The following diagram depicts examples of degrees of soul centralisation. In seeking to understand and govern our self, we do well to be able to centralise our consciousness. This means being able to retract our self back into a state of condensed awareness; so that we are able to view our thoughts as distinct and external of our self the observant thinker, and able to notice our emotions without confusing our identity with our emotions. This takes practice to do.
The key word here is identity. Identify yourself as the consciousness. Maintain your identity as observant consciousness at the centre of you being. Remind your self regularly of your identity. You are consciousness, pure awareness, positioned in the head. You are the central “I”, the controller, the observer, the decider. You are the conscious governing self.
Distinguish between your thoughts, emotions and physical body. Notice that those layers are not you; that you are the observant consciousness. Notice the differences between thought, emotion and body, and the difference between those and your self. Notice their qualities, their functions, and notice the sense of direction and of distance that exists between them and you the consciousness. Practice increasing the distinction between you the consciousness, thought, emotion and body.
As often as you can, centralise your identity, centralise your self, while being aware of your surrounding environment and surrounding layers of personality, being thought, emotion and physical body. Practice. Practice. When walking, talking, sitting, working. This way you develop a strong sense of your own presence in the head as centralised consciousness; and your thoughts, emotions and physical body become like clothing, tools or vehicles that you use. No longer do you misidentify yourself as being your thoughts, emotions or body. Increasingly you come to identify yourself as the soul, the consciousness, the driver at the centre of your being.
The above diagrams depict states of consciousness which we all may be subject to at different times, due to inducement from circumstances, or by our own effort. Every person tends to exist or “rest” his consciousness and identity in one or another of these conditions, depending upon his realisation and understanding of himself, but all people fluctuate through these conditions at different times, by their nature, circumstance, and their degree of achievement and conditioning.
The following are primary categories to provide initial distinctions. There are, of course, mixtures and assortments of conditions, but we always learn best when we start with primary categories.
Diagram D, at the bottom of the diagrams, shows the consciousness as it exists much of the time in the average person. Consciousness here is interspersed with the mental, emotional and physical bodies, and has lost its identity as consciousness.
The periphery of consciousness is where the awareness is. The person who’s consciousness rests in this condition most of the time identifies him or her self as being the physical body, along with its associated sensations and base emotions and according thought patterns. For this person, how they feel physically and how they feel about themselves physically is most important to them.
Diagram C shows consciousness retracted from the physical body but encompassing both the mental and emotional bodies. As the position of the periphery of consciousness marks where the individual’s awareness is most focused and where the individual usually identifies their self, then this individual is focused in and identifies their self as being their emotions. They may vaguely recognise that they are more than or distinct from their body but not from their feelings. This person identifies with their feelings; assumes they are their feelings. Although they can perform reasoning, they can only do so within the bounds that their emotions enable them to do so. How they feel and what they like, want and desire, dictates what and how they think. And how they feel emotionally is most important to them.
As emotions ride upon physical living, the difference between D and C is a graduation between physical sensations and emotional feelings.
Diagram B shows consciousness intermeshed with the mental body.
This individual identifies him self mostly as being his mind and thoughts. Thought takes precedent over his emotions, which he mostly views as separate to or distant from himself, and secondary in priority to his thinking. Regardless of how he feels emotionally, this person will endeavour to function mentally, from a basis of reason. This person’s thinking and reasoning processes are most important to him and to his identity.
Diagram A is representative of centralised consciousness. Consciousness has been retracted back, concentrated, condensed, pure, able to differentiate between itself and the surrounding functions of thought, emotion, and physical body.
Consciousness is here condensed and concentrated in the head in its seat of observation and control. In this position and condition, the individual identifies himself as consciousness; he does not identify himself as the physical body, the thoughts or emotions. In this condition, structured visual thought is observed in front of his mind’s eye which is the function of sight by which he views visual/imaginative thought, and he sees such thought as being external of himself the viewer. In this condition, conceptual thought (where ideas are first conceived) is recognised as a function of consciousness. Calculative and rational thought is recognised as an interplay between consciousness and structured thought. (By interplay I refer to consciousness weighing, dissecting, comparing, combining, arranging various projected options or articles of thought.) Emotion is observed as distant sentiments and feelings of various kinds of like and dislike. And the physical body is recognised as a vehicle for locomotion and operations. The consciousness/self in this condition is in a position from where it observes and controls the personality mechanism. Consciousness is not overspilt, immersed and blended with thought and emotion, has not lost its identity. The self knows itself, knows its own identity, and does not mistakenly feel itself to be its thoughts, feelings or body, but rather, is aware of thought and emotion as being separate and distinct from itself. The vision or “eye sight” of the consciousness is clearer and freer from the turbidity of thought and emotion. The identity of oneself is as consciousness.
The matter to be emphasised here is one of identification of self. The consciousness is set back in its rightful place and identifies itself as “I the consciousness”, rather than being overextended into the personality layers with its energy dispersed and misidentifying itself as thought, emotion or physical body. “I”, consciousness, self, are the same.
Some further notes:
Few people have their consciousness positioned in A or B continually. Rather, their consciousness fluctuates. Nearly everyone is emotional sometimes and reasonable sometimes. But also most people are inclined one way or the other. (In the western world the balance of power is roughly down the middle between reason and emotion; numerically more are emotional, but reason (contrary to how it may seem) is stronger than emotion and so the fewer who are reasonable put the balance of power in roughly the centre.)
These four degrees of mixture between the consciousness and the personality layers exist in us all at differing times.
As students of truth and explorers of self we should familiarise our self with each of these conditions and be conscious of our condition at any given time, and in so doing, exercising and developing our centralised position of consciousness.
We may practice sliding our awareness through the layers from outer most to inner most, and back again, up and down, in and out, identifying our self and our personality layers. We should be aware of how retracted or how extended our consciousness is, and how we are focused, and where our identity is positioned.
Ponder, observe, familiarise. Then trial, practice, strengthen.