Unfolding the Subtle: Matter and Consciousness



Unfolding the Subtle: Matter and Consciousness


The essay is a prelude to the more general discussion of the mind/body problem within the context of healing. Rather than beginning from a dualistic position the essay looks at the nature of our experience of merging horizons with the world. It suggests that our sense of separateness and isolation from the inscape of things is to some extent an illusion fostered by the language we speak and our particular scientific culture. The essay also suggests that laws of nature can be considered as statements about nature's tendency to cling to form. In this sense the order of mind and matter are not so different and it is suggested that such orders, which range from the subtle to the gross or concrete, pervade the universe.