The Question of all Questions.

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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…

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the Deep Thoughts of These Thoughts

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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.

The Missing Piece. Consciousness.

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Consciousness. One word that holds enormous value. Over the years, I slowly began to realize that the idea of consciousness is probably the most fundamental aspect in life itself.  It just so happens it is also the least understood, and that is the motivation behind why I will continue to delve into the idea of consciousness.

Attending the basic high school and college science classes, you begin to notice the redundancy of a few names. Newton, Einstein, Darwin. The deeper into science you travel, names such as Bohr, Schrodinger, and Heisenberg become recurrent. All revolutionary scientists, shaping the their respective fields, and leaving their marks in history. I would, however, like to point out that each of them hypothesized and conducted on matters of the outside world. Although, Darwin could be a fair argument.

Now don’t get me wrong. There has been great strides in the field of neuroscience. Back in 2007, Robert Lanza proposed the concept of Biocentrism. This definition should provide the gist. The theory espouses that biology is the central driving science in the universe, and sees an understanding of the other sciences as reliant on a deeper understanding of biology. Biocentrism states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos — life creates the universe rather than the other way around. It asserts that current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness.

Disclaimer: I intend to read Lanza’s book, dubbed Biocentrism.

Other scientists believe the theory is incomplete, which indeed it is as it only presents extremely abstract ideas. I sometimes ask myself this question. What is it to be a conscious? Is it self-awareness? Knowing that you are you? Well, it appears as if that consciousness led us down a path not at all concerned with why things are this way.

It baffles me how the most notable scientists aren’t those who have made significant steps in the understanding of our own species. Humans. String theory is relatively popular in terms of describing the makeup of universal building blocks beyond the subatomic level, but will a full understanding of this allow us to grasp consciousness? I’ve heard it’s too complex a subject. Then I think about the Supercollider and say to myself, “Rubbish.”

 

Mind, The Ontological Powerhouse

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Do you know I’ve lived my whole life behind the images being displayed from my optic nerve? That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but I feel as it has been taken for granted. Whether its been attending a cinema, hanging out with friends, or going back for seconds, it’s always been the same point of view; mine.

With that being said, I began to ponder on well-known spiritual ideas. Ideas such as Karma. Essentially, what goes around comes around. There’s a similar notion presented in the Bible, the idea of Sowing Seeds. To me, they’re both projecting some sort of message about what IS going to happen in the future. Now, how can anyone tell the future? That sounds absurd… well, not exactly. Less popular beliefs, such as the Law of Attraction, exhibit the same traits, claiming that if one were to think of something, it will manifest due to ones thoughts interacting with the universe. Time and time again, I have come across these abstract thoughts through entirely different sources. I mean, what gives? There must be an underlying reason these examples all portray different styles of saying “you control your world.”

I believe those who have divulged into these types of thoughts might have an idea of where I’m coming from. No, I am not someone with too much time on their hands, nor am I someone who doesn’t have anything better to do than think. But I am someone who realizes, understands, and cherishes what the mind can do.