The Ins And Outs Of Awareness

Pay attention to awareness

Definition of pay
1. to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting – pay attention – pay your respects
2. to slacken (something, such as a rope) and allow to run out —used with out
paid out the rope as it jerked taut
– All the other definitions have to do with the exchange of money in various ways

Definition of attention
1a: the act or state of applying the mind to something
Our attention was on the game.
You should pay attention to what she says.
b: a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity
Students, do I have your attention?
2: OBSERVATION, NOTICE especially : consideration with a view to action
a problem requiring prompt attention

We can not learn without paying attention.
We can not teach someone else without paying attention to him/her.

I believe that I am always dreaming; waking or sleeping.

Waking dreaming has a frame of perception that forces it to be limited; my subconscious mind is ravenously devouring the input from my five sense and creating a virtual reality based on my paradigm and sensual input. I can affect my waking dreaming with conscious directions.

Sleeping dreaming has no frame and is limitless; my subconscious mind with very limited input from my five senses is ravenously and randomly replaying a virtual reality based on my paradigm and past experiences. I can affect my sleeping dreaming to a limited degree if I hold a thought in mind while falling asleep.

First, I want to look at my normal (chaotic) awareness of the outside world.

The frame is my paradigm, my way of viewing reality; but this can also be over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind.

For an understanding of paradigm as a way to view reality see:

My Subconscious Mind: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second.

I also believe my subconscious mind is able to contact Complete Collective Consciousness; the Unifed Field (Quantum Physics Theory) or Akashic Records (Theory) science or religion if you will.

In normal awareness I am not paying attention and so my subconscious mind is monitoring all the random input that is coming in through my five senses; thousands of events at a time at an average rate of 4 BILLION bits of information per second. Just think all of this happening and I am barely cognizant of most of it.

As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious mind plays an important part in my life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.

Just to give you an idea of what it is processing from just one sense, light enters my two eyes and projects an image upside down on the retina of each eye. Now these images are a pattern of dots, like the pictures in a newspaper. My subconscious mind takes these two images combines them together, fills in the spaces between the dots, and creates a movie (virtual reality) right side up of what I have seen. At the same time it is scanning the image for things it has experienced before and files the information based on; attitudes – values -beliefs (my paradigm) , or over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind, interfacing with past experiences.

If a movie or film displays at least 30 frames per second my subconscious mind will convert it to a continuous display.

What a marvelous instrument I am!

Most people are stunned to learn that most of our behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, As much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious. The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.

Second, I want to look at meditative; considered thought (ordered) awareness of the inside world.

From the dictionary: meditative of, involving, or absorbed in meditation or considered thought. Who would have thought that the dictionary was a scriptural text?

Below is the Japanese pictogram meaning consider.

For a complete post of just the word consider see:

Calming the mind vs emptying the mind.

Calming the mind is considered thought.

Emptying the mind is removing all the beliefs that tend to try to fix time and space (permanence) in our process of life; to release what’s taking precious space in your mind and heart that’s not serving you or limiting your growth.

There is a great fable told by Tom Brown Jr. in his book Awakening Spirits.
Here is a shortened version:

A long time ago… a man captured a sorceror and made him grant a wish. He wished a for a demon that would do as he asked. The sorceror said that the man would have to keep the demon busy or it would grow and consume him. The man said “no problem!” and the sorceror vanished. Then the demon appeared, about the size of a football. The man tried to keep the demon busy with tasks. He asked the demon to clean up his house. A minute later the demon returned and said “it is done” and grew to the size of the man. He asked the demon to prepare a feast for his friends. The demon returned a few seconds later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of grizzly bear. He asked the demon to build a new house on the mountain. The demon returned a second later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of his living room. As the tasks got more elaborate the demon simply returned sooner and said “it is done” and each time he returned he got larger and larger. The man went running out of his house, managed to outsmart the demon and finally came upon a shaman and told him of his predicament. The shaman said, “Give the demon this hair.” and he handed the man a piece of curly hair. “Ask him to straighten it.” The shaman disappeared and the demon appeared, larger and more fierce than ever. “What is your bidding?” The man cringed and handed him the hair and asked him to straighten it. The demon laughed. But as the demon found out, he couldn’t straighten it. As he tried, he got smaller and smaller. Any time the man wanted the demon to do something, he asked for the hair back and asked the demon to do what he wanted. Then he handed the hair back to the demon.

The hair (considered thought) is a tool that can be used to calm the conscious mind (demon) so that it can bring order to the subconscious mind. Hairs include chants, prayers, songs, visualizations, meditations, songs and religious rituals. Hairs can help you enter meditation. A true master will transcend all hairs as Jesus (or Buddha or Lao Tzu, etc…) were able to do.

My Conscious Mind: Volitional, Sets Goals~Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second.

When I compared this processing to the subconscious mind it looked really weak except for the fact that my conscious mind can direct my subconscious mind. I hope you are seeing just how important the conscious mind really is. It can be the director of the movie (virtual reality) of my life!

With meditative (considered thought) awareness I am viewing what I am experiencing within me rather than just what is happening outside of me.
Review the Japanese pictogram meaning consider above. With considered thought I can choose to review the movie of my life as it is happening. I can choose what scenes and scripts are the ones I want to emphasize. With a moving meditation my movie becomes a living dynamic thing done on the fly. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.

Unfortunately each one of us has our own perceptions of oneself, the world around us, and of “Spirit”; so I can not give any specific advice about how to direct the movie of your life. What is most important in my life is what I experience within; each one of us has a unique path that only oneself can traverse.

Reflect on this:
It is possible for me to be the director of the movie of my life. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.