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Title: The Force of Consciousness
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
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From the beginning of a discussion on consciousness it is vital that we establish a mutually understood vocabulary, a model. Without it we are likely to misunderstand each other. Do you accept the possibility of modeling consciousness? If you reject the possibility of a model, then it seems to me discussion is futile.
Of what use is a model? What use is a map? A map provides direction, guidance to an unfamiliar destination. The map is not equivalent to a destination. The map is not equivalent to the trip itself. This fact is acknowledged from the start. Despite this fact, the map is useful. A map or model of consciousness implies there is a development taking place, a journey. Hence the use of a map or model, to reflect that journey. A model of consciousness implies conscious development. If we were already fully conscious, if we already resided at our destination, a map would be useless.
For my own part, in my life, I experience an unfolding process, a development of consciousness. My experience of consciousness, of who I am, is not a static state but a growing sense of being.
Consciousness is an unfolding process. Where there is growth, where there is development, there is by implication what remains to be developed--in a word, potential. It is my intention, with writing and in conversation, to prove whether or not that unfolding potential can be successfully modeled.
In my writing I have endeavored to establish a vocabulary and a model of conscious development. The model incorporates not only what I have experienced and what I continuously experience but also what remains to be experienced, what remains to be developed. It includes what is implied by the sum of what I already know, similar to the way that the missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle can be recognized from a study of the arrangement of the pieces already in place. I am also guided by what I call insight (inspiration), arising from consciousness itself as it grows.
The verbal and written model is intellectual in construction but far more than intellectual in application. We apply the model with our being, the sum of who we are that includes not only thought but feeling and awareness and attention--in fact that includes our very consciousness itself as it unfolds.
A perfect model can only be realized with the full development of consciousness. As long as consciousness remains underdeveloped, the model that springs from it will likewise remain underdeveloped and incomplete. We are dealing with consciousness, after all, in which the terrain is the very traveler of it. Growing consciousness implies broadening comprehension. A lack of consciousness implies not only missing pieces to a puzzle--it implies the absence of a subject.
What I refer to as "attention" is the process by which a human being grows more conscious. Attention is the exercise of a latent human ability to vest subtle internal energy.
Within the human body, subtle energy is organized. Thought is an organization of subtle energy. Emotions consist of organizations of subtle energy. Sensory awareness itself is an organization of subtle energy. Any given sensation is a form of energy.
Consciousness, in its elementary form, is bodily awareness. Bodily awareness is our simple sense of being present, our rudimentary sense of being a body within the universe. Bodily awareness is generated by the continuous automatic process of sensory awareness, prior to thought. Consciousness itself is not thinking. Consciousness, in its elementary form, is prior to thinking.
Our rudimentary consciousness, bodily awareness, our basic sense of self, consists of an organization of subtle energy within the body. Our given sense of being is faint and fleeting. We only momentarily touch base with it. We quickly lose our sense of being present. We generally dwell in continuous thoughts and emotions. We are hardly conscious.
Attention reorganizes the subtle energy of which we consist. The act of attention is both a vestment and divestment of internal energy. Energy in itself is the potential for work, a capacity for action. Vestment means exercising (and increasing) the capacity to act.
Touch base with your sense of being present. That is the act of attention. By getting a feel for yourself as presently conscious, you are exercising your power of attention. Get a feel for the dimension of yourself that is presently conscious. Contrast it with thought, with emotion, with awareness. By drawing a contrast between these, you are exercising your capacity to pay attention. You are increasing your consciousness.
The act of attention divests energy from emotions and reinvests that energy into bodily awareness, thereby increasing bodily awareness. Attention divests energy from the thought process and reinvests that energy into bodily awareness, thereby increasing bodily awareness, increasing consciousness, expanding and prolonging the sense of being present.
Paying attention increases bodily awareness. Bodily awareness increases until it becomes an energetic body of consciousness.
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