Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Let's start with the question: what do you think, which is now at this moment is your "I"? Most people think that the center of their consciousness is the area of ​​the skull - somewhere behind the eyes.

Disembodied journey
This is the truth. Close your eyes, ears, mouth and nose - the sense organs. Four of the four senses are concentrated in one place. So nothing surprising that the most common answer to this question - is something like the "head" or "somewhere behind the eyes."
While philosophers and scientists work together to solve what we do is a feeling - a sense of his own "I", they all agree that it is playing a crucial role in the sequencing of information from all the senses. By their nature, all this information is quite different, and yet, it is formed in our minds into a single stream and helps us see the big picture of the surrounding world.
Says in his book "Being nobody" German philosopher and professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Mainz, Thomas Metzinger, "The main reason why we have consciousness - this is his direct assistance in building a picture of a man of peace."
So, in order to get rid of the feeling that the center of the "I" is located behind the eyes, you need to get your brain to imagine a different model of the world based on something other than the one that already exists in your head.
Lie on the floor and close your eyes. Try to do the exercise in a quiet room, so that you have no one and nothing to distract. While you are lying down, let your mind and thoughts to "walk" on all parts of your body: concentrate in the place where your neck is in contact with the floor, then the shoulders, back. Feel the hands surface on which lie.
As long as your mind and thoughts are feeling things around, your mind is completely moved to the part of the body, which you try to feel it. Try to keep this concentration on the texture thing on which lay, her material. Whether it's the bedspread, carpet or floor. Feel your hands and draw their model of the world based on these experiences.
You could feel something like a massage. During the next session will allow your mind to strive for the hands of the masseur. Try to empty the mind, banish all thoughts, follow to the part of the body where the masseur's hands are now. Every time he goes on to another area of ​​your body, to the same moves and your mind.
Catching up on this practice, you will not notice how to get rid of the feeling that the center of your "I" somewhere behind the eyes. Your "I" there, where you put your attention.If you close your eyes, cease to respond to any noise and other auditory stimuli, forbid myself to smell for a while and concentrate on the foot massage, you'll soon feel like the center of your consciousness has moved to the foot.
"It's great - you might say - but it's a little like a way out of the body."
Just the second stage. Lying on the floor in his apartment, you may feel light vibration. You feel the hum of the refrigerator? Or noise from a passing car? Do not focus on yourself and feeling on the floor, use the floor to feel other people and objects beyond. Try to feel the person walking next to your door, or a truck near a window.
In the mid-50s, when they were withdrawn the basic principles of the interaction of the nervous system to the outside world, the philosopher and anthropologist Gregory Bateson argued that it is wrong to think that consciousness ends with the boundaries of the body and is living within these boundaries.
When we touch the wall by hand, the hand - it's part of the body and the wall - the subject from the outside. It's just neurons transmit signals to our brain. Then what about in cases of blind? After all, they use a cane in the same way as we have in hand.
Then it turns out that the center of their consciousness - it is end of the stick? The boundaries of our "I" go far beyond our body and are not limited to.
This practice, centuries-old Buddhist monks, not give you the effect of well-known Hollywood films: wreathed in cloud room or your translucent body. It is not necessary to deceive himself. But by practicing, you will be able to feel in new ways.
The scientists scanned the brains of Ottawa student who is successful and can often "out of the body." The researchers hope that the results will help to understand what part of the brain is most active in the moments of "out of body".
Many rare brain disorders suggest that our consciousness - a phenomenon incredibly complex and has not yet been studied.
Anton Babinski syndrome, better known as "blindness or azognoziya Anton", the essence of which is that the person does not realize that he is blind, or does not take seriously its blindness. People suffering from this disease, see images and claim to be able to see perfectly.
Cotard's syndrome or delusional syndrome of denial. People with Cotard syndrome claim that they are dead, that they - or their corpses does not exist.
All this, from a variety of disorders of the brain, leading to an incredible sense of his "I" to the conscious Buddhist practices to get out of the body, suggests that our perception and knowledge of the inner "I" is negligible. Still, it's a much more complex phenomenon, and we are only at the beginning of the path to his knowledge.
mixstuff - Elena Neumann

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