The Collective of humanity are creatures of their minds. The mind seeks to feed off the energy of the soul that it has captivated. One way the mind does this is through thrills. Slot machines illustrate.
A witnessing consciousness is the cornerstone of the mind-body complex which manifests as an organism. That consciousness is an incarnation of a transcendental, energetic soul.
A life form is driven by its vital energy. When that vitality is dimmed, an organic entity dies.
The “mind” is an object-oriented misnomer for the multitudinous processes of mental activity which include sensation, perception, cognition, and deception. The mind is both receiver and deceiver.
A significant role of the mind is to keep its occupant consciousness in thrall without provoking rebellion and thereby having a consciousness attain enlightenment at the mind’s expense, as a subdued mind no longer rules the lives of those enlightened.
Both ignorance – where the mind festively feeds – and enlightenment – where contentment reigns in quietude – are natural states of consciousness. But ignorance is ersatz.
One distinction is in awareness. In ignorance, nattermind frequently distracts. In enlightenment, with a quieted mind, fuller awareness engenders clarity.
Ignorant people tend toward irrational behaviors which contravene healthy living. Contrastingly, enlightened people are stable and reasonable. The epitome of spirituality is practicality.
The energy signature between ignorance and enlightenment is also quite distinct. Via worry, fear, and other emotional drains, the Collective are prone to mental stress and sapped energy. In enlightenment, energy flows smoothly and a consciousness is at ease.
As a way to feed their minds, ignorant people seek thrills (as well as other distractions which cloud awareness). One such artificial stimulus is gambling.
Canadian psychologist Marcia Spetch notes that “cues associated with winning encourage gambling. Such cues are prevalent in casinos.”
Gamblers prefer risker slot machines which display significations of money and the sounds of jingling coins over those with better payouts which are more mundane. Gambling, after all, is not about making money: it’s the thrill of the chase, which lets the mind gorge itself.
Ishi Nobu, Clarity: The Path Inside (2019).
Marcia L. Spetch et al, “Effects of winning cues and relative payout on choice between simulated slot machines,” Addiction (13 February 2020).
“How sound and visual effects on slot machines increase the allure of gambling,” ScienceDaily (27 February 2020).