Chapters in the Story of Consciousness – Lecture Series, Vol 14 . read
Are human beings’ rationale
Vol-14 Lecture Series, Are Human beings rationale
Psychologists once maintained that emotions were purely mental expressions generated by the brain alone. We now know that this is not true, emotions have as much to do with the heart and body as they do with the brain. Keep this is mind as you read the rest of this blog.
The heart leads in the evolution of our consciousness by informing the mind of what’s important for evolving our consciousness through our emotions. In a nutshell, emotions are the ballgame when it comes to telling us what to investigate during self-inquiry about everything that leads to awakening. Love, gratitude, pain and suffering and all emotions in between are exposed by the heart.
The heart’s electromagnetic field is 5,000 times more powerful than the brains. Heart intelligence is the flow of intuitive awareness, understanding and inner guidance we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart.
For example, when we are in love, neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin flood our brains in areas associated with pleasure and rewards producing physical and psychological responses. When the brain and the heart combine to deliver an entangled experience or coherent alignment, we have a very favorable physical, emotional, and spiritual state of being expressing itself as love. In some regards we might say we are hard wired to want to have a coherent brain-heart experience whenever possible to experience pleasure and a feeling of wellbeing and purpose.
We know people deliberately do bad thing things which is the antithesis of what most of us would expect the behaviors of all people to be. This leads us to ask the question, what makes someone choose to do the wrong thing even if there is an option to do good? Doing a good thing for another seems to be an easy choice to improve the state of our physical and mental wellbeing.
For many people there is no objective reason to do good. In point of fact, it’s often counterproductive for an individual from a survival/ego standpoint. Further, many people come from environments where doing “wrong” was a successful survival strategy which the ego can easily support sense it is all about control and survival.
You must understand that good and evil are not objective truths, but subjective evaluations made by people. Humans come into this world with no moral instinct. Infants have no moral sense; they are utterly selfish creatures. Then, when children start being able to think beyond immediate instinct, we start teaching them morality.
For people who choose to do “wrong,” it’s because either nobody taught them moral behavior, or in their environment moral behavior was not a successful survival strategy. People also may want to avenge the world for not giving them a fair break or even break like they see others getting
Other examples: There are people who live in environments where “good” is a successful survival strategy and they still choose to do wrong or the amoral thing, they just don’t care. Some are simply selfish to vice. Some people are simply evil. Either they don’t care, they think they can get away with it and are willing to take the risk, they just don’t see other people as real or important, or any number of other reasons. They continue to think the short-term gain of immorality is better than the long-term gain of moral behavior even when assessing the risk of going to prison. To be sure these are not people seeking to become awakened but the path they are on may lead them to seek.
At a certain point, we as individuals and or society as a whole can no longer deal with such people with words and reason. Laws are established with punishments to fit crimes and those laws are enforced to maintain a higher level of functionality in society.
A person that lives such a life of selfishness and crime subjects themselves at some point to some kind of pain and suffering. Pain and suffering might come in the form of extended incarceration, addictions, failed relationships, depression, poor health, alienation from family, society and more.
When or if a person that chose an amoral life wants to escape the negative outcomes, they normally seek help from society and its different programs. However, to succeed there must be a desire, intention, and some type of reinforcing mechanism to reprogram the subconscious of the individual.
I point this out to say people make bad choices can redeem themselves in this life using the principles of self-inquiry. Our lives are all about making choices many times a day. Some are big ones; however, most decisions are small but necessary to support our survival. Rehabilitation is in the category of a big one, it takes an immense amount of effort and often a lot of support from others.
We are all at different stages of our evolution. Each of us has a different path to waking up. Each person compared to the other is neither better than or lesser than the other. So, it falls to those that are a little further along the evolutionary path to be compassionate, empathetic, and helpful to those whose moral compass is broken.
Those that need help to rehabilitate, intuitively know how to do good, they have seen many examples in society and railed against it. They finally arrive at the point where they see no other way but to realign themselves to a greater idea than selfishness. The first stop is generally some kind of dark night of the soul experience which leads to learning how to bring the heart into a coherent alignment with the intellect. We call this the being state in the PME system.
To get on a path of rehabilitation they must be willing to like, love and forgive themselves in order to transcend their behavior. These first steps position them to begin the difficult task of facing their fears and underlying issues. That is hard work and calls for a great deal of self-inquiry. The benefit for the person willing to change is improved health, reputation, relationships, a sense of wellbeing and a path to spiritual awakening, peace, and harmony.
Those who live moral lives bring this understanding into the world from previous life experiences they do not remember. Those lessons have been inculcated into their personalities from successful past life strategies. When we demonstrate to the universe, we have learned a lesson it becomes part of us. We no longer need life lessons in this area, and it is reflected in our core Personal-Reality=Personality.
The difference between a criminal and a saint is the evolution of their consciousness. We make choices in a universe that is dualistic to evolve our consciousness. Our consciousness can also devolve when we live lives of harm to others.
It is easy to understand how a less evolved conscious being would take the selfish low road as a rationale choice. It is more difficult to understand how a forgiving society can extend a helping compassionate hand, to those who have victimized others. Giving criminals a chance to rehabilitate their heart, mind and soul and try to integrate them back into society seems like an act of wishful thinking not an activity of the intellect. Past performance predicts future behavior yet there are those among us who would ignore this fact and extend a hand from a position of love and caring.
This is the irrational part: we have a highly evolved intellect that can easily make the case that past performance of an individual will predict their future behavior and yet we extend the helping hand. If we listen to the intellect, it would be screaming from the rooftops the egos message: Don’t get involved and yet we do.
This is just one example of how unique and special consciousness, love, creativity, and the human condition is. We are here to evolve ourselves and by extension evolve the entirety of the universe and all things in it. We do that in this life of contrasts because we are constantly confronted with making choices.
The universe or Existence Consciousness is a co-creator with us regarding our individual lives. If we succeed it evolves as well. We and the universe are both in the business of evolving by observing ourselves and our abilities, using our creativity to learn, advance or decline and explore our potential from success and failure.