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18.7 Consciousness

Since we all accept that we are conscious, the nature of conscious awareness must be an essential part of mental activities. Within our theism, there is an awareness generated when the love and the wisdom from God come together again, after having been received and retained separately in various sub-degrees. This coming together is primarily the generation of an action, so let us postulate something specific for when consciousness exists:

Postulate 17   Whenever love acts by means of wisdom, that action is a conscious action. There is consciousness of the production of the result and also of the delight that arises from the achievement of that production.

The awareness is of the action itself and not so much of the love and wisdom that produced the action (to be aware of these things also will require another level of consciousness at a ‘prior’ discrete degree within the multi-level structure). Consciousness thus arises everywhere in all levels within the mental and spiritual degrees, and also in God, but it does not arise within the physical degree. Natural processes are not themselves aware or conscious of the events taking place. Such awareness requires an accompanying and corresponding mental process.


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