Consciousness and the Brain

   

Somehow, our consciousness is the reason the universe is here.’ – Roger Penrose


 


 

   

Our reality is dictated by our level of consciousness and our consciousness is determined by our brain’s integration of feedback loops from our sensory experiences. The brain also retains instinctual memories from past lives, such as the embedded fear of snakes and spiders, and genetic memories of prior existences - as demonstrated by savants who have no knowledge of how they acquired their skills.

 

All life forms are progressive in that they strive to better their situation; but it’s only the more advanced - like bottlenose dolphins,elephants, the great apes and the Eurasian magpie that have advanced to the point where they can stare into the mirror and recognise their own image.



 
 

   

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The brain is at the forefront of an evolutionary drive to create order out of fundamental particles so the evolution of the brain  must be in the flow of creation's intent.

  

Beyond staring into the mirror the great evolutionary advantage of the brain is a non-reality consciousness termed ‘day dreaming’ when the mind wanders off into fields of fancy that collect spatial events from the past and projects them into future scenarios. 'Daydreaming' is a very important stream of the brains internal functioning, and brain scans show greater activity when in this subconscious state of reflection.

 

 


 

A single daydream may last only a few minutes, but in total daydreams occupy a third to a half  of our brain’s waking hours; although decreasing with age as our future options diminish!

 

In 2014 the source of consciousness took a (quantum) leap when quantum vibrations were recorded from microtubules inside brain neurons. The conjecture then flowed on to implicate wave function as a source of consciousness - but how does this translate into our daily lives?

  

The Concept of Flow

   

‘The key to happiness consists in how we invest our psychic energy. When we focus our attention on a consciously chosen goal, our psychic energy literally “flows” in the direction of that goal, resulting in a re-ordering and harmony within consciousness.’


 

   

Most people have had the experience of being ‘in the zone’ when your movements go with your thoughts and your thoughts flow naturally into your actions. I experienced this in sport long before I found it to be an ancient Hindu tradition, rekindled in the western world by the work of Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.


 

   

‘Going with the flow’ is experinced in our daily routines where each passing moment offers a choice. At work you can act against the flow - be irritable, bored and self-interested; or you can go with the flow - do what has to be done, look for efficiencies and involve yourself with others.

 

In free time you can flow with the inertia of passive pleasures or you can choose something active in which you have ability and see a challenge. The flow seems to warp time as we slip into the next incremental step of existence and hours slip by unnoticed.  

Over the six months of doing this essay I have developed a way of incorporating flow that works for me:

1.    Plan what has to be done and reflect on the various scenarios for completion.

2.     Don’t have preconceived timelines - wait until the moment tells you.

3.     When in a task stay mindfully in the ‘now’.

4.    Forget yourself.

 

 


 


 

   

Earth – the Centre of Our Universe

   

Matter is energy condensed to a lower vibration with the Universe being bathed in the energy of electromagnetic radiation while observable matter such as stars and planets comprise only 5% of the Universe.

 

Einstein showed that energy and mass are just different forms of matter, in the same way that ice, water and steam are all H2O. His theory of a space-time continuum uses the speed of light and personal ‘frames of reference’ to conjure his relativity theories which work well from the perspective of Earth looking outwards.



[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe#Contents



 

 


 

   

But light travels in all directions and the frames of reference for places other than ‘ours’ will distort the space-time continuum in different ways; thus explaining galaxies moving away from each other at speeds greater than the speed of light.



 

 


 

   

The big bang created three dimensional space and the fourth dimension of time; but the currently favoured theory of particle physicists is ‘String Theory’, which is a mathematical model of vibrating one-dimensional strings which accounts for gravity and predicts extra dimensions as well as multiple universes

 



 

 


 

   

Consider an action with multiple responses, each action having its outcome worked through your subconscious and mimicked by a multitude of outcomes. The ‘real’ outcome is the one we choose and hence we create our own world in which we believe things that others don’t, and then perceive that others understand us in the way that we do – but they don’t.

 

Our physical connectivity rides on waves of creative flow specific to our unique makeup - as if a ‘creator’ had hold of the script and our duty was purely to quieten the mind so as to feel the directional flow of divine thought. 

 

Be that as it may, matter with mass seems to be the intention of creation. Matter (mass) in living form is the sense of self, created as a nurturing ground for consciousness and its evolving observations within a four dimensional reality and needing only one platform – mother Earth, the centre of our Universe.

 

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‘The origin of consciousness reflects our place in the universe, the nature of our existence. Did consciousness evolve from complex computations among brain neurons, as most scientists assert? Or has consciousness, in some sense, been here all along, as spiritual approaches maintain.’  

 

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”  Neil deGrasse Tyson


 


 



 

 


 

   

Right NOW, you may choose to be happy, joyous, peaceful, loving and so on. It is certainly within your God-given rights to choose from any of these, or none of them. It ultimately boils down to who you choose to be NOW.’


 

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Earth - The Center of Our Universe
Consciousness and the Brain
The Concept of Flow
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This Magpie has a spot painted on its breast - sees it in the mirror, then tries to remove it!