Upon perceiving an object in its transcendental setting and essential relation to the perceiver, it becomes other than what it was; it turns from an object of perception, from the consciousness of something, into the experience of it; into the abyss of reflection where all experiences retreat. It separates itself from its place in Nature, in its matter and form, and converts into an image which is neither material nor natural. For example, a blossoming tree may produce a feeling of pleasure, however it isn’t the tree which is pleasing, it is the consciousness which is perceiving it as such. Consciousness relates to the tree, but remains totally distinct from it. What is the “real” for consciousness is the inseparable essence of the experience, and not that perceived or apprehended. All else is the un-real.
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