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Where The Consciousness Rests

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posted on Sep, 24 2009 @ 10:35 AM
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Where The Consciousness Rests


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Consciousness is subjective experience or awareness or wakefulness or the executive control system of the mind.[1] It is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of mental phenomena [2]. Although humans realize what everyday experiences are, consciousness refuses to be defined, philosophers note.[3]

"Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives"

—Schneider and Velmans, 2007[4]



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posted on Sep, 24 2009 @ 10:35 AM
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The purpose of this thread is to promote individuals to express their personal experiences. I would enjoy hearing what people feel in regards to this topic. First I will give a run down as to who I am, and what brings this topic to mind.

My name is Wally, I am both a teacher, and a student of meditation. It seems that no matter how long I practice, I am always learning new things. The greatest lesson that I have learned is to be humble, and to be open to new concepts. I can only hope that those responding to this thread will do the same.

The focus of this topic is in regards to where we feel our consciousness resides. Many of us refer to our consciousness existing within our brains. Scientists are still baffled by this concept, they have not made the link between consciousness and the brain. Yet it seems that's where people feel their consciousness sits.

During one of my meditations I stumbled across something. A friend of mine always told me to breathe into the "dantien" (inner flame, sacral chakra, etc). In the past my ego would flare and I would force the energy to course through this area. I have found that simply relaxing allows the energy to flow freely without the impedance of emotions. During the meditation the energy flowed very smoothly through my dantien, and then something interesting happened. My consciousness moved from my brain, to my dantien. I began to see things through my stomach (if that makes any sense). It was as if there was a cavern within me, and a version of me sat there meditating, controlling the body from within. I soon realized the importance of this, although I am not quite sure what applications it has.

I have often been told to "quit the brain", I had never known how this was possible. My mind is always active, constantly thinking, constantly planning. Whether it is analyzing a dream, or understanding the current state, it never stops. When my consciousness shifted to my dantien I felt a very strong grounding sensation. My brain now felt more a tool than a place for my consciousness to reside. I began to realize that I could use the brain to serve the soul, rather than the soul serving the brain. Suddenly the wisdom of my friend made sense, and for the first time in my life, I quit my brain. It was a beautiful experience, allowing me a perspective I never held before. It brought clarity and a reinforcing strength within myself.

Now that I have explained myself, I would love to hear what others have to say. Hopefully the ego within, dosen't exude itself upon the conversation.

Wally

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posted on Sep, 24 2009 @ 10:46 AM
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Israeli scientists discover "center of consciousness" in brain

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Interesting that these two posts appear at relatively the same time. You might want to give that one a read.



posted on Sep, 24 2009 @ 10:52 AM
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This is very interesting ItIsWhatItIs, I appreciate you bringing it to my attention. From what I have learned that area of the body forms the "J-pillow", or as I have been instructed, "the gateway into the mind". I also recal from biology classes that the hypothalamus exists in that region along with the brain stem. The hypothalamus is designed to control the amount of input the brain is to recieve. Paralleling this the "J-Pillow" also controls the amount of energy entering the mid brain. Perhaps there is a correlation?



posted on Sep, 24 2009 @ 12:15 PM
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I think the conscious is currently best described, in terms of location, as a collection of discrete neurological networks, each responsible for a number of processes that contribute to conscious awareness.

For certain it is in the brain though, everything from behavioural studies, studies of individuals with brain damage and fMRI shows that the processes responsible for consciousness do take place in the brain.

Unless you generalise it to “the brain” then there’s no one area that is responsible for the whole thing.

The recent Israeli discovery isn’t quite the same thing; in that consciousness refers to being awake or not, whether certain processes are active or not. The activity that produces things like thought, perception etc happens in places other than the one most recently discovered.



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