The Philosopher Syndney Banks developed this model as a way of discribing an enlightenment experience he had when he was a middle aged man looking for the root of his inner disharmony.
Mind - Consciousness - Thought
Thought - Our meaning making, thinking, the stories we tell ourselves
Consciousness - Our awareness of day to day experiences
Mind - The infinite field in which all the above takes place. This is spiritual rather than contextual
Someone shouts at you and you become upset. The usual stance would be that because you were shouted at, naturally you got upset. What if we look at it differently.
Let's say you come from a background where shouting only happened when you had done something wrong or something bad had happened. Naturally, you would be upset, guilty or indignant if you felt unjustly accused. If on the other hand you are someone whose background was a noisy shouty place where to be heard or get someone's attention, everyone raised their voice. Then, you would simply look up, respond and go back to what you were doing.
The event or person's behaviour is the same but the two reactions are likely to be felt very differently. Thus our thinking (thought) dictates our experience (consciousness) moment by moment and whilst our thoughts appear compelling and real because they are in our heads, actually they are fabricated by us and based on our past experiences, not on what is actually happening in this moment.
As we become aware of this, we see for yourself the moments when we get tied up in our thinking; spray painting our present and future with our past. This awareness creates space for inspirational fresh thinking that is beyond the old habitual patterns and that's where the magic happens.
And the beauty is, we don't just see this in ourselves, we see it in those around us and it leads us to be gentler, kinder and more compationate with others, as well as ourselves.
Sydney Banks saw that we are connected to one another and the world in which we live; physically, emotionally and elementaly. As such we are part of a greater whole which you may see as Universal Energy or God or the Universe. Whatever or however you term this, this energetic force is where thought and consciousness come from.
Consciousness is how we experience our day to day lives. It'show we know we are alive. We feel our thinking moment by moment, day by day and as we become aware of this, we see for yourself the moments when we get tied up in our thinking. Making up stories by filling in the gaps of information and predicting things that haven't yet happened and freaking out about these fictions, when we have no idea if they will or won't happen. We feel it all as if it is real.
The more we see it for what it is, the more judgements of positive thought and negative thought fall away. Thought is just thought and feelings just feedback on our thoughts because we feel our thinking. Oddly, just knowing this, helps thought to fall away. You find strength to ride out the tsunami of feelings that sometimes take over because now you see through it and beyond it and know somehow, deep within you, that you are fine.
As thoughts fall away it creates space for inspirational fresh thinking, that is beyond the old habitual patterns and that's where the magic happens because we don't just see this in ourselves, we see it in those around us. It leads us to be kinder, gentler and more compationate with others, as well as ourselves. We appreciate what it is to be human and we see moments when we and those around us, go amazingly beyond our previously held limitations and expectations of humanness.
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