Excerpted from ‘A Course in Miracles’:
Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making the mind a perceiver rather than a creator. Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. The ego is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be, rather than as you are. Yet you can know yourself only as you are, because that is all you can be sure of. Everything else is open to question.
Conceptually, the ‘separation’ referred to can be thought of as our inward turn into our minds, leaving our bodies behind. Our total intelligence would be our minds plus the body where the ‘mind’ as we perceive it is just something that observes thoughts and whatever else it perceives. It cannot think. We are currently existing in a state of not consciously thinking. Conscious thinking would involve understanding the thought behind all of our actions and the fact the we deliberated those thoughts, then decided to take the action. The action is whatever we are doing here. The un-perceived thought came from our non-physical selves. The decision to act on the thought came from our non-physical body/intelligence self that we are not even aware of. Insanity describes this condition.
Earth is a mirror of the non-physical. Our non-physical bodies resemble our Earth type bodies. We are completely disassociated from our non-physical selves and are existing in a form of psychosis, or insanity. We exist within our imagination, completely made up versions of ourselves. Our Earth lives are intended to reconnect us to our non-physical selves. This is the spiritual journey of self-acceptance. Our ‘fall’ was brought about by a rejection of our God given selves in favor of an image of ourselves we create. We cannot walk away into ‘heaven’, reconnected as a sane being u till we fully accept ourselves as we are, not as we wish to be. Until then we are flailing around in a form of insanity and unawareness resulting from the disassociation with our actual selves.