In looking for the realness in things, other ideas usually get in the way, as do words themselves. (I’m not an eloquent writer nor the clearest of thinkers at the best of times.)
I tried to cram a lot of complicated ideas into a small space in my earlier post – Ideas R us – and reading it over I can see all the clumsiness I overlooked in aiming for the realness, along with a couple of points I missed.
The basic premise was that we are consciousness. (The YOU who’s looking out at whatever’s around you right now.) But obviously there’s a lot more going on, because while you’re doing that, the things you’re looking out at also are coming into you.
As consciousness, we’re ‘made from’ the ideas we have about the things around us that constantly come into us through our senses; the things that cause us to think and feel. But because our real, essential self is nothing but immaterial consciousness, even our feelings can only come to us in the form of ideas. (Hard to appreciate, but true. That’ll be my next post.
Put simply, we don’t create conscious concepts from actual physical components. We convert physical data – the activity of photons, electrons, atoms – into the non-physical data of ideas.)
And while we’re making those ideas from all that’s coming into us through our senses, ‘we’ – immaterial consciousness – are becoming the ideas we have about everything
We’re not passive idea receivers though. (As if we needed reminding.) Ideas are dynamically alive; they do things; they change things, much of the time without our knowledge through subconscious action. The ideas we think of as our feelings/emotions aren’t just the sensations that we assume happen in our physical bodies and brains. We really don’t understand consciousness, or that its myriad dimensions and depths, colors and resonances exist in a different reality than the clunky nuts and bolts of the physical world these bodies and brains belong to.
On a more prosaic level, grappling with the constant inrush of data, and turning it into ideas, is like riding an unbroken horse. The horse is you. You’re creating yourself and everything you are and do from the ideas you’re making out of all the sensory inputs bombarding you from the outside world. But what each of us chooses to do with these ideas, becomes the shape and content of who we are. The decisions, choices, preferences and biases that each of us builds from the ideas we create, become our entire conscious self. And because our conscious self has an overriding influence on what our physical self does, we turn the ideas we create from sensory inputs coming from the world around us, into how we interact with that world.
Individually and collectively, we help to make the world, and it helps to make us. It’s a round process.