Exploring the Nature of Consciousness
Mind, Consciousness, Humanity
Is consciousness the product of the brain? Is my consciousness mine alone? How is consciousness connected to others? What if the division of me & not-me in consciousness can dissolve?
Our brain is the result of time, evolution. Our brain is not your brain and my brain, but the brain of mankind. This is difficult for you to see, and even recognize, because we have been so conditioned that it is my brain. And it is your brain. But if you observe, human beings right throughout the world go through enormous turmoil, poverty, anxiety, insecurity, confusion, psychologically wounded, fear, fear of being hurt, physically, fear of psychological hurts, fear of death, and the enquiry, what is there beyond…
That is the content of our consciousness. And as long as there’s that content, which is always divisive, which is always fragmented, our action must be fragmented. Right?
So the problem then is: is it possible for the content of that consciousness to be dissolved?
2nd Public Talk in Ojai, May 1980