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What is consciousness and what is reality? Is awareness the origin of perception, or the origin of existance?

Mystics like Jesus, Buddha, and Lao Tzu, as well as modern physics, seem to state that everything in existance is simply the motion of energy at different levels relative to each other, all being part of the whole. However, one pervading concept endures: the awareness of awareness, consciousness. Is this phenomenon the root of existance, or merely an effect of it? Why is everything in motion, if that is the case, instead of being at rest and therefore non-relational, or absolute (Nothingness)? Is reality the result of awareness, or is awareness the result of reality?

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  1. To perceive is to be. To conceive is to create. To deceive is to destroy. To receive is to enjoy…or not. Awareness is in there somewhere.

  2. i dont know… i think about this alot. i even wrote a poem about it once lol.
    the only thing i know is that i have my time here, i want to use it to make the world better for the people who will be born after my time here is done. then i could call my life a success, not a waste of time or a distraction or a failure.

  3. We call reality that which is perceived by our five senses. The sixth sense of intuitiveness has the ability to detect and discern realities with the spiritual mind. The reliability of these six senses is not always absolute as the ability of perception, the mind absorbing information, filtering and compartmentalising it into various section varies from individual to individual.
    The mind is similar to a complex computer configured by a person’s unique personality and thinking patterns. Focus and directing attention upon a pivotal or centre focal item or person, magnifies that persons presence. The mind varies in prowess and power between individuals.
    The very spiritually minded have an ability to materialise thoughts, objects and persons within their thinking, again in varying degrees. Our perceptions are flawed and the senses deceptive and misleading. It is unfortunate scientist have not researched this untapped potential and power of the spiritual mind. Alas six thousand years of existence and man is no wiser than he where he began, some would say rather decreased in his ability and capacity of self sufficiency and knowledge of his surrounding world.

  4. Well our first problem lies in our lack to see reality for what it actually is. Because if we could see reality for what it truly is, then we would know where we are, why were here, and where were going. Our awareness as we know is purely subjective.
    So know matter what we see will ultimately be limited. Modern science can even verify this. But don’t believe me, check out the links below and see for yourself.

  5. In order to have a meaningful dialogue on these numerous topics, we would have to first settle on definitions of the terms and then do a side-by-side comparison of the prevailing schools of thought – seeing if their characteristics were synonymous, mutually exclusive or if there exists some degree of pervasion and, if it is the latter, identifying the common locus. It’s a lot like drawing two intersecting circles and saying this is one and this the other and this shaded area here is where they share something in common. If the circles don’t intersect, than there is nothing in common and there is no pervasion and they could be said to be mutually exclusive. So, this is where your inquiry begins. You could get tripped up very easily in a debate on this disjointed presentation of concepts. If you really want to find out more about them – start with defining each of the nouns and proper nouns in this paragraph. After all, we are talking about “concepts” – so, there is necessarily going to be plenty of gray area. For example, the concept of enduring consciousness does not pervade physics, does it? In any event, this phenomenon, consciousness, arises in dependence on the collection of elements that make up the physical body and also to a certain extent on the objects that appear to it through the senses and the aggregates, constituents and sources – so, we might call it mind and say the phenomenal world is created by it – but that it lacks any true, findable, or intrinsic, existence from its own side. It is not independent. The absolute of nothingness, or nihilism, is avoided by seeing the ability of phenomenon to function. The other extreme of eternalism is countered by seeing the impermanence of these phenomena. That the experience of mind arises only through the assembly of so many component parts – we can only say that this last question can be answered in this way – it depends. Lastly, in the final, most subtle analysis – the absurd consequence of this sustained inquiry is that all phenomena exist with this two-fold quality – their conventional appearance and functionality and their utter lack of any permanent substantiality. Our arguments are further refined, corrected and analyzed the deeper we go but if we can read and think and gain some kind of contemplative/meditative absorption on these topics than we can say that some insight has been gained and then we start the process of inquiry again. In this way, a system of analysis is kind of self-perpetuating and just like learning the ABC’s we don’t always go back to the alphabet song we learned or write all upper and lower case letters in cursive on that fancy lined paper with the dotted line in between…we may use blackberrys and notebooks and write long, seemingly incoherent responses to thoughtful questions with these same ABC’s, doubting all the while that it will have any lasting effect, save for the sheer entertainment value to those who read it. Anyway, this is the conventional application – ultimately, I hope it helps you on your way. Best wishes!

  6. Taking only the bold-faced part, what an interesting question. YOU are a philosopher. You discovered how to ask “If a tree falls in a forest………” and “If I close my eyes does the world go away?……….” and “Is reality a figment of my imagination?” by discovering the axioms behind those questions.
    1) Our faculty of epistemology is hard-wired into our brains just as the faculty is built in that keeps a heart beating or the faculty that allows you to perceive.
    2) That being said, our first perception which is different from all others we have had in the womb is the act of being birthed. That new perception, the one that was not, until birth, “the given” in one’s world, is what “turns on” the faculty of epistemology. In the womb you didn’t need it.
    3) That first perception outside the womb provides the mind with the information that something else exists of which it was not aware. Since “something exists of which it was not aware,” then perceptions do NOT create existence. Perceptions are NOT the “origin of existence.”
    Consciousness is also hard-wired. It is the faculty that possesses, literally “owns,” the facultys of epistemology and of sensory experiences. In the womb, consciousness waits. For what it does not know because it nothing to compare the womb to. Birthing allows, for the first time, the ability to hear without it being through the medium of fluid and flesh; to see, to feel, to smell, to taste. Now the consciousness has things to compare–to each other. Consciousness leaves behind the world of the womb, concentrating on the new world.
    Reality is when the things of which one is cognizant are identical in some fruitful way to the subjective mind which owns the cognition. In other words, when your epistemology and metaphysics match the identity of material existence in a manner by which you may use that material existence to purposeful ends, (even if they are evil ends,) you have discovered “reality.”

  7. Consciousness does need to be conscious of something in order to be conscious. So Consciousness and reality are two sides of the same coin. They do in fact need each other.
    The terms we use for reality are terms created by the mind. It is the mind that perceives reality via the 5 senses and then reacts to its subjective perceptions, by creating an inaccurate image of reality (external manifestations) inside the mind. Consciousness identifies with this internal image and the self image the mind produces. One does not need to be ‘conscious’ in order to perceive, indeed we can function quite well without being aware of what we are doing or of our surroundings. But consciousness is not limited to the mind and if consciousness ‘projects’ itself outside of the mind, then it can be aware of ‘reality’ and totally bypass the mind. The mind perceives this as nothingness as there is no perception (a stimulus that creates an impression in the mind).
    With awareness there is no cause and effect. There is nothing that awareness is the result of and there is nothing that is the result of awareness. Awareness does not need to be aware of anything in order to be aware.

  8. We ponder on matters similar; it is solacing to discover like thinkers to myself. If reality is everything as we perceive it, in subjectivity, then reality is the result of awareness. If reality is the theoretical objectivity that may or may not exist without our minds, then that consciousness is logically the result of it. One may, however, argue that without awareness, something becomes nothing–for without anything to perceive it, what does it exist to? But we can logically suppose it does, so there’s little sense in resorting to this line of thought.
    Of my opinion, reality is an abstraction we are far from even imagining to make order of.

  9. Nothingness only exists in relation to Everythingness, motion in relation to rest. Awareness is the absolute, and consciousness is more like awareness turning its attention to some aspect of itself. Reality IS awareness. You can only symbolically separate them.
    Understand…you are not “in here” being aware OF something out there…everything you see, everything you sense IS that awareness.
    You are that.

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