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when engaged in the polarizing activities of the waking state, we have not asked to know ourselves in everything. If we cannot be aware — in the state of being awake — of what goes on when we are asleep we have not asked what sleep is, although we peacefully go to sleep every night. Being asleep and being awake are both part of life, and our self can restore the unity and integrate both by giving to the state that can act, the job of acting, and to the state of sleep, the job of maintaining health (somatic and mental) by sorting out things in the narrow environment of our human relations. *** Because we all dream and because we all forget, we have innumerable opportunities to study how these two forms of being — presented to us by the phenomena contemplated — make our reality monistic and pluralistic at the same time, without conflict except at the artificial logical level. The quantum of energy we have is sufficient to keep both our inner and outer lives going. Kept going through the very elaborate hierarchies that we produce day after day, in sleep and wakefulness, in order to construct the unique being each of us is. The locked up energies in our soma, the residual energies in between, all are integrated and subordinated so as to be triggerable by minute amounts of energy that give the signal at the right moment so that the desired consequences take place. The vision of a quantum at work all the time would be confirmed by any study we might make of human activities involving the

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On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

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