Notes to self.
Perceptual Constructs of the Mind
"I", the outermost ego-mind, or personal-will-mind, is a perceptual construct; it is an illusion. To find this idea of 'packaging' the mind and its parts into identifiable 'realms of understanding,' one is creating a perceptual construct. Dictionary.com defines perception as, "immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment."
The Sixth Sense and The Seat of Life
What we have done in putting these two words together in our mind - perceptual constructs - is essentially identify the sixth sense (intuition), which sits within the center of our self, as realized through meditation. Intuition is a spiritual mechanism that is meant to assist one in living the highest preferential reality imaginable to the whole mind of the individual. In sum, the intuition is a part of an overall spiritual connection through a "sense organ" within the mind, which Paramanhansa Yogananda, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship, called the "seat of life."
Realizing Oneness of the Self with the Creator
According to Yogananda Paramanhansa, in his book, The Second Coming of Chirst: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, he speaks about how, "Man is not sustained only by 'bread,' the limited relative energies derived from the solids, liquids, and gases of the physical sources that nourish life, but primarily by 'every word' (unit of unlimited Cosmic Energy vibrating from the Holy Ghost - the great Aum or Amen) descending into the human body through the "mouth of God" (medulla oblongata). To consciously experience this truth, as did Jesus, is to realize the eternal link between the human and divine, matter and consciousness - the irrevocable oneness of the Self with the Creator (Paramanhansa, n.p.).
The Medulla Oblongata is the Seat of Life
The author continues with, "The medulla oblongata at the base of the brain is the seat of life, formed from the seed cell, the original nucleus, entered by the soul at the time of conception. Like radio waves, which are unseen but can be drawn out of the ether by a receiving apparatus, vibrating life energy from the omnipresent cosmic source is continuously received through the subtle astral center in the medulla. It is stored in the dynamo of astral power in the brain, whence it flows out through the medulla - it 'proceedeth out of the mouth of God' - and is distributed throughout all the cells of the body. If that beam of energy were taken away, the body would drop dead immediately (Paramanhansa, n.p.)
Perception and the Eternal Identity
Perceptual then, is the description of what the mind believes it is capable of receiving input from. These include the five senses, which are sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Further, these receptive abilities, as concluded through the meditative experience, are not who one is in identity. The five senses are resources, used to identify positive and negative aspects within ourselves, through the reflectivity of the mind upon physical reality events, images, and experiences. The intuitive energies within the mind are received from within and beyond the outermost egoic-I- conceptualization. One's identity is beyond the limited outer-mind that is informed by the five sense organs. The truth revealed through intuition throughout the day, further supported by a daily meditation practice, informs the mind of an eternal spiritual existence.
What also occurs along the way, is the addition of the "constructs," which are defined as, " to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise," and "an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements" (Dictionary.com). These are forms within the mind that are imagined. One realizes he is not his five senses or his physical body now, and that within his outermost conscious mind he has framed himself into a story, one that he allows himself use of, so that these senses inform the outermost conscious will to function for Higher reasons.
Perceptual constructs are a process within the mind, wherein one builds through the five senses, and by energies that are intuitited through the innermost self. This innermost self is located and understood through meditation. Further, there is a physical part of the body that acts similarly to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and touch receptors, and this is the medulla oblongata. Within it is the spiritual counterpart of the physical five senses, and it is where the receipt of energies from God, or energy from Higher spiritual realms is funnelled through. Within this portion of one's brain, one receives like radio waves, "vibrating life energy from the omnipresent cosmic source... through the subtle astral center in the medulla (Paramahansa, n.p.).
Overall, we can conclude that thinking about perceptual constructs is useful because one must re-train, re-orient, and re-build inner self-conceptualizations to a positive state, which is most often seen as cyclical re-orientations to reality throughout life as we age. Living informed by the epiphanies one experiences, as well as the randomly perceived mental connections of synchronicity, one sees perceptual constructs as a topic that is well-worth meditating upon.
Through this effort, one sees beyond himself, and is informed through spiritual energies within his own mind. These are from a location within that is now known through meditative experience, and its location is a perceptual construct with a physical location (medulla). Through these efforts to build within oneself, and understand the way spirituality is perceived within the mind, one ultimately finds himself reflecting upon the one of true worth, and this is not the "I" of the ego-mind or personal will. It is an Intuitive Light seen through experience within meditation, and is a Higher Beacon that illuminates the darkness perceived, transfiguring it into Love.