12606[Meditation Society of America] Re: Localization - starfish
- Jan 30, 2004--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Gregory Goode
> At 02:32 PM 1/30/2004 +0000, Nina wrote:used to loosen one's notion of being a truly separate place, things
> >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
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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