DavidB wrote:Yes Jen, I can also see how consciousness can be related to energy. Both are quite mysterious, although we can observe and know quite a bit about them and their behavior, we really have no idea what they actually are.
Consciousness is not really so mysterious.
Thought is an inherently divisive
That is, thought operates by conceptually dividing a single unified reality in to a multitude of conceptual objects. Those conceptual objects can then be rearranged in to new patterns in the mind, which gives us the ability to imagine manipulations of reality which we may be able to implement. This is how we make our living as human beings.
Thought divides in to a data stream called "me" which looks back upon the other data streams, and we get....
I am thinking this. I am thinking that. Consciousness.
It is this conceptual division between "I" and "thinking" which is the source of our power, and our suffering.
A central question for New Agers may be, is it possible to divide the power which defines us as humans from the suffering which defines us as humans? The attempt to do so is yet another example of the divisive nature of thought at work.
It is clearly possible to do that division conceptually, as we have imagined a human race at peace for endless centuries.
The real world evidence delivered by those endless centuries of human experience strongly suggests that in the real world
it's possible to divide the power from the suffering only to a very limited degree. The subjects we are discussing have been discussed for literally thousands of years, and the human race is still in conflict with itself both internally and externally.
Life is like paddling in a little canoe on a great river headed for a waterfall.
We can paddle a little to the left, a little to the right. We can turn our head and obtain different views of the river. Life has given us these gifts.
But it has not given us the power to change the nature of the river, or alter it's inevitable destination.