There are a million more excises for not getting anything done than there are reasons for getting something started. A blog if not a book, commentary if not original thought, and the original occasional insight that occurs seemingly at random, but always according to thought’s own logic of its own – this we can call intuition. It’s a separate operating system that intertwine and interact in the carposi sarcomma, at the forefront of the brain.
Let’s call that the seat of consciousness, because that is where, analogically, we can place the “conscious” mind, in the drivers seat. The more primitive brain, the parts we share with the rest of the animal chain, the backbrain, centers somewhere around the reticular foundation. Let’s refer to this as the Source of Consciousness into the brain, the singular place that the energy that is consciousness can directly interact with the matter that is the brain. Thus evolves all the limitations to our conscious minds, our left-brained mind, the rational mind that looks around and sees only itself – thank you Sir Bertie Russell – and thus assumes that it, alone, exists. And in a sense, the rational, left-brained mind isn’t far wrong; in this part of the enlivened consciousness that is the rational part has created a situation whereby it becomes its own object of thought, it becomes thought’s conscious awareness of you, yourself, your Self that is separate and distinct, just as the Source and Center of Consciousness are separate and distinct, which is why the human mind can comprehend this idea of distinction in the first place.
This is a structural and functional analysis of what the brain, mind and consciousness must be in a system that allocates ‘space’ for them all. It’s kind of like a biblical description of creation and the human Being, in that I am adding nothing nor taking anything away, I’m simply realigning the pieces, as it were, from the inside, and see what makes sense from here.
Let ne start from here: consciousness is energy, and as such cannot be created nor destroyed, only transmuted, only changed. In COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS, at the turn of the 20th century, described this Consciousness as more pervasive than even the rational mind can accept. He classifies Consciousness into three realms, or activities of thought. Simple Consciousness is the most primal, the most direct because it is incapable of analyzing its own self, having no function to create a mind within the undeveloped neurological system of the simplest creations that bear ancestry to mammalian life.
Plants have this responsive consciousness, they act according to how they are bourn on or supported by the environment they develop within. Plants respond to the sun, some immediately and directly, some only in mediated display, such as the seasons.
Self Consciousness develops with the creation of a self as an object of thought, as an object of consciousness, to provide consciousness a way to reflect on and analyze this embodiment they’ve developed in space over time.
If you don’t like my explanation, go read the original. I read COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS in the early 70s, as an undergrad of a private university in upstate New York, and I know revived interest in his thought has allowed the book to remain in print, and accessible.
There is a level of awareness above and beyond this awareness of Self, it is the reverse awareness of the infinite consciousness of which we partake. Once you experience the depth of existence, your experience of existence gains depth. Bucke does provide one caveat: the point of age by which this enlarged awareness of the UNI-verse, the All That Is, must be achieved is 33 years old; after that it becomes harder than the biblical camel to get through that particular needle’s eye.
And from this widened, reflective awareness, truth and meaning take on different levels of beauty. What is truth? “Is mine the same as yours?” Well, no; experience is truth, and what I experience in life is what I base the meaning of truth on. Your experience cannot, in truth, be precisely what mine is, so the truth of your experience differs from mine.
Yet, we all all Tat Twam Asi, All That is, we partake of Consciousness from particular points in time and space. Consciousness is all, and everything is light. But we’ll get there some other day.