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On Time and Consciousness

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Questions for the Week of December 5, 2005

these questions were based on the article
"The Conscious, Subconscious, and Unconscious, a New Look at an Old Metaphor"

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This Week's Questions

[These questions were posed by E D.]

I want to begin by saying that what I am about to write is not a true picture of what I don’t know. I have had three weeks since I first read the article to develop pictures that connect with what I read. Nonetheless, there is still much I do not know.

[Question 1] Does fasting bring a person into the conscious layers (Layers 10 through 7)?
[Answer] Only if you are naturally biased toward learning and have the skills to move from shock toward trance. Otherwise, fasting is better called, "starving."

[Question 2] Are the equivalent states of meditation, hyperawareness, and hypnotism states of being that exist in the first two layers?
[Answer] Yes, although it would probably be a good idea to remember that Layer 7 (the pure experience of the things we need) and Layer 8 (the pure experience of aloneness) are the counterpoints to Layers 9 (the pure experience of being connected to another being) and Layer 10 (the pure experience of being connected to a non being; of being connected to a "thing"). As you can see, Layers 7 and 8 can be the springboards into Layers 9 and 10.

[Question 3] Do we regress to another age when we experience a traumatic event?
[Answer] Yes. In fact, we always regress to the source time of the original "life defining" event, the person's reference event for this category of life experience. Thus, we could have a wound involving a fear of flying wherein the source time is age three, and where the reference event is a time wherein the person fell down a flight of stairs.

My use of the word "flight" here, by the way, is intentional. This is simply a very good example of how the mind organizes all things in threads of similarity. Even words.

[Question 4] Can we choose not to go into trance when experiencing a traumatic event?
[Answer] Not that I know of. I'm not actually sure though. Good question.

[Question 4a] If we did do this, what would happen?
[Answer] We would be the Dalai Lama. Then again, maybe even he can't do this.

[Question 5] If you are in Layers 1 through 4, does that mean you can't be wounded, because you can't be startled?
[Answer] In part, you're right. You can't get startled in other than Layers 10 and 9. But you can still be in any of the other layers and get propelled into hyperawareness by a suddenly shocking experience. Or not, depending on how deeply in shock you are before you get startled.

Thus, even normally shocking events will cease to shock the shell-shocked soldier. He is a man in Layer 1. However, adult women who get raped frequently incur several wounds from the same event. Why? Because they repeatedly get shocked out of shock and into hyperawareness once again, each time incurring yet another wound.

[Question 6] Is it human nature to try and account for what we can't picture. Is this a part of abhorring a vacuum?
[Answer] Yes, but only with "why logic." Thus, "why logic" is the human being's "remedy" for not being able to picture.

Please note, we can learn to expand on our nature and learn to love "not knowing." In fact, this is how babies live and what makes them so eager to learn. As they get closer to age seven though, this wonderful quality decreases in them until it is almost always dormant. Why? Because the more babies develop a hunger for cause and effect associations, the less they can see the "good" in not knowing why things happen.

As a side note, this "seeing the good in not knowing" is what underlies people with Asperger's absolute need to make learning more important than connecting to people even when it hurts them terribly. These people simply love learning and so, can tolerate the state of not knowing in ways usually seen only in young babies. In second year of life babies, to be more exact.

[Question 6] Does "why logic" occur in place of the question, "What just happened?
[Answer] No. It occurs as the response to this question.

[Question 7] I still can't picture "why logic" and "natural" logic. If I still have many questions, then does this mean I still don't have a picture?
[Answer] Are you saying you still have many unanswered questions? If so, then yes, you have yet to get a personal picture for either of these two ideas. Know however, that if you can discover a representative picture for the lack of these answers similarly to how you can picture the lack which exists in a vacuum, then you can get pictures for these two concepts.

What I am saying is, because these two ideas ("why logic" and "natural logic") do not actually exist in the physical world, we do not consider the realization that you cannot picture them an actual "emergence." Thus, while all "emergences" center on the discovery of what something looks like, the realization that we have a Block is technically not an emergence but more the realization that we need to have one.

These realizations are in fact the second stage in the five stages from "wounded" to "teacher," the five being [1] I am unaware I'm wounded (I am certain I do not have a BLock); [2] I am aware I'm wounded (I can see there is something I can't picture); [3] I have had a situational emergence (the first scene has emerged, and I can now see there was once a time when I did picture this situation); [4] a thread of similarity has emerged (I can now see that there have been many similar scenes in my life, all of which I could never picture before); and [5] I have had a teacher's emergence (I now see a possible thread of similarity between me in these situations and all other human beings.)

[Question 8a] So, after we are wounded, we can only see what matches what was left uncharged?
[Question 8b] Do wounds then create a template through which we see? Much like a dirty window?
[Question 8c] Does this mean we can see only according to our wounds?
Yes. Or said more exactly, we can see only what is not Blocked; what is "unwounded."
[Question 8d] Have I ever seen anything without looking through my BLocks, aside from before age 2?

[Question 9] Are we attracted to those who have complimentary wounds? Their BLocks "fit" our BLocks much like gears in a machine?
[Answer] Absolutely. More like opposite ends of two magnets though. More over, this occurs mostly in romantic type attractions and is why I see what most people call "dysfunction" as functioning perfectly. Each time we experience one of these complimentary wounds, we get thrust onto the stage of one of our unhealed BLocks. Then, if we can see past the blame we feel, we get the wonderful opportunity to heal, not just in how we are informed but also visually as well. We even get to love, in the other person, the very thing which has been setting us off. For instance, with my dear friend Lauren, I used to get very set off when she would speak meanly to me. Her meanness now makes me smile and oddly, it now makes us connect when it happens. Which is not to say this happens often. Even so, imagine becoming more conscious when someone is speaking to you meanly! And consciously liking it!

[Question 10a] Do philosophers, psychologists, and mentally ill persons have a difficult time returning to layers 7-10? Do they only return to those layers when they are being wounded?
[Answer] Yes, at least in theory, as these folks spend most of their time in the upper layers, layers 1 -4. There are, of course, exceptions but then, these exceptions would probably better be described in other terms, terms such as "deep thinkers," "healers," and "mystics."
[Question 10b] Can these people be wounded if they constantly dwell in the top four layers?
[Answer] No. But this is a theoretical "no," not a real life "no." Being deeply startled can sometimes jolt people out of these upper layers and into hyperawareness. This happens mostly only to adults though and only when they experience a great trauma, such as finding out they have cancer or being told a loved one just died.

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