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QUESTION 6: The purpose of our life

16-Consciousness

Let's go back to questions for which we don't have a definite answer such as "consciousness". You will find on the internet that:

"Despite centuries of analyses, definitions, explanations and debates by philosophers and scientists, consciousness remains puzzling and controversial, being at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives. Perhaps the only widely agreed notion about the topic is the intuition that it exists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied and explained as consciousness."

In short: We don't know!

There is even worse. Sometimes we are convinced that we are conscious of something when, in fact, we are not. Take “life” for instance. Plants cannot move but they can grow and change their shape. Could there be some life in plants?

We know that without our sun there would not be any plant or animal or any human. Planet earth would be nothing more than a very cold piece of rock. The light we receive from the sun is more than wavelengths. It brings us heat. Could it also bring life? It seems that we go through life being conscious of the minimum necessary for our survival. That should keep us humble.

We become conscious of the world around us through our senses. Unfortunately, our senses are limited. They give us a window on the world - a very narrow window.

Have you even watched people being hypnotized? The hypnotist can make them conscious of being too cold or too hot or pedaling on a bicycle in the middle of the ocean. He has complete control. 

It seems that human consciousness comes in two parts. We have our “conscious mind” that relies on the messages received through our sense organs. It uses logic and looks for proof.

We also have our “subconscious”. It does not need proof. It accepts everything sent to it. You could compare that with the crew of a ship. Above deck are people who select a route and make decisions. Below deck are people who control the machines and the rudder. If they are told to go in the direction of an iceberg, they will send the ship to the iceberg. (At least, that’s the way it was before computers controlled everything). It seems that the hypnotist has a way to bypass the conscious mind and gets direct access to the subconscious.

People need some time to get out of their automatic pilot. Go to a store and ask the clerk: "Do you have paint that can be used on an outside deck that is always in the shade?" Chances are that you will be asked to repeat the question. The clerk was on automatic pilot. He needed time to come back. Start by saying "Good morning. What a beautiful day" and he will understand your question the first time. Would it be possible that we want to include in our time awake some possibilities that we have during our sleep? Could we do that unconsciously?

Advertising can use “subliminal advertising”. The idea is to introduce in your subconscious some ideas that you are not even conscious of. This practice is banned in most countries (but is still legal in the US).

Do you want to make a horror movie? Imagine that the Martians know how to bypass human consciousness and keep us in automatic pilot most of the time. They treat us like a herd and are using us like we use the cows. They let us use 30% of our conscious mind to take care of the little details of our life. Sometimes they make humans fight one another and watch the fighting, just for fun, like we watch cock fighting. How could we blame them for treating the level below them like we are treating the level below us?

The same law could apply to all the levels: “Treat the levels below you, like you want to be treated.”

That would not be too bad if it was kept under control. That may not always be the case. Hypnotists are telling us that we are hypnotizing ourselves between 60% and 70% of the time. We can be driving on the freeway and thinking about something else. We are on automatic pilot. The conscious mind is doing the thinking, and the driving is left to the subconscious. Did you ever miss your turn off? Were you thinking about something else?

               Consciousness appeared on earth at different levels.

In very simple organisms, consciousness is limited to the experience of eating. This happens when, by chance, they get in contact with food. They are only conscious of food. At the next level, we have organisms that move around looking for food. When they are hungry, they move. When they are not, they rest. At a higher level, some organisms use sense organs such as smelling or hearing to guide their search. Consciousness increases gradually from the simpler organism to human beings.

Don't jump to conclusions. That does not mean that the more you eat, the more conscious you will be. It means that the simplest implementation of consciousness was in the need for food. This level was followed by higher levels getting more and more sophisticated as we move from simple organisms to humans.

 

Robots and Artificial Intelligence could play an important role in your life. The difference between a robot and us is that we are conscious of what the robot is doing.

If you want to improve your life, it may be a good idea to start by expanding your consciousness.

Traveling could help. You will see different ways of living and different ways of thinking.  Finding something (or somebody) to love is the best way to expand consciousness.

Love flowers. Love music. Love the forest. Love learning. Love the world and the world will return the favor by increasing your consciousness.  Love will reveal to you what you will never find in libraries. Your parents think that they are making your "education". The opposite may be more realistic. You are teaching them how to love children. You are increasing their level of consciousness. You are helping them to find something important in their life.

 

Having a new idea does not mean that you have created something. It only means that you became conscious of an idea that already existed in nature. We don't invent something. We don't create something. We only become conscious of what already exists. Open up and let the world penetrate you. He will teach you what you will not find in libraries. The history of mankind is a slow increase in consciousness.

 

We have some consciousness. We need more. This is another attempt to break our glass ceiling.

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