To the editor of The Sun
Snoozing in my Chair
Remembering That First Kiss
Lost to the Clouds
"I'm Old," he said
My Visit with the Director of Lawrence Radiation Lab
Plodding Down the Path
Read To Me
Tax Time
On Being Fully Alive
If I Should Die Before I Wake
Theme Song Nostalgia
Fight or Flight or
Minor Island
Landings II and III
The Sun on Me in the Morning
Missing Pieces
Living Simply
I Had a Brother, Once
The Wild One
The Cost of Health Care
Popular Music
Sleeping Beauty
Full Moon
Are We Connected
Concert for George
Zoe Moon
An Opportunity to Feel
Over the River and Through the Woods
Saving Daylight
Garage Sale
Pushing On
My Little Town
The West Wing
Everything is Impermanent
Emotional Habits
My Shadow
The Power of Eyes
Being a Vegetarian
She Blushed
The Mouse in the Basement
Mind and Matter
Do You Love God
Writer's Lament
Releasing Dreams
Relating to Cats and
Free as a bird
Silk Scarf
Alice at 21
Alice Evelyn King Skiff
Cookies & Milk
Animals in Mountains

Mind and Matter: Who Am I?

(The following is subject to frequent revision.)

"I" (my self) am like a wave in a vast ocean of Consciousness. I am connected to everything, in various degrees of immediacy. Ultimately, of course, I do not "exist" as a separate entity; I am but a momentary manifestation of Consciousness. My mind (my salient little bit of consciousness) is inseparable from my body. Neither has a recognizable identity without the other. So, my "self" does exist, but only in a manner of speaking.

The ocean of Consciousness manifests itself as "water," the physical universe. My body is distinct physically from the rest of the water, but only for a time. It has mass and energy, and can affect other physical objects in my environment. Even that is temporary. Water is, ultimately, just the water.

Awareness, affect, and will are all identifiable only as aspects of my self, yet they derive from Consciousness mediated by physical (biological) states and processes within the proximate boundaries of my body. Sensations, feelings and thoughts are localized, but are only part of my full range of awareness. Beyond them, awareness begins to lose its locus. Intuition is one word sometimes used to identify awareness extended beyond the mental-logical capacity. Intuition may be triggered by sensations, feelings and/or thoughts, but does not originate in any of them. It seems to come from another level of awareness, perhaps even partly beyond what I sense as my self. Intuition can be misinterpreted by the mind affected by sensations, feelings and/or thoughts.

Latest revision: Donald Skiff, April 12, 2001

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