2.5 How The You (Your Current Personality) Was Created
Our consciousness as a human being allows us to experience the world on the outside of our skin through our five senses: hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, and tasting.
Since birth, we have acquired functional patterns through our parents and societies conditioning and the genetic code in our bodies. Our approach to life is created by the influence of nature and upon our daily activities and longings.
Our life is formed upon planet Earth. Earth is just one of millions of solar systems in the universe. There are other potential planets that could contain life as we understand it and these planets are light years away from us. Yet, we have no clue as to whether there is life like ours elsewhere. Still, whether these is or not doesn’t really matter. Learning how to examine our lives to learn how things work and then to figure out how we should best changes things is what we need to do.
WE OPERATE WITHIN OUR OWN LOCAL REALITY
So we find our life inside what could be called a local reality – life here on Earth and within the environment that we inhabit.
Our living of this life is done through our 5 senses as well as through our conditioning and our genetic predisposition. We can then become conscious of our relationship to everything else and extend our 5 senses through scientific instruments and through the use of communication tools that reach beyond the range of our voice or beyond the drum beats (which were in earlier times used to send messages to people at great distance from each other.)
So we live our lives locally. In the past the extent of that region was defined by the horizon on the water, or the next mountain range, or the forest, or basically by how far we could see. Compared to that, our local reality for hearing (what you can perceive in terms of spatial information with your eyes close) is different in its extension and detail. Touch is limited by the distance your arms can reach. So all of our senses operate differently and taken together, allow us to be the beautiful organisms that we are.
Today, however, our local reality is far greater than it was in the past. Now we have smart phones, ear buds, a car, Facebook, Google, and many other ways to communicate around the circumference of our Earth.
We can still call it our Local Reality because we have self imposed boundaries which determine how far we can reach out.
You have a local world to which you respond. I have another. Since you are on my website, our worlds have some amount of overlap. Yet, we both live within different worlds.
WE EXPERIENCE AND LIVE IN A BOUNDED WORLD
When we look at things this way, we find that we experience and live in a bounded world. We can also transport ourselves by foot, bicycle, car or airplane to other bounded worlds. Taken together, all these different worlds add to and form our experience and learning of the world beyond our skin.
We carry in our head and body memories, thoughts, emotions, behavior patterns and models as a result of our journey through life. This journey starts at birth. We all come into the world pretty much the same way. We go out in our own unique way – every one of us unique. Between those two events we live out the story of our life.
HOW OUR UNIQUE PERSONAL STORY IS CREATED
How the story is written depends upon the input and messages which we have received in the past and what and how we have internalized them. This story depends upon the inputs, which we receive at every moment and how we respond to them. It develops in response to our resistance, expectations, and hopes.
The difficulty for our perceptual apparatus, for hearing and seeing as an example, is that we are constantly exposed to information from our local reality and even though we become rigid after a period of time (in the way we look at things) we are constantly bombarded by this information.
Our perceptual apparatus has to divide the world we live in into a foreground and a background. Otherwise we cannot handle the inflow of information.
WE DIVIDE THE WORLD INTO A FOREGROUND & BACKGROUND TO HANDLE THE INFLOW OF INFORMATION WE EXPERIENCE
We need to know what is background, what is consistent, what does not require attention, in order to notice changes in the background which might carry information to which we had better pay attention. It is the movement against a background, whether it is a visual or a sonic background, which draws our attention. As a matter of fact, all of our senses are primarily change detectors. Come into a room that smells bad. After a while you probably no longer notice it. But then go out the door and you will relish the fresh air.
Its’ the same with hearing.
This conversation now brings us to the Association Model of Perception, or AMP. This general model brings together what I have just shared and eludes to what is hidden behind “the open secret” of life and living.
This model not only brings to consciousness the patterns in your response to the realities beyond your skin, but also to a dimension beyond, which touches and enter you through Intuition. Intuition comes from outside of ourselves and is there to quietly guide us if we have the ability to listen to it and interpret these requests properly.
THE HUMAN BRAIN PROCESSES INFORMATION QUICKLY
You perceive your physical environment through your five sensory transducers: eyes, ears, skin, tongue and nose. Electrical signals from your various sensors are transmitted to your brain, which then deduces from them a model of your physical environment. The brain takes into account associations with memories, emotions, love, fear, traumas, pain, suffering, death, love acceptance, laughter, joy, feelings, though forms, beliefs, knowledge, education, patterns of though, skills, convictions, experiences, act. This can be a time consuming process before perception and cognition occurs. But the human brain is quite a computer and makes this process seem almost immediate.
Survival of the species requires fast processing of incoming data. This is done by sorting the incoming data streams into static data streams and transient data streams. Transient or changing data streams get first attention.
THE FOREGROUND GETS ATTENTION & A RESPONSE
The external visual or acoustic scene is divided into background and foreground. The foreground gets attention and a response, which is most appropriate in the context of the present background. Decisions have been made and actions taken before you are even aware of what has happened. This occurs in the part of the brain, which is hard-wired for survival and with which you were born.
YOUR RESPONSES ARE SUBJECTIVE AFTER PROCESSING
Perception and recognition, which occur after the input data has been processed via associations, leads to completely subjective responses. They are often not appropriate in the context of the external reality. They are instead responses, which come out of various forms of resistance to the external reality.
The Story Teller in your head is the commentator on your journey through life, which may take you from Self-consciousness to Consciousness, of Relationships and Connectedness to Enlightenment, and/or through a race to Recognition. Along the way, your story teller is ready to come up with excuses, justifications, and explanations for all of your actions and inactions.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENS WITHIN THE FIELD OF LOVE
Regardless of the nature of the actions you make, and the consciousness that creates them, they take place in an all encompassing energetic field of LOVE. That is difficult to accept, but becomes apparent when resistance is dropped.
HENCE YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE IS UNIQUE
The whole journey through life is one of paying attention to inputs and to respond physically, mentally, intuitively, and emotionally. What needs to be learned, is that resistance is futile. Battles are fought for Peace and not for Domination. Ours is a planet of Balance. What would you do and be if you did not have a brain? A tree does not need a brain, It is genetically hard programmed to head toward the sunlight.
What is the essence of life and living?
A good answer is: To respond without resistance. That requires letting go of attachments.
However, to do this you need to know exactly WHO YOU ARE? You need to understand fully WHAT DID I COME HERE TO DO WITH MY LIFE? And . . . to obtain those two answers you need to first answer a 3rd question: How Does The Universe Work & Why? In fact, this is the 1st answer you must obtain to answer the other 2 about your self.
Answer those three questions and learn to respond to life’s inputs without resistance and you can find your place in this world and fully enjoy the experience.
Anything less and you will not experience the most out of life and probably will lead an unfulfilled life and always be wondering what its all about. Its really up to you in spite of your prior conditioning.
This course will help you to understand these concepts and also will help you to become who you really should be – the real you (if you are interested).
Keep going. Go through each and every lesson, one at a time, and take your time doing this. Savor each lesson as though it will be your last and you’ll end up gaining the tools you need to remove some of the roadblocks that you’ve created.
You will notice that I mention “you have created”. Your entire reality is created by “you” and the way you respond to all of the various inputs that come your way. Find out who you really are and become that instead. Do not let your conditioned response to those inputs cover the real you and prevent it from surfacing. That is my challenge to you and the purpose of this course.