Someone asks, “Who controls our consciousness?”

I suggest a some axioms for thinking about this.

  1. There is consciousness and there are forms (bodies).
  2. Consciousness evolves by incarnating in form.
  3. There are degrees or levels of control.
  4. The earlier stages of evolution are characterized by dominance of form over consciousness.
  5. More advanced stages of evolution result in the dominance of consciousness over form.
  6. The limiting factor of form provides the resistance against which consciousness strives and this is key to evolution and growth.
  7. Ultimately, consciousness is the controlling factor.

About #1 in the above list, “you” are consciousness itself but temporarily identified with form which is to say with body and associated thoughts and emotional habits. These “forms” of the illustory “you” are conditioned (controlled to a degree) by genetics, by society, family, environmental factors, good and bad education, habits of thought and emotion, traditions, etc. All these formal factors exercise a measure of control and you are unconsciously controlled by them. So, in this sense, the “who” of your question is the many persons and circumstances of the life-matrix into which you were born.

“Matrix” is a good word here, and I refer you to the Wikipedia article, Red pill and blue pill and to this passage:

“The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are popular cultural symbols representing the choice between:

  • Knowledge, freedom, adversity and the brutal truth of reality (red pill)
  • Falsehood, security, happiness and the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue pill) “

The blue pill is consciousness freed and, in some measure, in control of form. So there are two answers to your question.

  1. In the more limited state, the world controls you, “they” control you, and you are the victim of propaganda and part of the mass consciousness that, symbolically speaking, is under the illusion of the matrix. At this stage your will, intelligence, and control are embryonic.
  2. In the less limited state, a measure of evolution has done its work and you have a measure of real freedom—you are conscious and exercise will and intelligence so as to achieve a degree of freedom. You are awake to the matrix of illusion and have a measure of enlightenment about your real identity and the nature of life. At this stage, your will, intelligence, and love, have begun to flower and to a significant degree “You” as consciousness are in control.

Some references

Death and Parapsychology–Research and Resources

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Some Key Passages on Karma

The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples

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Someone asked, “What is timeless?”

Normally, when people call something “timeless” is just means that it lasts a long time, but of course, it comes to an end and is not truly timeless because ,in the cosmic scheme of things, it is a passing phenomena.

Nothing, that is “no thing,” is timeless because things arise then change and disappear. That is the nature of the phenomenal world. There is another dimension, that of the noumenal that is different. The meaning of this noumenal world is close to that of spirit, soul, essence, or archetype. It is the underlying reality that is behind, in and through all things. It is this reality, this spirit that is timeless where as all external things, all things physical, belong to the realm of time. The timeless realm, the archetypal realm, is the essence of all things. Out of this consciousness, Walt Whitman wrote:

“Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,
No birth, identity, form—no object of the world.
Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;
Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.
Ample are time and space—ample the fields of Nature.
The body, sluggish, aged, cold—the embers left from earlier fires,
The light in the eye grown dim, shall duly flame again;
The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons continual;
To frozen clods ever the spring’s invisible law returns,
With grass and flowers and summer fruits and corn.”

Walt Whitman

Some other passages that convey something of the meaning of timelessness:

“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”

― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“That’s when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they’re over they still go on, even after you’re dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once. They are the meaning.”

― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

“The wise realizing through meditation the timeless Self, beyond all perception, deep in the cave of the heart leave pleasure and pain far behind. The man who knows he is neither body nor mind, but the eternal Self, divine principle of existence, finds the source of all joy and lives in joy abiding.”

The Upanishads

“Night after night on starry wings

Night lovers soared so high

Miles apart, across the oceans

Their love forgot to sigh

In heavenly flight’s timelessness

That highest height treasured

Into the deepest of all blues

Their depth of love measured.

From the poem ‘The Ballad of Night Lovers”

― Munia Khan, To Evince the Blue

Someone asked, “No matter how much one tries, will one never be fulfilled?”

Trying is the outcome of desire and, on the surface of life, the successful acquisitions and achievements are temporary always leading on to the next desire. All this is educational but it is not fulfilling and always leaves one wanting more, something other, and ever searching for the next thing. Real fulfillment only comes when the search turns from the material to the spiritual.

For the average person, there is the desire for transitory things and this is the common lot of humanity. Often this means unnecessary acquisitions or superficial values that are in conflict with the deeper purposes of the soul. But in a life well lived, there is increasingly the sacrifice of things of lesser value for those of greater value. As response to deeper purpose increases, “things” relate more to the world of art or ideas. Ultimately, the instinct for acquisition becomes the desire for things of the soul, that is, for the skills and power to be truly helpful and creative. Acquisition to have, is supplanted by acquisition to give. Thus, the substance of mind and heart is subjected to a fiery renovation.

Fulfillment at any stage is not absolute but our cup is filled according to its size and there is complete joy. But there are no dead ends in life and we move beyond and beyond again–a motion toward the infinite.

“Seek not your own life – for that is death; but seek how you can best and most joyfully give yourself away – and every morning forever fresh life shall come to you from over the hills.” Edward Carpenter

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Someone asked, “What does the human soul look like?”

When we look or see in the ordinary sense, we see things, objects—it is a physical seeing of physical things. But the soul is not a physical thing and yet it is more profoundly real than any physical thing. To know what the soul “looks like” requires spiritual seeing. The soul is knowable because it is what we are, it is our identity. “Seeing” in this sense is Self-Realization, enlightenment. The soul is the essence of life, our life, and all life and “seeing” soul and seeing as a soul means knowledge in the most profound sense of the word.

There is one primary physical thing that associates with the soul, and that is light which is the basis of all seeing. The light of the soul is not simply light thrown on physical objects but rather is is light itself. The soul is spiritual light of which physical light is the symbol and correspondence.

There are two secondary things that relate: sound or music and geometry. Light, together with these two, are the means of rightly conceiving of the soul as they too are correspondences of soul.

The soul then appears as light and expresses as sound/music and geometry. The soul is consciousness itself.

Physical seeing occurs when light strikes the eye. Spiritual seeing occurs when the light of the soul illuminates the consciousness.

Quora

Someone asked:  (Pseudo) skeptics always say there is no evidence whatsoever of reincarnation. Are they really ignorant of the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson et al, or are they actually aware of it but conveniently ignore it because it conflicts with their beliefs? – Quora

I see that some of the answers already given to your question are themselves examples of a number of the problems that many skeptics are prone to. Many are ignorant of Stevenson’s work and of the field of parapsychology in general. Many have not bothered to investigate and many who do look into it usually so so in very cursor way and reject it using intellectual acrobatics that show the prejudice and superficiality of their approach. And they propose criticisms, the extreme weakness and inadequacies of which have already been thoroughly demonstrated by scholars who actually know the subject. So yes, the previous beliefs factor is a key part of the resistance. And we must keep in mind that the results of parapsychology challenge aspects of established religion and conservative science or Scientism. So the evidence of parapsychology does not sit well in the minds of the traditionally religious nor the minds of those who take science as a religion. These two categories are a large part of the population.

“The question is not how the phenomenon must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question is: ‘To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it shall be in proportion to the phenomenon.” (Schelling)

References

Science Religion Philosophy and Scientism

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Source:  Quora