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"The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness,
and 'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously
Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff


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Our shared condition -- consciousness

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"Allow the Dharma Rain to penetrate
the Soil of your Consciousness.
Allow your Consciousness to receive the the Dharma Rain,
the Seeds buried deep within will have a chance to be Watered."
Thich Nhat Hanh

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"The history of Western civilization is a history of the growing segregation of the strands of consciousness, separating the moral and spiritual from the sensual and physical, a lose of unity." - Arthur Zajonc

Consciousness is defined as:

spirit animating matter

apperception of personal presence

state or condition of being conscious

awareness of, and, or sensitivity to surroundings

Consciousness has always seemed to be seperate from the physical animal body because when life leaves the body consciousness leaves the body as well.

Consciousness is, in fact, the force that motivates life.

Consciousness and intelligence are not synonymous.

A computer is intelligence, it is not conscious.

An ant is conscious, it is not intelligent.

Intelligence is a cumulative process of distinction and judgement.

The constant struggle to retain consciousness and remain intelligent can be extremely difficult and trying at times.

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Stan Grof on brain and consciousness

cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance

James Corbett Cognitive Dissonance Eyeopener

Cognitive dissonance occurs when the subconscious perceives a logical inconsistency and fails to suppress it.

The ensuing emotional reactions, experienced as anxiety, guilt, shame, anger, embarrassment, stress, and other negative emotional states, are forged by consciously avoiding self-awareness of personal behavior by refusing to acknowledge contradictory ideas, concepts and beliefs held.

The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by one of two opposing methods:

1) they may change their concepts, beliefs and behaviors, or

2) they may justify or rationalize their ideas, beliefs, and behaviors.

Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.

This is the main reason that governments, corporations, religions or popular movements use propaganda in the hope of creating unity.

Popular movements only come into being when the triumvirate of control - governments, corporations and religions - fail to meet the needs of the people.

When people's ideas are consistent with each other - unified - they are in a state of harmony, or consonance.

In MICE culture it is theorized that cognitions that are apparently unrelated can simply be categorized as irrelevant to each other and therefore do not lead to dissonance. On the surface this may appear true but millions of prescriptions of anti-depressants suggest otherwise.

A powerful cause of dissonance is when an idea conflicts with a fundamental element of the self-concept, such as "I am a good person" or "I made the correct decision."

The anxiety that comes with the possibility of having made a erroneous decision can lead to rationalization, the tendency to create additional reasons or justifications to support the choice made. A person who just spent too much money on a new car might decide that the new vehicle is much less likely to break down than his or her old car. This belief may or may not be true, but it would likely reduce dissonance and make the person feel better.

Dissonance can also lead to confirmation bias, the denial of disconfirming evidence, and other ego defense mechanisms.

As it is often easier to make excuses than it is to change behavior, dissonance theory leads to the conclusion that humans are rationalizing but not always rational beings.

spiral consciousness

Evolution of Consciousness

The Evolution of the Brain and the Mind

History of Human Thinking

Humans, as a species, have been to transitioning from a lower forms of dualistic conscious awareness into a higher forms of non-dualistic conscious awareness since the beginning of the Axial Age when Siddhartha Gautama acheived Nirvana.

Those that are transitioning find themselves to be separate from what they are experiencing - an observer experiencing events and objects standing outside of self.

The moment we see ourselves as The Observer we naturally attempt to re-engage presence-of-moment reality to become intimately re-involved with reality. This gap, between observing reality and emersion within reality, is an artificial division forged by the Rational Mind.

In non-dualistic awareness there is no such gap; there is only intimate being, an opening to and participation in what is. This is also be referred to as participatory awareness and living in the moment.

It is being "Integrally Conscious."

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"Integrally Conscious" is living in the moment in participatory awareness.

To be Integrally Conscious is to be Walking the Thinspace.

Walking the Thinspace is living both as the "observer" and as the "actor" - a joining of the Rational, that vast storehouse of bodily memory gained through life experience, with the Mystical, abstract intellectual knowledge learned through symbol systems of communication.

This union of the bicameral brain produces Lucid Living or Gnosis.

Different cultures have come up with different terms for Living Lucidly or living in Gnosis.

True Liberation or integral consciousness carries with it many terms including Nirvana, quantum consciousness, fully awakened, participatory awareness, Christ consciousness and Buddha consciousness.

To understand the multilple levels of human consciousness Jean Gebser identified five progressive stages in the evolution of human consciousness; archaic, magical, mythical, rational and integral consciousness.

Contemporary neurological research has discovered distinct brainwave patterns that parallel each of the states of consciousness identified by Jean Gebser.

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archaic consciousness

In an archaic consciousness mode humans experience themselves as one with nature and with all of life in a form of Unity Consciousness.

As consciousness continued to evolve humans became conscious of distinctions, such as male and female, good and evil, and inside and outside - a consciousness of magical duality allows differentiation.

magical consciousness

Eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is a metaphorical way of saying that our earliest ancestors began to develop a consciousness that recognized polarities - duality. They could no longer maintain their initial state of union with the Creator and Sustainer.

This is further symbolized by their leaving the Garden of Eden.

This step in the evolution of consciousness allowed humans to begin to gain mastery over the polarized world of duality that they now experience.

Jean Gebser says, "In this magic structure, he makes the almost superhuman attempt to free himself from the jungle-like bonds and spell of his fusion with nature. Here lies the basis of all sorcery and magic, such as rainmaking, ritual, and countless other forms by which magic man tries to cope with nature".

mythical consciousness

After thousands of years still another form of consciousness gradually emerged. This was mythical consciousness. Humans discovered the depth of their internal world and they elaborated on and shared their new awareness through the telling of myths.

The age of mythmaking arose simultaneously in various parts of the world. Myriad myths such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata in India, the myths of ancient Greek civilization, and the myths passed on in all indigenous cultures revealed the nature of the soul and its journey.

This mythical consciousness no longer prevails in our lives as it once did; nevertheless, it still influences us. Each new mode of consciousness supersedes its predecessor, but does not eliminate it. The older structures still live within us, just as older parts of the brain continue to play an important role even after the development of the frontal cortex. These three forms of consciousness, the archaic, magical, and mythical, continue to greatly influence us today although they have become overlaid with a fourth structure of consciousness that has been emerging for several hundred years, rational consciousness.

rational consciousness

In rational consciousness there is a focus on measurement and rationality.

The rational consciousness has led to a greater mastery over the natural world than ever before; but this has come at a great cost. This rational consciousness divides the world more than ever into separate parts; subject is separated from object, humans from nature and from one another. We alienate ourselves from that which we objectify. Since the eighteenth century, there has been an excessive reliance on reason at the expense of other ways of experiencing ourselves and our world.

"Faith in reason has led to a fragmentation of the individual, a devaluing of the body and of feeling, to a complete negation of all structures of consciousness other than the rational."

When we live in the rational we lose our experience of participation in the numinous, which the mythical form of consciousness brought forth. The mythic structure now functions as the collective subconscious and continues to affect us through dreams, and metaphors, rather than having the central or valued place in our conscious life that it once did. At the height of rationality the effect of earlier modes of consciousness were denied, however, during the past one hundred years, depth psychology has revealed the enormous influence that the magical and mythical structures still have in our everyday life.

This recognition signals a shift out of exclusive rationality to a more inclusive awareness.

Each consciousness structure gradually comes forward and evolves over centuries. It begins modestly, but in time becomes more extreme and its limitations also become ever more apparent. For example, the development of perspective in Western art in the Sixteenth Century demonstrated that human consciousness had developed the ability to stand apart and observe the world from a particular point of view. This capacity continued to become more predominate over the next four hundred years in how we relate to the world and ourselves.

That which is observed from a perspective is experienced as an object. The seat of observation, the mind, is identified as "I'. The object is seen as separate from oneself, to be manipulated for ones ends. This approach to life is epitomized in the engineer, who attempts to shape and dominate the world with his calculations, and in our attempts to engineer our lives. The observer focuses on the object rather than on the observing itself. This attention on the object leads to the notion of objectivity. One forgets that his is one of many perspectives. He believes that his perspective is the true way of seeing things, that he is being objective. Identification with ones perspective and the shared perspective of his society has led to the disdain of other viewpoints and the domination of other cultures.

This objectification of our world made possible the development of our sciences with all their benefits.

It is ironic that during the last century physicists led the way in dismantling the notion of objectivity.

They have shown that the observed is affected by the very act of observing, rather than being independent of it.

This understanding has gradually spread into our culture and we have begun a transition out of the objective consciousness to a recognition that experience exists in relationship.

The way that we experience our world and our place in it changes radically, depending on which structure of consciousness predominates.

When we are in one mode of consciousness we may have difficulty understanding or appreciating another.

integral communion

integral consciousness

A new form of consciousness is now emerging that goes beyond rational consciousness.

The previous structures of consciousness were exclusive; if you were functioning from one mode, you could not simultaneously experience the other forms of consciousness.

This newly emerging aperspectival or integral consciousness, as Gebser called it, encompasses awareness of the previous forms of consciousness.

According to the ancient traditions of India, this consciousness is self existent.

It does not arise out of or depend on anything outside of itself such as time.

It is not evolving; it has always existed and is inherently complete.

It is the capacity of the human being to function from this form of consciousness that is evolving.

The writings of contemporary developmental psychologists suggest that the way that consciousness develops in each person from infancy through adulthood recapitulates the way that consciousness has collectively evolved during the course of history.

Margaret Mahler, a British psychoanalyst, has described an initial stage in which the infant experiences a sense of oneness similar to that of the archaic consciousness.

The developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, found that magical thinking develops between ages two and four. He also concluded that the culmination of cognitive development in contemporary society occurs in adolescence with the acquisition of abstract reasoning, which he called "formal operations."

This corresponds to Gebser's mental or rational consciousness. Recently cognitive theorists have extended Piaget's model of human development and have described a further stage in the development of consciousness, beyond abstract reasoning.

The evolution of the stages of consciousness described by Gebser is also reflected in the way that spiritual practices have changed through history. For example, in India the rituals of the early Vedas and Tantric practices were the earliest traditions to appear. These are both expressions of the magical structure of consciousness. Followers of these traditions use ritualistic magic to gain mastery over the natural and supernatural world as well as to burn through the world of appearance and merge with the source of manifestation. The Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas, which bring into play mythological stories that help the listener to experience his true essence as well as how to conduct himself in the world in harmony with his divine nature, came much later.

The historical periods of evolving human consciousness have lead to the development of unique practices in each period. But each of these approaches has the potential to lead to awakening out of that mode of consciousness. It would be incorrect to assume that practices that arose in one era are inferior or superior to those of another era. The practices that emerge from a particular structure of human conscious can have a range of effects from the mundane to the transcendence of the ego identity. The progression of humans through successive structures is a means of developing reflective consciousness. It has enabled us to reflect on our existence in distinct and ever more comprehensive ways. Consciousness becomes progressively more conscious of itself. As human consciousness evolved through its archaic, magical, mythical, and mental structures, it became increasingly able to marvel at itself and the extraordinary appearance of this existence. As we integrate each of these modes of consciousness in our awareness we have an ever-increasing capacity to reflect this awe inspiring manifestation and its source.

conscious thought

Whereas we know conscious thought

occurs in all higher animals,

frequency is debatable.

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