The Cutting Edge, Consciousness

Thoughts on thoughts…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

What is this thing we call consciousness? Is it a magnificent connection through the neural pathways of our brain? Does it, to the contrary, have a spiritual dimension?

I did scientific research in my youth. Some of that was in neuroscience. Some of my schooling was in neurosurgery in medical school.

My four primary areas of interest are theology, neuroscience, history and psychology. My interest in philosophy tags behind that group.

With all the sophistication in neuroscience research, we still don’t have a strong, foundational understanding of human consciousness from my view. Based on all of which I’m aware, I believe our spritual soul is our conscious and subconscious MINDS.

Religious visions have been established over time as perceptions apart from hallucination, events that are viable as well as within the confines of the mentally healthy.

What do you think?

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“We’re only passers-by, and all you can do is love what you have in your life. A person has to fight the meanness that sometimes comes with you when you’re born, sometimes grows if you aren’t in lucky surroundings. It’s our challenge to fend it off, leave it behind us choking and gasping for breath in the mud.” Jane Hamilton, American novelist

With me, it was a difficult father and a mother who neutralized the hurt with enormous love for my two siblings and me. Dad got more fierce in those remarks I call zingers as the hurtful speech continued through his 85 years.

I think he couldn’t help it and at times didn’t gather how hurtful his remarks could be. He just never really garnered much self knowledge.

There are times we hurt those we love. I try my best by grace of God to keep those moments at bay. I have spent much of my adult life trying to forgive my father, but I am still not where I want to be. I continue on that journey to love those I hold dear more each day in the hands of a loving God.