteristic feeling tones lie beneath.
Sometimes they rise to the surface, but in great long rhythms. You cannot call these negative or positive. They are instead tones of your being. They represent the most inner portions of your experience. This does not mean they are hidden from you, or are meant to be. It simply means that they represent the core from which you form your experience. If you have become afraid of emotion or the expression of feeling, or if you have been taught that the inner self is no more than a repository of uncivilised impulses, then you my have the habit of denying this deep rhythm. You may try to operate as if it did not exist, or even try to refute it. But it represents your deepest, most creative impulses; to fight against it is like trying to swim upstream against a strong current.
These feeling-tones then, pervade your being. They are the form your spirit takes when combined with flesh. From them, from your core, your flesh arises. Everything that you experience has consciousness, and each consciousness is endowed with its own feeling-tone. Your flesh springs about you in response to these inner chords of your being, and the trees, rocks, seas and mountains spring up as the body of the earth from the deep inner chords within the atoms and molecules, which are also living. Because of the creative co-operation that exists, the miracle of physical materialisation is performed so smoothly and automatically that consciously you are not aware of your part in it.
The feeling-tone then, is the motion and fibre - the timbre - the portion of your energy devoted to your physical experience. Its source, however, is quite independent of the world that you know.
Once you learn to get the feeling of your own inner tone, then you are aware of its power, strength, and durability, and you can to some extent ride with it into deeper realities of experience. It is the essence of yourself. Its sweeps are broad in range, however. It does not determine, for example, specific events. It paints the colours in the large "landscape" of your experience. It is the feeling of yourself, inexhaustible.
In other terms it represents the expression of yourself in pure energy, from which your individuality rises, the You of you, unmistakably given identity that is never duplicated. This energy comes from the core of BEING, from All That Is, and represents the source of never-ending vitality. It is Being, Being in You. As such, all of the energy and power of Being is focused and reflected through you in the direction of your three-dimensional existence.
All consciousness is interrelated. It flows together in currents, rises and falls, eddies and breaks, mixes and merges. In this great interplay, however, each identity, however brief in usual terms, is never annihilated. It is indeed inviolate. On the other hand, it also forms affiliations with other identities, for there are psychic formations as there are physical ones.
Your own purposes, intents and desires attract to you, so to speak, those other "fragments" of consciousness that mix and match to form your psychological being as, for example, atoms and molecules mix and merge to form your physical being.
You shall not know the limits of the psyche, no matter how much you go about it, so deep is its logos.