posted on Nov, 6 2014 @ 09:44 AM
First of all, I know this is a question that the brightest minds throughout history have asked without arriving at a satisfactory definition. Thus, I
am presenting my view on the subject and subsequently I am interested in the view of others here on this forum. If someone has questions on my view, I
am glad to elaborate, however, I will not enter an argument on who is more in the right. I asked for your views, so lets have them.
In my view, consciousness is the totality of your perception however subtle it may be, both internal and external to you. It does not solely relate to
the knowledge you can derive from whatever is perceived at the moment, that is the domain of mind as one of your senses, but rather encompasses the
intuitive perceptions as provided by all your senses that mind or language cannot necessarily wrap itself around, the connecting links that stitch our
perceived reality together. Consciousness includes 'knowledge' of the backdrop as well as specifics, in other words, you cannot separate an object
from its background as everything is interdependent. Consciousness is the total influx of your being. That influx is maximized when you fall silent
and do not judge what emerges, you just observe.
Consciousness thus has nothing to do with labels and properties that you mind can assign to obtained knowledge of the observed. For the
'unconscious' person a presented rose will be a rose and nothing more. Quickly classified, labeled and locked in a box, a rose is a rose is a rose.
For the conscious person the rose is always a whiff of new air, the rose presented is never just a rose. It can be enjoyed in its totality without
classification. In the first case, there was recognition, quick compartmentalization and end of experience, in the second, constant influx and new
experience. You are there for the experience in the totality of your being instead of the totality of your minding. This is what I think is the core
teaching of the flower sermon in Buddhism when Mahakasyapa suddenly laughed at seeing Buddha holding a lotus flower in his palm.