Phenomenal & Noumenal

Over the last couple of posts I having been discussing the concept of Phenomenology as it relates to perception and time. Right now, I am going to further complicate the concepts of Phenomenology, perception, and time by throwing a monkey wrench into the equation as I focus on 2-worlds.  Posts to come will address Phenomenology as it relates to two different worlds that play a major role in the Theory of Balanceology and the Balancetherapy Treatment Model.  For me, an understanding of these 2-worlds became a significant factor for me in realizing the degree and amount of self-growth and self-evolution that can happen in my life if I understood and activated both of these worlds. An understanding of these 2-worlds can become a major factor in helping satisfy basal, deeper, and higher needs. I previously hinted at these 2-worlds when I reviewed consciousness and unconsciousness (review previous posts).


Chronos vs. Kairos

Kairos is an ancient Greek word that basically means the right moment (opportune moment) to do something. The ancient Greeks had two views of time: 1.) chronos time is quantitative and sequential time that involves seconds, minutes, hours, days, and 2.)  kairos time is qualitative and present time  where special happenings can take place. Kairos is about not being frivolous or to fritter away the use of our time. Kairos time is unequivocally seizing the moment, impeccable timing, doing something special, and working with fate. I view kairos time as overlapping with carpe diem, or seizing the day. Kairos is the realization that “timing can be everything!” Kairos is an appreciation that experiences in our life are often about timing:  i. e. there is a time to get in <> there is a time to get out. I review kairos time again in later posts when I discuss making the most out of Jump-Time and Jump-Start.


Time Flows

Time flows is a feature of time. There is no distinct demarcation time-line of what we experience since time is in motion. All of our experiences unfold and flow into one another. Henri Bergson viewed time according to duree (duration). Duree makes time a process that is enduring, dynamic, continuous, and flowing. Remember, I consider consciousness and thinking as processes. Anthony Peake said, “you are traveling along a timeline of perception.” (2006) Time swiftly unfolds and moves along bumping into ever new experiences and leaving behind our perceptions of those experiences. It was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who advised, “use well your time, so swiftly it runs on.” (Trans, 1961) For classical macro- scopic time there is the arrow of time —> a one-way directional time-line. Classical time is the straight-line sequential movement of time and the changes in time. However, in Nature straight lines are rare. For quantum microscopic time, there is an arrow of time that can non-sequentially move up and down, or even sideways (wave-particle time).

time flows


Phenomenology includes our experience-in-time.  I now know and can appreciate that whatever events  we experience, and our perceptions of them, is of energy-matter happening in space-time. Life is our experiences and our perceptions taking place in time.  I point out that one consequence of Albert Einstein’s E = mc2  equation was the collapse of absolute time. I emphasize that no matter how time is defined or how it is viewed, the very presence and essence of time implies change.  In a previous post, when I discussed evolution, I referred to change as unfolding. In reality, all of our experiences and their perceptions involve time and change:  Time changes:  Experiences and events change.  Time changes:  Consciousness changes (awake/alert). Time changes:  Awareness can change (cognitio sensibilis perception of the experience).  Time changes:  Comprehension can change (cognitio intellectualis perception of the experience).  Time changes:  Knowledge can change (useable knowledge may increase). I remind the readers that the CACK Model concerns consciousness, awareness, comprehension, and knowledge.

experiences in time

Human Perception

Human perception is the individual manner in which each of us views the world from our own solipsistic window. Our perception depends on our unique brain’s quantum-chemical-electrical make-up, temperament, developmental characteristics, etc. All of us perceive the world differently. My experiences are not anyone else’s experiences. My perceptions are not anyone else’s perceptions. Thus, my cognitive interpretations of the world will be different from the readers. In order to better understand ourselves, we have to put forth a real effort to empathetically enter  our perceptual world. I have to put forth a real effort to think about (cognitio sensibilis + cognitio intellectualis), and bring to awareness and comprehension of my phenomenal world. To attempt to empathetically enter and understand another person’s phenomenological perceptual world requires an even greater effort be put forth.

In my construction of the Theory of Balanceology, I came to view phenomenology as a unifying concept for consciousness, awareness, comprehension, and the acquiring of new knowledge. Individual unique perceptional experiences play a important role in the initial awareness (concrete thinking), and enhanced awareness and comprehension (critical thinking) components of the CACK Model. I now understand phenomenology as an inclusive concept when it comes to gathering phenomenal data that can lead to useable knowledge (more to come). Phenomenology can be a significant unifying and inclusive concept for self-evolutionary growth if individually we come to an awareness, comprehension, and understanding of the unique nature of our own perceptual experiences

human perception

Perceptual Experiences

I stress in my discussion of Phenomenology, that the levels of perceptual experiences correlate with the levels of conscious alertness and awakefulness. The average person only experiences a small percentage of sensory perceptual input. Perception is like a “moving train” and we just can’t perceive, absorb and think about all of our experiences. We are constantly being bombarded environmentally by stimuli.   Sensorial experiences  give quantum-electro-chemical input to the brain.  They can be experiences related to the physical environment or related to family, social activities, and work situations. Whatever we experience comes down to our perception of those experiences that are constantly barraging us. Our very existence and our quality of life involve the many experiences we are inundated with and our perceptions, alertness, awareness, and comprehension of them. Life is about what we experience and what we have unexperienced. I deem thinking as the key ingredient or nexus between a conscious experience and bringing awareness and comprehension to the perception of that experience;  i.  e. experience —> thinking —-> perception. I interpret and I view perception as pertaining to consciousness and thinking at two levels:  1.) cognitio sensiblis – is raw data knowledge by way of our senses (visual-seeing, auditory-hearing, gustatory-tasting, olfactory-smelling, and tactile-touching). It allows for concrete thinking awareness and perception of external sensorial experiences or other environmental experiences that can happen socially, at work, during play, etc., and 2.) cognitio intellectualis – is the additional processing of that raw data by way of critical thinking. It brings the initial data of concrete thinking perception and awareness to a higher level of comprehension and maybe useable knowledge  (review CACK Model).

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Phenomenology – I suggest it important to understand the topic of human consciousness and unconsciousness is complex, obtuse, and has many facets. And, I can’t adequately address human consciousness without introducing the concept of phenomenology. Phenomenology was traditionally studied as a field in philosophy. However, in keeping with my paradigm, I view phenomenology as philosophical and psychological discipline. Edmund Husserl introduced Phenomenology in mid-1890’s Germany. It includes materialistic sensorial experiences:  i. e. sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. It involves consciousness and is an attempt to study the perception of our sensorial experiences. Phenomenology is the study of the first person point of view, the subjective experience as perceived (more to come) by the individual as opposed to the reality of the experience. This makes phenomenology concerned with perception, percipience, and perspective view-points.  The perceptions of our experiences ultimately will shape our worldview and the way we look at life and the human condition (more to come).