Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Individual is a Complex Movement of Mind.

The individual is a complex movement of mind that currently operates, for the most part, under a heavy cover of mind-made darkness. I have come to call this movement the accumulating movement of mind. It is this movement of mind that divides attention in a contradictory manner creating what we have come to call inattention and the unconscious.

The mechanics of the individual work from the unconscious and therefore one’s ceaseless activity manifests largely of and through unconscious reflexes. The demands for security, comfort, and a state of non-disturbance within the landscape of the world we share seem to be crucial factors in driving the individual into a largely unconscious space of existence. People, the world over, are therefore seemingly compelled to co-create systems or patterns of mind that assert self-infused laws of nature, relationship, and reality. Then, a myriad of unspoken, unconscious ‘agreements’ are made among us as to how we safely and effectively navigate our lives in a self-infused world. For many it becomes a substantially more pacified state of existence, habitual grooves of mind, countless avenues of least resistance, avoidance, and escape end up being followed by whole continents of individuals. Yet for others, living becomes hell on Earth.

Our established sense of civilized security, comfort, and non-disturbance is made possible through collective unconsciousness. And it is the accumulating movement of mind that makes such unconsciousness possible. Is it the fault of the child born into the home of privilege that the one born into the home of poverty suffers so unnecessarily? Or is it a shared and equal responsibility of each child, who grows to be an adult, to be aware of the movement of their own mind, and therefore the creation of the individual they become and the consequences of such activity? Why, after countless centuries of human existence on this most beautiful Earth, has the individual not turned their attention to the movement of their own mind? Is it simply a matter of conditioning, of learning, whether powerful or not, or is it more fundamentally a matter of survival that demands one’s mind move in unconsciousness? Having co-created and given birth, through countless centuries, to a civilization built on unconsciousness, does this now muddied mind believe there is nothing more dangerous than becoming conscious of this accumulating movement?

Certainly, or I should hope it is all but glaringly obvious; such an investigation into the nature and movement of mind is the day-to-day responsibility of anyone living in relation with another and the Earth we share. In fact, since there is no choice regarding such relations, for one cannot separate oneself from their need to be related to all that exists, there is only a choice in whether or not one’s relations are largely unconscious or conscious. And we are suggesting today that most every action, thought, feeling, circumstance, perception or experience an individual takes part in is born, springs forth from, and creates an endless chain of reaction within, this largely unconscious movement of mind. Therefore, what one believes to be a conscious act or choice is primarily, first and foremost, the outcome of a largely unconscious movement of mind ceaselessly operating and re-orientating itself in the world around and within oneself.

And yet what does it take to become aware of the accumulating movement of mind? Must one be born with a special inclination? Must one train, be taught, and practice in order to become aware? Is it only for the select few? I’m afraid there are no particular requirements or prerequisites to awareness or being conscious. I also hate to inform you but there is nothing and has never been anything blocking one’s way, or not permitting one to enter. The unconscious is simply the mind moving in darkness. And the funny thing is you don’t even have to search for a light. Within the landscape of the mind, awareness is light. It is simply a matter of turning one’s awareness to where the accumulating movement of mind enters one’s consciousness. And from there, awareness naturally expands upon that consciousness.

All that is left is one’s relationship with one’s consciousness expanding to include movements previously operating in the dark, the unconscious. This relationship becomes of up-most importance. For there must be freedom from the need to protect and maintain that which is revealed as one’s scope of consciousness expands for there to be the steady observation of the accumulating movement of mind in action. For the individual is of this unconscious movement of mind, not separate from it. And therefore, it is this observation, this expanding awareness, and nothing more, that transforms the mind, the individual, and the world we share.