Consciousness and Spirit

We take the existence of unconscious thought for granted. By unconscious thought I mean thought that one is unaware of thinking. The term consciousness is a troublesome word as it’s employed to illustrate both brain activity generally and self-awareness, which are not identical. Infants are conscious and have active brains, but they aren’t self-aware. They think, in a rudimentary way, but they don’t know that they’re thinking. Their thoughts aren’t noticed by a self. And since I believe that nothing comes into physical being without an observer to be aware of it, the infant’s unnoticed thoughts never manifest as memory. This is why we cannot remember being babies. The infant brain can obviously store information and build physical brain connections as it learns to babble and crawl – because the infant experiences babbling and experiences crawling.  However, these types of stored information are more like muscle memory. The infant doesn’t experience a self and thus cannot create narrative memories of its experiences. However, once the self begins to emerge, a toddler begins to build “life memories” that detail experiences as they affect the self, and we as adults can remember our lives only as far back as that process began.

Now, I believe that the brain experiences wave-particle duality insofar as we can express its functions in terms of both brain waves and individual particle flow between synapses. Brain waves are used to measure levels of consciousness, whereas brain scans produce images of localized electrical activity.

Meanwhile, the Uncertainty Principle tells us that one cannot accurately know both the position and the momentum of a particle simultaneously. I suspect that this has an effect on what one can know about consciousness (insofar as consciousness is both particle and wave) simultaneously.

Here is one attempt at an Uncertainty Principle of consciousness: You are aware of thinking, therefore you know that you think (this is argued at length by Descartes). If you know you are conscious, then you have defined a Self, and you cannot know that anything which is not yourself is also conscious. The thoughts of the Other are held apart by definition. Even if you could read someone else’s mind, you couldn’t hear a thought in your own head and know beyond doubt that it originated from something non-self. By hearing a thought it becomes your own. Even if you noticed that the thoughts somehow “sounded different” than things you characteristically think, or that the thoughts contained information you weren’t aware of knowing, you could still only propose the mere possibility that the thoughts originated from another mind. The thoughts would be in your mind, thus yours.

I suspect that Cartesian Mind-Body duality is essentially the same as particle-wave duality and Cartesian doubt (not knowing anything more than “I think, therefore I am”) is essentially the same as the uncertainty principle.

I also suspect that our mental chatter never stops (whether noticed or not), and attempting to stop it is really more difficult than holding one’s breath. Contemplating mental silence is the same as thinking, so we cannot know if our brain is silent or not without thinking about it, which instantly breaks the silence (if there even was silence). It is as if one wanted to hold her breath, but couldn’t tell if she was actually holding it without breathing to check. I suspect that our unnoticed thoughts are in that sense automatic, but we can learn to be more mindful of them. When we are more actively focused on our thoughts but apparently in control of what we’re thinking, I believe we still have a line of unnoticed and uncontrolled thought running in the background.

For instance, one might think that in periods of deep philosophical contemplation, one is very aware of one’s own thoughts. But that is not the same as saying that one is aware of their stream of uncontrolled “unconscious” thought, which may continue even while actively thinking about something else. What happens if we are so aware of our uncontrolled thought that there is no unnoticed thought? When if there was no attempt to control or understand or analyze the uncontrolled thought – just to notice it? Is this when self and spirit are combined?

Incidentally, I find that when I try to notice my uncontrolled stream of thought, which appears truly random and unrelated to anything, I am on the verge of putting myself to sleep and entering a dream.

Ultimately, I suspect that insofar as thought is unnoticed, it is in waveform only and represents the Spirit world. Insofar as one is aware of one’s own thought, it becomes the work of electrons, the world of Matter. Somehow we know we have unnoticed thought even though we cannot remember it. We sense it although we really have little to no evidence of it in the physical world. Thus we sense the spirit world directly; or rather, it is our connection to the continuous self-propagation of spirit.

 

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16 thoughts on “Consciousness and Spirit

  1. Not related to your article, but to your posting on CF, where you wrote:
    “I realized that the Moon Landings could be a hoax, since I knew that some people thought that. I never ever thought I would come to believe the Moon Landings were faked. But suddenly, it seemed like a possibility I’d have to research for myself.”

    Have a look at http://nasascam.atspace.co.uk/

    1. Thanks for the link, there’s a lot of good info there! I do feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I need to look into right now, having woken up to reality.

      1. Waking up to the reality that much of what we have been told (to believe) is a lie, comes with a shock. And exactly that will be the energy to look into it: What all has been a lie and been faked?

        After finding that out, there is no escaping the realization that the world is controlled. That is a deeper shock. And exactly that will be the energy to look into it: Who is behind all this and with what intention?

      2. Pierce Scrim, I have to admit I looked you up and found a radio episode you did for Abirato.Info. It was a brilliant show and I feel honoured now that you wrote to encourage me.

      3. > and sometimes it’s all too much, you know?
        The attack on the population is not frontal, not dorsal, not from the flanks. It’s spherical. And it’s continuous. It’s an attack on its psyche and its physical body.
        The EU now wants to forbid growing fruit and vegetables in one’s own garden unless it’s from approved seed. Approved by them of course. And it will all be GMO.
        The troops to force you to comply with all their regulations are operational since 2006. See EUROGENDFOR.
        The EU is an instrument of the Elite. The Dictatorial State is already in the street because the population will not wake up. It’s no difference in North America of course.

    2. That’s encouraging, thank you. I do seem to have a lot of energy for this task — I just wish that time didn’t slip by so swiftly! I’m hardly remembering to eat right now.

      1. At the time I had seen your two comments of April 7, not your comment of the day after though.
        Thank you for the compliment.
        How are things going? More especially after seeing another attempt to falsify reality (Boston).

      2. Yeah, I was going a little crazy the night before it happened, thinking that “they” were going to take out the Hoover dam as another psyop. It was funny that I seemed to know that something was going to happen. I haven’t been following Boston much lately as I’ve been camping and sometimes it’s all too much, you know?

  2. Interesting article, with many uncertainties 🙂
    I notice subtle things when silence is there, but whether they are unconscious ‘thoughts’ or something with a different function … I think the latter.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts. It’s a hard subject to investigate, because I only know what my own experience of consciousness and thinking is like.

  3. Very interesting concepts. Stopping mental chatter is quite difficult, but not impossible. It helps if you have an idea of what your goal is like, which most people do. The mind is most quiet when we achieve a state of bliss, or perhaps we achieve bliss because the mind becomes quiet.

    The most common method for attaining bliss is through achieving sexual ecstasy. This explains the attention given to sex in Eastern traditions. It also explains the general fascination with sex. Nevertheless, this mental quiet is easier to attain without sexual ecstasy once we realize that we have a model to emulate.

    We may discover other methods for achieving bliss if we examine our physical and non-physical reactions to sexual ecstasy. Essentially, the body and (particularly) the mind are overwhelmed with sensations that leave no room for thoughts. This extreme condition where thought is overwhelmed that can be found through pleasure can also be attained through extreme pain. This would explain the use of a scourge in some spiritual/religious practices, particularly since pain is more acceptable than pleasure in those practices. However, this would also explain a state of mind achieved in a risque alternative lifestyle called “sub-space.”

    Ecstatic pleasure or pain are often not practical. While I have experienced the “sub-space” of extreme pain, it would not be my first choice either. Although, I do find it curious that we live in a culture where pain is more acceptable than pleasure. However, by considering the results of these two extremes, we can come to understand the reasons for many peoples’ actions, including substance abuse: they seek the bliss of a quiet mind.

    With a model to emulate, it should become easier to clear our thoughts through meditation. As you know from reading my latest entry, I believe the principles of Buddhist mindfulness meditation makes this even easier because you are not required to empty your mind entirely. You only need to focus on the present moment or reality.

    Reading this post seemed to explain the comment you left on mine. Did I interpret this correctly?

    1. Sorry if I was too exuberant in my other comment! I was just feeling what you wrote. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I believe you speak true.

      1. You have nothing to apologize for, particularly if you felt what I wrote. From what I have read here, you need to just keep on following your path… your heart.

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