[This particular page of the site is where all ongoing personal conversations emerge, which originate here before then moving to whatever other parts of the site's overall network they take place in -- such as The Human Realm Group, which is already on Facebook, o r My Life In The Movies (that explores an individual's experience by using films and music), or even in our blogs found at Word Press, like Sensing the Way, or Out Where The Big Waves Areand the others. --G.R.]

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Where All Of Our Experience Comes From


Human personality is not a ready-made object: man creates it
especially in knowing himself, for "self" is primarily an act.
                                                                -- Nikolai Berdyaev

Experience is life in the act of making sense. It is life moving in thought, word, and deed to make sense and read the signs of all it comes across. Thus, it's also the mark, the very first indication, of human life.

And as a substantive reality, it always has these three aspects to it: the experiencer (the who of experience), the experienced (the what of experience), and the experiencing (the physical act of experience that unites the who and the what in a meaningful whole). The single word "experience" is made up of and can be broken down into each of these.

With all three aspects brought together, life is no longer merely lived out but actively experienced, and at that precise moment when human life begins, continuing from then on up to its very end. We keep right on of making sense of whatever we come across, all the while living that sense which we make, and this is precisely the way we come to build our lives.


                        Now it is at the heart of my present that I find the meaning of
                        those presents which preceded it, and that I find the means of
                        understanding others' presence in the same world, and it is in
                        the actual practice of speaking that I learn to understand.
                                                                     -- Merleau-Ponty

So, let's come to terms with human experience.* You may already be familiar from early sections in the book (The Stuff of a Lifetime: Self, Sense, Soul, and Spirit in Human Experience) with the distinction between awareness and experience, which is diagrammed there, both in relation to each other and to the world. Picture human experience, if you will, as a globe -- like the earth with its north and south poles. Just as it is possible to travel from one pole to the other, so too can a person move at will from the experience end of the pole all the way to the awareness end at the other, or, at any moment, chance to stand somewhere in between. This is done by choosing to focus one's attention more on the experiencer field at the one end, or on the experienced field at the other. We refer to these as the who of experience and the what of experience, respectively.

(Occasionally, for ease and swiftness, these two experience fields are simply referred to as "subjective" and "objective," however it's merely a means of identifying just where a given individual's principal psycho-physical charge lies at the given moment, remembering that these two are still only the opposite ends of the same pole -- the one which all human beings instantly  move their attention back and forth along each and every minute of their life, in what are the inevitably intentional acts of their own personal experiencing.)

* The book's glossary of its key terms and core notions will be posted on the 'Blog' page of this website as soon as the 'Train Station' page here is completed.

[SPECIAL NOTE (December 12, 2018): The procedure for beginning a personal conversation path --which is designed to help people explore the individual track of their own lived-experiencing -- will be set forth at the very bottom of this page when completed, especially the particular one pertaining to 'boarding the train,' suggested figuratively by the many photos, but also an actual real-time process that is initiated by using the 'Contact Us' page (and dialog box), which thereby directly links one's personal conversation activity to all the other related online venues that are available here as an inherent part of The Human Realm network. --G.R.]

We approach with caution that which has been dear to us
when we know that the intention is to understand it.

                                                                              -- Soren Kierkegaard

Nature is not separate from our life, and our life is not separate from what we experience. Whatever is happening in human life currently -- known or unknown -- is to be found right there in the backyards of our own physically unfolding experiencing. 


In any living thing the organized system . . . this
coordinating mechanism which regulates behavior. . . is the same as that which coordinates all other vital activities, notably those of development and function.
                                                           --Edmund Sinnott

But we now descend from the realm of ideas into the arena of actuality, to meet Man in a particular condition, and consequently under limitations which do not originally derive from the mere conception
of him, but from external circumstances and from a fortuitous excercise of his freedom.

                                                       -- Friedrich Schiller
There is a background, foreground, aboveground, and belowground to all human experience. These make up the stuff of life.
The Background of Life: the times, language, and givens one
can't get away from.

What there in fact is, what is given, is my coexistence with things,
that absolute event -- a self in its circumstances.
                                                                            -- Ortega y Gasset
[ insert descriptive paragraph of the Background component here . . . ]
The Belowground of Life: itchings, urges, longings
and stirrings.

A mysterious power that all may feel, and no philosophy
can explain.
                                                                          -- Goethe

[ insert descriptive paragraph of
the Belowground component here . . . ]
The Aboveground of Life: dreams, demons, things unnamed
and unknown.

                          Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
                                                        -- Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
[ insert descriptive paragraphs of
the Aboveground component here . . . ]
The Foreground of Life: peaks, pits, plateaus, and all of the wanderings and wonderings in between.

His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but
                himself . . . it and its volcanic fires that toss and boil, and
                             never rest night or day. These are his life, and they are not
                written and cannot be written.
                                                                                    -- Mark Twain
All human experience finally funnels into the foreground of an actual
someone's life. One and all, rich and poor, old and young, black, white, red, yellow, and brown alike -- we go through the motions of life with longings, urges, stirrings of whatever kind, have our dreams, meet the unknown and unnamed in our unique ways -- and all of this becomes the foreground of a human life.
    The foreground is the lived experience of an individual across time. It is the thread that runs throughout a life and on which all its experiences are strung. We experience more than we remember, and because of the way our mind works, we remember "more," or a little differently than we experience.*
* The foreground should not be taken to be "consciousness," which has proven to be an inexact and most unfortunate term in that it suggests the other three grounds of a life are to be taken as somehow "unconscious." This reasoning leads many to unwittingly assume that human beings somehow do not or indeed cannot naturally reach or experience directly these signigicant aspects or dimensions of their lives -- a mistaken notion which, though derived mostly from a definition, is unhappily quite widespread. --G.R.

Experiencing Is Never Only About Self-Discovery,
  For It Also Seeks To Discern Ongoing Ways 
 By Which To Steer One's Own Becoming

And What Thus Emerges As Your Unique Identity, 
Showing Itself Overtime In Everything You Do,
Is . . . Your Character
(Incorporate:  Full range of body imagery -- with both awake and sleeping states, past/present as well as tending/future states; dreams as the bridge traveled employing both in whatever stages a person is verging on and becoming -- dreaming: "as a trying on and trying out," the burgeoning self, and so on.  What the full panoply is of major and predominant emotional embodiments are, currently appearing, and the deliniation of patterns/avenues now nudging development toward being more assertive or more receptive than in the past chosen routines . . . and so forth.)
[-- Each section on this page is "to be continued" . . .
with all illustrative photos to be intermingled.
-- G.R. ]