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12606[Meditation Society of America] Re: Localization - starfish

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  • Onniko
    Jan 30, 2004
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      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, Gregory Goode
      <goode@d...> wrote:
      > At 02:32 PM 1/30/2004 +0000, Nina wrote:
      >
      > >The first is that a sense of 'center' emerges. It is this
      > >center that is the origin of movement, which radiates
      > >outwards (through the limbs, for instance), and interacts
      > >with the environs.
      >
      > This sense *does* emerge. But when these kinds of exercises are
      used to loosen one's notion of being a truly separate place, things
      can be different. It can be seen that this sense of center is
      itself a floating thing. All appearances float freely, even the
      appearance of being centered or stuck. So in this way, the sense of
      center is similar to the sense of motion in the visual field.

      *v* There are people with damage to a certain part of their brain
      who lose all sense of where their body is in space. They retain
      normal sensations and movement of muscle, skin, pressure, etc. but
      they cannot tell where any body part is. Whether an arm is lifted or
      down, or even whether they are sitting or standing on their head, it
      makes no difference because the brain no longer has the ability to
      interpret that information.
      The only way they know what their body is doing is to learn to
      use their eyes to check on it and every motion has to be guided
      by the eyes. It is interesting to note that skin and body sensations
      on their own had nothing to do with being able to tell where any
      of those sensations were located in space.
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