Symbolism and Consciousness Pt.3
Belief is powerful. Once the influence of language on consciousness, and the connection between symbols and reality, are more deeply understood, the power of consciousness is understood to a greater extent as well. The double-edged sword of consciousness can become more apparent. Higher order consciousness that human animals have is an imagination factory powered by an abstraction engine.
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We have the power to abstract anything, pure imagination. We have the capacity for great freedom but we can also enslave ourselves to great degrees because of the inventions and fantasy of our minds, from subjective unreality, the unreality that becomes imposed on the objective reality that exists, where we create the unreality into reality. This is how money was created, as well as governments, religions, etc. They are all human inventions from imagination, and they are not the great freedom kind of imagination, but rather the enslaving kind of inventions from imagination. All order followers believe what they believe, which has them do what they do.
Other animals have more freedom in this sense, because they are not concerned with inventing beliefs. They are also not trying to answer questions that may not be answerable, questions about our meaning and purpose. Humans seem to need to find something to give themselves towards as a purpose in life (army, church, government, company, etc.). There are many preselected pathways to channel our energy into, to rechannel the universal constructibility of our creative and generative capacities. Giving ourselves to something we view is bigger than ourselves provides a sense of comfort, purpose and meaning, and we are then channeling our constructibility creative powers into that particular aspect of man made life.
Other animals have their lives and they live it. Humans have lives just as other animals, but the nonhuman animals live in mostly a base consciousness of survival and seeking the pleasure and avoiding pain, with limited constructibility to create and alter the environment. This is a limiting modality of life with little higher order purpose, meaning or value.
Humans can try to grasp at imagined questions of value, meaning and purpose, and inventing answers to those questions through the power of consciousness. This is where trouble can present itself as a divergence from objective reality. Ideas, concepts and beliefs from imaginative consciousness may not be representative of objective reality and can give meaning and purpose in life, to do things based on these beliefs that provide answers, alleviate fear of the unknown, doubt, insecurity and discomfort. Plugging up a hole of unanswered darkness with an answer is more comforting. Not having an answer is fine. To find the answer requires being more grounded in reality to look at how our understanding of reality can be enhanced through an understanding of reality itself, by connecting our imagination with reality and verifying if it is accurate.
If you are driven to know what cannot be known with certainty, you may drive yourself mad. Sometimes, for your own survival and sanity, you must reconcile yourself with accepting that you may never know a certain thing or even be able to. The pursuit of uncertain unknowns can consume you entirely. It can become an attachment. We have a question, and we need to find an answer to alleviate the insecurity, doubt and uncertainty of not knowing. Some things can not be known, and to strive to know them can drive one to lose sight of reality in such attachments.
We create words as symbolic reflections of our imaginations that mirror reality, we then produce images in our mind through words alone rather than thinking about all the pieces that create the meaning of the word. The words become a reflection of reality themselves, whether they are real or not, we imbue them with meaning and give them reality. This is the danger of the double-edged sword of consciousness with regard to concepts and symbols or word creation. We use words as if they were literal aspects of reality like our arms or hands that we make use of. But, not all words that represent concepts and ideas are actually real. We give them the power of reality simply by the imagination and belief that is automatically granted through the use of words as a reference to reality. We manifest unreality into objective reality from the subjective reality of our minds. We can create an imagined subjective reality used to explain something.
“Giving a name to an object normally constitutes, through the imaginal, the recognition of it. If it does not, then, like Schneider, you will have to go over it by touch, like something in the dark or a fact in the mind. When symbol (from the prereflexive imaginary) and sign (from the reflexive symbolic) are reversibly joined by the meaning which the transreflexive imaginal establishes, the meaning springs out of the word or the object and makes its appearance, ready made and armed into our consciousness like Athena springing out of the head of Zeus. The object and the word are then inhabited by the meaning. Then, the “deep structure of speech” of Chomsky and its “surface structure” are linked together. The conceptual signification (reflexive) is based on the gestural signification (prereflexive), but through the archetypal (transreflexive) signification. Archetypal and gestural (imaginal and imaginary) significations establish the word. Archetypal and conceptual (imaginal and symbolic) establish the language. Word and language establish the individual’s language system with its “deep structure” (the word, immanent to the archetypal and gestural meaning) and its “surface structure” (the language immanent to the archetypal and conceptual significations).
The linguistic sign – more simply, the word – then exists just as exists my intersensory world (more simply, things). And from then on I use words as I use my arm or my hand. Always on condition that these words (conceptual meaning) are connected to the gesture (gestural meaning) by means of the archetype-imaginal transcendental function. The word, the verbal image, the acoustic sign, the linguistic sign (signifying, signified) then become as it were the experienced representation of my arm or my hand. They live in me, and live concurrently in the objects they designate.”
– Science & Consciousness: Two Views of the Universe
Here is one source describing language symbol development and who used it first:
The alphabet eventually enabled more people to become literate, explains Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute. “Writing in its earliest forms was first and foremost a tool that priests, officials, and scribes used as a key element in the functioning of a state bureaucracy. We estimate that literacy was limited to less than 1 percent of the population of the earliest states, so it was rare for even kings to know how to read and write. In this context, it is hardly surprising that the earliest writing and the written word itself would have seemed mysterious, powerful, and even inspired by the gods.”
Hieroglyphics, is ‘metu neter’, meaning words of the gods. The importance of symbols in conceptual thought constructs is ever present in a religious priestly context and the development of civilization through religious influence. These priests are the magicians and sorcerers of the science of imagery, of symbols and their power to influence consciousness.
When the literal interpretations of the narratives are given, they do not always impart much useful knowledge about life. The narratives we read are taken as literal beliefs that the ancient people had when they wrote them down. The underlying esoteric symbolism through the power of imagery in metaphor, analogy, allegory and parables is not often explained. Mythology and narratives of cultures may have had a literal following, but it is also encoding ancient wisdom that was either developed by different cultures about inherent truths in reality and ourselves, or there may likely be a pre-flood pre-ice age civilization that the original wisdom was survived through creation myths and narratives being developed to use and encode the wisdom. This method of imagery symbolism is used in the Bible as well.
Exoteric – literal Ritual of Afterlife etc., theology
Esoteric 1 – symbolism for astro-theology, sun theology
Esoteric 2 – symbolism for psychology, philosophy, self-knowledge here and now
Humans can invent any concept, any invention of fantasy and project it externally into some imagined aspect of reality, true or false.
From stories, narratives, to politics and power, do you see the problem? They may be true, but they may, and most likely, are not true. They are tools of imagery to manipulate. What truth can be objectively discerned from within the symbolism? The esoteric, occulted, dimensions of living in here and now, from the past into the future. Symbolism of consciousness and life. It all snowballs, from original useful information about life, that gets junk narratives and additional meaning added to weave a story that uses the symbolic imagery, and then it eventually becomes literal as a religion.
Many interpretations of Egyptian narratives and symbols focuses on the exoteric narrative. They portray the Egyptians as being obsessed with the afterlife, and not with real life, and created symbols to reflect this understanding. As if this knowledge and purpose of an afterlife was the ultimate spiritual purpose in this life for these ancient people. Why is this propagated exoterically? Why do priests and controllers want this? You get people to fixate on an afterlife, and they will submit to your authority and enslavement in this life, because this life is only preparation for the next and you need to follow their divine authority to get there. This system of enslavement through the science of imagery, belief and phantasms, was also done in India. This is a common motif in all of the religious doctrines of the world, gaining obedience from people with the imagery of stories and narratives.
“Increasingly, we live in a world where nothing makes sense. Events come and go like waves of a fever, leaving us confused and uncertain. Those in power tell stories to help us make sense of the complexity of reality. Those stories are increasingly unconvincing and hollow.”
– Adam Curtis, Bitter Lake
The narrative and stories of gods may have started off in meaningful symbolism about this life, but got twisted into literal meanings to manipulate people into focusing on another reality, another realm, while allowing wrongs as right, evil as good, immorality as morality, all under the guise of authority from god, priest controllers, pharaohs, kings, etc. If you don’t understand this about history and writing, about symbols and the use of symbols to manipulate consciousness, then you will likely dismiss this assessment and consider the literal interpretation as explicitly put forth in narrative and stories, as accurate, and the true wisdom put forth in the explicit manner itself. The implicit underlying esoteric meaning and teachings about this reality we live in, are ignored and not understood because the symbolism and stories are taken as literal, and not figurative personifications of reality and ourselves.
Later, stories and symbols are altered to create a new narrative and hide the original meaning with the exoteric history creation. The stories are outright created to manipulate people with an authorized standard of an acceptable story-narrative in order to control and manipulate people in this life, with the hope, faith and belief in the afterlife, which can only be reached through adherence to the laws of the controller priests, kings, or pharaohs, through rituals that mean nothing but are supposed to mean something. This is history of all empires, rulers, dominators; Egypt, India, Levant, Sumer, Europe, everywhere. This is the history of the world. But, some people do not want to accept this fact of history, of authority and enslavement through the science of imagery and false historical creations of stories and narratives to provide legitimacy to authority from god’s viceroy, god’s hand on earth, god’s demigods, god’s helpers, god’s messengers, god’s ruler on earth, god’s whatever, all tied to god and divine rulership and authority.
I am looking at the symbolism, and trying to relate it to reality and what I understand about reality and life. There are many symbolic references to reality in teachings, in pictographs or text, in many areas of the planet, and they all vary in some ways and are similar in others ways. These are all from the consciousness of humans, who have conceived of concepts, ideas and beliefs. The beliefs to answer questions of why, when and how creation occurred, what the meaning and purpose to life is, the mystery of death, etc., and get adopted as religious foundations for human social order (i.e. control), and they change over time. These are not “right-brain” sourced “truths” from the “unconscious/spirit”, tapping into “source” intuition, nous, neosis, gnosis, that are providing accurate frameworks/models for an alleged immortal you beyond this life you live. These are invented, imagined and induced from consciousness to provide us with answers to questions we can imagine and conceive of.
Consciousness is an imagination factory with an abstraction engine. Abstractions are what lead to concepts, ideas and beliefs. It is the power behind imagination and inventing ideas. Our ability to invent ideas is powerful. Simply inventing an idea does not make it true. Study the history of concepts and see how fickle the ability to derive an accurate, fully formed concept of “pure knowledge” is. It does not happen as often as we would like to think. The more conscious awareness of reality we have, the more potential we have to formulate accurate conceptions, based on the accuracy of the previous data points we have accumulated from reality we live in. If we have faulty foundational axioms, or faulty data sets, then the resulting constructs of concepts, idea or beliefs we create, imagine or invent, will also likely be faulty in some capacity. New information, new insights based on reality, can help us correct our previously accepted erroneous information.
The point is to always come back to reality, and not stay free-floating in belief when we are trying to determine if something is viable as a model. We can create models based in speculation, and it may be possible, but it lacks probability or actualized verifiability in reality. This does not make it false, but it also does not make it true. Verification in reality (“science”) is helpful to validate if your ideas have a basis in reality, or if they are more in the realm of fantasy imagination and speculation.
After a long time of being induced, inculcated, invoked and summoned with these conceptual images of alleged “spiritual” aspects, I have been re-evaluating these belief that cannot be verified, into more grounded aspects of reality that do not require any fantasy belief in something that cannot be verified by our own actions or reality.
I am taking the journey to ground my understanding in actual reality, not the fantasy of believing whatever I want. This is what I recognize is the problem we are in: everyone just believes whatever they want, they are not concerned with objective reality, only with what they want to be true, their dream, their imagined desire, and they seek that over seeking to know and understand reality through reality itself. They want to pretend they can understand reality through the unreality of their imagination and make that into a reality. The imaginal realm of ideas can lead to understanding reality through the refinement and continual discovery of reality itself. Ideas lead to action through creation of new things. Projecting the desires, wishes and dreams of the imaginal realm onto reality does not make it a reality.
You can look at stories and narratives in terms of belief you will never be able to demonstrate because it is belief with no objective veracity in reality (all subjective), or you can look at stories and narratives in symbolism, metaphor, allegory, analogy, and parable to convey understanding that reflects reality and our capacity to evolve consciousness and live right.
I don’t deny possibilities, I have different compartments in mind/consciousness for different concepts. Possible, Probably and Actual. I do not accept beliefs as actual, for they are imaginations that can or cannot be actual, and remain as possibilities, or probable possibles.
We like things to fit together, to make sense, to be absolute. When someone pokes a hole in our framework of model, we are often reluctant to revise our framework or model because we are attached to the belief in it being accurate in order for things to make sense. This again is tied to the ego-personality-identity construct that uses understanding of verifiable truths as well as unverifiable belief, in order to construct a self-image, self-concept, sense of self, and a reality image, worldview and sense of reality.