Vector Blog: Sunday musings ~ What is Consciousness?
Have you ever stopped to consider what is consciousness?
Consciousness is a word used often today, it is very popular, I talk about becoming a conscious entrepreneur through the Wealth Vector System, but I also feel mindful that it does not lose its potency and power.
I stopped to consider consciousness,
in a way outside of the general chattering in order to reconnect it to some meaningful roots.
Firstly, a Google search reveals that “Consciousness” is defined as:
“the state of being aware of and responsive to one's surroundings. It is a person's awareness or perception of something.”
Great, but where is the grit, I wanted to dig deeper.
Consciousness through older English translations can be considered as “a state of knowing with”
“With what?” you might ask.
In the older Swedish translation, “it is a knowing with wood”
What does the “wood” mean?
The wood, I believe, is a tree, and symbolic of the relationship humanity has had to a greater power as we find in many creation stories:
Jewish have the Tree of life,
Christian's have the Tree of Knowledge,
Mayan culture have the Cosmic tree of life,
Early India also had cosmic tree called Asvattha,
and in the Norse myths there is a tree connected to the nine worlds.
The ancient tree, is a central symbol of human creation, spiritual unity, world wisdom and strength for peoples throughout the world. It shows itself as a central access point to understanding our world, when we partner together to “know with wood” we are in fact reconnecting ourselves to the invisible world wisdom.
As we enhance and advance technologies for the future, sometimes it is just as meaningful to turn the gaze inward and contemplate the rich stories of the past to gleam a greater awareness to build firmly upon.
Consciousness, as a state of knowing with wood, shows me a primal partnership, a deep connection to human history and a storyline of ancient wisdom that enhances my worldview, which leads me to think differently as I walk in this world, a modern woman, working in consciousness.
“The tree brings back all that has been lost, namely the elements of nature. Through its branches and leaves, the tree gathers the powers of light and air, and through its roots, those of the earth and the water. …
Trees in particular were mysterious and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the place where I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings. …
You must go in quest of yourself, and you will find yourself again only in the simple and forgotten things. Why not go into the forest for a time, literally?
Sometimes a tree tells you more than can be read in books… “ ~Carl Jung, abridged, Letters, 1906-1950.
So DRAW me a tree….I mean it - submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
It might surprise you the insight it can give you, I will return some notes ;)
Pic: @russellordphoto Jarrah tree at Lane Poole Reserve, Western Australia.