What is Consciousness?July 21, 2019
In the previous post , we explained that there are only two things in Existence:
Experience is split up into ideas and feelings. Feelings then have two categories:
- the impersonal part of Existence as the Matrix (or Brahma, Tao, Sunya, the Whole)
- the personal part of Existence as the Supreme Entity (or God, Allah, Yahweh, Kali, Ganesh, etc. which are really created by the positive feelings of the experiencer)
The Experiencer has two parts as mind and consciousness. The mind is an arena or container for experiences for consciousness.
- A consciousness with an active mind is a living thing
- A consciousness with an inactive mind is a non-living thing, due to the confinement of the Negative Force
A living mind is like a theater that has activity, allowing actors and props to enter, perform, and exit. A non-living mind is a theater that is locked or closed.
The performance of the actors with the props and sounds are like the mind’s thinking action. The backstage is like the memories waiting to go back onto the stage when called on.
This processing turns ideas into thoughts and makes the difference* between ‘ideation’ and ’thinking’.
*We can say that idea is the cause and thought is the effect
Consciousness is the state of perception
While mind can be either active or inactive, consciousness can only be ‘on’ or ‘off’ just as something can exist or not exist. This means that consciousness is not a thing or substance, but is merely a state of an identity that determines whether it perceives or not.
The dynamics of the two forces implies that everything is conscious, having the ability to perceive. It is the inability of some identities to express those perceptions, due to the influence of the Negative Force, that makes things not seem to be aware. But the fact that they react to actions done onto them is proof that they are aware.
For example, ice thaws when heated. This reaction is proof that the ice atoms were able to perceive the heat and reacted accordingly. There is nothing that does not react to actions done on it. This is proof that the universe is aware and conscious even if their reactive potential is very limited.
This removes any mystical connotation on what consciousness is. Instead, the mystery is with the nature of the mind and the infinity of its ideas and feelings.
Since consciousness, perception, and existence go hand in hand, does this mean that consciousness is the cause of existence? We experience the existence of a new day after we wake up and regain our consciousness. Therefore, consciousness causes existence, right?
This is not entirely correct because behind the waking up of consciousness is the desire to wake up. Thus, desire is the real cause of existence.
For example, if my entity (as my ego*) wants to experience the existence of a pink elephant, then it will direct my mind to create one from my memories of an elephant and the color pink. It will then be experienced by my consciousness, fulfilling my ego’s requirement.
*Ego is the feeling of the self. ‘Feeling’ itself is a wave and the base material of ‘desire’.
In this case, the existence of the pink elephant in my mind needed four ingredients*:
- A desire to experience a pink elephant
- A memory of the color pink and an elephant
- A mind where those are combined to create the metaphysical pink elephant
- A consciousness to perceive it
*Most of our volunteers are software developers so it’s normal for us to painstakingly catch and list all the steps in any process
Thus, existence is the effect. Desire is the cause. The idea-particle that took the form of a pink elephant was caused by the desire-wave for it.
A lot of metaphysical doctrines and moral philosophies emphasize consciousness and mind, but do not look into the nature of desire and feelings of the mind.
These desires are such a powerful principle that it even leads to the invention of concepts such as God*, Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Kali, Ganesh, etc. as stated in the previous post .
*Atheists often bash religions for believing in arbitrary Deities. They do not realize that those Deities are a symptom of the natural mental or metaphysical limitation of most humans. Bashing a religion would be like bashing a disabled person for being disabled. The moral solution is to not bash the disabled, but on the contrary, to give them more assistance than ordinary. This is why Superphysics embraces religions and focuses on their common traits and feelings, instead of dwelling on their differences.
Mentality Creates Reality
The pattern of desires then form the mentality of a person, technically as the ‘shape’ of a person’s mind.
- The mentality of a Christian is formed by Christian desires
- The mentality of a Muslim is formed by Islamic desires
- The mentality of a scientist is formed by the desires for science
- The mentality of a KPOP fan is formed by the desires for KPOP
A person’s mentality then leads to his actions in the physical dimension. Thus, by having desire as the root, it is easier to understand why and how ‘mentality creates reality’:
A variation of this is ‘If you want to experience a certain reality, then you first have to want it.’
- some people go through life without knowing what they want
- other people claim that they know exactly what they want
Both of these are extremes which will reduce the probability of them experiencing their desired reality.
the people who don’t know what they want will have too little desire-power to particalize their waves*. This will cause them to fail in achieving any reality that they might desire. An analogy is the undercooking of a dish, which makes it not edible or far from ideal.
the people who specify exactly what they want will have too much desire leading to a premature and rigid particalization. This explains why sheer grit and determination do not always lead to success. An analogy is the overcooking of a dish, which makes it useless
Putting it all together
Desire activates or ’turns on’ consciousness which then activates or creates mind.
Consciousness thus has only one task: to experience existence. In addition, consciousness is only binary, as either on or off:
- A consciousness that is off is unconscious and not experiencing. This implies that desire has left it just as electricity has left a light bulb as to turn it off
- A consciousness that is on is conscious and experiencing. This implies that it has desire in it just as a glowing light bulb means it has electricity in it
This means that everything that exists exists because the Supreme Entity wanted it to exist, as its idea. The real question is why did the Supreme Entity desire that thing?
From the human perspective, this is embodied in the question: What do you want to do with your life? Or why do you exist?
Superphysics is a bit different in that it views everything as an idea of the Supreme Entity and our existence being inside Its mind. Thus, the proper question is:
Why is the Supreme Entity thinking of me?
Unlike the question “Why do I exist?” which enshrines the ego, this question puts the ego secondary or below that of the Supreme Entity. This will put the ego’s desire in line with desire the Creator of Existence. This, in turn, will increase the chances of achieving whatever that existential goal or plan may be.
In our earlier analogy, this prevents ‘undercooking’ or ‘overcooking’ of goals. The desire of the Supreme will guide the human desire in real-time in order to get the goal achieved just right. Getting it just right requires a specific sequence or flow of steps. The Taoists call this flow as the Tao, while Hindus call it the dharma.