Ideas, Gravity and Consciousness

If you’ve read “Understanding Consciousness-Riding the Wave of Time” you know that I use Ideas as basic units of meaning.

Ideas are anything that we can define with limits or by saying “it does this.” We can think of ourselves as ideas if we can clearly define who or what we are. At any moment in time, we can choose the idea of who we are. As of right now I am a writer but in about ten minutes time I’ll be a swimmer and then I’ll be a dad.

Ideas are the mental labels that we can use to identify both what is around ourselves and what is around ourselves. Ideas are a way of being conscious of ourselves and the world we are in.

Gravity

One of the qualities that I give to ideas is that of gravity. The gravity of an idea can draw us in towards itself. However, this is a special sort of gravity. It only attracts us to an idea when we give it our attention. The more attention we give an idea the greater its gravity and the easier it can pull us towards itself.

We can think of the process of being drawn in towards an idea as the first steps towards learning an idea, making it real, or making it a part of ourselves.

Once we connect to an idea, once we’ve learned it, we no longer need to pay as much attention to it. The gravity of the idea (and of ourselves) keeps us connected. We can then begin the process of deepening the connection.

Relationship

When we are connected to an idea (or two ideas are connected) we can say that we are in a relationship with that idea. When two ideas are related they can change each other or they can create change. Having learned a martial art we can express ourselves with that idea. We change. But we also change the martial art, one more person can now express that idea. The art changes as a result.

Expression

The point of connecting to an idea is so that we can express it. The purpose of deepening our connection to an idea is so that we can learn to express it in different ways, or so that we can express it more efficiently, more freely or in any circumstance possible.

As an example, say we are drawn to the idea of learning a martial art like Wing Chun. We might go to a martial arts hall (I won’t say “Dojo” because that is a Japanese word while Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art) and watch people practicing. It is only if we give the idea more attention by going to class that we can truly begin to connect to the idea. We learn the idea by going to classes and practicing. We might learn small techniques which we can put together in any imaginable order or we learn a routine to practice techniques in an organized fashion. Once we’ve learned the basic shape of what we are learning we can practice and develop our understanding, our connection to each small idea that we are learning.

The big idea of Wing Chun is the sum of the smaller ideas that make it up.

The idea we connect to could be the idea of dancing, or the idea of a person we might grow to love. It could be the idea of a family. The more attention we give an idea that we want in our lives, the easier it is to connect to it. The more attention we give an idea once we are connected, the better we understand the idea and the easier it is to continue to express the idea and make the idea real.

Unity

We can practice our martial art by focusing on the parts of our routine and making them more fluid. We can learn our partner to greater degrees so that we can build a truly solid relationship. With constant practice, we learn an idea well enough that we can express that idea in any situation.

Learning a martial art to that point we can use it in any fighting situation successfully. We can handle change without being torn apart. In such a case we can say that we share a center with the idea that we have learned. Instead of being connected to the surface of an idea, we are one with it. We can express the idea freely.

Another way that we could view this is that we are connected to another idea well enough that we form a stable relationship which in turn is another idea. We share a center that is outside of ourselves.

Understanding

Gravity pulls inwards. Pulling inwards towards the center of an idea we can liken gravity to consciousness. If we want to understand something we pull it in towards ourselves. Once we understand what we are looking at we can use this understanding to shape the energy we put out.

We can think of Gravity, consciousness and understanding as aspects of the same thing. They allow us to understand an idea, experience it and express it.

Basic Principles

Basic Principles can be thought of as a foundation for understanding and experiencing life. They can be used to understand ourselves, what is around ourselves and our relationship with what is around ourselves. I like to think of them as tools to help us be more conscious in anything that we do. As they are tools for being more conscious it can be helpful to have a way of modeling what consciousness is.

Elements of Consciousness

Primary tools for being conscious include ideas and relationships.

  • Ideas are basic units of meaning.
  • Relationships are basic units of change.

Principles of Consciousness

To make “being conscious” useful, we can divide it into two main functions, thinking and doing. These correspond to consciousness being able to expand across time and space. We can describe and summarize the qualities of consciousness as follows:

  • Consciousness can expand in time or across space.
  • Consciousness is limited in time and space (the more we have in one dimension the less we are in another.)
  • Thinking happens across time (imaginary space)
  • Doing is done across space (real space)
  • Use thinking for problem solving, understanding, defining, determining, reminiscing.
  • While doing, focus on using the senses.
  • Taken together, thinking and doing allow us to experience and understand.
  • Expand consciousness completely into time or completely into space to move beyond the limits of space and time. Consciousness then becomes unlimited or infinite.

Principles of Learning

Principles of learning are designed to help us understand quickly via experience. This understanding can then be used to help us create the change that we desire (or experience it.)

  • Focus on learning small and meaningful pieces of “understanding”
  • Practice using rhythm and repetition to make what we are learning a part of ourselves.
  • To make what we are learning a part of ourselves, practice doing (space) and then looking back at what we have done (time.)
  • Develop sensitivity and learn to control.
  • Take Regular Rests (Rest completely or by doing something else.)

Principles for Doing

While initially we may have to think about these principles in order to do them, we eventually move beyond thinking to understanding. These principles then become “built in.” We can focus on pure doing.

  • Stabilize Foundations
  • Control Connections, direct the senses and choose how to respond to what is sensed.
  • Center unifies, balances and gives a point or purpose to what we are doing. To be centered, focus on feeling and controlling entire self.
  • Look for, Create and Use Room to Move both for ourselves and what is around ourselves. To express ourselves (and for others to express themselves) we need room to move. We can also look for Gaps to Flow through.
  • Express… the idea of what we are trying to do. Based on what is happening now choose what do to and how to do it. Instead of thinking, do it.
  • Experience both what we are doing and what others around us are doing.
  • Understand by taking the experience inside of ourselves. Allow it to sink in so that we can move on to more experiences.

Principles of Thinking

Thinking is a part of who we are. Rather than be a victim or prisoner of the mind we can train our mind and choose the way we think. Some guidelines or principles of conscious thinking include:

  • Know that you can
  • Focus on what you want to do
  • Look for the reason to do something rather than the reason to stop
  • Look for excuses to love instead of reasons to hate
  • Imagine that you are loved

Understanding Consciousness

To learn more about understanding consciousness and basic principles, you can order the book.

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