The study of consciousness

“Consciousness is defined as our subjective awareness of ourselves and our environment (Koch, 2004). [4] The experience of consciousness is fundamental to human nature. We all know what it means to be conscious, and we assume (although we can never be sure) that other human beings experience their consciousness similarly to how we experience ours.

The study of consciousness has long been important to psychologists and plays a role in many important psychological theories. For instance, Sigmund Freud’s personality theories differentiated between the unconscious and the conscious aspects of behavior, and present-day psychologists distinguish between automatic (unconscious) and controlled (conscious) behaviors and between implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) memory (Petty, Wegener, Chaiken, & Trope, 1999; Shanks, 2005). [5]

“Some philosophers and religious practices argue that the mind (or soul) and the body are separate entities. For instance, the French philosopher René Descartes (1596–1650) was a proponentof dualism, the idea that the mind, a nonmaterial entity, is separate from (although connected to) the physical body. In contrast to the dualists, psychologists believe that consciousness (and thus the mind) exists in the brain, not separate from it. In fact, psychologists believe that consciousness is the result of the activity of the many neural connections in the brain, and that we experience different states of consciousness depending on what our brain is currently doing (Dennett, 1991; Koch & Greenfield, 2007). [6]

“The study of consciousness is also important to the fundamental psychological question regarding the presence of free will. Although we may understand and believe that some of our behaviors are caused by forces that are outside our awareness (i.e., unconscious), we nevertheless believe that we have control over, and are aware that we are engaging in, most of our behaviors. To discover that we, or even someone else, has engaged in a complex behavior, such as driving in a car and causing severe harm to others, without being at all conscious of one’s actions, is so unusual as to be shocking. And yet psychologists are increasingly certain that a great deal of our behavior is caused by processes of which we are unaware and over which we have little or no control (Libet, 1999; Wegner, 2003). [7]

“Our experience of consciousness is functional because we use it to guide and control our behavior, and to think logically about problems (DeWall, Baumeister, & Masicampo,2008). [8] Consciousness allows us to plan activities and to monitor our progress toward the goals we set for ourselves. And consciousness is fundamental to our sense of morality—we believe that we have the free will to perform moral actions while avoiding immoral behaviors.

But in some cases consciousness may become aversive, for instance when we become aware that we are not living up to our own goals or expectations, or when we believe that other people perceive us negatively. In these cases we may engage in behaviors that help us escape from consciousness, for example through the use of alcohol or other psychoactive drugs (Baumeister, 1998). [9]

“Because the brain varies in its current level and type of activity, consciousness is transitory. If we drink too much coffee or beer, the caffeine or alcohol influences the activity in our brain, and our consciousness may change. When we are anesthetized before an operation or experience a concussion after a knock on the head, we may lose consciousness entirely as a result of changes in brain activity. We also lose consciousness when we sleep, and it is with this altered state of consciousness that we begin our chapter.

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Laura Zukerman

The Goddess Bibles

Conscious Resonance Causes Harmony or Conflict

  • It is the level of resonance or dissonance between our consciousness and that of others that determines the kind of interaction what we have with them. The level of significance that others play in our lives is not how frequently we interact with them, but how meaningfully we do so. We may cross paths with a background character everyday but they leave only a fading impression on our souls. There are some we meet only once but the experience is so meaningful that it marks us for life.
    Our consciousness has many frequencies of thoughts and emotions. The more frequencies we share with another, the more we have in common and the more connections we have. When one party is not consciously aware of the common frequencies that is shared with another, the person will still be unconsciously attracted into inexperience and interaction on a continual basis. But when we consciously discover and reveal the frequencies with each other, the channels of interaction open up.

  • It is the lack of awareness about common frequencies by either party that causes the misperception of differences. Thinking of others as not like us is what creates separation. When we find that they are so much like us, it brings a sense of oneness and connectedness. If you want to connect and unite with another, focus on the similarities and what you both have in common instead of the differences. Do this especially with someone you have love for and desire to experience that love with.

  • Love seeks to unite while fear causes separation. When you are loving, you seek unity of consciousness through understanding and harmony of perception. When you are fearing, you create separation of consciousness through ignorance and conflict of perception. Stop fearing and be loving. Love and understanding reconciles all separation and integrates all perception into one. When you are of one mind, you fully understand each other and have awareness of what’s going on in the relationship as a whole.

  • You may not really be perceiving fully when you feel that you are able to perceive everything that another is speaking but that person is unable to perceive everything that you are speaking. Your misperception may be creating the experience of misunderstanding. Of course there are times when you really are able to perceive everything about where the person is coming from but they are not able to perceive where you are coming from. But if it is someone you love, you are probably misperceiving as well.
    The very fact that you have love for someone means you have many frequencies in common on an unconscious level. That emotion of love is the energy of resonance. Sometimes you may not even be aware of that love, but if you are aware then you can use it as a sign to explore deeper about the person. The appearance of differences is usually an illusion when actually in the areas where you think you are different from each other, you are both actually very much the same or even exactly alike.

  • Fear is what causes misunderstanding. You are afraid to be authentic and dare not express the deeper connection you have with another because you are afraid to be hurt by not being accepted. Fear is an illusion that makes you think that you must hide your real thoughts and feelings in order to prevent the other person from rejecting them and breaking of the connection with you. Your fear causes you to perceive the other person’s words and actions as signs of rejection and resistance.

  • Fear is caused by ignorance. The way to stop fear is to see it for what it is, an illusion. Awareness overcomes ignorance and fear. With awareness, you are free to love. There is no fear in perfect love. You can only be perfect in love by gaining awareness. Love with awareness and you can do the things that unite instead of doing the things that separate. To love perfectly is to love with understanding. That is how we all want to be loved. It is the kind of love that brings us closer and experience intimacy.

  • Dissonance may be weak or strong between two people or an individual with a group. When dissonance is weak, repulsion manifest as apathy or emotional uneasiness. That is why sometimes others say that they feel uncomfortable, uneasy or awkward in your presence. When dissonance is strong, repulsion manifest as conflict and emotional fire that can escalate to the point of severing the interaction physically and mentally between the dissonant parties.

  • They may cross paths but only in a superficial manner. If they are forced to interact or communicate, there is bound to be mutual misunderstanding and lack of interest at best and aversion or confrontation at worst. We should not force ourselves to interact with people we do not have true emotional resonance with for the sake of being nice or friendly. We are doing ourselves and them a disservice for not doing things because we are guided by our hearts to do but because we think we should.
    Any person that enters into your sphere of experience is because you attracted that person in, and that person has attracted you into theirs. You never have to feel as if you don’t deserve to be in anybody’s presence because if they are there with you, it means you have every right to be there. It is co-intention that results in both of you entering into each other’s sphere of experience in the first place. Knowing this, you can have freedom to do whatever you want, wherever you want with whoever you want.

  • There are people we are meant to interact with because they are part of our life path. We would feel the desire to connect with them and therefore it is up to us to establish and build the connection by uncovering the common frequencies and clearing the dissonance. Awareness is what helps us to know how we are causing dissonance which results in emotional uneasiness and conflict. We are then able to create more conscious and unconscious resonance in order to experience real love with each other.


Laura Zukerman

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