The deeper we go within, into the depths of our own Consciousness and Psyche, the more we withdraw our attention from the outside world. The farther within that we dig, the less influence the outside world has on us.
This can be, and I think usually is, a sign of insight and depth of vision.
As insight deepens, consciousness “shrinks”: its focus is more toward the center of one’s being, and the outer “edges” of awareness tend to shrink (or expand) with the range of focus of one’s attention.
It’s not easy to find the center at first. It’s underneath “stuff”: the burden of unresolved past painful experience and the fuzziness of things we “learned” that aren’t really true.
The burden is called “negativity.”
The fuzziness is called “wrong beliefs.”
Together, negativity and wrong beliefs are called the “ego” or the “false self.”
Negativity and wrong beliefs are also the substance of which attachments are made.
Ego and attachments cause consciousness to be focused on the “surface” of awareness, where Soul and Matter meet to form “flesh”–that is, the body and its needs, desires, and sensations.
Someone deeply asleep in the darkness of ego is deeply identified with the body.
The bodily identity is called the “(surface) personality.” It consists of bodily characteristics, innate personal qualities, urges, and a name and mailing address. It also has a social group, usually a family.
The personality is temporary and constantly changing in accordance with experience.
Experience happens on the outside, in the collective dream-reality of society and sensation. Experience registers on the inside, at the center of one’s consciousness.
The center goes all the way “in” (or “up”), to a more collective or shared version of consciousness. The collective or shared consciousness at the center of (one’s personal) consciousness is cause, and the outer world of experience is effect.
A “point of consciousness” is a self-aware, aware, or semi-aware being (or object). A human or dolphin is self-aware. A dog or amoeba is aware. An enzyme or atom is semi-aware.
All points of consciousness are “connected to” this central-consciousness database through their own centers of consciousness. All points of consciousness are points of exchange of information between the inner center of consciousness and the outer world of experience.
What is exchanged is–and must be–information from other points of consciousness, including thoughts and sensations.
This means that when I (consciousness) look out my eyes into another set of eyes, consciousness is seeing itself–from both sides of the interaction.
In every interaction, something is shared. This “something” is recorded in the centers of consciousness that are present in the interaction.
All the information collected and stored in the ultimate center of every center of consciousness equals the sum total of everything that has ever been experienced in the history of existence.
As experience becomes more complex, there are more unique situations and opportunities for interaction to happen and be “recorded” in the central center of consciousness. This is one purpose of Existence: to provide a vast array of different kinds of experience.
We can accurately say that the central center of consciousness “knows all.” A lot of people call this central center of consciousness “God.”
Since it is causative to everything that happens, has ever happened, or ever will happen, it is. Since it knows all, it is. Since it is everywhere all at once, it is. Since it “can do anything” (because it DOES everything), it is.
Right there in the center. Small as a mustard seed, small as a grain of sand. Like a tiny candle flame that ever (not “never”) changes but is static.
This tiny center within us and everything else is enormously huge. After all, it caused and causes everything.
It is everywhere, in everything, unable to be scraped off or squeezed out of anything.
Unable to be sliced in half.
It is huger and grander than the universe we can see or know. It contains the universe. The universe exists within it, surrounded and penetrated by it.
It it, we live and move and have our being. Literally!
And it’s all there, sitting quietly and patiently, being unaffected, always, free for the taking, hidden but accessible. Inside you.
God. In you.
THIS is why there’s a Golden Rule. Jesus understood. Do unto others…because they ARE you.
(“The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.”)
Written on July 17, 2010, and freshly edited on July 17, 2017