Consciousness is the ONLY thing that is NOT an illusion.
At the end of the twelfth installment of his weekly series on the philosophical content and psychological significance of the Bible stories, Peterson said he’d probably keep doing it, but on a monthly basis rather than weekly. Well he has.
Here’s number XIII:
And number XIV:
The saga continues…
The Full Moon on December 3 2017 falls at 11º Gemini decan 2. The Full Moon falls in the constellation of Orion which means the collective has a mind to be provocative and will enjoy living on the edge. The aspects of this Full Moon are a T-square with Neptune and a karmic quincunx aspect to Jupiter. Both these planets are connected with religion. Neptune has a more esoteric and mystical approach while Jupiter is associated with organized religions. Negatively however, Jupiter has a tendency towards zealousness and extremism
Orion is the most lusty, phallic constellation in the sky, rivaling only Aries and Taurus in virility. He also has quite a Jupiter quality. But where the Ram and the Bull are fueled by procreation and biology, Orion loves the conquest and courtship of sex. The chase is the best bit, lots of twists and turns, intrigue, titillation and teasing. The Gemini twins here then are extra inquisitive, intellectually daring, and their mind is as agile as their bodies. They need to have this acrobatic ability since their propensity for living on the edge means they often have to make very narrow escapes! Watch some interesting mental manipulations and intellectual gymnastics in the media at this time. The truth, like Gemini can very, very flexible.
On a personal level, those touched by this Full Moon may find themselves torn between parental duties and their passions. The passion could be their career, life-calling or just wild and uncontrollable pleasure-seeking. There will be the problem of wanting to be everything to everyone and spreading themselves too thin. The most negative manifestation of this position could be a managerial or parental style that is controlling, but disguised as nurturing. At this Full Moon, speed can become a drug with an adrenaline buzz from riding the roller-coaster between work and home.
Full Moon Aspects & Fixed Star
Tabit is found in the lion’s skin that Orion holds so triumphantly. This is a great warrior and needs to display his trophy’s. “Orion will fashion alert minds and agile bodies, souls prompt to respond to duty’s call, and hearts which press on with unflagging energy in spite of every trial.” ~ Manilus. Orion’s sexual energy seems to be about conquering territory; his sword hangs suggestively below his belt. If you look at naked Orion in a sky without light pollution and cloud, the phallus is very clear! For the Egyptians, Orion was Osiris and we know that this missing member was an important element of his resurrection..
Full Moon square Neptune. In positions of power the Moons popularity and Neptune’s mystique can be used as a smokescreen to cover up corruption. Those who work in the very Neptunian, spiritual arena can be tempted to abuse their care-taking/guru position. Neptune can rule deception, lies and delusion. Therefore Moon square Neptune can have criminal tendencies in its very lowest vibration. The Moon can fall victim to negative Neptune because of its tendency to do things unconsciously. The Moon (Public) can be very easily hypnotised by Neptune’s promise of salvation.
Full Moon quincunx Jupiter. Protection is BIG here, and parents will be incredibly nurturing, warm and generous to those in their care. Of course though, with Jupiter there is always the danger of going over-the-top. The temptation to indoctrinate children or pupils to fanatically follow a group’s own beliefs is very high. At this Full Moon certain members of the public can’t help but become completely enamored by a belief system, be it political or religious.
LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH YOU THIS YEAR!”
MANY INTENSE TRANSITS HAVE HAPPENED…
especially the August 21st Solar Eclipse. That was, at least for me personally, a huge shift. I threw out life long addictive thinking habits. New housing. Value relationships like never before.
Mind you, I have been a professional astrologer and mentor in spirit and psychology for 37 years. Dealt with addictions as a certified counselor, crisis counseling, been personally in the midst of my own crisis of letting go of miss identification of DNA and family programming.
On the other hand…I have seen it all. Well, at least lots of nutty erroneous crap pass as spiritual practices. I don’t listen to lots of the new age fast food crap that gets published on here, about this shift and that shift, most of which are made up by idiots. If they fart they call it a shift!
“The August Solar Eclipse was a valid shift.
I observed many people awaken to a new level of consciousness and begin to have new perspectives accomplished and then applied! That is where the rubber hits the road: The application. People took responsibility. In my articles on here I attempt to write about this inner working with me personally to use an example illustrating the operational functions in emotions and in consciousness that are cosmic and natural unfolding. I noticed myself and others change in positive ways in big ways. I also witnessed them act on that! People began to do what they love. They left lovers, got new careers, and got honest about what their values really were. To be True to Thy Self!
So I propose we write more about 2017 as we close it out in our life. What happened internally and what changes on mental, emotional, and spiritually? Feel free to share with me and us here on face book.
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU for sharing and growing together here, and most of all, in your personal life.
You should avoid making any financial decisions next week, as the pain you’ll be in from all the third-degree flash burns will probably affect your judgment.
While the ideal gas law is certainly important, your attempt to apply it to every situation in your life can only lead to disaster.
Former Rams quarterback Norm Van Brocklin will appear to you in a dream and explain to you at embarrassing length why you’re not quite good enough for Bart Starr to appear in your dreams.
All your hard work will finally pay off this week, but not, of course, for you.
You’ll become embroiled in a steamy office romance next week, which would be better if you weren’t the trusty in charge of bringing the warden his meals.
It’s going to be hectic and stressful for the next few days, but it’ll all be worth it by Friday when the pope excommunicates you for the coolest reason ever.
You’re a bit sad that you never get invited to cool parties, but you’ll be downright angry when you hear about the awesome ones they hold at your place the second you leave every day.
Remember, a bend in the road isn’t the end of the road. While we’re on the subject, the circular device on the dashboard can be used to turn your car.
Next week’s horrifying accident inspires an outcry for more stringent safety standards in coal-fueled power plants until everyone realizes it was actually just all your fault.
Your whole life is thrown into a terrible new perspective when you learn that Enter The Dragon is not intended to be a romantic comedy.
Your troubles will all be over next week, and what’s even better, it all happens so fast that investigators will agree you probably didn’t feel a thing.
You’ll get a free beverage refill when ordering a large-sized French fries, but really that’s going to be about it for you this week.
Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: it’s that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us a feeling of ownership and control over the thoughts, emotions, and experiences that we have every day.
Most experts think that consciousness can be divided into two parts: the experience of consciousness (or personal awareness), and the contents of consciousness, which include things such as thoughts, beliefs, sensations, perceptions, intentions, memories and emotions.
It’s easy to assume that these contents of consciousness are somehow chosen, caused or controlled by our personal awareness – after all, thoughts don’t exist until we think them. But in a new research paper in Frontiers of Psychology, we argue that this is a mistake.
We suggest that our personal awareness does not create, cause or choose our beliefs, feelings or perceptions. Instead, the contents of consciousness are generated “behind the scenes” by fast, efficient, non-conscious systems in our brains. All this happens without any interference from our personal awareness, which sits passively in the passenger seat while these processes occur.
Put simply, we don’t consciously choose our thoughts or our feelings – we become aware of them.
Not just a suggestion
If this sounds strange, consider how effortlessly we regain consciousness each morning after losing it the night before; how thoughts and emotions – welcome or otherwise – arrive already formed in our minds; how the colours and shapes we see are constructed into meaningful objects or memorable faces without any effort or input from our conscious mind.
Consider that all the neuropsychological processes responsible for moving your body or using words to form sentences take place without involving your personal awareness. We believe that the processes responsible for generating the contents of consciousness do the same.
Our thinking has been influenced by research into neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as more recent cognitive neuroscience studies using hypnosis. The studies using hypnosis show that a person’s mood, thoughts, and perceptions can be profoundly altered by suggestion.
In such studies, participants go through a hypnosis induction procedure, to help them to enter a mentally focused and absorbed state. Then, suggestions are made to change their perceptions and experiences.
For example, in one study, researchers recorded the brain activity of participants when they raised their arm intentionally, when it was lifted by a pulley, and when it moved in response to a hypnotic suggestion that it was being lifted by a pulley.
Similar areas of the brain were active during the involuntary and the suggested “alien” movement, while brain activity for the intentional action was different. So, hypnotic suggestion can be seen as a means of communicating an idea or belief that, when accepted, has the power to alter a person’s perceptions or behavior.
The personal narrative
All this may leave one wondering where our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions actually come from. We argue that the contents of consciousness are a subset of the experiences, emotions, thoughts, and beliefs that are generated by non-conscious processes within our brains.
This subset takes the form of a personal narrative, which is constantly being updated. The personal narrative exists in parallel with our personal awareness, but the latter has no influence over the former.
The personal narrative is important because it provides information to be stored in your autobiographical memory (the story you tell yourself, about yourself), and gives human beings a way of communicating the things we have perceived and experienced to others.
This, in turn, allows us to generate survival strategies; for example, by learning to predict other people’s behavior. Interpersonal skills like this underpin the development of social and cultural structures, which have promoted the survival of humankind for millennia.
So, we argue that it is the ability to communicate the contents of one’s personal narrative –– and not personal awareness – that gives humans their unique evolutionary advantage.
What’s the point?
If the experience of consciousness does not confer any particular advantage, it’s not clear what its purpose is. But as a passive accompaniment to non-conscious processes, we don’t think that the phenomenon of personal awareness has a purpose, in much the same way that rainbows do not. Rainbows simply result from the reflection, refraction, and dispersion of sunlight through water droplets – none of which serves any particular purpose.
Our conclusions also raise questions about the notions of free will and personal responsibility. If our personal awareness does not control the contents of the personal narrative which reflects our thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions, and decisions, then perhaps we should not be held responsible for them.
In response to this, we argue that free will and personal responsibility are notions that have been constructed by society. As such, they are built into the way we see and understand ourselves as individuals, and as a species. Because of this, they are represented within the non-conscious processes that create our personal narratives, and in the way we communicate those narratives to others.
Just because consciousness has been placed in the passenger seat, does not mean we need to dispense with important everyday notions such as free will and personal responsibility. In fact, they are embedded in the workings of our non-conscious brain systems. They have a powerful purpose in society and have a deep impact on the way we understand ourselves.
Clicking on a link included with “Carl Jung: What Are the Archetypes?” posted by Mike below, I found this section of a lecture by Peterson:
As my fellow “veterans” of FYL can probably imagine, I sat bolt upright in my chair when Peterson began talking about Herr S. and black magic (about halfway through, I think…).
Please note that this seems to be a less-than-complete video of lesson 6 of his 22 part series Personality and Its Transformations. It is still mind-boggling.
A couple of comments off the top of my head – for what they’re worth:
Peterson seems surprised at the similarities between the ideas of Jung and Piaget. There is a connection: namely, Dr Sabina Spielrein – a patient, then student, then colleague of Jung’s – who was also Piaget’s teacher/analyst and colleague.
I also feel compelled to stick up, yet again, for poor old Jean-Paul Sartre, who Peterson states was a member of the Communist Party, and stayed in that party for far too long. In reality, though a philosophical/theoretical Marxist for most of his life, Sartre remained outside the Party, and was often highly – even vehemently – critical of the excesses and brutalities of the Leninist/Stalinist regime of the Soviet Union, including being one of the first in the West to expose the “corrective labor” camps of the Gulag. Also, toward the end of his life, Sartre got so fed up with Marxism that he became an anarchist . Maybe his process was less rapid than Peterson would like – and Peterson, as always, has a point – but Sartre still did find his way out. And really, is it wrong to work with, and through, a set of ideas until one is sure one has exhausted them? Perhaps it is to Sartre one should look for the best critique of Marxism, for who knew it better, or thought it through more thoroughly?