The Receptors

The Receptors

The mind is powered mainly by the 3rd chakra at the solar plexus. And the mind field or mental body is a field that surrounds the entire body to some distance. Why then do we subjectively experience thoughts as being in the head?

Consider where we have our receptors for thinking.

We can describe the brain as a receptor or antenna for the mind. The brain is the physical interface for mental energy. Thus we recognize thinking as happening “in the head.” The movement of thoughts is not restricted to the brain though. Thoughts move through the “space” of the whole mind.

To explore this further, we can consider other forms of perception like sight. The eyes are one way to gather visual data about our environment. But the eyes don’t “see,” they just gather data. That data is sent to the visual cortex at the lower back of the brain. There it interfaces with the mind, is compared to prior experiences, processed, and filtered. The mind then assembles the filtered data into an image and merges it with other sensory data.

That image is then projected in consciousness and we experience the world around us. We move through consciousness, not an external world.

Mind isn’t really local either. It is a lively field within consciousness. Our brain works with a locally associated area of mind we experience as our own. We experience the “active” area as our mental body. Yet as our relationship with consciousness expands, so too does our mental space.

The “third” or inner eye can be considered another receptor. But perception is embedded in the process of experience in consciousness itself. This is partly how consciousness can discover its own nature deep within, irrespective of organs of perception.

Yet mind has the function of being the perceptual field. In other words, perception isn’t limited to our sense organs or our mind but mind is still the field on which our perceptions are experienced.

Even living beings like trees are developed enough to have perception without organs of perception. Their perception is more basic and relative to their speed of metabolism but it is present. A tree can perceive others around it, like a fuzzy movie with a slower frame rate.

To look at this another way, consider dreaming. We see during many dreams even though the eyes are closed. Instead, the data is coming from recent experiences being processed, unresolved past experiences, and general data that has come up recently. Emotions drive the agenda, assembling broadly related memes into an edited on-the-fly montage.

What is actually being processed is only generally related to the perceptions of the dreams although some of the content can have symbolic significance. As a lot of dreams are much like taking out the trash, I’m not a big fan of reading anything into them.

We can conclude though that perception is fundamentally a mental process as described by traditions such as Samkhya. Some of our senses are physical but it’s the mind that makes something of whatever input we have available.

When we step deeper into pure being and clear the layers of our physiology, we become less distracted by the content, recognize these mechanics, and take the mind less seriously. As who we know ourselves to be broadens, the value of mind we’re using to perceive the world becomes increasingly universal and less subject to our local bias.

By the time we’re in late Unity, whatever arises in consciousness can be known and thus perceived. Even things beyond the range of perception can be perceived.

When consciousness itself does the seeing, we come closer to home. When Divinity does the seeing, we see as God sees.

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  1. Aaron White

    Hi David,

    Could you please explain this a little more: “The eyes are one way to gather visual data about our environment”. If we only move through consciousness, not through an external world, where is this environment in which we gather data? I have read similar statements before, but I’m a bit confused as to where this environment exists. Hope this makes sense.

    1. Hi Aaron
      You raise a good point and it’s a great question. Not an easy one to answer simply.

      As we know from physics, the world around us looks nothing like the appearance our mind’s create. For example, we see the world as solid rather than dancing fields that attract and repulse. Also, our eyes recognize only a very narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum.

      Those interacting fields arise in consciousness. But it doesn’t really make sense unless you know that it’s all nested. Layers within layers.

      Global consciousness is the largest container into which our creation arises. Within that creation are numerous universes. Within our universe, the laws of nature we know are at play. They determine the style and characteristics of the fields.

      Within our universe are what might be called progressively more local regions. These can be thought of as progressively smaller group consciousnesses too. Our galaxy, our solar system, our planet, our country, our city, our neighborhood, our family, our own.

      We can think of this as the subjective side (consciousness) and the objective side (world appearance) but they are really the same thing.

      When we experience life, we move through these layers of consciousness which is the same thing as moving through the interacting fields we experience as objective reality.

      The eyes are taking in the data and processing it into a solid world appearance (because it’s shared, it is similar but not quite the same for others). Because the mind can be described as the inside surface of self-aware consciousness, that appearance is inherently “projected” onto the screen of consciousness.

      It can be described as a self-verifying feedback loop.

      All of this can be discovered for yourself with the refinement of perception and deepening in consciousness. You may of course interpret it a bit differently. 🙂

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