Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Spectrum of Consciousness

In the opening to Ken Wilber's book The Spectrum of Consciousness, he quotes William James.

Our normal waking consciousness is but one special type of consciousness..... No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. How to regard them is the question. . . At any rate, they forbid our premature closing of accounts with reality.

He's right. And one type of consciousness that I never experience anymore is when I was a child and when we would visit someone's house and play for hours. It was a timeless bliss that I remember. I wasn't thinking about 10 things at once. No worries at all. Purely in the moment. Purely focused and a being suffused with joy. Hadn't thought about that in a long time.

2 comments:

Fajita said...

Oh man, I look at my children and see it. They can play for hours and never run short of energy. They are in their own world. They invite me, and I try so hard, but I am not in it like they are.

Steve said...

For such is the kingdom of heaven.

Thanks for stopping by.

Steve

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