Changing Minds

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Have we always had the mind we have today, or is the mind a constantly changing concept? 



If we read ancient mystical texts, or study concepts such as the Akashic Records, it appears we do not have a mind today that the ancients would recognize. Rather, the Akashic Records suggest a mind that is all-encompassing, holistic, and complete with all knowledge of the universe. They are a concept the mind can wander through, as if a great library of all knowledge, and all meaning. 

A different way of thinking: Could our ancients have understood such a concept? In ‘The White Goddess’ the writer Robert Graves put forward his idea that ancient civilizations had a different form of consciousness. Speaking of ‘lunar’ and ‘solar’ knowledge, solar is modern knowledge based on the rational, whereas lunar knowledge is intuitive and grasps things as a whole, compared to solar, which is compartmentalized, breaking knowledge up into manageable bits. Egyptologist Schwaller de Lubicz would agree. 

He argued that the ancient Egyptians had a totally different knowledge system to us, again seeing the world as a whole. To him, the modern mind acts as a spectator in the world, looking at things from the outside. Ancient knowledge involved taking part in the world; being connected to its totality. He even went as far as arguing that man has not evolved, but devolved to a near animal state in modern times. But more than this, he also believed that the ancient Egyptians had inherited this previous way of thinking from a previous civilization.

Data-processing mind: What kind of mind could they be talking about? Perhaps more importantly, could man have actually had a different kind of mind? Of late, a new mood has entered psychology which argues that the form of consciousness we presently have may not necessarily be the form of consciousness mankind has had since he evolved. Take, for instance, the modern computer game. We all know the stereotype of the computer nerd. Alien to many of us, he seems a different creation, existing in a reality of cyberspace and techno-babble. 

The stereotype is most likely a fiction, but a hint of reality can always be found behind such stereotyping. To see whether such people ARE different to most of us, during the mid-1990s a series of studies were made on computer game playing kids, including a study at the
University of Washington. Although the findings do not constitute proof, evidence was found that over-use of computer games can cause a form of evolution of consciousness. For most of us, concentration is a straight forward process of clearing the mind in order to concentrate on one thing at a time. It seems this is not so with addictive computer gamesters. They seem to have evolved the ability to concentrate on several different elements in parallel. 

Finely tuning their minds to scan a mass of information, their consciousness is changing to form a data-processing mind in order to access the mass of information available through information technology.


Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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