While being conscious of is easily experienced and easy to understand, what we neither readily experience nor readily understand is that we are also conscious through and from consciousness. Ideally, the consciousness we are conscious from is, or approaches absolute consciousness, the universal context.
Consciousness, the context, is also called the Witness.
This context of consciousness holds the memories, beliefs, attachments, and intentions which make up our identity. These ‘contents,’ then, become perceptual filters between consciousness the context, and what is perceived. They are invisible and create delusion by distorting and falsifying both who we are and what is.
Our filters are identity and belief, and they are invisible. Since they are invisible, there is no good way of knowing to what degree we are in delusion. There are, however, ways of knowing when we are in delusion, and then using the pure intention of PsychoNoetic clearing to sweep the unconscious context clear of the perceptual filters that create the delusion.
The practice of PsychoNoetics is deceptively simple. Whenever we experience ourselves becoming emotionally upset (contracted), we can also suspect ourselves of having perceptual filters in place. Then, at the earliest possible opportunity, we perform a clearing, freeing our unconscious of any contractions that have come up (in relation to whatever it is that is the occasion for upset).
I am not saying that anytime we become upset, it is because we have a perceptual filter in place. Some things are upsetting just as they are, in the present, without the presence of a perceptual filter. Reality is full of such things. But it does no harm to perform an intentional clearing, it doesn’t take long, and it is remarkable how many upsets resolve or at least clarify and lighten up when we do. What’s more, although some things are genuinely upsetting, the specific ways they upset us are frequently relative to who we think we are, to our self-perceived identity. For instance, identical circumstances can seem very different from the viewpoints of someone who sees themselves as a victim and someone who sees themselves as a victimizer, so even things that have a strong potential to upset us become transformed as we clear ourselves.
Clearing is more or less permanent. When we get upset and do a clearing, we empty our unconscious of the perceptual filters through which we are misinterpreting what is happening, and therefore creating the issue in question. Gradually, over time, our unconscious becomes free of deeper and deeper contractions.
The result is a gradual increase in psychic energy, well-being, clarity and most of all, a feeling of being emotionally grounded, imperturbable, being able to stay present through all manner of circumstances, good and bad. In this way the practice of PsychoNoetics is self-transforming. As we clear the upsets we experience in our daily lives, we gradually undergo profound and permanent self-transformation, and we approach, for the first time, the state of Original Perception and the experience of Holosentience (see the previous Essays #58, #59).
Original Perception will be invaluable in our private lives, but there is more reason than that for dedicating ourselves to its attainment. The world has gotten psychologically much more complex and demanding. Everywhere we turn, we encounter messages, messages about who we are, what we should be, what we should think and what we should want. Most of those messages are meant to manipulate us into doing something, usually for somebody else’s profit. There is more to want, more to avoid, more to filter and more to discern.
In the midst of it all, there is a dearth of good models to guide us. Most of the leaders of our schools, churches, government and corporations are struggling to stay afloat in the same maelstrom we are in, pursuing the same false goals, avoiding the same false fears, perpetuating the same system. To the degree that we attain the holosentient view of Original Perception, we will be able to see the truth behind these messages, and our world desperately needs people who can see the truth.