There are two great misconceptions in our understanding of the Mind; these errors not only have a destructive impact on our behavior but, most importantly, obscure for us the true nature of the phenomena.
Under these misconceptions we currently believe
1 – that the Mind is separate from the Body and
2 – that the Mind is exclusively a human phenomenon.
A relative degree of self-control … on how we give direction to our bodies and shape our future … gives us an illusion of Separation from the world around us, from other people, from the environment. And a relative capacity to self-reflect … to be able to reflect upon our own actions … gives us an illusion of Specialness; the illusion that we are superior to the rest of Nature. But having a relative degree of self-control and a relative capacity to self-reflect are not limited to us. The delusion that they are is dangerous because it debases Nature and excuses our irrational devastation of the same environment that has allowed the evolution of our self-reflective minds.
I don’t claim to understand what Mind is … as someone wisely said: a Mind cannot understand itself … but there are self-evident and undeniable facts about the phenomenon that can be grasped with our capacity to introspect.
The Mind is impenetrable and unique to each entity; it is the result of the accumulation of evolutionary traits we bring into existence as members of a particular species; those traits begin to be developed … positively or negatively, intuitively or self-determinedly, creatively or destructively … according to the distinct experiences we learn from the moment we are conceived and start affecting and being affected by environments. Whether it be a cell, a human being, a planet, a Universe, these two factors, evolutionary traits and distinct experiences, are the source of Mind in Nature. A Mind cannot exist without them, and nothing in Nature can exist without a Mind.
But our delusion that the phenomenon of Mind is purely ours makes us deny it to the rest of Nature.
And thus, for instance, we deny the Ovum a Mind, when we know it chooses a single Sperm … an evolutionary trait, yes … but once impregnated it begins one of the most amazing, intelligent, organized and self-determined efforts to create, duplication by duplication, a greater and more complex Mind.
And thus we deny the earth a Mind, when we know it has created a favorable environment … an evolutionary trait, yes … but it has sustained it, persistently, in relative equilibrium through eons of time so myriad varieties of Life can come into existence with a chance to evolve into complexity and high intelligence, thus paving the way for the Mind to grow aware of itself.
And thus we deny our Universe a Mind, when it is obvious that it couldn’t have evolved, nor continue to evolve into increasing levels of Organization and Order, without the degree of self-control and the capacity to self-reflect of a creative, self-generating and self-determined Mind.
Although all of the above are self-evident if not proven Facts, we will not come down from our arrogant pulpit of Separation and Specialness until we accept the Truth that Mind … in myriad degrees of intuition and self-determination … is innate, not just in us, but in all of Nature.
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