Why are emotions referred to as illogical?
>> In your description of Netzach in the 8T meditation project, you describe you describe it as "the realm wherein the universal emotional archetypes intersect with personal expression. This intersection is pre-rational. It happens at an immediate, spontaneous, illogical, experiential level." I can see how logically analyzing an emotion can never come close to re-creating it, and I know how different people can respond to the same environment with different emotions because of the characteristics of their psyche, but the mechanisms causing the emotions seem quite logical and consistent. For example, based on the features shown by another person, I might "peg" as representing a certain archetype or collection of archetypes, and based on how I perceive myself, I create or avoid creating a relationship with the person based on how I perceive the two archetypes relate to each other. Even though this relationship could be quite complex and based on prior experience, given enough introspection it still seems like a clear, logical description of the relationship could be produced, even if that description were but a snapshot of the continual development of the relationship. Of course, this is an example of reason interceding after the fact, but I think the fact that it can be described like this at all shows the action of a logical, if sometimes shortsighted, mechanism at work. <<
You may be able to rationalize *about* emotions, and often to good end, but the *immediate experience* of emotion does not involve the rational intellect. The rational intellect can, after the direct *experience* of emotion, analyze and respond to the emotion but it cannot *experience* the emotion, it cannot *feel* the emotion. What it *can* do is understand the emotion, respond to the emotion and dictate the expression of the emotion. But again, in the immediate, direct *experience* of emotion, ration plays no part.
This is the *direct perception of emotional significance*, through which one can also *in-directly* perceive the underlying, informative, essential meaning. For the most part we are unaware of this *direct* perception of emotional significance. The Netzach Meditation Ritual is about intentionally exposing yourself to this *direct* perception of emotional significance through closely examining the immediate experience of interacting with the anthropomorphized archetypes.
This same can be achieved less dramatically (smile) by simple meditation and observation of self. You must focus your attention inwardly to such a sharp point that you are aware of the arising of an emotion *as it occurs*. By this sort of microscopic self-observation, you will come to know, through direct personal *experience*, a great deal about the mechanics of perception.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
10 April 2004