Consciousness, the Soul's Knowing

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Consciousness, the Soul’s Knowing

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Within the depths of mind and space our consciousness resides. A tiny spec of light inside an infinite void it glows with self-realisation, knowledge that we are more than flesh. Its perceptions, however skewed confirm its being and in that, the capacity to understand its existence. Awareness brings us to consider the periphery of life, the stage on which is enacted the course of living in all its intricacy and complexity. Our decisions and our dreams are formed within this small spec and radiate outwardly to manifest in the physical world.

Our consciousness is seated within our physical brain, just behind our eyes or so it seems. Our thoughts and actions and all sensory activity are processed in the brain but our consciousness is separate, pervading rather than occupying a place. Some call it a soul, the essence of our being, others just simply a brain, a centre of chemical and electrical impulses and connections that allow us to perceive and understand our being.

No matter what your belief, having the ability of conscious awareness is a mystery at its source. Known to inhabit a chid before birth, conscious awareness is the application of four mental functions: thinking, feeling, sensing and intuiting. Usually one function is more dominant to begin with and this creates part of the future character of the child, being more of a thinker, or feeling person, sensitive or intuitive.

Beyond these functions, as the child grows he or she develops an orientation of attitude of the conscious mind: either extraverted or introverted. The extraverted orients consciousness to the external objective world; the introverted orients to the internal subjective world. As a child grows and learns, this process of developing consciousness is termed individualisation, what distinguishes us one from another. The goal is self-realisation and as Jung expressed it ‘expanding our consciousness’ and getting to know ourselves.

We can define the processes of consciousness and its part in our mental development, but what it is remains a mystery. We cannot find it, pin it down and dissect it, so how do we perceive its meaning within existence? The soul has of course always related to religious teachings, being indestructible and living on beyond this mortal realm. But whether consciousness remains intact after physical death is another matter yet to by decisively proven. It is true than nothing dies but transforms, one state to another. Energy cannot just disappear. So if our soul and our awareness of that state is maintained by some form of energy, it is likely that at the point of death there is a transformation. Into what form and whether life memory remains is unanswered and not likely to be until we experience death.

So, that indefinable awareness we associate with our soul is and will remain a mystery for now. Personally I believe that consciousness and what we call soul is part of a far greater reality that indeed lives on beyond the physical reality. How and why is unknowable. But I have faith in the process of life and belief one day I will understand. Meanwhile I will continue to delve into our capacity for thought and seek to understand myself and my potential in a positive way, and continue to immerse myself in the human experience.

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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks gmwillians. Glad you enjoyed it. Shall check out.


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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

To TonyDeLorger: Great hub. I enjoyed it immensely. Dr. David Hawkins has plenty of books, DVDs, and CDs on human consiousness and consciousness calibrations.


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

I agree, definitive reality is elusive and worth exploring. Knowledge is of course to come from experience and it is a blessing to be able to apply written knowledge to physical tactile experiences. It's the ultimate knowledge after all.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Jewels. I agree that particularly the Buddhist tranditions have a different handle on what we consider the form of consciousness, and from sanscit teachings ideologies like Theosophy. Fascinating information and worth looking at, but as with all beliefs, definitive reality is ellusive at best. Knowledge does guide our path and so remains my quest.


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

There is a very good body of knowledge - A Language to Map Consciousness that may interest you. It's a free download also. Of course the knowledge is evolving but at least while having experiences, they can be logged and in doing so there is assistance for those seeking to understand different states of consciousness. It takes the surmising out of the equation and less reliance on faith. Afterall the expansion of consciousness is bridging to what people have faith in. Then we no longer need faith, but have the knowing via experience. We as humans in a human vehicle however, are limited so I doubt we will ever stop having faith.

Thankfully this body of knowledge takes into account what has already been experienced and documented by the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, as well as the western esoteric tradition.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for reading Christin. It is a fascinating subject with which we can only surmise. We can but have faith that life goes on beyond this dream of existence.


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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest

Beautiful hub. I also believe our consciousness transcends "death" - like you I realize it's impossible to understand how and why, but it is fascinating.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Jewels


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

It's good to see more and more people expanding their state of consciousness. This is a subject I've been involved in for many years now, so it's great to see.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

I agree, I think the truth seekers always really find out the truth by always stepping out of the box, and researching all there is to know about life. :)


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Hattie, glad you can relate. I spend a lot of time exploring these kinds of thoughts and there are always lots of misinformation through religions and different ideologies. No one admits that some things are just unknowable and lead you up the garden path with rediculous assumptions. There is so much to learn.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

What I find fascinating is before I started studying other religions, and spiritual stuff, people in my local community were always trying to associate consciousness with new age, and like it was some kind of thing from Satan. Than the more I looked on my own and saw the truth, in it, and also at school in my psychology class and social work classes it is just the same thing they are talking about but with different labels, and Carl Jung is one of my favorites. I just feel that Christians really need to know their facts before they mislead so many people into thinking it's bad or of Satan. It has nothing do with such things. It is just being aware, and how many more misconceptions do they lead other's to believe. Even new age is not even new age, it is spiritual traditions from the begining of time with different tribes and traditions, or cultures, and religions. I am glad people are writing stuff like You're hubs because it explains to others what really is going on. There is a lot of mysteries and we can never prove everything, but it is there. I am a christian, but if someone asks me at least I know to tell them the real story instead of insinuating any other path is evile etc. lol

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