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2. Individual Consciousness


Let us examine consciousness right from the beginning. When a person is aware of an object, at least two levels of consciousness appear to be operational -higher and lower (see Figure 1). The lower consciousness deals with basically the immediate gain one can derive from that object. In other words, if that object is useful to him or not. Much of this information flows into his processing consciousness through the senses - the sound, touch, form, taste and smell. If he finds that his sensory information is agreeable, he comes to a decision, again through the same consciousness, of whether he would like to relate to it or not. Should he decide to relate, agreeably, then the volitional or action-oriented consciousness  occurs  and  he  takes  the  next few  steps  to  develop  further consciousness states relative to that object. One of these states could be, finally, getting hold of that object.


...intentional state predominates at the lower consciousness; whereas knowledge pervades the bosom of the higher consciousness.


With regard to the same object,the individual can experience a higher    consciousness,    which begins with the input of some non-sensory functional consciousness.    For    example,

when the  lower  consciousness arises to examine an apple, the volitional consciousness that follows in action can prompt the person to eat it.Whereas, when a higher consciousness develops and sustains to a point, the individual becomes interested in examining some higher aspect of the object maybe simply in terms the nutritional value of the apple, or the forces that keep

it together as an apple. This serves as the basis of the knowledge of that object.Therefore, intentional state predominates at the lower consciousness; whereas knowledge pervades the bosom of the higher consciousness. However, both of these two levels of consciousness arise in an individual universally, especially in human beings and maybe in some animals with a developed central nervous system.In both individual higher and lower consciousness, the accompanying feeling is satisfaction or dissatisfaction. It is rarely neutral. In this paper, I shall refrain from commenting on what happens to the views and mental references at each stage of consciousness, just for the sake of the scope of the presentation and also for simplicity.One of the more expanded meanings of consciousness is a vital force that pervades and manifests in the entire universe as matter, living beings, and universal forces (processes). In this regard, when an individual matures, he begins to experience this wider and unified nature of consciousness. This universal and by-definition higher nature of consciousness is what I would call Collective Consciousness throughout this presentation. I would like this presentation to be free of any fixed ideas as much as possible, and understand together with everyone present here the true nature of that collective consciousness.