The Four Layers of Consciousness

The Inner Workings of Our Minds Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation. The Vietnamese Zen Master, Thuong Chieu, said: When we understand how our mind works, our practice becomes easy. To understand our minds, we need to understand our consciousness. The Buddha taught that consciousness is always continuing, like a stream of water. Consciousness has four layers. The four layers of consciousness are mind consciousness, sense Read More …

Freeing ourselves of unconscious patterns

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”–Carl Jung The Enneagram supports us in freeing ourselves of unconscious patterns by helping us to unearth and name those subterranean thought forms. In what is now an Enneagram “classic” known as The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Don Riso and Russ Hudson share about the unconscious childhood messages that drive each Enneagram Type. It’s important to note here that I don’t necessarily believe that those messages CAUSED us to identify with a certain type. I actually believe that we come into this world with Read More …

For The Love Of Matter: Mind, Matter And God

Q: In his book “Life 3.0″ Max Tegmark suggests that subjective consciousness is what computation of information feels like. He also holds the view that consciousness is an emergent property that is substrate independent. Accordingly, consciousness emerges where certain configurations of particles lead to this result. Raimon Panikkar held that our fundamental subjective consciousness was the dimension in which the human and the divine somehow cohered. This is a very different perspective on consciousness from the idea that it is an emergent property of certain configurations of particles. Do you see any possibility of common ground between these two perspectives? Do Tegmark’s Read More …