3.7 THE CONSCIOUS, Sub-Conscious and the

SUPRA-CONSCIOUS

 

"Consciousness is  personal. Consciousness is something that you cannot get the
fundamental nature of intellectually. It is not something you can get in a lecture or
reading a book. It is something you have to experience.".......Tom Campbell


"Beyond and above in the control hierarchy, the position of this single administrative
selfmetaprogrammer and his staff, there may be other controls and controllers, which,
for convenience, I call supraself metaprograms. These are many or one depending on
current states  of  consciousness  in the single selfmetaprogrammer.  These  may be
personified as if entities, treated as if a network for information transfer, or realized
as if self traveling in the Universe to strange lands or dimensions or spaces.
"
...............Dr John C Lilly

"When a systematic devaluation of the unconscious is carried out, then the un-
conscious doesn't quite work
with the person anymore,  but against him".
......Jung"

"The masters of suspicion brought forth this problem of false consciousness
- of the self being false to itself. That problem religion was ill equipped to
deal with. The problem of false consciousness is that even when you are
certain of something, and be sure you have no doubt - it can still be just an
abstract cultural mechanism, and not you."

……..Rick Roderick ( Self Under Siege )

This article brings into focus the distinction between elements of human

awareness that affect the stream of consciousness and the directions

it takes. This has been considered necessary because a very crucial

distinction exists between sub-conscious operations and the effects of

the awareness that lies beyond the conscious :  the supra -conscious.

The   fact  is  that  the  operations  of  both  are   sub-liminal,  but their

characteristics are so different,  contrasting and even opposing that

the   whole effort of self - analysis  becomes pointless unless a being

can   sort  out  to  some  extent  the  control   source ( sub or supra )

from which a thought  has  emerged  into the conscious.

( Sometimes there may well be an element of both )

" Just as early Buddhism recognized no gods because it had to free itself
from the inheritance of nearly two million gods, so must psychology, if it is
to develop further, renounce so essentially negative an approach to the
unconscious as Freud's." ......C. G. Jung

In   this  work  the  awareness  of  a  being  has   been  split  into  three distinct

functional elements for the purpose of understanding and analysis,  with the

following assumption :

Assumption:   Every   living  being  has  consciousness or awareness that has a
primary  component  to  it  at the time of birth and which has a continuity after
death, herein termed as the Supra-Conscious (whether it has ultimate or eternal
continuity is an open question here.)

"The psyche ( supra-conscious ) is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and
the 'cine qua non' of the world as an object. It is the highest degree odd that
western man with but very few - and ever fewer - exceptions, apparently pays
so little regard to this fact. Swamped by the knowledge of external objects,
the subject of all knowledge has been temporarily eclipsed to the point of
seeming non-existence."........Jung
 

All the living beings of a particular world are connected  together through
this supra-conscious.

In other words the thread of  the Supra-conscious runs through every life
form in a world, in an instantaneous non-physical connection, that can be
called the web of life.

The essential animating element of the supra-conscious, which is also the
consciousness-at-large in the world that contains in it all the real and
aesthetic knowledge of the entire world  is called here as
the SPIRIT. 


Life in any world is created and sustained by this Spirit. This Spirit in its
creation of the world, devolves itself in its constituent beings, who then
hold the power through their actions either to sustain the Spirit or
to dissipate it. 

 "The world hangs by a single thread, the consciousness in which it exists."
.......Schopenhauer

“Consciousness, unprovable by scientific standards, is forever, then, the
impossible phantom in the predictable biologic machine, and your every
 thought a genuine supernatural event. Your every thought is a
ghost, dancing.”― Alan Moore

When one reflects upon what consciousness really is, one is profoundly
impressed by the extreme wonder of the fact that an event which takes
place outside in the cosmos simultaneously produces an internal image,
that it takes place, so to speak, inside as well, which is to say:
becomes conscious. ~Carl Jung

Once the Spirit's animating capacity is exhausted, the world comes to
an end although the aesthetic essence remains to restart a new cycle.

Pure Being and Spirit are the same.

It's what Zulus called 'Koolum Koolu' (translates into First Spirit).  And the
First Spirit had passed over some of it's power and some of it's responsibilities
to the human beings. And the human being had a God like task to perform in
creation, and to the extent that he performed, he derived his meaning - it
is a very important part of Jung's thinking......BBC documentary on Jung
 

When the Pleiades and the wind in the grass are no longer a part of the human spirit,
a part of very flesh and bone, man becomes, as it were, a kind of cosmic outlaw,
 having neither the completeness and integrity of the animal nor the birthright
of a true humanity. (Henry Beston)

WEB INT.2014: Metaphysical concepts are very slippery - it is very difficult to make
precise statements about them. Animals, as in all life forms have an animating principle
 which is usually associated with the word Spirit, whereas the essence or immortal principle
 is usually associated with the word Soul.
For example, the Native Americans typically use the expression “Spirit of the Wolf” and
not the expression “Soul of the Wolf”. And this extends even to the plant kingdom, where
for example the Celtic druids used expressions like “Forest Spirits” or “Tree Spirits”.
The “First People’s” expressions in creation myths often refer to the close relation
 between the “First Created People” of their nation or tribe with the animals that lived
around them – a relationship that implies that the first people’s spirit was not only directly
 connected with the spirit of those animals – but even going further to imply that the
Human Spirit was derived from those animals so as to make a sacred bond between them
 called typically as “The Sacred Hoop” – a cycle or circle of interdependence between them
that would sustain both of them until that Sacred Hoop was broken - then life could not
sustain and man himself would die because of the "great homelessness of the Spirit"
 

[Web Int: 2013 : From Austr-Aboriginal creation story : "The creators transformed
 themselves into various creatures, plants, animals, natural forces or heavenly bodies
- and spread across the islands."
I like this part best because it illustrates that the creator/s become part of the
 life process itself.
Again this shows that the 'original people' all over the world had this understanding that the
creative force (Spirit) had split/devolved itself (partly, if not completely) into the constituent
beings of the world in the creation process.
In many stories from all around the world, the first humans were considered as magical and
powerful. So one of the spiritual practices (ecstasy or trance) of later humans of that tribe/nation
 was to get in connection with their dead ancestors (now in the spirit world) to get guidance
and knowledge. Some stories also mention that at times the ancestors appeared by their own
volition in dreams or even in the form of an apparition that was experienced even corporeally by
select member (very rarely members) of the tribe/nation to warn them about something or to tell
them something important that was going to happen, or to show them something vital
about the spirit world that needed to be manifest/revealed in the material world.
Incidentally, this is also known as 'the Descent of the Spirit', which means creation into beings
of a world in the primordial sense, and also used to denote the descention or coming
down of a being from the Spirit world into corporeal form in the material world.]

 

3.7.1 CONSCIOUS and SUB CONSCIOUS as NEURAL FUNCTIONS

"Consciousness in itself has a being of its own which in its absolute uniqueness
of nature remains unaffected by the phenomenological disconnexions"....Husserl

 

[Web Interactive 2013: When we are confined to a narrow world view like that of
science, the  obvious conclusions follow: that the brain generates consciousness.
Expand your horizon then this should be understood as 'cerebral consciousness',
 which is a secondary consciousness connected with the sensory (physical) world,
whereas there is a primary consciousness that breaks into the cerebral consciousness
 only occasionally ( the experience of art or religious experience is testimony), and by
its very nature is subliminal and elusive to direct probing. This non-cerebral
consciousness is far more active in children and slowly but surely recedes to the
"unconscious" in adults where it goes inactive and un-noticed by most people.
 Every child is an artist, the problem is to remain an artist as he grows up, said Picasso.
 The other aspect of non-cerebral consciousness is that it is the source of the psyche
of the individual and which connects to the psychic elements of everyone in the world
 or "collective unconscious" (Jungian term). The third aspect is that it is the catalyst
or initiator of the synthesis processing in the brain (right side) that results in
extra-sensory perception, synthetic visions, new ideas, artistic expressions etc.]

 .

This then signifies that the normal consciousness is secondary to the Supra - Conscious
and is a function of  the nervous system, whereas the supra-conscious is independent
of the nervous system, but can nevertheless affect the nervous system in a profound
manner. Thus this mode of normal consciousness begins at birth and ends at death.

Beneath the normal consciousness, operates a huge set of programs whose operations
are basically an automaton - a mechanism whose function is to control the survival 
and survivability of the physical or the biological being.

These operate mostly without being detected or acknowledged by the normal
consciousness, as they are mostly supposed to anyway, since they primarily handle
the routine functions for the biological aspects of the being. Those operations that
are active but undetected by the conscious, or consciously willed, are called here
the SUB-CONSCIOUS.

"Traditions are the guideposts driven deep into our subconscious minds.
The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe,
aren't even aware of".....Ellen Goodman

However, apart from the routine functions, the operation of these sub-conscious
programs does radically determine our overall behavior patterns, since the initial
control hierarchy is derived from these inbuilt routine functional programs, and
thus our normal consciousness derives its primary control structure from these
programs.
Therefore it is being stressed here that the sub-conscious mostly determines our
conscious behavior that we then take for granted because of an unwillingness
to critically examine one's own behavior or thought patterns and particularly
so, the underlying control mechanisms.

 

3.7.2 CONFLICTS Of The Sub and Normal Consciousness

"Freud was a thinker who reminded us that the conscious mind, that was the topic
of philosophy both in terms of cognitive things and in values, was a very small part
of our psychic lives. Freud compares the conscious mind to a captured tiny
garrison in the midst of a city - the city of Rome, with all its layers of history,
all its archaic barbarisms, all its hidden avenues, covered over by civilization
 after civilization - that constitutes the whole mind. But the conscious part is
just that tiny garrison that holds out in this captured city.
And if the goal of psychoanalysis is that the unreflected  parts of the self
(unconscious) become reflected (conscious) then the goal of a mass
simulation culture ( post-modern) is psychoanalysis in reverse - which
means that the little remaining parts of that garrison ( in the metaphor )
 become unconscious. Mass culture is enlightenment in reverse gear -
precisely to wipe out that last little garrison of autonomy.


…..Rick Roderick ( TTC – Philosophy and Human Values)



Many times these sub-conscious operations do come into conflict with the normal
consciousness, since the normal consciousness does derive its control also from
the external world,
( not only from  internal patterns of control ) for instance,
social patterns or norms of behavior.
Unfortunately, most of these conflicts are not resolved in a beneficial manner by
the normal consciousness, since an inherent operating sub-conscious program is
to take the path of least resistance or pain, so usually the shortest and least
painful path is taken in order to resolve the conflict.

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However the shortest path invariably proves to be only a temporary patch and
  the same or similar conflict pops up again and again and unless the conflict is
  resolved at its root level, and the negative effects of this conflict will continue
to dominate the conscious behavior.
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"Mass culture is a constant assault upon this autonomy. This assault
 causes despair of the Kierkegaardian kind  -  and this despair is not a
mood but a structure that belongs to a captured garrison - not an
accidental feature but part of it, fundamental to it.
In psychotherapy you talk this out, so that the unreflected parts
are reflected. In the mass post-modern culture the goal is the
opposite - the parts that are just yours become general property.
In the Freudian psychoanalysis even the sick parts become part of
what you know about yourself. So you dig up even ugly memories
so that you can know them - may not be pleasant - in fact it isn't.
(On the other hand), the pleasure principle of mass culture is that
it does just the opposite. It takes the socially uncomfortable
memories and takes them out of that clear garrison and throws
them into the wasteland around the city."


…..Rick Roderick ( TTC – Philosophy and Human Values)

[Web Int. Note 2013: JUNG & FREUD: Ref movie  'Dangerous Method' 2011. The main reason
for the break between them was that Freud who considered himself as the dominant father
figure and the creator of the world of psychoanalysis, and who considered Jung as 'protégé'
to his psychoanalysis method, wanted Jung to follow exactly in his footsteps, whereas
 Jung was a self-made man. The final break came when Freud insisted that sexuality was
the source drive for all behavior, whereas Jung committed the blasphemy of questioned the
supremacy of the sexual theory to explain human behavior. Besides Freud has no conception
of the Spirit, whereas Jung was one of the very rare persons in Western culture to not only
have had experiences of the Spirit, but also was articulate in it's conceptions (very rare).

Unfortunately, it is because of his expressions of the Spirit, he was ex-communicated
to the fringes of the culture who's entire focus became narrowed down only to the material
by performing an technical exorcism of the Spirit, not only on itself but also globally.
However, human beings like Jung will have the last laugh as the
Spirit transcends the material.]


3.7.3 CRISIS AND RESOLUTION

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.
  ........Carl Jung

Most conflicts are resolved in a manner that provide for stable operation of the
structure, and it is this factor alone that plays a key role. For stable operation
comes at a price - the possibilities of growth and transcendence become
more and more limited,
till only a crisis then causes a revaluation and
restructuring.
A crisis that may be externally caused or internally caused - by the
Supra-conscious.

Now the most important point here is that most of the critical conflicts and such
resultant battles take place internally, that is, within oneself, and the sad fact
is that most people do not deal with this aspect at a conscious level at all.

 
The sub-conscious therefore becomes the dominant controlling factor that
then subsequently determines our behavior and choices.

" The duplicity that Freud located in consciousness re-occurs in culture in a more
 savage manner -because even in the most private parts of the conscious where
 we think we are at the clearest, in principle we can't be sure that they are not
already invaded, in-culturated, stamped, coded, filed, indexed.....not in a direct
crude way( but in a way that is not obvious)."
…..Rick Roderick ( TTC – Philosophy and Human Values)

 

3.7.4 From the Sub Conscious control into the Conscious

Consciousness naturally resists anything unconscious and unknown ~Carl Jung

Deeply hidden sub-conscious critical operating control programs can be
observed and then over-ridden, reprogrammed or neutralized by :


1) The force of one's Will.
2) By the force of moral power.
3) By the force of one's death.
4) By unknown elements of the supra-conscious
5) Neutralized by meditative procedures
6) By the observation of these by the conscious.
7) By the analysis, integration and reprogramming
of these by the conscious.
8) By hallucinogenic drugs like LSD.

These same can also apply for the supra-conscious to manifest
itself, however, the supra-conscious cannot be reprogrammed,
only integrated and refined by creative action.

Of all these possibilities, the effectiveness of which can vary greatly from one
individual to another, the self-analysis method is the most powerful one. The
meditative procedure can effectively neutralize the hold of the sub-conscious,
but in the process a significant loss of functional value of the rational -
intellectual process is affected or sacrificed.     

The only way to efficiently deal with the sub-conscious is to use every possible
opportunity to bring its operation to a conscious level where its effects can be
observed by the conscious operating system, and its deeply hidden connections
can possibly be found and dealt with or neutralized. Without doing this, the sub
conscious will always have a dominating role, hindering the process of self-
development.


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level to be dealt with and reprogrammed is the goal of self- analysis

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The unconscious . . . is the source of the instinctual forces of the psyche and of the
forms or categories that regulate them, namely the archetypes. ~Carl Jung


3.7.5 Integration with the Supra-Conscious


On the other extreme of the control hierarchy and of the utmost importance to
one's real self is the Supra-conscious but which remains hidden in the background,
its activity that resembles a dream-like state is also in one way similar to the
sub-conscious insofar that its operation as and when it occurs goes undetected
by the conscious, but in most other aspects is dis-similar as well as contrary to
the sub-conscious.

It is the mysterious, yet the essence, of consciousness. It contrasts almost totally
with the sub-conscious. It cannot be comprehended by the conscious, only noticed
in its effect, in its wake. It cannot be conceptualized, for its function is to remain
hidden, out of any direct control, or manipulation by the conscious. It is not a
property of the nervous system, yet it can affect the nervous system profoundly.


Whereas  the  sub-conscious
needs to be controlled  by the conscious, as a general
rule it is the supra-conscious that needs to control the conscious, but only so when the
sub-conscious has been mastered by the normal conscious. So we have an operating  
structure for the sub-conscious and an operating structure for the conscious that need
to be
UNIFIED, whereas the supra-conscious is independent of these structures and
must remain free of the control of these structures that is,
  the structure must have
evolved to the extent of having a control provision for the manifestation of the
Supra-conscious - a kind of developed ability to know when to let go- that is,
to relinquish control of the normal consciousness.

SETTING UP OR THE PROPER ORDERING OF THE CONSCIOUS AS NECESSARY
 FOR THE SUPRA- CONSCIOUS OPERATIONS

The  Supra-Conscious  is very  subtle in its operation,  since  it  is sensitive and its control
is independent of neural structures,  whereas it manifests to the normal  consciousness
through the neural structures and thus becomes subject to its interpretive mechanisms
determined  by  existing  programs  and metaprograms.  The only thing common between
the sub and the supra is that the initiation operation of both goes mostly unnoticed and
unacknowledged by the normal consciousness, the effects are consciously recorded.

Thus self-analysis attempts to bring the operation of the sub-conscious to be acknowledged
and controlled by the conscious, it is the process of self-observation that attempts to bring
forth the supra-conscious to manifest  itself to  the conscious so as to be appropriately
interpreted and so that the conscious instead of being controlled by the sub-conscious is
thereby under control of the Supra-Conscious under critical conditions.

The Supra-Conscious , although always present, is realized through the integration process
with the conscious. Therefore it can be said that the Supra-Conscious manifests itself through
the special conditions of the conscious, and if not well integrated, it can only manifest in an
inhibited state of the sub-conscious, or a highly emotional state, or is glimpsed occasionally
under certain unusual states of the normal consciousness.

 The tendencies of the conscious and the unconscious are the two factors that
together make up the transcendent function. It is called “transcendent” because it
makes the transition from one attitude to another organically possible. ~Carl Jung


The point here is that there is no specific key or method or procedure to the Supra-Conscious,
however a proper order of the sub-conscious and a free state of the conscious are
the general steps in the direction of the Supra-Conscious
, the manifestation of which,
and its appropriate interpretation  or realization by the conscious, then becomes indicative
 of the direction, methods and modalities for the conscious to follow.

"The first of these, The Sickness unto Death (1849), followed hard upon the second
edition of Either/Or. It typologizes forms of despair as failures to sustain a ‘synthesis’
which expresses the structure of selfhood. The work introduces a non-substantial but
normative concept of the self or ‘spirit’. The most common and dangerous form of
despair is one which people fail to recognize in themselves and even mistake for its
opposite.
In a spiritless society whose institutions have taken over spirit’s functions also in
name, no real basis for spirit, or true selfhood, remains in the established forms of life.
Spiritual possibilities then tend to find their outlets outside such forms in madness,
religious intoxication, the cult of the aesthetic, or in utopian politics. This, from the
individual’s perspective, is one way of failing to maintain the synthesis. The other is
for the individual to duck below the level of its own spiritual possibilities and lead a
spiritually emasculated life of worldliness. The solution which The Sickness unto
Death prescribes for despair is faith, or willing acceptance of the task of becoming a
self ‘posited’ not by itself but by a transcendent power."
...........Oxford Companion on Kierkegaard

 

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