Tag Archives: consciousness

Being Is Remembering

By Geoffrey Geddes

Perception follows experience; they are neither equivalent nor simultaneous. The time between experience and perception might be less than a hummingbird’s wing flap. Yet, without that period of reflection no perception, and therefore no consciousness, is possible. If the experience perceived has occurred in a moment and that moment has passed (as each moment must), then only a memory – a stored facsimile of the original experience – can be reflected upon. Just as a photograph is not the image captured, a memory is not the moment remembered. Read more

It’s All In Your Head, So Dance

Is Reality Real?

Solipsists isolate, radical empiricists separate, Buddhists incorporate, and monotheists prostrate. Devotees of each perspective syllogize and infer and spin mental pinwheels that yield little more than academic vertigo. The convoluted arguments of earnest seekers typically reveal more about the seekers than the reality sought. If someone offers you the Truth, smile and check for your wallet.

Context and Conditioning

By Geoffrey Geddes

Life imposes context. We do not choose our genetic attributes or our initial social and environmental circumstances. The power to affect our context develops with our maturing consciousness, eventually crossing a threshold after which choice drives our destiny while chance doses in the back seat. Once we cross that threshold, the quality and consequence of our choices depends on our conditioning. Read more

Notes From a Late Bloomer

Everyone grows older; not everyone grows wiser. Yet, given a sufficiently open mind, a few sage guides, and a bit of luck, longevity will sometimes yield a few helpful lessons. I spent much of my first half-century thoughtlessly reacting to my circumstances and my self-centered impulses. But I also occasionally looked up from my reflexive grind to inquire and reflect, and to listen to the precious mentors that fortune placed along my path. And, sure enough, I learned a few lessons that may be worth sharing.

My Ego Is Best!

By Geoffrey Geddes

The sword of consciousness slices with two edges. With the first, we cut through primal perplexity with Holmesian observation and Einsteinian reckoning, unearthing Troy and dancing on the moon. Ego wields the second edge.

Our lizard brain struggled mightily to outgrow its survival obsession long enough to recognize its own reflection. As our neocortex grew, humans developed increasingly impressive ingenuity, cunning, adaptability, and awareness. Regrettably, our budding brain also begot ego – a maladaptive byproduct of intellectual awakening that remains tied to our reptilian survival edict. Consciousness observes, ego fears; consciousness appreciates, ego demands; consciousness ponders, ego worries; consciousness lives, ego dominates. Read more

Flowers and Tears

Flowering plants elegantly model the human life cycle. Seeds depart from a pollinated parent; roots sprout and suck nourishment from their earthy womb; stems stretch toward freedom; petals unfold to welcome the light, and then wilt as their season wanes; plants return to the earth to fertilize future generations. The process is wondrously simple – adornments living gracefully unadorned lives. Each human begins life as simply and innocently as a Daffodil seedling. Our limbs sprout, our umbilicus sucks nourishment from our own earth mother, and, as gestation ends, we struggle for freedom. Then … we cry.