The 5 steps to rational embodiment
Every culture has a different set of customs, traditions, religions, eating habits, and way of thinking and behaving. So does every human being. Despite being brought up in a certain culture every human being perceives the world differently. There is no objective perception.
My family moved to Canada from Greece when I was 9 years old and I had to learn new language and new culture. This was the beginning of my journey into the first stage of rational embodiment; perspectivism.
My first encounter with perspectivism was a gift from my grandfather. When I saw him for the last time before my family moved to Canada he took me aside and gave me the first and most lasting example of perspectivism. He recounted the time he spent with English soldiers during WWI. “Be very careful when you sit to eat with English people; never burp during a meal. They will think you are a barbarian.” But then he added: “At the end of the meal when they start farting pretend you don’t smell it.” The smell of food and the smell of the toilet in the same room? This was a very scary thought for a 9-year-old about to go to a land full of English people.
Perhaps without even realizing it my storytelling grandfather had just given me the greatest gift; he gave me perspective that would eventually lead me to rational embodiment.
In school, I would avoid eating in the cafeteria with the other students so I did not easily make friends. It was also a way to avoid the bullies in school. I spent a lot of time in the library and observing my fellow students to find out if they had other strange behaviours.
Observation is the single greatest tool to rational embodiment. There is no way to know why we are here. There is no way to know the meaning of life. The only thing we can know is how everything is related to everything else. We do this by observing with curiosity without fear or superstition.
Everyone thought I was very shy; I thought I was shy as well. But it was a different type of shyness; I was observing my environment before I acted, because I needed to understand their behaviour patterns. I then began to read books so I could observe the lives of others to get insight on how to deal with these different cultures; in my school the English were not the majority.
There was a large influx of immigrants from Italy, Portugal, the Caribbean, South America and the far east all of them with their own peculiar behaviour patterns.
3. Pattern recognition
I became aware of patterns of behaviour. I began to see the relationships between my classmates. I even began to see my own patterns of behaviour; how one classmate made me fearful of being bullied or targeted for ridicule. I was too young; 9–14 years of age and not capable of detailed intellectual analysis. I read biographies because I was looking for behaviour patterns and received a great deal of philosophical knowledge as a by-product of seeing how they developed from childhood into major philosophical figures; Nietzsche was my favourite because he used a lot of aphorisms and he had a very different way of perception. He would draw me into his world and see it through his eyes.
There is no right and wrong it is all relative. What is the right way to run or walk? Have we figured that one out yet? Here is an animated version of same leg same arm running style practised by the ancient Hellenes.
4. Seeing through other peoples’ eyes
Many times, I would wonder what was on other people’s minds that would cause them to act irrationally or in unexpected ways. Pattern recognition did not go deep enough to capture the underlying reasons for action or reaction. Observing my fellow students like a scientist observes mice in a maze was my daily entertainment in class and in the schoolyard. At a certain point, I attained a moment of clarity and I saw the underlying motivating factor in all of them as it was in myself; FEAR.
5. Overcoming Fear
FEAR is the last and biggest barrier you will face on the road to rational embodiment. Fear is the result of not understanding perspectivism, not being able to observe your environment, not being able to recognize patterns of behaviour in others but most importantly in yourselves, not being able to allow yourself to see reality through someone else’s eyes.
FEAR dissolves when you allow yourself to see reality through someone else’s eyes… you will come to realize that everyone else is just as scared or even more than you are. FEAR will dissolve. You will become fearless. You will perceive those around you as they are; scared little boys and girls in the school yard trying to pretend they are not. You will be on your way to realizing your greatest potential.
This is the real secret of the ancient Hellenes success; overcoming fear of the known and the unknown. This is why they were fearless seafarers. They were not afraid of the sea because the sea is not in control. The sea is at the mercy of the winds, the weather, the moon, and their skills as navigators — it was passive. It was not a monster to be feared.
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The only consciousness that can solve the problems plaguing our civilization is the consciousness that invented it; Rational embodiment.
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In the next article I will demonstrate some exercises that I have extrapolated from deconstructing the original ancient Hellenic sculptures in bronze and marble. They were not fantasized versions of reality. They were real live depictions of excellence. They were the models of success, health and longevity. These simple exercises will change your life and sculpt your body into the way it was meant to be. The “rational embodiment workout” is about to be revealed.