Consciousness, the Soul's Knowing
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.