Being and Becoming
Being represents having awakened your entire energy body. It is a radically different state of consciousness than normally found in daily life. It doesn't mean you're not aware of ordinary rigors; it means you are aware.
In Being and Time, philosopher Martin Heidegger offers three basic suppositions needed to explore being. First, citing philosophical inquiry from Plato to Aristotle to Hegel, Heidegger regards being as the “most universal” concept and yet through centuries of investigation it has hardly been understood. Second, by nature it cannot be defined but this doesn’t negate its meaning. Third, the quality of existence is self-evident. In each and every act, we use some aspect of being.37
Furthermore, he considers being as a “unitary phenomenon” and states that to study it we must define an ontological world that includes “being-in-the-world.” With this grounding, Heidegger then declares that the new and significant relationship being offers enables us to transcend the worldly nature of life. He outlines being as requiring the understanding of oneness from within daily life as only then can we transcend this baseline state.38
Living in the moment characterizes being, and the moment at hand is the crossroads for potential and actualization. The moment is where life resides. Getting there and then staying there requires serious and disciplined effort, as being is among the most sophisticated of all human behaviors.
Being may also be regarded as a constant state of heightened consciousness. It requires the synthesis of learning and imagination, a condition of artful living. Your first and second energy fields communicate and work together to give you a full-body sense of living. This provides your posture and orientation to navigate infinity. The practice of heightened awareness takes you to more possibility, to being able to handle a variety of assemblage point positions. You experience a continually expanding world of new perceptions and abilities.
In furthering our understanding of this awareness, Psychologist Abraham Maslow mapped B-cognition—being-related cognition—in detail, assigning characteristics and values to a range of behaviors including problem solving, creativity, and peak experiences, whereas he relates D-cognition to deficit needs. Some of the traits of B-cognition are total attention, richer perceptions, an altered state of time and space, and positive experience. The attendant values include a sense of oneness, fairness, beauty, simplicity, and autonomy. B-cognition is a measure of self-actualization and the well-spring of creativity.39
Maslow maintains that self-actualization is everything that a person can become, an ultimateachievement. But we can’t see what we can become because we are dominated by whatever need pulls at us.40 Maslow is well known for his hierarchical depiction of deficit and growth needs which offer a path of learning, of becoming. Becoming necessitates constant venturing into the unknown.It suggests the ability to move toward, or maintain, being, a means of moving with life’s experiences by saturating yourself in each moment and, at the same time, by completely letting go of each moment. It is an unfolding. The conditions of your life emanate from that instant. Learning is becoming and vice versa.
Maslow asserts that “being and becoming are not contradictory or mutually exclusive” and that both are rewarding.41 Both require simultaneously connecting with potential and allowing that connection to give rise to actuality. Maintaining being requires constant becoming and constant becoming takes you to being. Neither is static, excessively closed, or dogmatic. The two take root from a continual dance with learning and imagination, with potential, and with infinity. In this dance you entertain possibilities and move toward those that resonate with core. But if you identify too much with your goals, you will once again pin perception to the definition, to the thoughts, rather than to the experience. That prevents you from awakening completely, removing you from the very essence of the venture. You then succumb to closure, to shunting awareness, which blocks becoming.
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