Professor X and Penelope: How do we know if we are conscious or not?

These are discussions between me and a gentleman who I will call… Professor X ! I also changed my name to Penelope just because homegirl Leslie called me that yesterday and I’m feelin the P’s. 😉
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RELIGION – (BARRIERS / STIGMA) = LOVE

IMG_3477 I find the biggest barrier between people in talking about God is the term is loaded with different meanings for different people. For some, God is siWithUsmply a force which originated the universe. Others wouldn’t accept a mere unconscious force as God; for them, it’s also essential for that force to be sentient, deliberate, and invested in some way on His Creation. For some, God is the entirety of the universe. For others, he is transcendental to it. As humans, our consciousness is a property of emergence.
Cells, though (supposedly) without consciousness themselves, when working together, produce something that is beyond any cell1one if its parts. Just like cells come together for the emergence of human body, humans could possibly be that to the Earth, or the Universe, or God. And like cells of the body, some become selfish, going out of control, invading, stealing resources (tumors) and others simply misunderstand and see danger where there is none and become hypersensitive (autoimmune). But in the end, it is up to all of the parts to work together in homeostasis for the good of the collective, the body, the consciousness.

 

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YASS!!! Professor X! Dude… I agree.
That’s the thing, these concepts don’t have to be “barriers”. They can be “aspects” of God and people relate to different aspects. We have to get to these boarders that have been carrying on as “barriers” and re-evaluate how these dividing lines can actually be the best place to mend aspects.
To exist at all is a holy phenomenon among all holy phenomenons. “Holy” like God created all that is as microcosms and macrocosms, bodies within bodies. Everything from a person to a cell fulfilling its destiny actually exists relative to something else bigger, but still equally carries significance and influence. There’s an interdependence or what I prefer to call intimacy and since that’s the case, beauty is innate. We bring it out, we reflect God, by being who we are meant to be. As mentally and spiritually dormant people (like the matrix) we have to rediscover how to see that about ourselves and most importantly feel it.
Part of the reason why there is a deep stigma towards religion is because of its historical and even contemporary association with war – enslavement, corruption, radicalism, oppression, etc. It’s a legitimate reaction. Those things did happen! Monarchies and those sorts did/is use/using religion to validate the exploitation of people. But the key word I’d like to focus on here is used. Religion can be used,” misinterpreted, manipulated, abused, just like any medical or technological advancement, or just like any exploited group (especially over hundreds of years). However, what happens when you strip off all those years of negative stains from religion, what is left? What does the man who exploited Jesus’ name for material riches in 1492 really have to do with the man named Jesus who taught love hundreds of thousands of years before except for the fact that he exploited Jesus? What does Hitler and the Nazi party really have to do with the the “swastika” except that Hitler gravely misrepresented the Sanskrit symbol that in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism signified “well being”?
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Buried underneath the stigma and even deeper under the abuse is the shining essence, the real treasure, that connects us to the One and each other, like cells as you said. It’s the shining essence that was at the heart of people like Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, etc. At the root of religion is the holy figures who pointed to the same truth, the same gold that can only be met by honing the spirit and then liberating spirit, which is infinite (consuming and regenerative) love. As for the why, I think it is because as you say, we’re meant to work together for the good of the collective body.

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How Do We Know if We are Conscious or Not?

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alg-mos-def-jpg copyHave you ever watched House MD? It was my favorite show. There’s an episode featuring a man that seemed to be in a comma (played by Mos Def), but in reality he was completely conscious, trapped within his own body. He screamed at people to acknowledge him, but they were all convinced that he was unconscious. It made me think about the nature of consciousness and how we know whether or not we know something is conscious. What do you think? Sometimes, it really amazes me how similar cells are to humans.
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IMG_3476onamiI loved that show too! “How do we know whether or not something is conscious?” <— That was a deep question so I had to sleep on it lol. Ok here it goes… Onami style.
Consciousness is awareness or awakens, Right? For me personally, since I was a kid I felt a truth illuminating inside so I realized later that makes me a vessel of light. But I would chase it, trying to bring it out, trying to remember that its there, to honor it which is difficult to do because it requires my thoughts, actions, and feelings to be in agreement. It was something unfamiliar. At some point, after years of watching the movement of my thoughts and feelings like Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues challenge, this shifted from being a moment I’d chase to a home, center, I’d return to throughout the day. When I wake up I don’t need to chase it I know the light is on, my focus is keeping it on and making it brighter so that it resonates to other people, like stretching the power and field of my vibration.
This is my take… I think there are different levels of consciousness and they look like fields. The bigger the field the faster it expands. At the basic level of consciousness, you know that you’re alive and you’re aware of time, so u do things to prove it like move your feet, speak, eat, and survive. You understand hunger and you feel. At another level, you are aware that you’re a piece playing a role in a bigger body like society, humanity, simply by being under the law of cause and effect. At another level, you are aware that you are not limited to playing your role like an automated part, you are creative. You can shape your life and your environment so you think, what kind of cause and what kind off effect will I be? At another level, you are inspired, aware that everything is creative, dependent, gives and receives, and that in a universal, societal, cellular sense, even with spots of chaos, you are intentional and so is the entire universe. An infinite amount of things have to go right for things to be as they are. Einstein said the most important question to ask ever is if the universe is friendly or hostile? At another level, you are aware that if everything from a cell, to the organs, to the body, the earth, the solar system, are spheres within spheres, with a role, intention, purpose, creative ability, and dependence, it must come from something higher, more creative, omnipotent, loving. So you desire to not only play a role, but to love that higher power with your life because the best most natural place to be is moved.
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As pointed out by Rupert Sheldrake, fields are not just spanned area, it’s a place to play, a space for cultivation, it’s magnetic, it’s generative. The more you are aware or conscious of what is within your field, the more you can use what dwells inside your field to your favor. In terms of fields, at the basic level, you’re aware that you can use your body to your advantage. At another level you’re aware that people and natural resources around you can help you. At the highest level of consciousness, my guess is that you’re in cahoots with God, working together. Paulo Coelho who wrote The Alchemist said, “When you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” I think for that to be true, you have to know that you can ask.
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I think that your concept of a “field” sounds super interesting! On one level it sounds a bit like Covey’s(Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) “circle of influence” concept, except much more abstract and applicable at a universal level. I like it! Does each individual generate its own field which interacts with other fields, overlapping kind of like a
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venndiagram? Creating something new in between? I’ve been developing a story in my head that employs a similar concept. 
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“There”s different levels of consciousness.” <– This is sort of what I’m thinking! There are the levels that you talked about, and I’m thinking that there might be levels above or below it. If our consciousness is emergent from a pattern flow of energy mediated by a neural network, what if an even greater level of consciousness is emergent from the network of living things on the planet interacting with each other and transferring energy as neurons do? A network that we are a part of? It would be consciousness on such a high level that relative to it, we would seem just as unconscious as the cells in our body. But we are conscious too. So what if it is the same with cells? They seem unconscious relative to us, but in reality they possess their own level of consciousness? What do you think?
 
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“Does each individual generate its own field which interacts with other fields, overlapping kind of like a venndiagram? Creating something new in between?” <– Yes! Each field or individual has a creative nature and core energy (aura) unique to itself. When you put two together they do create something new. When I make music and collaborate with different artists it totally affects what I put out. My writing, attitude, tone, and melody, still has my signature, but it’s new and specific to my dynamic with that particular artist. Also if my field touches another field, I’d imagine that mines would shift theirs a bit and that shift ripples to other fields. Example, they say a smile is contagious. If I smile at someone having a bad day, I might just turn their day around. That person will be nicer and other people will receive them better than if he were angry. That person might even make other people smile too. Sidenote, I’m just taking my best guess at all of this lol.
“A network that we are a part of? It would be a consciousness on such a high level that relative to it, we would seem just as unconscious as the cells in our body. But we are conscious too. So what if it is the same with cells? They seem unconscious relative to us, but in reality they possess their own level of consciousness?” <– I think we are like cells to a bigger network. But I think the cells in our body are conscious. That’s why I say that everything from our body to the cell has a destiny to fulfill. This book, “Physics of Angels” really inspired me and I pull a lot of ideas from there. It’s a dialogue between a biologist, Rupert Sheldrake and a theologian, Dr. Rev. Matthew Fox. In one part they mention that the universe is similar to a developing organism and the sun probably has a consciousness. If electromagnetic patterns in our brain is associated with our consciousness then the sun has it too and may even be way above ours because the rhytmic patterns on the sun are even more complex than ours.
IMG_3477I love that analogy with music! I always appreciate good anaologies. When I think about it, music sort of is like a field or aura capable of affecting everyone around us, and musicians in a band are definitely dependent on each other for syncronicity. 
Cells behave in remarkably the same way. They communicate with each other just as we do, but instead of words and expressions and music, they use hormones and cytokines. They even effect each other by touching. For example, B-cells and T-cells have receptors on their surfaces that bind to each other, then the T-cell starts “talking” to the B-cell by expressing cytokines. It’s almost like two people shaking hands or hugging as a sign of rapport or friendship, and then having a conversation. I definitely want to check that book, “Physics of Angels.” The universe as a developing organism describes my thoughts perfectly.  

The Case Against Boredom

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Mihaly said our “optimum experience” comes when a person’s mind or body is stretched in a voluntary effort to accomplish something worthwhile. But he also says that when we act freely for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives we learn to become more than what we are. That to me says to be intimate with the process or to savor the flow. I haven’t been bored in years! No exaggeration either! I follow the same sentiment as James Baldwin who so perfectly described, “to be sensual is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.” I don’t think “bored” is an inevitable feeling because we don’t go through one process or challenge at a time. However small or complex we have several things going on ending and starting at different times so we receive them through perception so we can create a continuous flow of “optimum experience”.
IMG_3477Absolutely! Happiness and contentment are often treated like objects: things to be sought after and obtained. But I see them as processes as well. Even at the most fundamental chemical level, they are emotions mediated not by more presence, but the activity of chemicals. They are not things to be possessed, but rather maintained through a flow of worthwhile activity and experience. Like reading a good book or having a good conversation. 😀 Even relaxation, while thought of as the cessation of activity is not perfect stillness, but the action of rejuvenation.

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Yeah, yeah yeah!! Mos def, Professor X… Peace.