Should consciousness be studied in the first-person, the second-person, or the third-person-plural?

Neither 1st, 2nd nor 3rd, nor any other number!

The basic point is that awareness is not personal, contrary to what we are taught. Awareness is bodiless, and doesn't know dimension at all: it's undimensional. And 'it' is not something else, something other. It's what we are, and it's what we are now, not some other time — in the past, in the future, or in the present.

Not in the present!?!

No, because the present is only part of the same imaginary time-sequence. Why does Awareness need to bother with terms like 'past,' 'present' and 'future?' It's only people who engage in mind-games like that!


is when one tries to objectify the first principle.

Atheism happens when one imagines that principle is oneself.

God—Beyond Belief*

Whether you say, 'I believe,' or, 'I don't believe in God' (the atheists), doesn't it come to the same thing? Because WHAT IS IT that is either believed or not? That's when everyone gets rather VAGUE.  What is the point of bringing in belief at all? The whole argument is so stupid! Just human shenanigans, entirely missing the really interesting points, as USUAL.

*('Good God! I don't  b e l i e v e it!')

Striving for the Good

'Good' just means pleasure, even though we don't like to admit it.  The one seeking to be happy is in a false position right from the start - it's just an actor on the stage.

Out Of Time

Not, 'Liberation in this very life,' but 'Liberation while still seemingly engaged in this experience.'

To say, 'In this very life,' is misleading, because it seems to indicate that it could happen at any time.

Likewise, when we state that this study is a whole life, that doesn't mean that it is spread out over time. The 'whole life' means more like, 'acquainting yourself instantly with the basic understanding' (of the obvious).

'Understanding' normally means fitting something into one's own frame of reference, and as such is useless. But there can be this basic understanding, without which one is just too full of oneself to be interested in anything but oneself. (N.B.: This is a technical observation rather than a moral judgement.)

'On the instant' sounds like a moment in time, but it is actually not in time. That is the truth of the matter—that there is no time.

But isn't it possible to waste time?

No, not real-ly, because time doesn't exist. There is only presence.

In Quotes

Short comments, jokes and aphorisms from IRI:-

  • "Hello, Mankind, this is God speaking. I know you think you are wicked. Well, I can't argue with that!"
  • Personal insights are a theft, or rather, an attempted theft, of the absolute.
  • Thought is always after the fact.
  • Is consciousness clever?
  • "I used to say that human beings were not very intelligent. But I won't say that anymore. No—no more Mr Nice Guy."
  • The forgetfulness that often comes with old age tends not to forget the worries that are held dear.
  • The brain is soft-wired. (For what? Oh, just to mess around and impress itself. It's longing to get it's own autograph.)
  • Assumption is the root of dullness. (E.g., the assumption that everything is so.)
  • "I'm sure people don't realize that it actually makes sense to say, 'to infinity and beyond.' They think that's a joke—but really, 'infinity' is a word."
  • The fringes of knowledge fade into areas described as 'not well understood,' i.e., unknown.
  • Remember that worry puts more people in hospital than hot dinners.
  • "I think that these days it is too much hard work for people to consider anything other than themselves."
  • Sheer ease of reading is just for layabouts.
  • "You know, I think everyone really misses the past."
  • Humans are the only creatures that know that they are 'meming.'
  • Never trust a human.
  • A man walks into a bar and says, "Ow!" because he hurt his leg on it.
  • Life is transitory. So, behave well while you can.

So you think the spiritual is weak, do you?

Take away appearance, and take away all sound, and what you are left with is pure spirit.

Science Update

"The big question in neuroscience is where consciousness comes from," co-author Giovanni Petri, a mathematician at Italy's Institute for Scientific Interchange, told Wired. "We don't know."