Friday, May 30, 2014

Analogy of the Self


An analogy I like to use for viewing our selves is like a super-computer. There is the hardware- the body and our eyes and fingers and our brain and organs and skin... then the software (programming)- the mind, ideas, the soul/spark-within-us/, that which makes the brain function, etc.

The software, though basically similar from computer to computer (or person to person), varies for each computer (person) depending on the other programs (ideas, beliefs) present within it. When powered (turned on, awake, metacognitizant), these computers will process information faster or slower depending on how organized this software is arranged within the system. For example: an old Macintosh with a slow video-card and little memory will have a hard time processing complicated video-editing (great-grandparents learning to play Wii). Another example: a desktop that is organized with folders will load and find information much faster than a desktop cluttered with random files. A different perspective: computer hardware may be built by the same companies that make the software for it (like Apple), however most computers can be loaded with any operating system. Users frequently become "used to" how an operating system works and thus choose to navigate the world through that system. Companies make software specifically for certain operating systems (not compatible with others) and thus, identification with Mac or Windows (chocolate or vanilla, republican or democrat, boy or girl) begins.

The point here, is that although a computer (person) may have one operating system (idea, view) being used all the time to process information, these same computers (people) could just as easily process the same information through a different operating system (viewpoint, religion, culture) as well. Republicans write right-sided newspaper articles, mechanics talk shop, and barbers talk hair. None of these are "more right" than the other, they are all just experiences happening being interpreted by our programming. A wide-angle lense will take a wide-angle shot but what about beyond the lense?

It seems the less fragmented our minds are with opinion, the more options present themselves to us. The more ego (ideas we have about the way things work) we bring with us to each moment, the more the moment has to get through that to hit us.

It's like when mixing music, you have the direct sound (truth), and all the effects like reverb and delay and distortion (opinions, ideas). You always start with the SOURCE of the signal and follow it as it passes through each FX. All the extra processing takes time and slows down your computer as it tries to keep up with the original signal. If a computer is outdated, or too many effects are placed upon a track, the computer will dedicate all its energy to making that one program run smoothly and neglect other functions. Relating to humans and truth, the more filters of personality, ideas about right and wrong, opinions about this and that, that the raw experience you are having right now has to go through- the less you will actually FEEL that moment.

First you are aware of your finger, then you are aware that you are aware of your finger, then you are aware of the awareness itself, and then you are aware of the awareness of awareness, then you realize that the awareness is always here it's just focusing on different aspects of everything, then you wonder if you're TRYING to be aware of these processes or if IT JUST HAPPENS.

Infinite unfolding occurring non-simultaneously.