Poetry

Consciousness

Is it within or without?
Is it the voice inside my head?
Is it the intelligence within and around me?
Where does it come from and how does it work?
The truth but a shadow calling, a language we do not understand
We know So little and genius is accepting that we know nothing,
to keep yearning for knowledge
They say trying to find consciousness,
is like trying to locate the radio presenter inside the radio, futile
Consciousness, our awareness and perceptions

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©2021 Kevin Kinge 

95 thoughts on “Consciousness

      1. Indeed it is a mystery and very magical. Existing in and around us, hides in plain sight only for a keen eye to perceive. Many instances obstructed by our senses in the illusions of reality

      1. Nice to hear you are well and enjoying the season. I am fine to, thanks. We are supposed to be experiencing long rains here but the hot dry weather has been a bit persistent this year.

  1. I quote “ Where does it come from and how does it work? “
    You have answered it too “ our awareness and perceptions “

    When I am saying ‘I am conscious of every movement of the tooth brush on my teeth ‘ then what I am experiencing in that thoughtless state is consciousness, as soon as though begins it has gone!
    But this word was corrupted by so many people before by using it inappropriate way without experiencing it, that new word is used to express it which is ‘awareness’. So the sentence becomes ‘I am aware of every movement of the tooth brush on my teeth.’ And what I did by practising it was awareness meditation.
    Hope you got some clue, and experience it to get its real meaning.

    1. I did get your clue and explanation. Thanks for the elaborate answer. I like the concept of awareness meditation to better observe our unconscious and conscious acts.

      Yes, the answer is at the end of the poem in abstract form. That was the essence of the poem, to trigger the thought of what it is, working down to the answer. Much appreciated

  2. I wish to give you an example of consciousness that you may have experienced but unable to define it.
    When we get totally immersed in any activity so much so that we come to know only after completion if that act that hours have passed but you could not felt them more than few minutes. Even if you have put in a lot of physical effort but it felt like even better energised than before getting involved into it.
    Your consciousness was working through your body, it’s one of the quality is eternity or timelessness. It takes control only in your no mind state or thoughtless state. Osho described sexual activity as one of them and easily understood by most.

    1. Well explained. Thanks. It seems like you’ve described the subconscious mind and how it intervenes with most of our daily activities.

      I agree with Oshos point on sex. Especially that done in love since it’s energized with emotion and participants are present in the moment.

      1. Actually we do not pay much attention to such small and routine act, and perform them unconsciously.
        I tried to create a situation where a person try to remain conscious next time during brushing feeling the sedation etc. This small change is miraculous for me.
        My favourite meditation that I am practicing last 35 years is Awareness/Mindfulness Meditation during brushing my teeth. Earlier it was a robotic act and I used to think about past or future act/activity/instances etc. By being totally aware during brushing feeling it’s abrasion on every tooth, coupled with sensation of paste etc all thoughts slowly got dissolved and only present moment remained. Miraculous it is, as it engrossed all my activities over the period of time.

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      2. Indeed there’s miracles in the little things that we take for granted. I understand what you mean by mindful meditation. All our actions should be done with mindfulness by being in the present moment. Life is now and past, present and future happen in the now.

        Osho explains mindfulness so well and simply. I’m also on this journey and observe mindful living every moment I can and build on it everyday. Thank you for this reply.

  3. This is a lovely, stirring piece like a rippling steam inviting all to be flow with it.
    I appreciate you and your ability to dive deep into truth’s waters.
    ❤️Michele

  4. WOW Kevin, this is just amazing. Your words resonate deeply in my soul on many levels…these same thoughts run through my head often. Thank you for sharing your wise perceptions in such a beautiful way 🖤🖤

    1. 😊 thank you Ace. I know how much you enjoyed this one, it’s your type of theme and vibe😏. I’m glad you resonate deeply with it. Welcome 🖤🖤

      1. You’re always welcome, my friend! Ah hehe, that’s so thoughtful of you! Yes indeed, it is my vibe 😊…you know me well!

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