Transparent glass walls point in on themselves. The Eye of the intellect is oblivious to all that transpires beyond these barriers.
Our eyes are like prisms. Distorting the immaculate world until it is intelligible to the intellect’s eye. These prisms see everything, nothing escapes their unwavering gaze. A hypnotist can initiate memory recalls and the participant may remember crisp details about an episode which, at the time of occurrence, would barely have grazed their consciousness.
I remember reading somewhere that the brain’s ‘hard disk’ can store the equivalent of 4 tera bytes of data. Is it possible to quantify the brain in such terms? Surely there must be a basis, a series of suppositions that allowed such conclusions.
Regardless of the storage capacity, I do believe that we have memories of everything we have ever seen. Everything that ever excited the minuscule nerves in our eyes, whether out of the corners of our vision or otherwise, is registered somewhere in that vast brain.
This phenomenon is not limited to sights seen while awake. There have been instances when a strange memory was provoked out of seeing something while awake and after much prodding and pondering, I realize that the memory is from a dream I forgot I ever had!
Would we have dreams if the ego did not exist? Many of our dreams play out deep hidden desires. Some are abstracted to the point of being unfathomable but there usually is a hidden pattern.
Freud claimed that dreams are borne out of the need for fulfillment of desires. Something as basal as thirst can be deemed to be a desire – would we not be thirsty if ego did not exist?
Coming back to the original line of thought, the transparent glass walls, which we call the ego, are looped unto themselves, not very dissimilar to the shapes iron filings make when under the influence of magnetic fields.
Any thoughts projected outwards point back towards the thinker. The body is able to project these thoughts outward using the language of gesture and sound. Any thoughts projected towards the thinker are ensnared by the magnetic field that is our ego. Some are in-line with the way we see the world, some are not. Some thoughts might be downright destructive and are rejected altogether.
It is up to the ego whether or not to let the intellect deal with, understand and organize the implications of these unfamiliar thoughts. Keep in mind the distinction between intellect and mind.
The mind is our core, the primal self, the unadulterated set of instincts that defines us in times of reflex.
The intellect is borne out of the need to filter what we see, hear, touch, taste, smell and feel – for without this filter, we would surely be unable to process the infinite world that surrounds us (or would we?)
The intellect’s eye is different from the mind’s eye. Whereas the mind’s eye sees all , the intellect’s eye is limited by what our magnetic fields feel safe for us to see. They say meditation opens the mind’s eye, expands the boundaries of consciousness, aspires to ignite the primal self.
Discipline and perseverance may indeed be the means to this end. This could, possibly, be the next step in our evolution! Imagine a psychical being – telepathically connected to the surroundings.
Such a society is depicted in books written by Isaac Asimov, the writer who is famous for his ultra-futuristic science fiction series titled ‘Foundation’. Evolved humans communicate at the speed of thought with similar rational beings, motivated by the oneness, the hive mind, the collective consciousness in which no one individual is aware of the larger picture. Similar characteristics are observed in shoals of fish darting and weaving trying to keep clear of the jaws of predators.
We might even be alive to witness the dawn of such an age. An age in which technology enhances our abilities. I find it mesmerizing – the processing power which can be held in the palm of one’s hand. Navigating, calculating, projecting, informing.
Who knows! Such projects may already be underway, in someone’s attic, an underground military bunker, mass-scale effects of psychological experiments. In a way, the internet is indeed a hive mind. Ideas are exchanged instantly. People are plugged in almost all the time.
Until we see fit to let technology take over our very core, we are limited by the glass walls which incubate us.