3.1 You are part of the great consciousness

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Summary:
A newborn baby is obviously able to experience qualia. It is conscious, but it lacks all knowledge and it takes time to learn about arms and legs, mother and father, that one can spill and crush, that things and creatures are there even if you do not always see them, etc. Only around the age of two the child discovers itself as a separate individual.
3.1.0-1  Consciousness is indivisible, but that does not mean that it is the same everywhere.

3.1.0-2  Think of an ocean. It too is a cohesive whole, but at the top it is broken by waves and is hot. In the depths it is quiet and cold. It can manifest itself in innumerable ways, is present all over the Earth, but is indivisible.

3.1.0-3  This universal, one consciousness is conscious of everything, thinks everything, experiences every potential qualia in all degrees and combinations. There can be no limits, for what should determine these? How? Why?

3.1.0-4  This waking, lasting state is conscious, but does not need to be HIMSELF conscious. It does not necessarily see itself.

3.1.0-5  Think about it. An infant of a few months obviously reacts if you wave a signal red play doll in front of the baby's face. It seems to feel pain if you pinch it in the arm. It tells if it is hungry.

3.1.0-6  We can not know how this is experienced for the child, because it can not speak, but can we doubt that it experiences SOMETHING? That it experiences qualia?

3.1.0-7  You have been such a child. You probably remember nothing of it.

3.1.0-8  The child is not self-proven. It has no idea that it is a child. That it has a body. That there is a world outside this body and that the child is separated from this. The child has no idea about his own thoughts and feelings. It obviously experiences them, but it does not understand that it is the child's OWN thoughts and feelings. Nor does it understand that other people, and animals, have their own inner world and experience of themselves.

3.1.0-9  Developmental psychology is clear. It takes a long time for a human being to discover himself. The child registers all kinds of qualia, but it takes time to understand that an arm is an arm, a doll something familiar and dear, a dog something you can pull by the tail and then something exciting happens. A glass on the edge of the table ...

3.1.0-10  It takes time for the child to understand that a toy car that was there one moment is still there - even if mom covers it with a towel for a moment. Then the child laughs. It's obviously fun that something comes and goes this way. Finally, the little creature understands that the car is there all the time.

3.1.0-11  Object constancy occurs already at the age of four months. Previously it was thought that it only happens around eighteen months. The child realizes that the color of the toy car is the same, even though the light makes it appear to change. The shape is the same, although the shadows and perspective change.

3.1.0-12  Mom is the same. The child gains security. The impressions are no longer scary.

3.1.0-13  On a beautiful day, preferably a little before the child is two years old, something happens. The first memory. The first discovery of oneself as an independent, individual, observing being.

3.1.0-14  At this point, the child understands a lot about himself. It works as a seemingly complete human being, but so far it has only pointed to things in the environment, chosen. It can choose things it wants over something else. From the age of one, and also earlier, it gradually learns what things are called, it can express names. It understands much and much.

3.1.0-15  But it does not understand itself. It does not fully understand space and perspective. It does not understand time. It does not understand complicated causal relationships.

3.1.0-16  It takes a lifetime. In principle, we should go around the world and understand more and more. Became wiser. More precise. Skillful in everything. We should gradually become more and more empathetic as we also learn to understand other people and how we affect them.

3.1.0-17  But then this self is born - at the age of two. Egoet. The awareness of myself. It is not the consciousness itself as such we are talking about. It has been there all along, from the moment it was anything to be conscious of. It was already there when you first took your breath away. You must have known this feature of air. But you had no idea what it was.

3.1.0-18  Where did this insight about yourself come from? How did you get the idea for yourself? How did you start remembering?

3.1.0-19  Remembering is one of the prerequisites for experiencing time. We know that it is impossible to experience time if nothing changes. If you place a person in a room where everything is completely static, stationary, then the feeling of time gradually disappears. If everything is completely dark, completely quiet and the person cannot move either, then the person quickly goes crazy. Reality disappears. The feeling of a self disappears.

3.1.0-20  The story of the newborn child shows that time and space have been learned. Everything is learned. That is exactly what our theory also says.

3.1.0-21  From the moment the memory arises, the thinking also begins.

3.1.0-22  What is thinking? It is the ability to remember how things were or imagine how things will be. It is the ability to reason about what things mean, what they are on a deeper level or higher (emergence) than the immediate. All thinking presupposes that one remembers. That one has something to hold up against something else. Thinking is comparison.

3.1.0-23  Also a newborn baby compares. A nipple is not the same as air. Something comfortable is different from something unpleasant. Something familiar, Mom's voice, is safe, while Dad's angry voice is scary. The child learns all this.

3.1.0-24  Consciousness has a dual function. It imagines what things are and it experiences what it is. It thinks time and space, and experiences time and space. It thinks of smell and experiences smell. Thinking light and experiencing light.

3.1.0-25  Gradually it thinks of a body, environment and other creatures. A house, a city, a universe. It thinks of a distinction between "me" and everything else.

3.1.0-26  But it does not experience atoms. Or molecules, tissue or thumb or arm. It experiences what at the highest level is meaningful. Focus. Consciousness is free. The thought is free. It can focus where it wants. Where appropriate. It focuses on what makes sense. It focuses on what is new, unknown, not previously interpreted, not previously understood, not remembered.

3.1.0-27  The experience can only be as complex as the complexity of what is experienced allows. A stone can not understand the world. A stone cannot understand itself as a stone. Steiner does not reach a point at the age of two where he becomes self-conscious, hardly remembers what happened around it yesterday, does not look at people who pass by or plan for tomorrow.

3.1.0-28  What is the child before it becomes self-conscious? How does it happen that the child discovers himself?

3.1.0-29  You were conceived by merging two gametes into one cell that evolved to become you. The thought imagines this first cell, the zygote. It experiences being the zygote. It experiences being the cell division that follows. What becomes a body and a brain. The thought experiences to be this as the thought experiences are connected and make up you.

3.1.0-30  The great thought experiences this, creates this performance. Neither you nor I know how it is experienced.

3.1.0-31  How can the mind know that precisely these cells are "you"? Where is the boundary between your skin and the surrounding air? Where is the boundary between your feet and the shoes you wear? Between you and the chair you are sitting on? You and the person you embrace closely?

3.1.0-32  The thought knows all this, because it thought both you and the air and the shoes and your girlfriend. Zero problem.

3.1.0-33  Everything is in the mind, both you and everything around you and the whole universe. Everything you see and do not see. All this knows the universal thought that IS you. All this is a performance in the mind, an interpretation of what the imagined is, and an experience of the imagined.

3.1.0-34  There is only one thing, consciousness, everything perishes in the one, universal consciousness.

3.1.0-35  But you do not experience all this. You experience being a body and a private self. At the same time, you experience that you also have knowledge of everything that is in your surroundings.

3.1.0-36  You see beach and water and benches and reeds blowing in the wind and dogs and people and boats and mountains in the distance. You see clouds and a sun. The same consciousness that thinks and experiences all this is the same that experiences you. There are no boundaries, not really.

3.1.0-37  As you developed in your mother's womb, the great, universal consciousness experienced that something complex was emerging, a human being.

3.1.0-38  How much of you are really you? Very, very little. Stand in front of a mirror. Look at yourself. This body is your experience of "yourself". You see yourself. Others see you.

3.1.0-39  The difference is that you experience the body as yours, as you. How did you get this show? At the same time, how did you forget what you really are?