Stop for a moment and become aware of yourself. Feel your body, if you are sitting, feel your bottom on your seat, perhaps your legs are crossed and becoming uncomfortable? Is your back straight - perhaps it is straighter now you have noticed it?
How about smells? What can you smell coming from the kitchen? Or hear? Perhaps the sounds from outside coming in through an open widow. Do you notice the glasses you are seeing through?
What about feelings, your mood? Feeling good today or just so-so? If you do not feel good, can you remember the last time you felt great? What did that feel like?
What about the state of the world - are we doomed? Is world war imminent? Should Brexit go ahead? Trump or Hillary? What is you view on these subjects?
Have you heard the one about: Two men walked into a bar ... but the third one ducked! ?
All of the above are different experiences you might have as the one who experiences. Your body, your senses, your feelings, your ideas - they are all you. At different times one or the other may have your attention, and you may feel more comfortable in one than the other.
What we have just done is to explore different levels of the mind, different realms of experience - or you can think of them as different dimensions.
But they are all your conscious experiences (as indeed are your dreams). These experiences shape the fabric of our enacted reality. Yet how much do we know of them? How often do we quietly reflect on them? Who is having the experience?
The great British psychologist, Kevin Kingsland, termed such exploration the 'Intraquest', an inner journey of self discovery. This might be contrasted with our daily interactions with the outside world - an 'Extraquest'.
Technology billionaires like Elon Musk think that we live in the Matrix (a computer simulation). Science journalists like
Where do they get these ideas from? There is little agreement in either the neuroscience community or amongst psychologists as to the nature of consciousness. To the extent that there is agreement, it centers around the reductionist, bottom up view.
In other words, the idea that first you have a physical world of atoms and molecules, then those molecules combine together and spontaneously form living systems, which spontaneously create minds.
In this theory, we are nothing more than the workings of a sticky lump of grey matter in our craniums! Our bodies and skulls are simply a protective, life-support system for our decision-making brains. So much for free will!
What most people do not realise is that this is simply a philosophical view, brought about by the owners attachment to a particular mental model - it is not based on scientific investigation.
Rather than explore their own consciousness, which is immediately available to them, they look outside of themselves with preconceived ideas of where the answer must be! Because researchers start off with this mental model, all of their research is focused on discovering how the brain creates a mind!
Contrast this with the ancient Yogic approach, whereby the researcher seeks to understand his or her own consciousness through direct experience. Not by reading about it or studying rats!
Rather than the fearfulness of Musk, or the confusion of Kwon, their message is very much more beautiful. A top-down model.
Those ancient Rishis directly experienced that pure consciousness manifests through our imagination to bring into being our co-constructed experience of a physical universe.
And they smiled, and were happy.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 6:01:44 pm