Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bases Of Awareness

Our present field of consciousness is a centre surrounded by a fringe that shades insensibly into a subconscious of more.

William James, the pioneering psychologist, philosopher, and medical doctor, had a major influence on 19th century thought as well as the modern day concepts of consciousness. James spent his entire academic career at Harvard. In 1875, he taught his first experimental psychology course at Harvard.

We all have an extensive field of awareness. In that field there is an infield as well as an outfield. There is also a batter’s box and dugout. But we don’t look at our awareness field as a sport field, but in many respects our awareness reacts like one. We look at awareness as a thing because, to us, it is a tool to decipher the world we live in. But awareness is not a thing. It is a form of energy within our multifaceted consciousness. That energy helps the ego recognize more of the self.

Awareness expands as the lens of the ego focuses on physical experiences. The action within each experience fuels the expansion of awareness. Just like a ball game, what we did and were aware of yesterday is recorded in our consciousness as we expand from the experiences of today. Our expectation of a winning game tomorrow waits for the energy of awareness to decipher it.

Not all expectations become experiences. Awareness waits in our subconscious dugout as we clear the rubble of distorted thoughts and obligations from our expectations. Once we do, we are pitching, hitting and catching the thoughts that have enough energy to run the bases of awareness. And so it goes. Base to base, hit to hit, strike-out to strike-out, we move through the fringe that shades our desires until we realize that awareness, just like a manager, waits for us to choose another thought. When focused thoughts are put in play, we constantly run the bases within our experiences. The number, size and shape of those bases are products of our connected or disconnected pitcher. We call that pitcher the ego.

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