What Is Spiritual Consciousness?

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The Spiritual Consciousness Called "Me"

Spiritual Consciousness

It should come as no surprise that my favorite subject is me. Yours, of course, is you.

That's right. Our favorite subject is and always will be that amazing, irresistible and and inescapable me none of us can ever let go of.

The question here is, how conscious are we? And how willing are we to let our spiritual selves emerge?

Think about this.

We consider others, we mull them in terms of ourselves and through our personal filters. We think about subjects large and small, the cosmology of our universe, the hangnail inhibiting your typing, but you are always focused on how anything relates to wonderful you.

You might meditate all those trivial surface thoughts away, reaching for a purer awareness. Sorry to confuse anyone whose beliefs claim something different, but that pure awareness is you too, your inner concept, your inner wisdom presenting you with your personalized version.

The happy fact is that you can never get away from you.

I believe it was Dr. Seuss who wrote that, "Wherever you go, there you are!"

True, but your good fortune is that you are always interesting, always have more to show, and you are never dull.

Someone once convinced me that the greatest compliment you can give anyone is to ask them about themselves and be sincerely interested. That's as right on as any insight can be.

It's just so unfortunate we have this terrible problem.

Spirituality Consciousness Illusions

The Terrible Problem

Let me break it to you as gently as I can: Modern science has concluded that you do not actually have a you, there is no me in me. That stuff's all a crafty illusion evolution created for us.

There! The truth is out. You aren't anybody; you just think you are.

The consensus is that what we call consciousness is just the accumulation of our sensory inputs giving us the happy illusion of awareness and control.

Control? Oh, sorry, I almost forgot. Silly person, you don't have any free will either.

You should be advised to stop kidding yourself, except you can't. (No you and no free will, remember?)Y

ou are stuck permanently in the meaningless illusion nature gave you to keep you getting up in the morning. I don't know what the evolution gave other sentient animals to keep them going.

Probably sex, a popular choice among humans as well, except for it's tendency to put you to sleep shortly after waking you up. Who said, "Life is full of ups and downs?"

Spirituality Consciousness Illusions

Barney Millerisms

If you're too young or simply not fortunate enough to have discovered reruns of this best of all time TV sitcoms , I will share, without charge to you, the wise words of Inspector Frank Lugar, NYPD:

"Poppycock, Barney!"

Poppycock, Barney

Look, I'm a Filosopher of Happiness. (Yes, I know you believe it's misspelled, but try to keep in mind that there is no such thing, no matter how you spell it. Do two negatives make a positive? Hm? Maybe?)

So, as a nonscientist, my conclusions may be subject to scorn in the anointed community of science professionals, but on the other hand, I haven't been indoctrinated... er, anointed either. I am free to make sense without worrying about whose tenured toes I step on.

So, here is what I think. T

he idea that we have no true inner self, no individual being, let alone free will, is one of those things that highlights the flaws in establishment beliefs.

It's embrace is heavily charged with the community's consistent knee-jerk scramble to eradicate the "God of the gaps" whenever One peaks His or Her glowing head around a corner.

It you can't measure or otherwise test it, it ain't here, the pros insist.

That, you will have to admit, is a trifle odd for a community that knows very well it is able to identify only a fraction of what makes up our universe or what the hell the many unknown dimensions demanded by Superstring Theory might be.

Oh, well, yeah, but we know that stuff is there because... well, just because.

Superstitious folks consistently invoke the God of the gaps whenever science admits an unknown.

This practice has already given us such brilliant ideas as "the earth is 6,000 years old" –roughly–and the crafty developments of creation science (Hurray! Our appendixes have a purpose, even if our intelligent creator isn't revealing what it is.).

I suspect that even proselytizers of creation science know that term to be oxymoronic.

Add in the fabulous claims of the New Age set, singing away about harmonic convergences and prophecies from the Mayans, and I guess we can see why scientists might be a little touchy and defensive.

Facts aren't popular when truth is a game for the maladjusted.

Spirituality Consciousness Illusions

Seriously, though...

Still, though, let's get serious. (Must we?) Or not. Let's at least get some common sense going here.

Look at it this way, if I'm not me and you are not you, who are we?

Smart evolutionary inventions randomly ruminating about ourselves? This may be worse than intelligent design, assuming that's possible.

Evolution can be messy, but there is no known way to explain the survival advantage of carrying a phony ID in our heads.

All this explanation does is provide science with an easy out for something it can't resolve.

If there is a me, is that me a nonphysical or partially physical entity of some kind? Uh-oh, that God of the gaps is galloping in our direction again!

If prevailing scientific belief is to be sustained, then we must be fooling ourselves about fooling ourselves and treating ourselves to illusions of and about ourselves.

The infinite regress each of us experiences when we try to get a handle on the me behind the me behind the me ad infinitum must vaporize, explained as an evolutionary adaption, universal among humans and almost certainly in some form among other animals.

Why would evolution waste all that energy when conservation is an essential? Are we a cosmic joke? Are we all destined to one day accept the personalized truth that Chevy Chase announced, circa 1976?

Hi, I'm (fill in the blank) and you're not. And neither am I.

Tell 'em Inspector Lugar: "Poppycock, Barney!"

David Stone

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David Stone 6 years ago from New York City Author

Pure science may not have an agenda, but many scientists, human as they are, do. I did an earlier hub about the thing science and religion have in common is their intention of reducing life to the explainable, either via magic and mythology or rational deduction. Neither, at this very early point in our evolution is sufficient and neither is willing to admit it.

Smart comment. It gave me something to think about.


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Hi David,

I like the Dr. Seuss quote. It's true, I can never escape myself, though sometimes I'd like to.

It seem impossible to think consciousness is no more more that a physiological reaction and maybe it's not. There are some scientists who are working on proving the opposite and claim they have already found *hints* that freewill can exist. You sound a bit irritated with science....yet it's neutral.

People might attempt to use it to 'eradicate the god of the gaps' or whatever..just as you are 'free to make sense of things' in your own way.

However if the science is there...it's there...and in itself it has no agenda.


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

beautiful fisrt claSS HUB WORK THANKS


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Dense 6 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

Nice and thought provoking. :)


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David Stone 6 years ago from New York City Author

Nice. Thanks.

You got the point.


Karen 6 years ago

This makes me want to quit thinking and just be and enjoy every little thing on earth, thanks!


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

amazing terrific great hub I enjoyed reading thanks much


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David Stone 6 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you, Mariane.


Marlaine 6 years ago

Hello, well until I read this at least I thought I was Marlaine but now I am left to question this.

Great article. Well definately share with others.

The Ego can sometimes be a very bad form of energy wasted.


Dan Carpenter 6 years ago

Enjoyed the article! Thanks David

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