“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” – Anne Lamot
Daily Nugget of Gold 1480
An Emergent Property
We’ve heard some scientists describe consciousness as “an emergent property” of the brain. The theory here is that although the state of being conscious isn’t something that has been traced to any particular part of the brain, brain cells collectively produce consciousness. What makes this theory particularly peculiar is that it has as its basis that the brain, otherwise known as one form of “matter”, is where consciousness comes from. Considering that scientists are desperately struggling to show that there is anything solid at all in regards to matter- the idea that consciousness could emerge from it is somewhat bizarre.
If someone were to take apart a television and attempt to look for the the pictures and sounds that come from it, they would be hard pressed to find the source of that stuff. The truth is, of course, that the programming on a TV doesn’t originate IN the TV. Still, you need a device like a TV in order to receive it. If the television set isn’t working right, the picture might be distorted or fuzzy, the sound might be unintelligible or garbled. In the same way, a brain can be damaged and not be able to deliver a clear “signal” of awareness- as in when alcohol or another drug is used, or in the case of injury.
The evidence that you can damage a brain doesn’t really underscore the notion that consciousness or awareness originates from it- if you consider that it might just be our instrument of relaying our Spiritual existence into the physical world. One of the events that seem to support this point is that when the brain is shutting down such as when a person is near-death, either from a deep coma or dying from a disease or injury that has damaged the brain in some sort of irreversible way, there are sometimes accounts of a person suddenly becoming completely lucid shortly before they die. This happens sometimes with people suffering from severe dementia. There is no known physical mechanism by which this should happen.
What’s a more likely explanation in these cases is that as the brain ceases to be functional, awareness or consciousness is released from its control and begins to regain a more Spiritual existence once again. Certainly, the numerous accounts of people who have died only to be resuscitated through the miracles of modern medicine seem to support this premise. Let’s start living our lives in a way that reflects our Spiritual significance and responsibilities, this way we’ll have less to regret later. Be a blessing!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to reorganize myself to be a more loving and caring being?”
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