“Something which I thought I was seeing with my eyes is in fact grasped solely by the faculty of judgment which is in my mind.” ~ French philosopher René Descartes
The mind is an intangible instrument which constantly creates the impression of us having a window onto the world, and into oneself.
“Mind and consciousness are not things, but processes.” ~ Fritjof Capra & Italian chemist Pier Luigi Luisi
Dreams illustrate that the mind is a fabricator rather than a straightforward presenter of Nature. While awake, what phenomenally appears before us is a phantasmagoric multimedia display, imaginatively sewn from disparate sensations into a consistent story. The persistence of an illusion does not make it real any more than the repetition of a lie makes it true.
Conscious & Subconscious
“Most of your experiences are unconscious. The conscious ones are very few. You are unaware of the fact because to you only the conscious ones count.” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Trickles of thought make their way to conscious attention, the mind having them rise from the vast deep sea of mentation: the subconscious. The subconscious is the engine of cognition. Conscious thought is the fruit from subconscious roots.
“The way we conceive our world is what constructs our conscious experience.” ~ English philosopher Andy Clark
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ~ Aristotle