When the psyche is engaged in absorbing data it is not engaged in rejecting it, nor in selecting away what it finds irrelevant. The process of judgment marks the closure of receptiveness to new information, thus causing rigidity in the body as it defends the finite perimeter of an idea, but perception draws no such boundaries, nor is it concerned with standing behind a cause with an unyielding character. As such, when perception is engaged the body’s disposition is not restricted by definitive halts or tensions. The body will appear altogether loose, receptive to movements and the whims of the environment or one’s own internal recollections. We have all seen someone in our circle of peers whose body sways as they talk, and their head swivels from shoulder to shoulder as their spine collaborates in this dance with a syncopated rhythm. Their words flow as an unbroken stream of thoughts, often with no definite point to get across, but merely the relaying of an experience.
To perception, the truth of reality is the immeasurable qualities contained therein, undisturbed and uncompromised, not what might be picked out and considered of most importance. All is of equal importance, and the task is turned toward assimilating it all in unison. For this reason, the flow of a strong perceiver’s thoughts will navigate and drift through an untold number of topics without any concern for a destination. I must also note that this psycho-physical fluidity is not necessarily contingent on motion, although motion certainly reveals this fluidity most strikingly. Even within a sedentary posture, the body of a perceiver will carry the same adaptive quality. To make use of a metaphor, if we liken judgment to a stone and perception to a small plant, then in the absence of wind the plant may be entirely still just as the stone, but it would be far less rigid and solid than the stone would be amidst the wind. The qualities of the plant remain the same, however their revelation awaits an occasion for contrast. It is in the way that the body moves from one state to another that we see the presence or absence of tension.
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