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A Separate Consciousness?

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Many people, of course, think that their consciousness is their own individual consciousness. However, it may be truer that one’s consciousness is a branch of all of the consciousnesses of the entire cosmos. One’s consciousness is a branch of that multitude and it is not separate from it, though, to (far too) many, it appears to be entirely separate and individualistic.

Our human consciousness is often conditioned by what society has poured into us. Many of us are exactly what we have been shaped and molded to be. To step out of that mold requires a lot of questioning and creative, holistic insight. Internal quietness, beyond wanting a mechanistic result, may exist beyond all of the fallacious chatter, symbolic fragmentation, and delusory separation.

The Statue Inspector … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2023

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  1. Interesting words ! Is so interesting to reflect on who we are to develop into the person we desire to be. Not just the one we are today 🙂

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  2. OH how right you are Tom….Blessings – will send you something I just wrote this morning which you will appreciate:……*There is a moving documentary that I have watched a number of times called: “My Octopus Teacher” about a man who befriends an octopus who in turn becomes attached to him… A naturalist who is thrilled by the wonder of his experience with this animal he remains stuck in the colonized western thought process. “An octopus shouldn’t be this intelligent” he states after saying that 2/3rds of the octopus brain is in its tentacles, only a 1/3 in actual brain – here we see the colonization. Humans are STUCK on brains and measure every other species by brain capacity – refusing to acknowledge that many creatures don’t even have brains and yet they do fantastically intelligent things – if we have brains – brain and body create intelligence as a whole. BODY carries everything intellect does not – inner knowing – intuition – feeling – sensing – experiencing ALL WAYS OF KNOWING THAT COMPLIMENT THE BRAIN IF THERE IS ONE – Materialistic science calls befriending ‘ lower animals’ nonsense – informs me that receiving communication from a tree or dog or fern is just fantasy – when I am using ALL MY DESNES TO DISCERN WHEN OTHERS DO NOT… IF CREATURES HAVE BRAINS IN THEIR SKULLS FINE – IF THEY ARE LIKE THE OCTUPUS THEIR BRAINS ARE IN THEIR TENTACLES. I use my brain and all my senses…This man falls in love with his octopus but doesn’t acknowledge it beyond saying he feels wonder and grief… This film could show us other ways of seeing if we would just allow ourselves to move beyond the stupid brain box we are stuck in
    Not all species are interested in technology – humans are – that’s fine – we have created marvels but just because animals choose NOT to doesn’t make them less intelligent… human have brought the earth into crisis – not the rest of nature – does this give us a hint?

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  3. Very interesting stuff, Sara! Brittlestars — i have a fossil of one of these successful creatures from 400 million years ago — do not have central brains but they do just fine at competing and making decisions. My two pet parrots ask questions and they ask me how i am (often) and tell me that they love me… which is pretty abstract stuff for such small brains. If i ask Tweetie Pie how she is doing, she says things like, “Pretty good,” or “Better,” or “I don’t know.” You are right; we humans have relatively huge brains but look at what we have done to the planet… it is nightmarish!

    It’s so cool that some octopi and crows can figure out puzzles that elementary kids can’t solve! 😃

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  4. Osmosis of what society feeds you is not always good. I like this up-close-and-personal shot of this huge green bug, which I think is a tiny aphid?

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      • It would be better more of us had the same mindset for important things … that will never happen unfortunately. I just did a Google image search as I’d never seen a Katydid before. Saw some powerfully long antennae.

  5. Jesus said, “Come unto me.. take my yoke (my consciousness?) upon you.” He was ever aware of one thing- doing his Father’s will.

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  6. Not sure any of us can truly step out (as in separate) from the mold – the mold has a way of tugging one back. But love the encouragement to look for a crack to peek through, probe open a bit wider – the encouragement to question beyond-the-mold. Great post!

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  7. None of us can totally step out of the mold, of course we can’t. However, we can step out of it significantly, and that is good enough, for us primates. Those of us reading blogs on WordPress are all human and we all make mistakes; i certainly do. And that’s OK.

    Thanks very much, Jazz! 😉

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  8. I always thought consciousness was a an accident with close to 0 chance of happening. Great post.

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