Clarity {13} Consciousness

Consciousness

“It is not really the individual that has consciousness, but it is the Ĉonsciousness that assumes innumerable forms.” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Awareness is a process of engagement with the mind. Your consciousness lets you be aware. By providing for perception, consciousness is the basis for sentience: the ability to witness awareness. (This definition is more precise than is commonly stated.)

That you can tell when your awareness seems awry or affords exceptional clarity owes to consciousness as an observant bystander to awareness and the mind. By this it is apparent that consciousness is an onlooker, not a participant; neither passive nor active but integral.

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There are 7 states of consciousness. 3 predominate most people’s lives: awake, asleep, and dreaming. For the Collective, the other 4 may be only momentarily experienced.

A quiet mind is the state of transcendence, the 4th state of consciousness. Though the conscious mind is in repose during transcendence, the body remains sensitive to stimuli, as the subconscious mind remains alert. The transcendental state is a deep form of rest, as consciousness relaxes in the pool of Ĉonsciousness.

The last 3 states of consciousness are elevated. Their quality involves finer awareness, and a state of bliss and/or sense of oneness with all that is – a “peak” experience when experienced by those who do not abide in any of these states.

Being awake during transcendence is enlightenment (aka quietude or quiet consciousness), the 5th state of consciousness. In the state of quietude, even as thinking transpires, there is a backdrop of mental silence. Being present in the moment, enlightenment affords focus, clarity, and keener awareness.

Though nattermind will never cease, as it is an integral agency of the mind, its incessant noise loses its grip on the way to quietude. In enlightenment, a backdrop of calm exists even when the mind is engaged.

The noise of nattermind sphincters awareness, and thereby engenders a sense of individuality. Quietude widens the conduit to empyrean Ĉonsciousness.

The desire for abiding quietude naturally leads you to the 6th state of consciousness: coherence consciousness, in which you are aware of the entanglement of existence. The unity of Nature begins to be part of your life. You sense that everything is connected, and you flow more easily among that connectedness.

The apex of life is lived in realization: unity consciousness with Ĉonsciousness. Your own consciousness becomes more a hologram of Ĉonsciousness than a holofractal: more selfsame than merely similar.

Sentience is sensed in quietude. This dissociation which allows observing the mind working is everyday existence in the state of realization: to watch yourself live, and experience nattermind as a separate entity which is easily subdued when it engages – for willmind to triumph over nattermind at will.

Realization is the fulfillment of sentiency. The lower states of consciousness are an ersatz existence.

Mental activity is divided between perception and other mentation, including thought and autonomic functioning. Thought transpires subconsciously as well as consciously. While you are normally unaware of autonomic functioning, the mind makes its disruption conscious. Feeling pain is exemplary.

Awareness in realization is expanded over its facility in ignorance. Further, nattermind in realization is reduced to an occasional interruption, whereas nattermind is often overwhelming in ignorance. Nattermind is responsible for the abridged awareness in ignorance, including when just trying to pay attention to what is going on. Finally, the performance power of the subconscious mind improves in the higher states of consciousness. Access to the nuances of the mind is enhanced.

In unity consciousness, the occasional naggings of nattermind are understood for what they are. In all that you do, you remain the witness. Sense of self is merely an object-oriented mirage. You operate as a process.

Construal in Realization

How much something means to you is an aspect of psychospace. In ignorance, the involvement of the mind-body is concrete: experience feels real.

In realization, there is a dissociation between consciousness and the mind: a sense of witnessing life, as contrasted to the concrete experience of being the engaged mind-body. An open psychospace lets you have a high-level construal of everything that is not occurring at present.

Your own being becomes an abstraction when you are realized. The distinction between actuality and reality is not just conceptual in unity consciousness: you experience it. This spiritual maturation is a fruition of the same process that a young child undergoes in mentally taking steps to higher-context construal.

In contrast to witnessing from a distance, being in the moment is completely concrete. With quietude, full attention can be paid to the task at hand without mental distraction, affording focus on details. Easy low-level construal also applies to social situations.

The best of both worlds is had in realization: a generalized high-level construal along with a concrete, fine focus for task accomplishment. The experience of entanglement and unicity makes treating other life with requisite respect easy. You live comfortably, with a natural compassion.

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As a holofractal of Ĉonsciousness, your consciousness affords awareness and has the exquisite desire for entertainment. Scale is the most significant difference between your consciousness and Ĉonsciousness. There are other subtle distinctions as well.

Ĉonsciousness is pleased with the show we call Nature. You yourself can feel it in quietude, as your own consciousness is permeated with the bliss that radiates from Ĉonsciousness.

Soul

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” ~ Irish novelist C.S. Lewis

You are a spiritual being having a human experience. Your essence is a transcendental soul. Your consciousness may abide beyond this life.

Now that you know that you are in showbiz, you know that the show must go on. A soul is a localized consciousness that may sustain beyond a single incarnation. The resonances of a life experience may linger, but each embodiment of a mind-body is a fresh adventure.

Religions which espouse reincarnation typically promote the process as a refinement mill: getting the evil grit out and honing one’s being to perfection. What rubbish. Nature is not a moral accountant, and the soul is not a pecuniary ledger. You are not a wannabe spiritual beauty queen on the make, going from contest to contest.

Every incarnation presents a challenge that reflects the residual of the previous incarnation – an evolutionary optimization of your entertainment potential. Your nature in Nature works like puzzle to be solved: to progress from pignorance to unity consciousness. You stop reincarnating when you have had enough, your desire utterly spent.

God

“It makes little sense to say we believe something of which we have absolutely no knowledge.” ~ American social psychologist Daniel Gilbert

In 1713, Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop George Berkeley proposed immaterialism: the idea that everything that every happens is in the mind; physicality as a mental mirage. When confronted with the obvious observation that people share a selfsame actuality, Berkeley countered with monotheistic idealism: Nature from God’s imagination.

“All things are created in the mind of God.” ~ George Berkeley

Ĉonsciousness and coherence are on the noumenal side of reality: knowing spectator and crafty creator. As a unicity, these unmanifest nonentities may be conceptually combined into Ĉoco.

Mistakenly objectify Ĉoco rather than construing process and you have an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful God. If you are not religiously inclined, you may imagine a universal mind, as ancient Greek philosopher Anaxagoras did, or a collective unconsciousness, as Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung did. All are merely imaginings.

To be clear: Ĉoco is merely an ideated combination of concepts about emergent processes. The idea of God is fanciful object orientation run amok; a fantasy believed in by fools as a source of solace.

There is no creator, nor creation in the material sense: only an eternal evolution of symbols witnessed by Ĉonsciousness/consciousness. Actuality, which is delineated by concepts, is not reality, which is beyond concepts.

  God & Evil

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” ~ Greek philosopher Epicurus

A common theological complaint is that God does nothing about the evil in the world. This gripe emanates from pignorance about reality and the root of evil.

The show called existence is unreal. Nothing really lives or dies.

What is perceived as Nature is just the shuffle and clash of symbols. Those in pignorance don’t know that, so they suffer. From a knowledge perspective, the process of becoming realized is catching this essential clue firsthand.

Ignorance itself is the source of evil: to let the mind pursue its desires and prey upon its subject unchecked.