Consciousness and the brain

“You also believe the body’s brain can think. If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea.” (W-92.2)

One of the most vexing—if not the most vexing—problems in science is known as “the hard problem of consciousness”. Science can find no explanation as to how matter gives rise to consciousness, and while it’s obvious that consciousness is experienced, consciousness itself can’t be proved to exist in the physical world of which the brain is a part. This is because the world of form is experienced in consciousness, and not the other way around. In science, consciousness remains elusive as a by-product of form because consciousness is that in which form is experienced.

The conventional view states that consciousness is a product of the brain’s functioning. But relinquish that idea and it becomes possible to observe that the only “place” thoughts can be said to be experienced is not in the brain, but in consciousness. In fact anything known of the brain is known only in consciousness.

The thoroughness with which we’re inculcated to identify consciousness as a function of the brain is so total that the mind struggles with the reversal of this ingrained paradigm. But when the reverse of this paradigm is truly grasped, the truth of what we are can be fully comprehended, and the brain and body seen for what they are: the means by which Spirit can be embodied in form within a world of form.



About Jiffy Read

Twice a month I lead an ACIM group in eastern Massachusetts.
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