A Quick Metaphor for Consciousness (#976)

When I was a kid, one of my favorite toys was an executive stress thingie my dad had called “Pin Art”.

Pin ArtIf you’ve never played with it, pin art is a box of thousands of thin chrome pins that you can put whatever you want into (generally a hand or face though I shudder to think what else found its way into that thing) and it will retain the shape of what you put into it until you shake the pins back to their default, neutral position.

This strikes me as a great metaphor for the principle of Consciousness. It retains the shape of whatever thought you put into it and looks for all the world like the thing itself, but the second you clear your mind (or the creative intelligence behind the system clears it for you), it goes right back to a state of complete availability, ready to take on the shape of the next thought without any residue from your past thoughts, feelings, or experience.

Here’s how I talked about it in The Inside-Out Revolution:

Consciousness is like a kind of developing fluid for mental photographs, bringing whatever passes through its field to life. It’s the light that illuminates a film strip – the special effects department that takes the illusion and makes it seem real. It informs our senses and brings whatever we’re thinking to life.

And here’s how Syd Banks put it:

“Consciousness gives us the ability to realize the existence of life. Consciousness has an infinite number of levels; you will never come to the end of Consciousness. It is literally impossible, because Consciousness is infinite – there is no end to it. And that’s a beautiful thing to know, because it means to say there is no end of you finding beauty, love and understanding in this world.”

However you think about consciousness, consciousness will bring that thinking to life. It’s a pure, impersonal  potential – and whatever you put into it is exactly what you’ll get out.

Have fun, learn heaps, and I’ll meet you in the field of pure consciousness and potential!

With all my love,
Michael

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