In this article, we explore the region beyond the conventional field of the Mind. We capitalize the words Mind and Consciousness here because they carry special significance vis-à-vis their common usage.
When we want to go to a place hitherto unvisited, we usually refer to a map. The inner meaning of it is that we look at a wider field to find the juxtaposition of the place with regard to the already known sites. This process can be termed as ‘the whole to part approach’. When we do the same thing with regard to our Mind, we get a wider perspective on our position in the vast scheme of things in the Universe. However, most people tend to function within a narrow corridor defined by belief systems and a conformist attitude. Self-interest and self-importance govern the psychology. As a result, mediocrity sets in and one functions more like a robot than a person with an open mind.
Once we sense the above state of affairs, our vision expands and we begin to go beyond the apparent. That is when we go into matters of Consciousness and their significance in a peaceful yet vibrant life. Within that vast area, we understand where our Mind is placed and what its meaningful function can be. There is a feeling of widening elbowroom in one’s psychology. We turn into an explorer and bring wonderment into our expanding vista of perspectives. It is interesting to note that one of the important messages from near death experiences is to encourage us in that kind of healthy outlook. There is then a candid relationship with Divinity that precludes the conventional religious attitude of using God to one’s self-centered ends. There is a purity in that relationship untouched by the polluting ego.
Along that explorer’s journey, one soon discovers the relationship between the Mind and the Universal Consciousness of which the former is a small subset. Such discoveries are more of the intuitive kind and so non-verbal. They do not lead to collecting a lot of verbal knowledge as a college student of psychology does. In terms of inner perception, the verbal knowledge is more a distraction than an aid. It is like going round and round a circle; even after a lot of travel it brings us no closer to the center. In contrast, the direct, non-verbal contact with the matter takes us radially into the circle, thus moving towards the circle’s center in a sure way.
Our center of awareness is usually situated in the outer-self (the ego) during our waking hours. It will be good to release it from the tyranny of the outer-self and move it into the background Consciousness through quiet self-awareness. It takes place naturally during the deep sleep times, but can it happen while we are awake? That is an interesting challenge to all who wish to explore what lies beyond the noisy Mind’s ken. In this connection, please visit this webpage now to see a Power Point slide. You may then continue with this article.
As pointed out in the slide, it is possible to understand the background Consciousness by being interested in the two junction periods: From sleep to waking in the morning and vice versa in the night. The understanding brings about a release and the consequent relief! More on Universal Consciousness can be found on my website.