Saturday, February 5, 2011

Joint Cooperation

But what then am I? A thing that thinks. What is that? A thing that doubts, understands, affirms, denies, wills refuses, and that also imagines and senses.

Indeed it is no small matter if all of those things belong to me. But why should they not belong to me? Is it not the very same “I” who now doubts almost everything, who nevertheless understands something, who affirms that this one thing is true, who denies other things, who desires to know more, who wishes not to be deceived, who imagines many things even against my will, who also notices many things which appear to come from the senses? What is there in all of this that is not every bit as true as the fact that I exist. For it so obvious that it is I who doubt, I who understand, and I who will, that there is nothing by which it could be explained more clearly

Rene Descartes in his third meditation from his work, Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy is hitting the human nail on the head in terms of defining a fragment of his consciousness. He explains how the mind and body are independent but need each other in order to make sense of individual existence. The body cannot exist without the mind, but the mind does exist without the body. Body consciousness follows the stream of inner consciousness and creates an ego consciousness which Descartes identifies by describing aspects of it.

Consciousness exercises itself using innate abilities that cannot be expressed through physical manifestation alone. The neurological structure of the brain cannot capture all the nuances of consciousness especially since it travels faster than the speed of light.

The structured framework of physical existence needs a specific platform filled with experiences which we accept as real and valid. Inner consciousness along with body consciousness makes that platform or focus possible. Physical reality clicks on and off; we only perceive it the waking hours, but the inner work that makes this platform possible is done in the sleeping or dream state.

The meeting of body consciousness and inner consciousness requires intense focus so extraordinary manipulations are required; perceptions must be fine-tuned in physical terms and even when they are limitations occur. Cellular comprehension is not tuned-in by the normal conscious self and the free-wheeling aspect of the expanded self is hidden as well. A disengagement process must occur so each aspect of consciousness can regenerate.

Our material reality is formed by joint cooperation. Impulses and ideas become objectified and become part of the physical environment. This provides a framework of inner data at any given point in space-time. The airplane objectifies the inner data of flying and Descartes objectifies his existence in that 17th century period, but he still exists today; he is functioning in unison with another aspect of his consciousness.

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