Myths and fairy tales about consciousness

Myths and fairy tales about consciousness

by Jon Rappoport

September 24, 2013

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

“Pieces of what consciousness creates linger and form a kind of landscape. A person consults it, as if it were a guide, over and over, until his life wears out, feels old, bores him to the point where he wants something new… He can linger and grow old staring at this landscape painting, or he can imagine and invent novel things.” (Unfinished manuscript, The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)

In view of the response I received to my article, “Proof that attributing consciousness to the brain is absurd,” I’m adding a few remarks.

Take this “scientific” assertion: if you have the complex concentration of particles known as the brain, who knows what they might produce? They might bring about consciousness.

Who knows? An ant hill might produce a full-size limousine made out of raspberry jello. A box of burner phones in a police evidence locker might give rise to a new moon orbiting Jupiter. Who knows?

The “who knows” and “might” argument is a far cry from the claim of conventional physics that consciousness HAS to arise from the brain because that’s all we have.

Then we have the ever-popular “consciousness is a mystical entity” proposition. In this case, not only is consciousness a vague cloudy thing, the statements about it are also vague and cloudy.

Therefore, anything goes. Consciousness exists in the 18th dimension. Consciousness was born in the roots of a tree centered in a black hole three trillion light years east of Hoboken.

Many fairy tales spring from the idea that consciousness is a Something. The Something usually ends up being energy. What kind of energy? Take your pick.

There are many errors that derive from the fact that people like to label whatever they can with a noun. Consciousness, a noun. Therefore, a thing. Well, suppose consciousness is a situation.

And the situation is: people are aware. They know they’re alive. They know they’re looking and talking and thinking and doing—which, by the way, is not the situation of a machine.

This is why the technocratic blather about connecting the brain with computers for the purpose of infinite enhancement is a joke. It’s all on the level of mechanical process.

A machine can assist human choices, but it can’t think, and it isn’t aware.

You’re aware. I’m aware. That isn’t a thing and it isn’t “energy” and it isn’t a mystical cloud.

Neither is it restricted. What the conscious-you can become aware of is unbounded.

Being conscious is a non-material situation. Physics isn’t equipped to talk about it, because physics explores matter and energy, time and space. Consciousness isn’t any of those things. It’s, again, non-material.


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Various elites don’t want to admit that, because “non-material” implies “can’t be externally shaped and controlled.”

Unfortunately, most people, when confronted with “unbounded” automatically go to “mystical.” This has resulted in numerous problems, including the hypnotic power of various priest-classes down through history, who have ruled societies with iron claws.

At its philosophical root, consciousness has been warred over by both materialistic and mystical forces, each claiming ownership, for different reasons, over that which belongs only to each person.

Fascism, Communism, scientism on one side assert their “consciousness=brain” absurdity, while on the other side, various heavily organized religious institutions promote their elite and exclusive keys to mystical consciousness.

Neither side is the slightest bit interested in individual freedom or the fully independent conscious human.

They’re dogs fighting over a piece of meat that isn’t even meat.

Here are several more quotes from The Magician Awakes:

“Scientism undermines consciousness, or tries to, by disparaging its essential poetic nature. Consciousness can revolutionize the lunatic consensus we call reality by forging it into poetry.”

“Suffering and pain and isolation keep giving themselves up to art and artists, to be transformed. The paradox is, if artists (which means everyone) took that offer in a full-blooded way, we would all rise to another level of life in which much of the suffering would no longer be necessary.”

“What consciousness can invent is, in terms of mystery and joy and complexity, light years beyond what is said about the nature of consciousness…”

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

8 comments on “Myths and fairy tales about consciousness

  1. Michael Bohoskey says:

    Conversations like these always seem to become polarized. Perhaps because we linger in a third dimensional frequency, trying to find explanations requiring a more comprehensive view. Even religion is based on polarization. A higher view, or frequency, allows for visualization of consciousness as energy, a blending of science and spirituality. Quantum physics and consciousness. What if everything in every universe had consciousness? And every soul a unique energetic fingerprint? And what if the innate nature of every particle/vibrating string was to create? Individuals create expansively when expressing their own innate feed from the “all that is” within them. Energy within manifesting without, through conscious intent and action. In physics this akin to “collapsing the wave function” of possibilities. The “material” an “immaterial” are in a constant dance. And I think you are right that the language of the soul, of life, is poetic. Symbolic, as in a dream.

  2. “. . .we would all rise to another level of life in which much of the suffering would no longer be necessary.”

    And yet, one vastly important point we miss.

    Thank you Jon.

  3. Homer says:

    Great Quote/Amen
    “Pieces of what consciousness creates linger and form a kind of landscape. A person consults it, as if it were a guide, over and over, until his life wears out, feels old, bores him to the point where he wants something new.
    He can linger and grow old staring at this landscape painting, or he can imagine and invent novel things”.i.e(exit the matrix/create
    -Jon Rappoport-The Magician Awakes
    Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man:)
    Great Quote/Amen
    ‘When the soul of a man is born in this country(matrix) there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight… I shall try to fly by those nets’.
    —A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    I fully concur with you that consciousness is a situation and not a noun, furthermore I posit that individuals will become conscious in a greater frequency, in a short time the world will respect individual freedoms/free individuals. “None of den is gonna stoppa da tide”. ‘Consensus can be externally shaped and controlled but consciousness most certainly can not be’! (Amen Jon…Amen Jon). These Mystical (Masters of Atlantis) and Materialistic/Technocratic “Elite” (21st Century Digital Boys) are deranged and diluted enough to BELIEVE they are big dogs warring over a ball of hamburger which is OUR consciousness. The reality of their situation is they’re just two dung beetles warring over a ball of shit that is an artificial consensus that THEY dropped in front of us, they can their ball back, its their game, I’m not playing.
    People are becoming conscious and exiting the matrix. Free humanity will take flight past their nets and soar freely over an infinite expanse of landscape. Through oceans and forests, over mountains and deserts, down in the valleys and above hills, never to look back. (Although I may just hover awhile over a dung hill in an old worn out landscape called oceania where the scarabs sisyphus battle over a dung ball they call our consciousness,bwahahahhaha! What a myth. King shits of the turd heap).

    I’m gonna go paint a landscape with two dung beatles fighting in front of a hill with electrodes attached to their heads that connect to a computer that connects to a dung ball that has consciousness carved into it. On one side of the dung hill will be a red flag that reads Mythical Eliteon the other side will be a blue flag that reads Materialistic Elite. I think I’ll call it “Got Consciousness?”bwahahahaha!

    ~~~~

    Lol! I can’t wait to see that painting!!!

  4. Lee says:

    Quote: “They’re dogs fighting over a piece of meat that isn’t even meat.”

    Brilliant piece – Again! How refreshing – Again – to hear an artist masterfully share his gift for translation, of that which is predominantly untranslatable, into the world of translatable.

    In the world of translatable I am a simple, domestic, woman and thus quite simply viewed as just another piece of meat whose sole purpose is to be tossed, shredded, dragged and left to rot, according to the whim of the ‘dogs’. Yet having put in the “hard yards”, that is persistent determination in dismantling the complex programs that have been created in the numerous and vast worlds of “dogs and meat”, I have come to know and view matter, energy, space and time, consciously, for what it is, from my consciousness, which is not of matter, energy, space and time.

    This is the unfathomable, the untranslatable, because the mind is of matter, energy, space and time and therefore unable to imagine, let alone conceive of anything else besides what has been created, to date, in matter, energy, space and time. The dogs and the meat having become so attached to and personified with matter, energy, space and time, of which I once was, see no other option but to constantly and fiercely attempt to keep painting personifications with brushes that are on constant supply within the minds loop creations.

    What’s really cool though is that people, simple people, like me, are becoming aware of this. I don’t have a degree or a solid education for that matter in the world of matter, energy, space and time, but because I chose to surrender, in order to understand, the concepts of matter, energy, space and time, (not an easy task I might add), and listen instead to what remained, I was delighted to find that the knowingness of my awareness remained and was actually always there, I just had to continually dismantle the distractions to make it “louder”. I am now able to view life from a completely different landscape, whilst bringing a whole new creativity to the explorative model of the matter, energy, space and time landscape. And funnily I can now look at the concepts of say conventional physics and see that, as Jon remarks, it is the equivalent of a “rock wheel” compared to what is creatively being added to the matter, energy, space and time landscape from consciousness aware of itself.

  5. Lee says:

    P.S. The eternal mystery is the proof. If there was no mystery of consciousness in the worlds of matter, energy, space and time to explore then what would be the point of non-automated consciousness. Matter, energy, space and time would be rendered as all there is!

  6. tony says:

    Wow, you are killing me. I hope your book is available before the end of the year.
    Eager anticipation is building for me with each article you write.

  7. Philosonator says:

    This article is good. It opens up the discussion. Every age has has insightful thinkers who understand the inherent freedom — and responsibility — of consciousness, but since each age has its own degree of enlightenment and awareness, each age needs someone to explain it at our own present “level of consciousness.”

  8. I’ll let a few (late to the party) materialist scientists speak for themselves:

    “A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in … “magic mushrooms,” was enough to bring about a measurable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study (at) Johns Hopkins…”

    “Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. Changes in these traits … were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences… Researchers … say that after the age of 30 personality doesn’t usually change significantly.”

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110929074205.htm

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