Becoming Conscious

In the becoming of consciousness, presence contains within it the apparent dualities of both mind and matter and of form and awareness. It is the just one sensible way of bridging the gap between those two apparent dualities and will take much conscious effort to fully understand or center in on what presence fully entails and it's depths. Presence, as matter, can make up the many complex forms we see all around us. These complex forms have an outward presence, whereas mind takes on a much more inward presence. The depths of each gives the world at large the things we see, know, and understand to be real and true it's status as a plenum.

Experience is an ultimate height of being present and is the only way for us to really know or assume the world and ourselves to be. Without an experience of any present moment, there could seemingly be no way to know there is anything about us or the world at all. As well as experience, awareness is another way for a being to know of what is present at an given moment. It is through awareness that allows for reflection and memory of any thing previously experienced. Form as well is necessary for there to be any presence, as with form, there is room for space and time to give shape to any present experience and gives experiences a distinct quality and feel to them. Until conscious awareness is present, all that which is observed is merely just data in the world and disparate thoughts, as opposed to as when there are observed, become matter and mind.

 The elements of consciousness as a quaternio, a similar diagram found in  Aion  by C.G. Jung

The elements of consciousness as a quaternio, a similar diagram found in Aion by C.G. Jung

Definitions of the Conscious Qualities:

Presence:

Having a presence consists of form, experience, awareness and also an unconscious aspect, all of which leads to our phenomenal conscious and the multitude of conscious states we have throughout our lives. At the center of consciousness is the present at hand, the ever-living now, which we may find ourselves to be when not projecting into the past or future. Presence in any one moment allows for a presentational immediacy of the environments we may find ourselves in.

Form:

All conscious states and being present have some sort of form to them, which allows for the different states to all have their own shape or qualities which differ from one another. Form depends on the physical forms of the being having and experiencing any conscious state. The difference in forms of conscious states is what alters the way we may feel, think, sense, and intuit from the world around us.

Experience:

What it is like to be in one or more conscious states and the phenomenal aspect of having a presence, allowing for us to take in and make later inferences about the phenomenal aspects of consciousness. The experiences one can have throughout one's life and even day to day life are what makes a being what it is and it is through experiences that allows for having any state of consciousness at all. Experience and phenomena could perhaps be considered to be the backbone of consciousness and what it is that makes a being what it is and what it may know.

Awareness:

The attentive aspect of what it is that a being may take note of through this attention. Any awareness, be it through sight, hearing, feeling, or sensing from the world around us can slip into or out of awareness. It is an ability to discern what to take in from the world that, being present, one may select or choose to focus on in any moment. Awareness, as opposed to form, is much more mental than it is physical.

Unconscious:

Difficult to discuss as it it below the threshold of being present, the unconscious can guide or direct our presence towards one direction or another without much knowledge to a present being. Akin to a memory or a past that makes its way into the present, the unconscious might still be a force that makes up any experience, despite not being able to be experienced in the present itself. The depths of moving from a state becoming to a state of being, the unconscious has many surprises what brought to light.

Definitions of the Conscious Observables:

Matter (Observed Object):

What is assumed the physical to be composed of when there is a mind to relate and interact with it. Matter, having a more physical presence, can be altered, changed, and worked upon through its interaction with a mind. As observed, matter makes up the world one can be found in and is just as much a part of the presence of a self and consciousness awareness as mind is. It is the physical substrate of having a presence, which in relation to mind, is the objective portion to the self, as it is in a brain and body.

Mind (Observed Subject):

The apparent "vital force" of consciousness. Mind and spirit, is most of the time, what we consider to be as the self as we see and observe it to be, yet it is not the self as whole. Being aware and having experiences, mind and spirit comes to us and appears to us to be the most familiar aspect of our being and of our presence. It is what follows us along throughout the day, and emerges through interactions with the presence of an other.

Datum (Unobserved Object):

Matter which is yet to be observed or is not observed in any moment. Data can be measured, accounted for, and used to know more about the presence of matter, yet is not quite matter in and of itself. Such as in a thought experiment, the data of the moon may have a presence, whether we are observing it or not. It may or may not be there without observation, yet data and information can be accounted for and collected even if it is not.

Thought (Unobserved Subject):

A mind left to it's own devices will think and have thoughts, even without another observing presence is around. To think as though no one is aware is to be lost, essentially, in pure thought. It is the backdrop and substrate to a thinking mind, not in relation to any other mind at all. Thoughts are what allows for there to be contemplation and mediation, even if we are unaware of the all of the thoughts that go by.


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