by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger
Each month one of these world views will be expanded.
This world-view has its roots in the fact that human beings are sensory beings, and ultimately in the founded experience that the world around us is also a sense world. Therefore the sense capacity of the human being corresponds to the sense expression of the material world. The sense world conveys objective truth. There is nothing ‘behind’ what we see or hear etc., no ‘real thing’, no mysterious metaphysical other world. It is when we train ourselves to use our senses selflessly, that we acquire the conditions to develop the world view of phenomenalism: to truly observe and receive unadulterated what is.
The master in using and refining this method as the tool for his scientific research and discoveries is J.W. Goethe. “The senses do not lie.”
In short: “The universe in its greatest and smallest detail is an objective reality. In its sensory expression it reveals truth. This congruent ability of authentic Being is available to human beings when they use all their senses to guide them in going deep and far enough into grasping what reveals itself.” Mario Betti
An example: I am looking for the car keys, search everywhere, again and again. Nothing. Then, instead of just searching outwardly, I can stop and search differently: become still, go inward and begin to think along the phenomena. What was I doing, where was I … more senses become active in my inner searching, until I can ‘see’ where the keys could be. Then the outer world confirms it when I find them there. We can see outwardly and inwardly, when both correspond we experience truth. Inner and outer sense world belong together.
We can take this further: in Luke chapter 4 Jesus stands on the banks of the Jordan River where an event is witnessed and experienced. And he is Joseph’s son. He is a human being of flesh and blood with a father and mother, is a child and grows into an adult. One can observe outwardly and inwardly—both observations are true and belong together. Now Christ is in Jesus, just like in every human being an ‘I’ incarnates at a certain biographical stage. Yet now the I Am is in Jesus. Together the inner and outer observation reveals a bigger, wider and more saturated, ‘more real’ understanding. Thinking and observation need, yes, seek each other.
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