QUOTE(Vagrant Dreamer @ Jan 20 2011, 10:21 AM)
And our body is made up of systems and cells acting both discreetly and as a unit. I wonder at the subtle divisions of the spirit as well. This experience supports the emanationist cosmology, one becoming many, each degree operating "on it's own volition" but under the guidance and direction of the next highest degree on the ladder.
I believe you're correct, especially as to spirit. Meditation in the Buddhist tradition is considered to be either stilling your mind and focusing on one object (jhana) or bringing full unattached attention to the "rising and passing away" of sensation/emotion/thought (vipissana). In both cases there is considered to be one point of view which, through gradual training, becomes focused and unattached. Since the greater self is all parts of "you", including the unconscious, I believe meditation is not only training for the "captain of the ship" but includes the whole crew, bringing the entire system up to a higher level.