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05 - The Structure of Consciousness

At this point in the evolution of mankind, and his seemingly sentient mind, we are presented with a choice. Some people realize that they have this choice to make, and make it based upon the information that they have available to them. Unfortunately, most people don't realize they have this choice to make. Therefore, the choice is by default, made for them. This choice is made available to all who have, what we as humans call, life. It has shown up in many forms throughout the centuries, and is either largely ignored or exploited for other purposes. The choice to be made is this:

Do I progressively grow, learn and evolve?
-or-
Do I stagnate and waste away?

Now it seems like a choice such as this has outside factors beyond the control of humans, but I assure you that it does not. It is a simple commitment that one can make to themselves at any point in their lives. One to continually push and expand upon the limitations that today's society sets for the growth and potential of not only the human body, but mind.

The structure of behavioral psychology today includes many invisible or ignored factors that lead to a much weaker constitution of mind and body. People, as they grow up and assimilate all the data that they are bombarded with since birth, are influenced by several factors that are inherent to everyone's personal makeup. These factors are integral parts of each persons mind and consciousness, and help them, through experience, to perceive and create the reality that they choose to live in. Unfortunately, over the generations, they have been turned against humanity, and “tended to stress a sense of powerlessness, impotence and impending doom”. (Jane Roberts; “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events”; p.45) These are all passed on from person to person through societies and cultures, religions and faiths. They help to undermine the nature of the individual and create a psychologically fearful and passive creature, rather than a strong willed, independent individual. Not only are children of sorrow asked “to be joyful and sinners to find a child like purity; it asks them to love a God who one day will destroy the world, and who will condemn them to hell if they do not adore him," (Jane Roberts; “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events”; p.66) they are also taught that the body given to them by God is not able to take care of itself. They stress the need for treatment and prevention rather than even mention the body's own defenses, which have worked fine for millennia. These are only two examples of how the mind has been turned upon the body. Those who do not realize the capabilities of their mind and body are the people who's choice, by default, becomes one of stagnation. Only by paying attention to, and recognizing the capabilities of the mind and body, can you adequately make the choice to grow and evolve. The more you know how the mind works, the easier it becomes to utilize its full potential.

I have this philosophy in life. If you know how something works, you can control it. It was this train of thought that led me to look at the mind of the individual and how it was put together. Being a Taoist by philosophy, I ended up associating the accepted duality of the conscious and subconscious with the duality of the Yin and Yang. This fit extremely well with my ideas, as the two combine, containing pieces of each other, to form four parts of the mind. These relate to the four factors that each individual uses to create their own reality. These are the nature of ones "soul," individual psychological makeup, popular culture or society and religion or faith. It is these parts, in conjunction, that each person uses to perceive and define their own personal reality. Remember, reality is not somewhere you exist, but something that you perceive. It is these observations paired with the decisions that your mind allows that help you to create the perceptions which ultimately define your reality. This comes from the interaction of the two halves of your mind working together as four parts to create a whole.

These two parts of the mind, the conscious and the subconscious, are generally associated with awake and asleep. You will find, though, that their association with active and passive respectively, is incorrectly applied. The active part of the mind is actually the subconscious, as it is at work while you are awake or asleep, functioning and imagining in ways that you will seldom be aware of. Conversely, the passive part of the mind is the conscious. Only acting on conscious observations and decisions, spending one third of its "lifetime" asleep. It is even necessary for the conscious to rely on the subconscious for behavioral imprints, life functions and conditioned responses as defined by popular culture or society. They are, however, reinforced by each other, as they both contain small pieces of teach other. The conscious contains a bit of the subconscious, and is best represented by the imagination. The subconscious contains a bit of the conscious, which is best represented by observation. These all correlate with personal nature, psychology, popular culture or society and religion or faith. These are the four factors that most directly influence our perceptions. These are the parts of the mind that I will be outlining here. Let us start with the subconscious.

The subconscious is often identified with the "higher self," as it controls most of the life functions of the body. It is where our innate trust or suspicion and primal emotional responses occur. The most intimate factor in how your subconscious works depends on what many refer to as the "personal nature," or the nature of ones soul. This is what colors our opinions and our decisions in everything we do. It lends weight to our "moral and ethical" decisions about such things as human rights and how they are observed. On a lighter note, it affects the way your intentions are perceived by others, and helps them form their opinion of you. Some people have a hostile nature, and can be seen as frightening or suspicious, while others have a light hearted nature, and are seen as people who can not be shaken by anything. These are two of the myriad of possibilities that can arise out of ones subconscious. It determines whether or not you are prone to certain behaviors, not that you actually follow or act on them. There is another factor in that regard. This is each persons psychological makeup, which is closely identified with the conscious mind.

The conscious mind, while appearing to us as the "active" part of the mind, is indeed the passive. The conscious mind regulates most of the decisions that are made on a daily basis. These decisions, in turn, decide where it is that you end up in life…which path you walk down. Motor skills and speech are developed here, along with the social and self identities. These all end up in one way or another, relying on the psychological make up of each individual. Have you ever heard of the term, "product of their environment?" This is what affects the end result of the psychological make up of the individual the most. Along with this, the five physical senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell are processed here. The conscious psyche, though, needs certain levels of maintenance in order to develop constructively. Through abuse or neglect, we see many of the psychological complexities that feed therapists and shrinks world wide. This is what lends the other bit of color to our decisions. There are those who are insecure and feel inferior, and on the opposite end of the scale, those who are megalomaniacs, and feel superior. There are also those slotted right in the middle as indecisive. All of these things lend weight to creating each individual as a unique person, however they might "appear" to be like others. Now, we come to the more intimate factors which aid in the development of each mind. Those little parts of each contained in the other. I will continue then, with the piece of the conscious mind within the subconscious.

It is interesting to note here, that while being contained “inside” of the respective parts of the mind, these are actually more outside influences that affect the development of each individual. The observational part of the mind, being passive in nature, is seen as the influences of society and popular culture. This is no less a key ingredient in the definition of ones reality as the other parts, however it appears to be the most clearly defined. Observations are calculated, books are written and read and languages are created. These all follow strictly observed rules to sustain the continuity from person to person. This includes mathematics, cycles of nature and many other systems that are defined for the purposes of identification and communication. Without the observation of society and its cultures, we would not even be able to comprehend ways to communicate with each other, let alone how to “fit in” with our peers. You would not even be able to grasp what you observe in your dreams or your imagination, as you would have no defined concepts to express these through. This could potentially be catastrophic, as your consciousness, and consequently your body, would not be able to interpret the “genetic code.” There would be no similar methods to anything, as memories would not be readily accessible with any type of “file structure,” and would be lost in the vast reaches of the subconscious mind. This in turn means no instinctual behaviors, no identifiable concepts possibly no coordinated motor skills, and most importantly, no imagination. Without the conscious observations that are made every day, we would have no way to relate our imagination to, or define it by. Therefore we would loose that little part of the subconscious within the conscious.

The imagination factors in all the subjective aspects of our perceptions. This includes altered states of consciousness, experiences more related to fantasy than reality, and non-tangible influences like intuition or gut instincts. This is where most of the faith or religious based influences come from, as this is where you are able to “view” possible outcomes of your life, such as where your soul might go after you die. It is also where most of your decisions are created, tried and tested before being put into action. your imagination places your thoughts into a “temporary file,” and many different solutions or outcomes are computed. This lets us make plans for a variable future, process information, and formulate opinions. This is where faith or religion comes into play. An individual can either hold themselves to either a pre-defined set of standards or path (religion) or a self defined set of standards or path (faith). For whatever reason these standards are accepted and executed, they lend their weight to the decision making process. They may or may not help an individual to become aware of themselves as well as their own consciousness. They are then able to lay the guidelines which they will follow in life. This is all possible because of the imagination, as each decision that you make requires a bit of conceptual reasoning. Now we are able to experience altered states of consciousness, such as the rapture associated with moving from visual space to sensory space. More commonly known as getting stoned, though this rapture is also felt when leaving a sphere of gravitational influence. Space travel. You are able to perceive on a new and different level. Intuitively. You can feel energies, perceive others emotions, and even attempt to predict reactions and responses. Here you are able to rationalize things through many different possible outcomes or multiple existences, and where you can become aware of the need for your consciousness to grow and evolve.

Now that the decision is placed in front of you, and you are able to see it, you can make the decision necessary for the continuation of your specific consciousness. You can then begin to feed yourself any and all information that you desire to continue on in life. In some circles, this is known as metaprogramming. That is reprogramming your own consciousness to outfit it better against the daily trials that you perceive you will face. This structure of the mind is very simple, which tends towards incredible depth and extraordinary complexities. It appears quite perfect. Not flawless. Complete. Now all that is left to do is learn. The more you learn, the more you will realize that you do not know, and the more that there is to know. With each new thing that you learn, every new connection that you make, your mind grows and begins to evolve. Much better to progress and grow, than to stagnate and waste away, no?

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