Some Laws regarding Cognitive Mechanics and the Direction of Drive

Thought is subject to choice.

Emotion follows thought.

Thought and behaviour are subject to choice / freewill.

It is via thought that emotion is controlled.

Thought initiates emotion, but the type of emotion initiated is dictated by the values relevant to the thought.

Values are subject to judgement.

Values can be reassessed and rearranged according to better judgement.

We can subject anything to our judgement.

Choice is preceded by judgement.

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An analogy for mind

Put several articles on a table, such as several tools, models, toys, items, some modelling clay, a piece of paper, some coloured pencils, anything at all.

The table can be likened to our mind, and the items likened to thoughts.

Our physical senses by which we are aware of the items on the table can be likened to our faculties of awareness.

Our head with its senses can be likened to our consciousness, and the distance of our head from the table can be likened to the distance of our consciousness from the screen of mind.

Our having an idea to put another item on the table is like consciousness conceiving conceptual thought. Our fetching that item and putting it on the table is like that conceived thought becoming formed or structured thought.

Our arms and hands and their ability to move items around on the table and to arrange them as we please, can be likened to active thought; our hand’s ability to make things out of combinations of the items to serve a purpose can be likened to our intellect, and our two hand’s ability to weigh items against one another can be likened to our judgement. So our hands moving the items about and doing things with them is like the working of active thought, intellect and judgement.

Our using articles to count with, or doing sums on the piece of paper, is like us mentally doing sums in our head, using imagination and active thought.

Taking some of the modelling clay and modelling a figurine can be likened to making an image in our imagination. First it is non-existent or fuzzy but it gradually takes shape. Putting the figurine away in a cupboard is like ceasing to think about it and so it goes into our subconscious. Taking it out of the cupboard again to do some more work on it, is like bringing it forth from our subconscious to imagine it some more. Notice how when it is taken out of the cupboard that it is at the same stage of development as it was when we last worked on it. Now we have it out again and we add more detail and improve its shape, it gets clearer, and then we put it away again. Each time we take it out of the cupboard, we do more work on it, make it clearer and more defined, add some colour, more detail. This is why what we have imagined before is easier to imagine again, and each time easier again.

Do this exercise and learn how the mind works.

The body with all its anatomy, physiology and function is a manifest of soul.

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Faculties of Consciousness 4 – some distinctions

Here are some distinctions that can help us be more conscious of what we are doing with our mind:

Honesty is the ability to see things as they are. It is transparency of mind; the absence of superimpositions over reality. It results from valuing truth above all else.

Superimpositions are obstructions to our mental vision. They are articles of thought and attitude that we superimpose over reality, preventing us from seeing things as they are. They are like obstructive shapes, clouds or cataracts that afflict the heart and mind. They result from unknown convictions or beliefs, even from preferences. I refer to beliefs that are irrational and partial, and that confine and obstruct the heart and mind, not to beliefs that are logical and that expand and clear the heart and mind.

To distinguish, discern, discriminate or differentiate, is the ability to see the difference between one thing and another. It is the first ability of awareness, and is exercised via any of its faculties. Discrimination includes recognition of grades of differences from slight to great, and therefore is recognition of patterns of similarity within a majority, which is the ability to generalise. The ability to discriminate and generalise are the same ability, with discrimination exercised between two distinctions and generalisation being discrimination exercised across many distinctions. Discrimination is the basis of intelligence, which is the recognition of relationships.

Intelligence is the ability to choose between one thing and another. Passive intelligence is programmed choice; active intelligence is free choice; and creative intelligence is the ability to freely select aspects from a variety of options and blend them together to create a previously imagined result.

In other words, intelligence is the expanse of awareness divided by the distinctions able to be made and utilised. Or stated the other way around, intelligence is discrimination multiplied by the expanse of awareness, combined with the ability to freely choose and utilise.

The degree of intelligence is the extent of the expanse of awareness, divided by the finess of distinctions able to be made, combined with the extent to which all distinctions can be utilised.

Consciousness is intelligence and intelligence is consciousness. The difference is largely referential. Our knowing what consciousness/intelligence is enables us to isolate it and exercise it.

Active thought is the interplay between consciousness and mind. Intellect is the interplay between intelligence and mind. The difference between active thought and intellect is realisation. (Realisation is our coming into reality. It usually occurs in gradually in stages, but may be accelerated.)

Active thought includes intellect, but intellect does not include all active thought, for active thought can also be haphazard or fanciful. Active thought and intellect are performed with the same mental faculties but with different degrees of realisation and purpose.

Mind is that realm in which occurs all thought. It exists in its most subtle or finest state in consciousness where fresh ideas are fist conceived and faintly held, and thickens through coarser grades to its outer reaches where thought is most clearly imaged and formed, and where consciousness can most easily identify itself as being distinct from the thought that it observes.

Thought is form and activity in mind. There is (1) conceptual or emergent thought that is vague or faint when it is first conceived in consciousness. And there is (2) formed thought that is well defined and structured, and which consciousness can view separately from itself. Conceptual thought becomes structured thought. And there is (3) active thought or the moving around of thought, the shuffling, dividing, segmenting, adding together, weighing, and structuring of thought. This active thought is the interplay of consciousness with mind.

Faculties of consciousness are firstly, the senses by which consciousness is aware of formed thought in any format and can discriminate between one thought, or one piece or aspect of thought, and another; and secondly, the ability to freely choose or select from any of those discriminated thoughts; and thirdly, the ability to freely utilise, move and arrange parts and aspects of any thought discerned. The faculties of the first attribute of consciousness, which is awareness, govern, limit and accommodate the faculties of the second and third attributes which are simply divisions of these attributes following up upon first attribute faculties.

Conceptual thought is emergent thought; thought freshly conceived in consciousness.

Formed thought or structured thought is thought that is defined; it may be in any format, which is the mental material of which it is constructed, being mentally visual, audible, odour, taste of tactile, or a mixture or blend of several formats. Formed thought exists at the most outer extent of our mind where the thought is most distinct from the observant consciousness.

Active thought is thought in motion, thought being moved, animated, divided, put together, turned, rotated. Includes moving images, running mental sentences, running thoughts, thoughts of sounds and music, moving day dreams, creating fantasy, comparing options, weighing priorities, shuffling facts about, reasoning, judging – any thought in movement or activity, as opposed to stationary thought. Active thought is the product of all the attributes and faculties of consciousness working with the substance of mind. Active thought is the mobilising of structured thought.

Knowledge, in its purest sense, is what we know, what we have experienced and thereby proved to our self. Knowledge is not information, and is not what we think. There may be widespread assumed knowledge that may be correct, but for the purpose of understanding and knowing our self we differentiate that widespread assumed knowledge from what we have actually experienced and know within our self. We discriminate between what we know and what we only think we know. And thereby condense and tighten up our soul/consciousness and better know our self as distinct from our thoughts.

As with knowledge, so too with facts. There are facts or units of truth that we know are facts because we have experienced them and they are part of us. We must distinguish between what we know and what we only think we know, that is between knowledge, conjecture and opinion. In strictest sense, we only know what we know, and what we have been and what we have become, all else is conjecture.

Reason is the ability to weigh up known facts. That is pure reason and is different from conjecture, which is reasoning with unknown facts, regardless of how verified by outside sources those facts may be. So there is pure reason, and impure reason. One deals with facts, and the other with assumed facts. We should be conscious of the difference when we practice them.

Imagination is thought in structured visual format. It exists upon the screen of mind. The mind’s eye is the visual faculty (organ) by which consciousness views imagined thought. Consciousness has faculties by which it is aware of thought in every format.

Reason is the ability to weigh up known facts. Logic is the adding together of facts. Analysis is the division of facts. Calculation is intelligent surmising, is the use of intellect to anticipate the unknown. Judgement is the weighing and comparing of values, priorities, and the importance of things. Reason, logic, analysis, calculation, judgement, are interplays of intelligence with structured thought, are interplays of consciousness with mind.

Subconscious is the storage place of prior thoughts when they are not within or before the consciousness. Subconscious is behind the consciousness, where thoughts are arranged in their order of accord with conscience. They are drawn into or let into consciousness from the back, held consciously in mind for a while, then let out through the front of consciousness to circulate around to the rear and to settle again in the subconscious. Each time any thought housed in the subconscious passes through consciousness it is re-energised, made clearer, more defined, and stronger.

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The Forgiveness Aura

Building the Forgiveness Aura ¹

“All around and through myself, an aura of forgiveness. 

 All around and through myself, I wear the clear white light. 

 And there is naught the clear white light does not forgive.”

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The Protective Aura part 2

There are two main types of protective auras. Following are descriptions of them both.

1. The first type of protective aura is a surrounding of clear white light which has the ability to repel all unwanted vibrations, energies and influences. In a sense this aura is like armour. When hostile or unpleasant vibrations or energies come up against this aura, they cannot penetrate it; instead, this aura deflects them. The unwanted vibrations or energies then return to their sender, or they may go into the nearest receptive person.

2. The second type of protective aura is also an aura of clear white light. But instead of deflecting incoming vibrations and energies, this aura absorbs and nullifies them. In this way the vibrations or energies do not return to the sender nor go to anyone else, for they are absorbed and nullified by the aura.

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The Protective Aura part 1

Human beings influence each other, for better and for worse. And we don’t just influence each other by our words and actions, but also by our thoughts, emotions and even by our presence. In other words, we influence each other by our radiations, energy, our vibrations.

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The Homogeniser part 2

On this particular occasion, after doing my prayers I leaned back against the chest of draws and relaxed. Centred in my head I casually scanned my surroundings. Aware of myself as consciousness centred in the head, I scanned the surrounding environment.

I casually wondered if there are any aliens from other worlds living here on this planet amongst us humans; and if there are such aliens living amongst us then where might the nearest one be?

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The Homogeniser part 1

(2009)

I sat down beside the bed on an old pouf cushion stuffed with shredded newspaper and rested my back against the bedside draws.

Firstly, I centred my consciousness in the head. Then breathed in the way that condenses and concentrates the conscious controlling self. Then holding steady the concentrated state, I turned my awareness within upon itself, and reached with my inward awareness into my own consciousness, inward and upward to the inner upper pinnacle of consciousness, to the skylight at the ceiling of the soul – conscience. Then up through conscience, towards God.

I have been taught and have learnt that all prayer starts with repentance, which is honesty before God, is the presenting our sins to God, so as to become transparent in view of God, and receptive to God’s light, and to Truth. I did my presentations and asked forgiveness.

Along with my sins I took up with me the sins of others so that they could be forgiven too, for I have been taught and have learnt that God’s forgiveness is not suited to tiny tasks.

After repentance and forgiveness I started my prayers. Keeping my conscious self centred in the head, my outward awareness aware of my surroundings, and my inward awareness continuing to reach inward and upward, to and through conscience towards God.

With hands together in front of heart, from my consciousness in the head I reached in two directions at once, both inward and upward to and through conscience to God, and downward and outward through heart to others. I drew my breath down from within and above, from God, and breathed outward through heart to others. Together with this flow of breath I combine the love wish – the heartfelt wish that suffering be minimal as lessons be learned – that is the quality of love. So breathing in God’s love, and breathing out God’s love to others.

Prayer and love work together; this love does not work without prayer, for love is the outflow of God. The energy of love combines with the breath, and the love flows into the soul from above and flows outward through the heart, and does so with the breath. Breath is the handle by which we move energy. When we combine will and thought and breath, we have a potent mix, with all manner of potential.

I may direct the love wish to certain people or persons, but include all people too. And if sending forgiveness, which is love regardless, or love directed to what we find distasteful, for a particular person then always for all other people too, because that is the nature of love. God’s love is not suited to tiny tasks. And if we would attune our heart to accommodate God’s love, then our heart may be specific but must also be all inclusive.

Sometimes prayer tunes and primes the psychological system, putting us in such a state that we are able to leave the body, or that makes us able to perform abilities that otherwise we might not be able to. Part 2 of this article recounts one of those occasions.

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The Picture Book

After the body went to sleep I was drawn down to the gravel flat in front of the property’s two farm houses where the cars and tractor turn around. It was a dark night and starry sky. All around was pastureland and the edge of the property bordered a vast forest. The occupants of both houses and the creatures of the day were sleeping and the night-time creatures were awake. The great oak tree stook nearby and the blue heeler slept in his kennel beneath the oak. A huge pine with ivy up its trunk and full of sleeping daytime birds stood between the two old houses, its branches overhanging them both. I was conscious of being alone, out of my body, standing on the gravel driveway, awaiting something, but not sure what.

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Faculties of Consciousness 3

The faculties of awareness divide horizontally into a higher level for mind and lower level for the physical senses.

For example, the faculty of mental vision can see imagined thought on a higher level and on a lower level can see out through the eyes.

It is something like bifocal reading glasses which divide one’s vision into a lower level for short range and an upper level for distance; or like wearing a diving mask with the lens half in the water so that one can see below the water and above the water at the same time.

If one does not differentiate between these two levels of vision, then they can easily and deceptively converge, and without us being aware of it, imagination can superimpose itself in a disruptive way over our vision of material reality.  This can produce a tendency towards making imaginative incorrect assumptions.

This horizontal division exists between every mental faculty of awareness and every physical sense.

The emotions which stir with the thought that we imagine (according to our likes and dislikes of the thought) are also superimposed over our physical senses. This causes associated emotions to move along with the incorrect perceptions or assumptions.

Be sure to differentiate between thoughts and material reality, that is, between the faculties of awareness and the senses of the body, between the realm of mind and the physical world.

Both are real in their own sense, but we must be able to separate them, be able to keep them apart. Then later we can bring them together in a creative intelligent fashion, like a true artist does when he superimposes a mentally created image upon a canvass and with pencil traces over it, reproduces its colours with paints, and thus he materially manifests his imagination, or like an engineer does when he designs a physical structure, or like a mechanic does when he imaginatively traces the workings of a motor car to diagnose and locate the fault that fits its symptoms, or like the gardener does when she envisages the garden and plants it and nurtures it accordingly. But before we can blend mind and matter in a fine and perfect way and get correct and perfect results, we must be able to differentiate between mind and matter and be able to keep them apart.

Differentiate between what you see and what you imagine, between what you hear and your interpretation of it, between what you know and what you think.

Then as required, bring these levels of perception together, carefully and sensibly overlay them, and in doing so make good use of them.

But be aware that they are two separate levels, the mental and the physical.

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Faculties of Consciousness 2

Attributes

The attributes of consciousness, in their order, are firstly, awareness; secondly, freewill; and thirdly, the ability to apply force/energy.

Each attribute of consciousness applies itself upon, through and in conjunction with the prior attribute. In other words, force is applied to the choice we make, and choice is applied to our awareness of options.

Likewise, when we view consciousness from the reference of intelligence, we see that there could be no creative intelligence without underlying active intelligence, and no active intelligence without underlying passive intelligence, for each type of intelligence is an addition upon the former.

Faculties

The faculties of consciousness are simply divisions within the attributes of consciousness.

As the three attributes of consciousness ride upon each other in their respective order, so too, the faculties (divisions) belonging to each attribute ride upon the faculties of the prior attribute.

As the attribute of awareness divides into its faculties of mental sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, and further divides to perceive the many grades of colour, sound, smell, taste and touch available, then so too, the attribute of freewill divides from simply being an ability to freely choose between two stark options, to being able to freely choose from many options, and thereby providing consciousness with active intelligence.

To the width of scope and fineness of distinction that awareness can perceive, can freewill choose; and to that same width of scope and fineness of distinction can intelligent effort¹ be exerted, force applied and energy imparted to that choice.

So we see that the divisions that our awareness can perceive provide the options that our freewill can choose from, and to which we then apply force and energy to.

¹ I used the term intelligent effort because it is possible for the application of force or initiative to override or exceed the capacity of awareness and freewill to sensibly accommodate it. In which case we might say the result is not so much creative intelligence but haphazard expression of crude initiative. (crosslink here)

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Faculties of Consciousness part 1

Previous posts have dealt with the attributes of consciousness. (herehere, herehere ) This post will describe the differences between the attributes and the faculties of consciousness.

As an introductory definition: The faculties of consciousness are the divisions within the attributes of consciousness.

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Music wonderful Music

I wanted to know more about music, its physics, its origins, and its uses. Over several excursions out of the body, both escorted and unescorted, I learned some things about music that I did not imagine could be possible beforehand.

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Centralising Consciousness 2

Meditation / Centralising Consciousness 2

When our consciousness is centralised, our awareness and therefore our presence and identity, is held steady in the head. We are conscious of our self being set back behind the eyes, as if the eyes are a window that we are looking out of from the centre of a room.

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From our centralised position in the head we are aware of all sensory income. With our centralised awareness we scan our physical environment, we scan 360 degrees all around us, aware of our physical surroundings, aware of our full field of vision, we hear the many sounds around us from near and far. Whatever our senses pick up, our awareness is aware of too. We are stable and calm, aware of the direction and distance of things around us, and aware of our self in the centre of our surroundings.

We close our eyes and see before us the black screen of mind upon which we project and view imagined thought. We slowly close and open the eyes, so that we can practice our ability to remain centralised when the eyes are either open or closed. Occasionally we hold our eyes only slightly open so we can practice looking out through the thin opening of slightly open eyes while at the same time observing the dark screen above the slightly opened eyes.

With eyes closed we pull our self, our awareness, further back and within, creating a greater distance between our self and the screen of mind before us. And we pull our self slightly upwards so as to gain a sense of slight elevation so that we are not level with the eyes but raised a little and level with the eyebrows. The screen of mind is before us, as if it is upon the inside of our forehead.

Any visual thought that we create or see upon the screen of mind we keep our distance from, we watch it from a distance, so that we keep a gap between the thought and our self the observer of the thought. We increase and maintain the gap between our self and the screen of mind Our development of a sense of this gap/distinction/distance between our self and screen of mind is crucial to maintain our identity as “I” the consciousness, the controller at the centre of our being.

Some people have difficulty visually imagining things, especially when trying to. That is not an issue here. Whether you can imagine an image on the screen of imagination or can see only blackness in front of you does natter in the least. Whichever is the case, be conscious of you the observer who looks outward at the blackness or images before you. Being conscious of yourself as awareness is the central aim of the exercise.

You are aware of your surroundings, your physical, mental and emotional surroundings, and aware of your own existence as awareness – be conscious of your awareness. And you are freewill, free to choose from the options you perceive – be conscious of your freewill. And you are force to exert, strength to do as you choose – be conscious of your strength. Awareness, freewill and the ability to utilise energy are your central attributes, the three attributes of consciousness.

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Intelligence, Consciousness, Soul – the same enitity, part 2

The soul is consciousness and intelligence, and there is no difference between these two, except as terms of reference to be used as different angles by which to view the soul. That is, to view and understand the soul as consciousness or intelligence, and to come to see they are the same.

Through the reference of consciousness the soul is seen to possess three attributes of consciousness.

And through the reference of intelligence the soul is seen to possess three types of intelligence.

The soul is triune in its nature. With its first quality enabling the second, and the second enabling the third, and the three working together.

The first attribute of consciousness is awareness, that is, awareness of itself and its surroundings, and awareness of surroundings has a scope or width of field, and within that scope the awareness has an ability to discern differences, and this is the same as passive intelligence which is the ability to discern differences but no ability to freely choose.

The second attribute of consciousness is freewill, the ability to freely choose from any option discerned, and this is the same as active intelligence, the second type of intelligence.

The third attribute of consciousness is the ability to exert effort, to drive, to force, to impart energy via/into the options discerned and chosen by the first and second attributes; and this is the same as creative intelligence, the ability to freely choose from a variety of options and combine them to create a previously imagined result.

In accordance with the nature of the respective species, and within a freewilled species by degrees according to the individual’s degree of awakening, the awareness of surroundings may be with or without awareness of self, and the ability to choose may be free or preprogramed and instinctual, and the ability to exert energy may be preprogramed or free and creative or free and haphazard.

The first attribute of consciousness has an outward-inward dimension to its nature, in other words a to-and-fro dimension. And combining with the nature of the first attribute, the second attribute has both horizontal and vertical dimensions to its nature, in other words left-right and up-down dimensions. And combining with the natures of the first and second attributes, the third attribute has a creative-haphazard dimension to its nature.

Each attribute and their abilities and qualities ride upon and depend upon the prior, and the three together comprise the unit that is our consciousness/intelligence/soul.

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