I realise as I move forward that I have choice – I can choose to assume knowledge and thus inadvertently affect incoming information in the form of pre-judged experience to which I pay selective attention >OR< I can simply allow perceptions and experiences to arise and observe them as they are while recording details using only as much pre-existing data as necessary to do so. The results of these choices will render differently experienced states of consciousness.
Excerpts from “Waking, Dreaming, Being” – Evan Thompson
p.3 In the waking state, the person travels this world; in sleep, the person goes beyond this world. The person is his own light and is self-luminous. – from Upanishads
pp.6-7 … important difference between Western cognitive science and the Indian yogic philosophies. Cognitive science focuses on the contrast between the presence and the absence of consciousness … The Indian yogic traditions, however, focus on the contrast between coarse or gross consciousness and subtle consciousness … From a meditative perspective, consciousness comprises a continuum of levels of awareness, ranging from gross to subtle.
In short, “consciousness” can mean awareness in the sense of subjective experience [phenomenology] or awareness in the sense of cognitive access [rationality].
p.14-15 “Luminous” … the power to reveal … Consciousness is fundamentally that which reveals or makes manifest because it is the crucial pre-condition…
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