It takes a huge amount of ignorance to think that you can be capable of explaining God and his motives......fortunately I am that delusional so here
Our arrogant conscious
People usually presume that their conscious mind is much more important then their unconscious mind. We see it as the crown of our evolution and the
essence of being human.
It might be useful to realize that the terms "conscious" and "unconscious" are misleading. Like with "natural" / "unnatural" or "normal" /
"abnormal", one is the norm and the other is an aberration of that norm. The term "conscious/unconscious mind" gives the sense that one is
"normal" and the other is the dark counterpart that should be observed with caution. Looking at the real relation between the conscious and the
unconscious mind, this notion is ridiculous.
The first misconception is that our conscious mind makes us intelligent and rational. We all think that the choices we make are based on rational
thinking. The proverb "look before you leap" expresses this thought pattern pretty good. The truth is that sometimes thinking things through can
result in a better outcome, sometimes it doesn't make a difference and sometimes thinking things through will lead to the worst of results.
The second misconception is that our conscious mind is what defines us as human. If that were the case then our unconscious mind should not differ
from that of a chimpanzee or a dog. Yet any human child has the capacity to learn an entire language without much effort....
The third misconception is we think our conscious is so important that we can not imagine being without it. We can play with the thought of losing an
arm or a leg (it's not pleasant but we can imagine it). But life without a conscious mind?? It's even a bit scary to imagine yourself without a
sense of awareness.
Most people think that somehow our conscious will live on after we die. Religious people have the afterlife to comfort them selfs. But also
non-religious people will often believe that when they die their conscious goes somewhere. "I don't believe in heaven or God but I do believe that
this is not all", is a commonly heard phrase.
The question is not what happens after you die but why people put so much value in the illusion of the survival of their conscious mind and why
they fear the loss of it so much.
As overwhelming as the thought of losing your conscious can be, the fear is completely unfunded. For who is it that gives us the notion that our
conscious mind is of the greatest importance??.......that's right, our conscious mind!!
In other words, our conscious mind is responsible for the illusion that being without a conscious mind is a terrible thing. That's pretty
pretentious, creating the illusion that you cannot be missed. If you wouldn't have a conscious, you would not be aware of the fact that you do not
have a conscious mind. It really isn't that scary, after all, we do sleep 8 hours a day of which 6 are without dreams. At that moment our conscious
mind is completely inactive....I kinda like it when I am without a conscious mind from time to time.
But the biggest misconception of them all
The biggest misconception we have is the illusion that somehow our conscious mind is in charge. We think that our conscious mind is the one
continuously pulling the strings and taking the important decisions. It is the core of our psychological system. It is tempting to see our brain as a
big company where our conscious mind is the C.E.O. He takes all the important decisions and delegates tasks to other departments.
When you look at a door you do not directly see a door. You see shapes (a square slightly larger then an average person) and colors (for instance
brown). Only after your unconscious mind integrates all these things into a complete picture, your conscious mind is handed over the product of this
process and you see a door.
It is also tempting to think that certain unconscious processes (like breathing) are delegated by the conscious mind because "the boss shouldn't
have to attend to such basic functions in his company".
The fact of the matter is.....there is no "boss" in our head, there is no authoritative source overlooking the entire process.
So where did this notion come from that our conscious mind is so much more important then our unconscious mind?? Simple, we are only conscious of the
conscious processes that go on in our head!! Compare it to an iceberg, if you look at an iceberg and you know nothing about the physics behind an
iceberg, you will say that the 10% sticking above the water is the entire iceberg. While 90% of the iceberg is still submerged and out of your
Anyway, we can conclude that consciousness plays but a small part in what we do. But even when the conscious mind plays a part, what is it's role?
Does it actually take decisions or does it merely become aware of unconscious decisions already taken??
It is presumable that our conscious just follows what our unconscious tells it. With that, our "boss" is reduced from a C.E.O. to a press officer.
He knows what is going on in the big picture and is able to share this information with others. But it does not interfere with the processes that go
on in the company. He is merely informed about decisions already taken.
Because our conscious has the information regarding the decision taken it creates the illusion that it controls our behavior and decisions. So it is
not only a very naive press officer but also a very arrogant one.
serves as a perfect example of how our conscious mind creates illusions. Every group (gangs,
clubs, sports teams, military units, and workplaces) has it's own ritual when initiating new people into that group. Hazing is a very important
process because it strengthens the bond among new members and the bond with that group.
Usually the process is associated with either physical violence or mentally degrading practices. The bigger the humiliation, the stronger the bond
But the funny thing is, when people are asked why they feel such a strong bond with that particular group they will always say because of the nice
people in that group or because their group is much better then all the other groups.....
So our press officer is not only very naive and arrogant, he also lies to us...
So what does this have to do with God??
In realizing that our conscious mind is BS-ing us about his own importance I came to realization that our notion of God is kind of similar.
What does every God of every religion have in common??
The fact that it is God who is the most important!!
I have yet to see a religion that says their God is important but the God of an other religion is more important. Even people who are not religious
can form an idea about what God would be like but then still that God will always be the one in charge. Responsible for everything. The "boss" of
our reality, if you will.
But who are the one's perpetuating the notion that God is everything and all??
Exactly, we are....
Could it be that we are God's consciousness? Like we have our five senses of touch, taste, smell etc. We are God's sensory device to experience
And if we are God's consciousness and we are convincing him that his conscious mind is the most important, are we not in fact praising our selfs??
(or BS-ing him)
We are the God that we praise!!
I hope I haven't lost you people on my somewhat confusing theory but if you managed to struggle through the whole thing, I would love to hear your
Edit: changed the title of the thread.
[edit on 31-8-2010 by operation mindcrime]