Jan Cox Talk 3167

If You Are Conscious of It, You Are Not Thinking…


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Notes by TK

Consciousness will do almost anything to keep from staying home alone. Consider: consciousness invented the x-ray machine, a century ago, which can discover a cancerous growth in the body today, and of which the individual consciousness is totally unaware! Consciousness can know what it doesn’t know!! (albeit, by a very circuitous route).

Individually, consciousness doesn’t know what to do, but collectively/culturally it does. Consciousness is only competent in face of a physical problem to solve; otherwise it is impotent and will do anything to avoid this condition. It avoids being naked consciousness by submerging itself in other peoples’ thoughts (oral, written or pictorial).

Being awake is being just consciousness: solitary. There is no conscious answer to the question: “what were you thinking, to do/say such and such?”—other than: “I have absolutely no idea!”. Consciousness will never answer so. You can only know what you’re thinking if you’re conscious of it; if you’re conscious of it, you’re not thinking! (61:00) #3167

Notes by DR

Jan Cox Talk 3167       Consciousness will do almost anything to keep from staying home alone. Consider this route-the human brain, the part we call consciousness, and the doctors find something like a tumor early enough to do something about it. Nothing in you physically knew you were sick. Consciousness invented the x-ray and that field of medicine 100 yrs. ago and human consciousness saved your life while consciousness didn’t even know you were sick, and even the ‘creator’ didn’t know it was there. That’s not possible.

Consciousness spends most of it’s time not knowing what to do, other than solving a physically based problem that can have some success. How does it handle it: by never being alone, by always seeking some distraction. Consciousness has memories. It will do anything other than to just be conscious.  (You can only know one of them, conscious or unconscious.)

There is a sure fire test to see if someone’s awake: someone brings up a particular episode and you ask, what were they thinking? And if they answer anything, they’re not.


Jan Cox Talk 3167 – 30 June 2004
Copyright Jan Cox, Jan’s Legacy 2017
Notes by Cfish June 2017

Suggested Title: Just Consciousness (Just Being Conscious)

Begin: News flash: “Consciousness will do almost anything to keep from staying at home.” If you pursue that, off on your own, something will hit you. Side note: Without the cortex we could not talk. But it’s not distinct from the human mind.

05:00 Consider someone on a routine visit to a doctor being diagnosed with cancer, though he is symptom free. The doctor had a routine X-ray performed and was able to see the disease before the individual was aware of it.

Now consider the route modern medicine had to take to be able to see something that an individual consciousness was not aware of. Imagine the route the Xray machine had to take to see the cancer that saved your life.

10:00 Human consciousness, inseparable from the human body, and maybe more than a few cells at the cellular level, knew you were sick when the individual consciousness did not. Human consciousness saved your life.

It is delightful to see. Collective Human consciousness figured it out before individual consciousness did. Reasonably, it shouldn’t happen that way. Consciousness knows something that it does not know.

Consciousness had to go around in a circle, maybe it took a hundred years to make the X-rays work, but there you are not knowing you are sick directly, but indirectly human consciousness thru the X-rays discover the tumor.

15:00 Going back to the headline “ Consciousness will do almost anything to keep from staying at home by itself.” Let’s say you are sitting in the doctor’s office alone, expecting bad news and running thru all kinds of “bad news scenarios.”

Maybe you remember your aim (ex. self remember) to be “more conscious,” but the mind is still caught up with things that are not the aim. I suggest instead of the term, being “more conscious,” it is, “You are, or you are not, conscious.”

20:00 You have to be conscious to know the other state is not conscious. So at this moment, you have to be aware, that the only thing in you is “consciousness.” Consciousness of the brain is not spooky, and it is not metaphysical.

Consciousness, if you notice, anytime you want to notice, spends most of its time, (Jan pauses here longer than normal) “not knowing what to do.” Picture being at the doctor, after reading an article about symptoms of a terminal illness.

25:00 Thinking that you have the symptoms described, what has consciousness been doing since reading the article, besides saying to itself “I may be dying?” Consciousness has spent all of its time “not knowing what to do.”

The only time it is free of the feeling (not knowing what to do) is when it is trying to solve a physical based problem, where there maybe some success. It’s a variation of the topic “man is constantly trying to fix stuff.”

So when consciousness reads about symptoms of a life threatening disease that matches their own, consciousness cannot do a thing about it. Except maybe call the doctor, but personally it doesn’t know what to do.

30:00 Consciousness is not loaded with first hand knowledge. (ex. tv news, wars, taxes, etc that are threats to health and wealth.) But how many of these threats do you know about thru direct experience?

35:00 Constant and indirect threats, that are only known to consciousness, (thru the news/media) and individual consciousness doesn’t have any idea what to do about it. And how does consciousness handle it?

By never staying alone. Consciousness immediately looks for outside stimuli to put itself back to what mystics call being asleep. I say it looks for outside stimuli to keep it from being “conscious.”

So, do you know why you seldom see folks in a doctor’s office by themselves? (last few years I’ve had some experience with this) Companionship is not it. It’s because they need someone to talk to.

40:00 The talking part of consciousness, the part that makes us human does not want to be alone, which I say is the true “being awake.” Forget the extraordinary, enjoyable, enlightened experience that sometime come and go.

“Being Awake” is the conscious part of the brain stopped/naked, in the sense, “its just itself.” “Just Consciousness” by nature, is what consciousness does not want. (my term: does not want) It’s naturally repelled by “just consciousness.”

45:00 Look and see. Will the talking part of the brain not do anything except be “just conscious?” To see that is to see everything. Then you understand every fucking thing you have ever thought about.

Consciousness totally submerges itself in other people’s thoughts. Consciousness has memories and it cannot be pushed into a corner and suddenly be “just conscious.” That is the way I think about it nowadays.

Just being conscious is being awake. When you see it, there is nothing else to call it. You are either conscious (which is consciousness) or you are not. If you are not conscious, you can’t know it.

50:00 If someone asks “what were you thinking” and the answer is anything but “I have no idea” they are asleep. The only way to know what you’re thinking is to be conscious. And if you are conscious, you are not thinking. 1:00:35

Jan’s Daily Fresh Real News (to accompany this talk)

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The Few’s Secret Key — In Plain Sight
JUNE 30, 2004 © 2004: JAN COX

As believed by certain ancient people:
there is a magical number that explains everything,
but fittingly enough, the number and its power cannot be put into words.
(“It’s just as well they are long gone, or they would be faced with modern man’s
total dismissal of anything not reducible to verbal description;
this is how humanity was able to get beyond the world of mythical gods & dragons.”
“How so?”
“By saying that they have.”)
Mind is the supreme package of doctor and patient in one;
no need for anyone to leave the room for further reflection or consultation
for the complaint to be registered and the diagnosis made;
if an engine doesn’t know what’s wrong with the carburetor – who will?!
“But isn’t it possible for mind to be given too much credit?”
By whom?

Things spoken of critically cannot be changed;
matters described as broken can never be fixed.
(Man’s Wondrous, Intangible Realm of Affairs Spiritual, Artistic and Philosophical.)

Contra knowledge – not ignorance, but: contra knowledge always has its appeal.
(Same as how shadow plays are popular in prisons.)

The mental condition of would-be city intellectuals can be summed up in the words: Dead – but without conviction.

The true mythical king is he who has no foes and can thus never be defeated.
Mere earth bound minds are gravitationally unable to grasp the merit, utility,
and stratospheric grandeur of the tale that sentence tells.
A fruit divided against itself will forever stand.
(True Mythical Parody.)

One anxious, alert chap traded in all his prayers, dreams, and mystical gizmos
for one dead-on drummer to set the tempo for his personal efforts.

The mental condition of would-be city sailors can be summed up in the words:
Dead in the water – but in water that is itself lifeless – so! –

“Three bells and all’s well – ya’ll.”

The Determined Man’s Mental Position.
“If I didn’t think it – fuck it.”

Offenses And Malfeasances Of The Head.
The only crime or transgression possible for mind is to remain captive —
and thus squander its potential.
Note: the squirrelly feature of the certain potential of mind herein continually
alluded to is that with normal humans it is clearly intended to not be acted on.
(“Even if it is really there, you mean?”

Everyone received an initial extraordinary education — which they have forgotten.
(“Mentally, you mean?”
Right again.)

Notes one man: “It’s a good thing that failure to prosecute a talent is not a felony.”
(“Or,” adds his partner, “the collapse of a certain sort of cellular memory.”)

The mental condition of would-be historians & soothsayers can be summed up
in the words: Dead in the present moment.
(“You’re really talking about the activity inside one man’s thinking, right?”
How right can right be.)

A philosopher king tried to entice a chap who many believed understood uniquely
what life is about, into verbal debate by asking:
“Is there any chance you could be wrong in your thinking?”
“No, because to be so you must first think you are right.”
(“All right! — hasn’t this gone far enough?!”)
The nearest thing to wrong doing possible for the certain man’s mind would be for it
to behave as though there IS a: far-enough any where in its thinking.
Only routine thought, driven by instinct to be seen as sane by its peers, fears:
the man crazy-hungry to get to the-bottom-of-things however, salivates at the idea.

“One nifty side to learning that you’re dying is you no longer have to be
concerned about your health.”
“Does this have its reflection in realizing that you’re living in a dream?”

When his nervous system was really humming,
one guy reminded himself of his favorite childhood sweater.

From The Non Partisan Dictionary.
Thoughts: The demons of the non religious.
…..(Okay: For everyone of ordinary consciousness.)

The special enjoyment of having a secret cannot be fully savored
if yours can be discovered by another.

After his physical needs are met: man looks for entertainment –
and he looks to his mind –
since that is the only place TO look.
(Easy to see when noted – most difficult to remember later.)

A shadowy figure visited the prince and inquired:
“Would you betray the king for a castle full of gold?” and he replied:
“There is no amount of wealth that would turn me traitor to my beloved liege!”
“Would you betray him to be known as the bravest of all warriors?”
“Nay!” responded the regent.
“Would you betray him in exchange for the reputation of the world’s wisest man?”
“No,” he answered.
“Then would you betray your sovereign for the sake of you assuming his powers?”
“Now you’re talking!”