Music and Philosophy and Poetry and Psychology28 Nov 2018 07:02 pm
The following is from the liner notes of a yet to be released album of mine, entitled Visceral Vicissitudes.

Visceral Vicissitudes relates to all the myriad of changes that occur deep in our core and in the flesh. The lyrics of the songs focus and dwell on the beauty, wonder and challenges of sentience and the interplay of consciousness and the body.

Modern man has frequently emphasized the ego and self-consciousness at the expense of appreciating and valuing our sensorial visceral world of sentience. This often results in our being conscious of consciousness rather than being aware and savoring our sensorial and visceral experience.

Often we are conscious OF or ABOUT things such as beauty, logic, love, truth, values, belief and happiness, than engage in the actual sensorial visceral fullness of our experience. We often think about experience, instead of actually and fully participating and savoing visceral experience.

Many often aspire to get beyond the physical to the spiritual or transcendental essence, and purposefully strive to live pure consciousness. Through “elevated” states of consciousness one hopes to witness their own body and experiences from a transcendental plane, and strive to become pure mind or spirit.

When we place our attention on Visceral Vicissitudes we experience ourselves as being intertwined and interlaced with life and not so much as a separate or detached consciousness. Our sensorial sentient body experiences itself as more OF the world, rather than IN a world.

Visceral experience complemented by self-conscious awareness is rich, deep, satiating, and intimate. Consciousness of the visceral is grounded and has substance, and is often poignant and full of emotional significance.

The call for Visceral Vicissitudes is a call to our humanity, to our nature and to our actual presence and intimate interconnection with all of organic life. A visceral connection with oneself and organic life makes the very possibility of war, torture, slavery or abuse intolerable. The justification for war, slavery, abuse, etc. is based on abstract concepts such as Truth, good and evil, justice and belief and not on a visceral experience of the integrity of organic life.

On a visceral level we gravitate towards pleasure and avoid pain, and we gravitate towards and are absorbed with life and not on ideals and abstractions. When our experience is viscerally based, we have skin in the game, and we put the human back into our humanity.

Jim Guido

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