Thinking and Destiny; the catapult in my quest for answers.
Which came first?
On one side you have the body, the physical proof that we are who we are. Could you imagine yourself without it? Rather difficult to say the least. It’s what we’ve so thoroughly studied in the fields of biology and medicine. It’s the carrier of all the memories you’ve ever had, the pain you’ve ever endured, and all the joy you’ve ever felt. We’ve seen it grow right before our eyes, develop and change it’s form as time passes us by. There are those who don’t seem to age, however, and we make sure to express that opinion.
Then you have the mind. Has the consciousness that is you changed to same degree? Of course we amend our thoughts and beliefs over time, but anything drastic is unheard of. You’ve been you since you can remember.
I’m not here to say the mind is anymore you than the body it’s encapsulating. Just that there is a separation. With that same separation I ask, what is a mind without a body and vice-versa? We can’t remember the split second our body came into existence so a simultaneous creation seems unlikely. I personally don’t have any clear, vivid thoughts that predate my 4th or 5th birthday, and that’s pushing it.
Is it fair to say there wasn’t a mind quite yet? Or is it simply just a matter of being able to remember or not? Eh, I feel as if short cutting myself takes the fun out of things.
Time and time again, I notice how small we really are in the grand scheme of the universe. ‘Time and time again,’ of course, being a phrase to represent the time lapse between each separate but similar realization.
Do we know if any other creature has the ability to dream a dream, dream a reality, decide it’s what they want to experience, then subsequently set out on a path harboring its manifestation?
It’s utterly insane that our mind holds this power. I’ve personally seen it multiple times, however, the larger the dream, the longer the wait and the longer the desire needs to be focused on.
“I could really use a good laugh right about now.” That fruition will take one anywhere from 1 hour to 1 week.
“I can’t wait to own my own successful business.” Anywhere from months to years.
Regardless of which example chosen, the idea was planted in the mind and grown into a visual experience for our eyes to record for future references.
This portrays us as being extremely influential beings from our humanistic perspective. But at the same time, has not one human being expanded their thought into the realms of outer space (with all due respect to the great advances made in spaces voyages)? Are there really no other beings out there that we can communicate with? Are those manifestations due for a later date? With some goals being more achievable than others, should one only aim for short term accomplishments?
I hope not, but I do wonder…
Everyday, I come into contact with many people. Whether it’s at the coffee shop, the gym, or at school, being immersed in our society is obviously something natural. But I question all of it. Every wave, every Hello, every second of eye contact. I can’t help but feel blessed to be a participant in this euphoria we call Life…life?
“What’s life?” It’s one of those questions that are either used in a playful manner or flat-out not given much thought. I see it differently however. I imagine an infant child gazing at their surroundings in complete awe, utter amazement. What else could they be thinking besides “What is this!?”
It’s our own individual universe. Yes, there’s an infinite array of space beyond our blue skies. Our own planet could even be mistaken as limitless, but what’s anything that we’re never aware of? From a forgotten thought to a consumed pastry miles away, it’s as if things not brought to our awareness are entirely nonexistent.
I could venture into how supposedly the shift of the ages that came along with 2012 has decreased the lag time between thought manifestation. If that’s too abstract, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich novel touches on how the power of one’s mind can control one’s physical circumstances. These notions, plus many others, have absolutely give risen to the ideas that we are the main characters of our conscious movie. I am the protagonist in this never-ending script. I have the power to see to it how it plays out. I control who and what plays a role and how that factors in.
It’s quite invigorating…
I remember my first post on WordPress as if one were to find a new territory and place a stake. A stake placed by me, allowing myself to take note of a turning point in my life. I began to see situations and circumstances as opportunities to not only acquire knowledge, but to also question their mere existence. It was riveting, resonating with me on a level I’ve never witnessed. Why let these days filled with abstract thoughts and ideas slip away? I didn’t.
Now here I am, having took months away, not even beginning to question why I was absent for so long.
I believe Life really does unravel as that of a wave. We all know the common notion of “life’s ups and downs” and Newton’s law of “every reaction having an equal and opposite reaction.” I understand, as I type this very sentence, that back then I was growing in certain areas, most of which revolved around consciousness. I feel as if I return now in a new light, having those ideas established to embark even deeper into this quest; one step closer to being able to ask the right questions.
the unexamined life is not worth living…
The Trayvon Martin case has been spreading like wildfire across the nation. Some people might even read my first sentence and be discouraged to continue reading. I understand. Around every corner is another opinion, another racial comment, another ignorant statement, another idea that these ideas themselves are the problem. I am not a fan of death, no one is. But I say that to point out that I avoid the discussion of these serious matters at all costs, hide my feelings from people for some reason. And with this situation, I found an opportunity to not only discover something about myself and formulate my own opinion on all this, but to also pay respect to Trayvon.
I began by telling myself that I will never know what happened that night. Should that cause me to begin to delve into all the evidence presented during the trial? No. I’m not part of the jury…
This then leads me to say “Well, what could I possibly have to say?” Any possible path I began to take regarding this subject would end with me asking a million and one questions about that night. But I can say this:
This case should have not gained the “popularity” it did. I believe losing a loved one is already hard enough, but instantly being put into the national spotlight at the same time is something not many of us can say we’ve experienced.
Some might say people die everyday and their not recognized, fought for, or treated equally, which is why the explosion of this case could of offended some people. Sadly, I will not dwell over this loss as long as Trayvon’s family because I have to continue on achieving my goals and aspirations but I will send my prayers his way for the foreseeable future. It’s the least I could do from my nonexistent position. The decision was made and it appears to be final.
All in all, that’s all I can say about this. No matter what happened, is happening, or will happen, I can just send my prayers to those in need. Thanks for reading.
The whole notion of consciousness baffles me. One of the most fundamental aspects to the human condition, yet one of the least understood. So I took my perspective and began to rationalize it myself.
It’s fair to say that consciousness is a widespread phenomena among all people of Earth. This is an obvious assumption of what is most likely many people, but it needed to be said to venture into my points. How would one compare the consciousness of an adolescent vs. an adult? Someone in the Oval Office vs. someone in a mental asylum? A Christian vs. a Muslim?
One could say that the beliefs, morals, values, and norms differ among these people but that the underlying consciousness in all of them is the same. One could say that if the underlying consciousnesses is identical then how could any two lives deviate from one another?
That concept caused me ponder whether the consciousness is actually a fluctuating entity in people, having peaks and valleys throughout their corresponding lives, being able to take notice of the thoughts and emotions of a depressed Monday compared to an ecstatic Wednesday.
Does consciousness grow? Well, many believe meditation is a technique to expand one’s consciousness so indeed it could grow. But what comes with a broadened consciousness? A richer, deeper perspective, which can then be used in some sort of decision-making? Could that perceptual increase correlate to wisdom?
I believe where consciousness lies, is where the dreams lie and I believe this to be true due to the fact that it would be impossible for someone to follow my thoughts frame by frame. The TV-like screen projected in our psyche is where all thoughts take place and potentially where all dreams take place. Having drastically different thoughts is one reason why peoples lives are so different. Of course this is where thoughts tie back into everything of the physical world and how our 5 senses interpret that information 24/7. And this is what intrigues me.
The physical world is vast. Not only is it common to want to explore the physical world, it is subliminally a norm we follow by habit. Granted, the universe is infinite to our knowledge, we’re limited to this one planet. Our mind, however, isn’t.