Re: [nde] Conscious, Unconscious, Ego ........
- As I said to Venugopal previously, growing up is over-rated.Justin.----- Original Message -----From: DKingSent: Sunday, October 01, 2006 3:48 AMSubject: [nde] Conscious, Unconscious, Ego ........
I picked up a book recently and found an interesting comment which I felt applied to many of the threads I have read on the list recently. Sort of multi-dimensial in all directions applying to understanding of the "near-death experience" as I recall it myself. I believe someone in the past highly recommended this book to me -- several times here on the list. Well --- the book finally caught up with me and mysteriously fell into my hands. I thought I would share a passage here on the list -- and pass back the recommendation to others on the list.
The word conscious is derived from the Latin prefix con, meaning "With," and the word scire, meaning "to know." To conscious means to "to know with." But how are we to understand this "with?" To know with what? We have spoken of the fact that the unconscious part of our mind is the possessor of extraordinary knowledge. It knows more than know, "we" being defined as our conscious self. And when we recognize it to be true; we re-know that which we knew all along. Therefore might we conclude that to become conscious is to with our unconscious? The development of awareness in our conscious mind of knowledge along with our unconscious mind, which already possesses that knowledge. It is a process of the conscious mind coming into synchrony with the unconscious. This should be no strange concept to psychotherapists, who frequently define their therapy as a process of "making the unconscious conscious" or enlarging the realm of consciousness in relation to the realm of unconsciousness.
But we still have not explained how it is that the unconsciousness possesses all this knowledge which we have not yet consciously learned. here again the question is so basic that we have no scientific answer. Again we can only hypothesize. And again I know of no hypothesis as satisfactory as the postulation of a God who is intimately associated with us- so intimately that He is a part of us. If you want to know the closet place to look for grace, it is within yourself. If you desire wisdom greater than your own, you can find it within you. What this suggests is that the interface between God and man is at least in part the interface between our unconscious and our conscious. To put it plainly, our unconscious is God. God has been with us all along, is now, and always will be.
I have said that the ultimate goal of spiritual growth is for the individual to become as one with God. It is to know with God. Since the unconscious is God all along, we may further define the goal of spiritual growth to be the attainment of godhood by the conscious self. Does this mean that the goal is for the conscious to merge with the unconscious? Hardly. We now com o the point o fit all. The point is become Gad while preserving consciousness. If he bud of consciousness that grows from the rhizome of the unconscious God can become God itself, then God will have assumed a new life form. This the meaning of our individual existence. We are born that we might become, as a conscious individual, a new life form of God.
Were we all to become all unconscious, we would be indeed like newborn infants, one with God but incapable of any action that might make the presence of God felt in the world. As I have mentioned, there is a regressive quality to the mystical thought of some Hindu or Buddhist theology, in which the status of the infant without ego boundaries is compared to Nirvana and the goal of entering Nirvana seems similar to the goal of returning to the womb. The goal of the theology presented here, and that of most mystics, is exactly the opposite. It is not to become an egoless, unconscious babe. Rather it is to develop a mature, conscious ego which then can become the ego of God. If as adults, walking around making independent choices that influence the world, we can identify our mature free will with that of God, hen God will have assumed through our conscious ego a new and potent life form.
The Road Less Traveled. M. Scott Peck, M.D.
- DKing:As I stated in my post -- the comment was made by Peck and I found it interesting---------------------------------Please excuse my previous writing if I sounded abrupt and I never noticed that you were quoting.As a second job, I taught psychology in the evening and I think that it was just automatic on my part to respond to your post .You are certainly well read and I always benefit from reading your thoughts.Judy