November 10, 2013
Here's one way to think
about consciousness: We all are focusing agents of the
inconceivable infinite. As any organism needs some degree of
perception and mind, and that perception "chooses" and/or is
attuned to certain potentials for perception, so to the cosmos
evolves over billions of years organisms that can perceive and
focus experience. As minds in animals evolve over hundreds of
millions of years, so too do our abilities as focusing agents, to
perceive and "think"---i.e., reflect on those perceptions---this
latter ability only in the last hundred thousand years or
less---also has evolved. I have no idea how many times this
process may have happened elsewhere in the cosmos. But it is my
myth-poetry that the Inconceivable Infinite (another intriguing
name for what mystics dimly perceive as God) may be evolving.
(This myth is not totally idiosyncratic; many such as Teilhard de
have shared this general idea.) have discovered my identity
and solved the apparent riddle of life: We humans are focusing
agents of the inconceivable infinite.
This inspired bit of channeling (also known as a doodle) I did
during a recent workshop on new developments in psychiatry. So, on
reflection, if we are focusing agents, then this is a nudge that
indeed, “It takes all kinds.” The universe needs many kinds of
endeavors to keep going, just as our own personal body needs
all its very varied types of organs. The brilliant brain needs a
functioning colo-rectal area, and all the other parts, too. It’s
not hierarchical! We need to engage and enjoy many
non-culturally-elevated challenges in just being human, sustaining
ourselves collectively in our variety. Part of me is tempted to
elevate my own activities and imagine I’m “better,” but another
part of me cautions, “cool it. Just do your think and stop
comparing yourself.” Not easy but I know this wisdom is more true
than the temptation or tendency to become egocentric and prideful.
Gotta watch that.
Being a focusing agent involves many sub-phenomena. One must
gather together one’s various potentialities, re-synthesize them,
be creative in channeling our interpretation of that which can
barely be expressed, the ineffable. This focusing agent role has
many components and corresponding pitfalls. The illusion of the
sense of self as being more than a focusing agent, the tendency to
magnify this potential into a “self”—an object that must be shored
up as valued and important (i.e., pride), an object the death of
which—or even decline—is nearly impossible to conceive. Yet
conceive it we must.
My mission on this planet is multiple, as is hinted at in the
drawing above. I play many roles that take me in many domains,
from romantic to social, recreational to mundane, professional to
playful. Indeed, one of my roles is to synthesize my roles,
articulate how humans do play many roles. We are not to be
identified by one.
I'll go further and suggest that the self is a collective illusion
that we work, more or less, as a constructed scaffold for
sustaining some continuity. This helps us stay focused---something
we tend not to do for long in the dream world. We hold onto a
task, we remember more distinctly. (We can do this for a short
while in our dreams, enough to feel there's a story line, which
offers a sense of coherence. Alas, it falls well short of any
analysis regarding its congruence with larger goals or other
rationalist coordination. But most folks don't bother doing that
much even when they're not dreaming---i.e., they seem to
themselves to be fully awake. Point: As Gurdjieff suggests,
there may be many levels of so-called consciousness.)
Part of my mission is to comment on this gradual awakening, the
better to foster God's gradual awakening in this cosmos. This is a
profoundly aesthetic process. Even people feel compellingly moved
when they "realize" something. Imagine what it's like to "realize"
a thousand things a second---fairly big things---and maybe a
zillion things a zillionth of a second of fairly small things.
As elsewhere demonstrated, the Shree Yantra is a fair diagram---if
humans can dare to attempt to imagine such a diagram---of how the
cosmos evolves. It is highly diagrammatic, or to be more blunt,
"dumbed down" to how we can begin to grasp it. I don't claim to
understand it all, let me be clear. But then again, Ben Franklin
didn't understand electricity. He just had a hunch that lightning
was sort of a type of electricity---that's about as far as it
went. So too, I intuit certain interlacing, evolving patterns.
So, starting with an emergence, it is like the following:
beginning with a gesture---that's the closest
word we can think of for this unfolding, the cosmos begins and
progresses to more complex forms:
Then, below, the forms begin to interpenetrated, signifying the
creation of dimensional overlappings.
the pattern expands, becomes more like the Shree Yantra, taking on
a broader sector of not only three-dimensional fullness
(manifestation) but also manifestation in the psychical realms,
with many other dimensions:
... so that's what it's all about...
...from one perspective.