1. RHYTHMS IN HUMAN NATURE



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     Where the stimuli for approach and separation come mainly from outer sensation and involve sensory following and motor responses, the dominant sensations for withdrawal/return come from inside the body out of social view. Wisdom’s venue is rumination, daydream, dream life, recollection, cognition, reflection, imagination, meditation and contemplation.
     The journey of withdrawal and return manifests as a repeating series of inward-and-outward movements, pulsations between the surface of life and the depths, a pattern that weaves on until, after many dips and surfacings extending over many months, like fractals set in time, a larger inward-outward pattern forms.
     Though we have internal sensory experiences regularly, in some situations, and at certain stages of life, they dominate the screen of consciousness, obscuring or even obliterating external sensory streams. This throws us into long inward journeys. Well conducted, they take us to turning points in our own depths. From them, by gradual shifts to outward sensory interests, we make our way back to the consensual world. The inner adventure changes us. Sometimes we are renewed by it. In happy circumstances, the world welcomes us back.











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