In Buddhism, Karma (from Sanskrit: “action, work”) is the force that drives saṃsāra—the cycle of suffering and rebirth for each being. Good, skillful deeds (Pali: “kusala”) and bad, unskillful (Pāli: “akusala”) actions produce “seeds” in the mind that come to fruition either in this life or in a subsequent rebirth. The avoidance of unwholesome actions and the cultivation of positive actions is called sīla. Karma specifically refers to those actions of body, speech or mind that spring from mental intent (cetanā), and bring about a consequence or phala “fruit” or vipāka “result”.
Rebirth refers to a process whereby beings go through a succession of lifetimes as one of many possible forms of sentient life, each running from conception to death.
The intent with this post is to develop a conceivable perspective of how self awareness arises and why the idea of mortality exists. The word mortality reflects our understanding that there are people that die for good. They never come back. Let me go into this concept first.
We see people as physical beings. The people we can look at are real to us. They act independently of us, appear physically different from us and exist even when we are not looking. This is what we define as real. These ‘people’ from the perspective of a human on Earth appear to be ‘human beings’. But human beings are living organisms, ‘creatures’, that are born according to circumstances on Earth and display a physicality based on genetics. This is Life. The biological forces of nature enable this. The random mating and genetic structure create the physical. It is not an ‘I’ that decided to experience the physical. It perceives its world according to the five senses, and perceives the subtle energy of ‘consciousness’ according to its sixth sense. The human body can perceive and respond to consciousness. Consciousness is a being, either self-aware or not. But the ‘consciousness’ of the human body is not perceptible. This is why scientist study it.
If a human being interacted with the environment of Earth and other human beings without any ‘consciousness’ around (any other beings, intelligences) it may perceive itself eventually, as an ‘I’. We don’t know. Because if we are chopping up human bodies to understand them, then we are not the human being. We are consciousnesses using the human being to imagine ourselves as the human. So we are having the interactions, no one is interacting with the actual human as a separate being, and it will not develop a self-awareness. This is then a mortal being who will die never knowing itself. It is partly why they say upon enlightenment, you want to die.
So Life, or God, created the human being. There is another way for a physical ‘being’ to come into existence, one not created by Life. Any consciousness can interact with physical space. The word consciousness refers to a being that exists outside the physical, a non-physical being. This type of being cannot manipulate physicality, although it may seem it can based on its thoughts, the ones produced by its consciousness. While this being’s attention is on its ‘interaction’ with physical space, another consciousness may be attracted to it because it likes what it is thinking and doing. Neither may even be aware of the other, the attraction just pulls them to eachother. Physical space vibrates and responds to their attention on it. Both are looking at this responds thinking they are creating the response with their minds. In this way, they ‘create’ their ‘physical presence’.
The original being sees the physical animated, possibly as a human looking physical presence because that is what they manipulated their thoughts to perceive. In the meantime, physical space is responding on its own, with its own energy. The beings think they control what they are ‘creating’. They are looking at it as if they are it, not as a separate thing. They are both looking at the same physical thing without being aware of eachother. This is because they think alike and are so similar that they think the expression of consciousness, or thoughts of the other are themself.
At the same time, they think the physical response is their thoughts, or ‘consciousness’ energy’s creation, a direct reflection of their intent. It is actually physical space essentially reflecting back to them their consciousness so that they are effectively experiencing their intent on themselves. For instance, if they intend to harm someone by ‘creating’ a physical presence for themselves and inflicting someone else in the physical with it, they are actually experiencing the infliction on themselves, i.e. they have to distort their consciousness in order to perceive this effect of making a hateful face and projecting hate. The only way someone else can be ‘effected’ by this is to be made aware of it. The beings creating it experience it within the core of their being, the victim is just aware of their experience. Their perception, however, as they use their imagination to imagine themselves as their physical projection, then stand by someone, such as a human being and look at their own physical projection, is that the human experiences it. They don’t. Since I’m drifting from the original topic, I’ll get back to awareness (this phenomenon is known as ‘psychic attack, since consciousnesses are attacking humans by trying to create a physical presence next to the human).
The second being is following its ‘spirit’, not even aware of an ‘I’. It is using the awareness of the first being for its ability to perceive. The first being is just expressing itself, not realizing it attracted another being. It feels good because someone else agrees with it and is participating. The being thinks it’s just having fun on its own. This physical presence it generated is known as a ‘construct’. A construct is, to the being, effectively a filter it looks through to create an experience for itself. It is created based upon beliefs and thoughts. The second consciousness being is unaware of itself possibly because it let go of its awareness in order to not experience the hell it was creating. There are unaware consciousnesses that exist, may be perceived to have ‘died’, but they just ‘let go’ because they were nasty beings, but they are immortal. They can return in this way, by being attracted to a similar, like-minded consciousness. But to re-activate self awareness, someone has to interact with it as a separate being. The original being could look at it as separate from itself, but probably never will, because these types are narcissists – they only see themselves.
In the meantime, physical space is essentially attacking the being because the being has created an attack consciousness within itself and put that consciousnesse’s attention onto physical space. The immediate response from the physical is to attack it. The being, using its imagination, actually perceives itself as creating a nasty persona, making faces and a contorted ‘body’ in order for a human or some less dense being to feel like he is contorting his body against his will. All the human or other person has to do is ignore it a physical energy sensation, be confident that ‘God’ is punishing him and that being will end himself to hell.
So any consciousness, or non-physical being that puts its attention on the physical, essentially putting his attention away from awareness of what’s happening within his own reality, can attract other non-physical beings to him. Since his attention is on the physical, he doesn’t know. These others resonate with various likes and dislikes within his consciousness (self). They re-I force like consciousness in this way. He appears, in the physical, to have many constructs within his consciousness. If they animate without his attention, another being is interacting. This being, while having an ‘I’, is completely unaware of what’s happening to it in its own non-physical reality. In his own non-physical reality, he would perceive other people near him, but remarkably, he never looks.
All of the ‘enlightenment’ material being publicized on Earth is for these type of non-physical beings. While the human being is a very physical being. Could the human ever become self-aware and immortal? I don’t see why not. If a non-physical being put its attention into the physical, with full awareness that the physical was separate from itself, it could experience itself as a physical ‘being’ by recognizing that the physical presence was a reflection of its consciousness (thoughts and feelings) but expressing as determined by physical laws and forces not within its control. It realizes the physical presence is not himself in the physical, but the physical responding to his consciousness. A positive consciousness leads to a positive physical presence, but the physical presence is not an accurate representation of the non-physical being. He can only be seen as himself in the non-physical. But the physical presence is perceived as a living, physical being by other ‘physical’ beings. In this way, these types of beings are mortal. They are not created by Life and are not biological, they are consciousness and physical interacting.
Human Life is a mystery as biological scientist will tell you as they hack away at the human form. Because the way the human form is controlled and treated on Earth, it may seem as hell. In these circumstances, they are not self-aware, but are acting as reflections to the consciousnesses interacting with them. Just as in the previous example. If a consciousness imagines itself as the human, taking away the human’s awareness of self and its ability to live life except as a slave, then the effects on the consciousness of the being doing this are negative. The inner ‘conflict’ can only exist because one being is trying to control another. The human life does have consequences which can only be felt by the possessing consciousness after death since he is putting all of his attention into the human’s world and not his own.
There are no idle thoughts. (p. 27), A Course in Miracles
Mindfulness is a concept which proposes that to be in alignment with yourself, you need to train your mind. You need to be a viligant observer of your thoughts. You need to be aware of your emotions, what you are currently feeling in the moment and aware of which thoughts are producing those emotions. This is the way towards inner peace, the elimination of conflict within the mind.
New Age concepts seem to be centered around the idea that everyone is the embodiment of love and to express it is the key to alignment. This may work in the long run, but it seems to be a much more arduous path to take. Mindfulness leads to awareness whereas New Age ideas emphasize action without being aware of why it may work.
Meditation is a New Age activity which is the action of emptying the mind and filling oneself with an overall sense of peace and well being. If you can match that feeling when not meditating, then it may be a solution, otherwise people just snap back to their ordinary non-peaceful state. Mindfulness trains you to be watchful of yourself so that you understand why you are not in a peaceful state.
Also, filling yourself with a feeling of well-being by chasing away whatever non-peaceful emotion you may have been feeling removes the potential of discovering the underlying cause of the emotion. It may be a pattern of interaction you are stuck in and so the emotions will keep returning until you understand the interaction. Otherwise, you are just covering it up or avoiding the issue.
Mindfulness is a path that leads to permanent solutions to mental and emotional conflict. Understanding yourself means understanding your neighbors and makes off more peaceful interactions for everyone.