Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Porous Nature of Consciousness

Frank DeMarco's book "The Cosmic Internet" describes how our consciousness is not just one single point nor is our idea about our identity a single quality.  The description of the composition of our individual identity is more like a set of qualities from multiple identities.  This combination of characteristics create our physical identity as a person, but even the person itself is not really an individual as we think of ourselves.  The analogy that came to my mind was that of an orchestra.

Consider that an orchestra is composed of musicians and a conductor.  Each musician is itself individual in terms of the type of instrument they play.  The instrument represents a quality or characteristic such as left handed, or blond, etc.  Just as there are groups of a single instrument, there are also groups of characteristics that are related.  From this pool of characteristics, we form a band.  The sound that the band makes differs with the different composition of instruments.  More bass has a heavier tone, more flute and you get a lighter quality of sound.  This is the same as each human incarnation being composed of different characteristics, some more dominant, while others quietly playing in the background.  Each musician is the consciousness for each instrument, and they know how to play their instrument because they defined the instrument.  In the same way, the characteristics are defined by the consciousness because it is the product of another human life.  I won't go into detail about this point, but when a human incarnation dies, that quality or characteristic is defined by the life that was lived and it carried on in the non-physical as the personality traits.  This is the characteristic quality that remains as "you" in the overall pool of souls.

From this pool, we create new incarnations.  The incarnation is a new identity, but what we think of as an individual must be seen as really a unit.  In fact, if we redefine the word "individual" to mean "unit", that is more accurate of a description of "personality".  The unit is composed of multiple characteristics: musicians.  Each instrument that exists plays their notes at different times, and at different rates, and even at different amplitudes.  A single instrument alone is too simple to define a unit's personality.  But add hundreds or thousands, and you get a complex symphony!

If only musicians existed, then who would control what song was played?  And who could control the quality of music being developed?  That is where the conductor comes in.  The conductor is like the identity of a person.  It is the overriding consciousness, or the will, of a person unit.  In fact, this conductor is both a conductor and composer because this conductor is also composing the song as it is played!  The conductor does not simply stand in one place looking over the musicians.  Instead, the conductor focuses on different musician to "activate" that instrument, to direct its emphasis during a composition, which makes that musician stand out or fade into the background.  This is the same thing that we as humans do.  We focus on certain aspects of ourselves at different points in time.  The athletic quality may surface in our youth, but then fall away as we focus on our intellectual pursuits.  We may feel more strongly about certain issues at some point in time, but then ignore that completely later in life.  These are the instruments or characteristics that ebb and flow in our life as we choose to focus or not focus on them with our conductor consciousness.  When we do focus on these characteristics, they themselves come to the forefront and present themselves because they are also consciousness.  This is what it means to have a porous nature, where your idea of consciousness is not a single point of reference, but is instead a pool of consciousnesses and which point you focus on changes.

With this analogy, there is one more aspect that must be included in the porous nature of consciousness: the audience.  An orchestra would have no purpose without an audience.  The songs they play would be meaningless without someone to appreciate them.  That is why we as individuals are not simple the orchestra or conductor.  That is merely the unit that represents an incarnation as human.  It is a unit because they play together as one to create music.  But if you include the audience, then that is the totality of the unit.  The audience and the orchestras is your "whole self" or the oversoul or the non-physical entity that you are.  This analogy of a concert hall filled with audience members, the orchestra, and the conductor represents that unity of the physical and non-physical nature of "you".  The split between physical and non-physical is only an imagined thin veil or partition.  There is no real barrier between the two.  If there was, no participation could occur between the two.  The music played would not be heard by the audience and the audience could not clap and be heard by the orchestra in appreciation.

This open communication occurs at all times, whether you know it or not.  Just as the audience remains aware and appreciative of the performance, they do not interfere.  They may provide feedback, such as if they do not like the song, they may shout in disapproval, or if they enjoy the performance, they may cheer in joy.  This is the open communication between the two, but that doesn't mean the conductor is paying attention.  The conductor might be so engrossed in the performance that the shouts or cheers of the audience is ignored.  This is what it is like for most people.  They do not hear the shouts and cheers because they are so focused on their performance.  The conductor might be annoyed at some musician because they are not playing their part properly, or the conductor might be too focused on one piece of the song and is focused too tightly on that.  They know there is audience participation going on, but it is just background noise to the conductor.  But others listen well and change course as the audience signals their approval or disapproval.  In fact, some conductors look towards the audience for guidance on what songs to play, and how to play it.  This leads to songs that is more to the audience's liking, but all songs are appreciated.

Now imagine the members of the audience as being other musicians playing an infinite number of different types of instruments.  In fact, the orchestra is the result of choosing audience members to form a particular orchestra.  And then imagine multiple orchestras being formed at the same time, each playing their own different songs.  The life of the orchestra is to learn to play the song together properly from beginning to the end.  The conductor leads and organizes them, and how well that is done determines the quality of sound produced by the orchestra.  At the end of the performance, the conductor and orchestra take their bow and the musicians return to the audience to listen to the other performances.  The conductors also returns to the audience, but becomes themselves musicians.  The conductor is the product of creating the orchestra.  There was no conductor to begin with for that particular orchestra, but it came into existence because every orchestra needs a conductor.  The conductor can be though of as the formation of bits of every musician in the orchestra.

This analogy forms the idea that each human being is not a single identity or individual as we view ourselves, but is instead the collection of multiple qualities that come from other incarnations of your whole self.  The birth, life, and death of a person is the learning to play the song of life before returning to the whole self with the finished song as a gift.  The song is whatever we choose to create through the choices in our life; the experiences, the actions, the thoughts and feelings.  Whether the song is long or short, it doesn't matter because it is our unique song.  The song creates a new instrument for the whole self to play and that adds to the quality of another incarnation.  This view of reincarnation isn't about an identity being reborn over and over again.  Instead, it is the quality or characteristic that an identity forms in a lifetime that flavors a new incarnation, but the new incarnation is itself a new identity.  The identity that is finished playing their song does not go into form again.

You as a person IS the song!  What you become and "is" is the song that you create, and it is what is heard and played by the audience.  And when you leave the body, you as the song return to the audience as a new instrument to add to the whole so that newer songs can be created.