Jan Cox Talk 3178

You Are Not “Watching” Consciousness–You Are “Consciousness Watching”


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Notes by TK

Reminder of the premier recommendation for the picture to hold in your head re: consciousness: “this is consciousness speaking”. You are not studying, watching consciousness, you are consciousness watching. All that you are is consciousness and it has two modes or positions: automatic (impersonal and unintentional), and non-auto mode.

Consciousness finds it impossible to be immediately aware of the first mode because the second mode dispels it. It is possible, with this realization, to see that in human history there were sizable groups of men who understood the automatic mode of consciousness and struggled against it. They invented myths, gods, religions and philosophies to this end.

They understood that what made them singular, made civilization and culture possible—consciousness—was itself a mechanical, ungovernable process. Thus, all religion, psychology, mythology et.al., can be seen as the attempt to move consciousness out of the automatic, mechanical mode; to re-mind of/to the second mode.

But note: these disciplines all have the opposite effect!! They have the effect of accommodating or comforting the mind to its mechanical mode. Though made to be firecrackers, they end up as lullabies! (35:58) #3178

Notes by DR

Jan Cox Talk    3178    ‘The Unplugged Version’

The only picture of what goes on in your head is, “This is consciousness. This is not me.”           

  1. You’re not watching consciousness, it is consciousness. 2. All of this can be seen that consciousness has two positions automatic or it’s in the other position. Consciousness hears that and it seems indisputably incorrect. From writings we see that a sizable group of men realized that their normal state of consciousness was totally automatic, impersonal, and unintentional. All the stories from Homer to Zoroaster can be seen as groups of men who saw that their consciousness that had created architecture, a little medicine, could think abstractly as the Platonists, and saw that this thing ran automatically. And when I notice it, it suddenly runs in a slightly non-mechanical mode. All the stories were an attempt to get men out of it and it did entirely the opposite. It became a comforter. Religion was made to be a firecracker and it became a lullaby.

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

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Tooting The Outlier’s Favorite Outlaw Tune
JULY 26, 2004 © 2004: JAN COX

A father said to a son: “Man’s consciousness is born as some call it: asleep,
and you can forget all the various claims of what keeps him in that condition,
(e.g. greed, anger, sin, ignorance, self pity, et. al.) –
what keeps you asleep is simple: talk.
(How about my telling of the biblical run-in between god and Adam,
with the former symbolizing consciousness and the latter the first human
whose brain experienced such?)
In my version god (consciousness) in the pristine garden of man’s cortex
prior to neural awareness, calls out to the man: ‘Adam? – Adam?’ –
but Adam does not answer, and consciousness cum god is forced to keep up its call,
and the reason Adam does not immediately respond is that initially he realizes
what the situation represents and understands that once he does react to consciousness’ voice, nothing will ever be the same:
he will then be conscious and will no longer just live life,
but will begin to talk about it as well.

Without talk, man’s life would be nothing like it is now:
there would be no technology, no art, no science, no culture, no civilization,
but also, if man did not talk he would have no questions:
none of the troubling metaphysical questions concerning god, the purpose of life,
the existence of what men have labeled: evil, suffering and injustice.
If they did not talk, men would simply have no questions concerning their being alive; and on the other hand, for the few wanting to change the state of their consciousness, the answer to everything is in understanding the nature of talk.”
“So it is that simple?”
“Actually even more so.”

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Publication & The Realization.
Many men wait – anticipate
that life will bring out a second, revised edition of them:
a dream which the certain man doesn’t sit awaiting to come true,
but rather undertakes his own self publishing (that is): his own new self production.
If you don’t do it – it won’t ever be done (on that you can rely).
(“Arr matey! – steady as she goes –
and beware the shoals of the dreaded remainder bins.”)

The nervous system fuels talk and talk can affect the nervous system.
(“Is there no way out? — are there no doors on this cramped garbage scow?”)

In prison: the urge to submit can be irresistible.

One guy says: “The notion that you must: ‘See it to believe it’
is open to a certain revision.” (“If not reversal,” suggests his first mate.)

When the performer came on stage and began his first number by asking the audience to clap along and shout, someone stood and said: “I paid to have you entertain me – why should I have to assist you?!” and a man sitting near by said to his thoughts: “Yeah! – and same goes for me to you guys!”

“Every time you can disconnect what is going on in the conscious part of your brain from the rest of your nervous system, you wake up a little (if such is your aim.)”
“But that sounds impossible.”
“Tell me about it.”

One guy says he’s got his eye out for any product bearing the notice:
“Mental erections lasting more than four hours are to be cherished.”

The Power Of Words.
One fellow finally changed professions, going from magician to mortician
simply because he could never remember how to spell: prestidigitator.
(And another guy injects: “Makes you glad that: man is such a short word, huh?!”)

Investments (A Dialogue).
“Put your mouth where your money is!”
“You mean: on the wager I favor – or in my pocket?”

Regarding Value.
Everyone’s words are worth just as much as everyone else’s.
(Our subject tomorrow will be: Secret Bargains.)

In the Numerical & Problematic Sector of this universe is a set of twin planets
on one of which is believed that any verbal telling of what one is produces
quantum bits of new personal strength and understanding,
while on the other orb the opposite is held;
at times these two worlds are closer together than they are far apart,
and at other moments they are nearer to you than you are to them.
Talking about yourself sustains a dual planet orbiting within your own consciousness;
some men can die from more than merely stab wounds.

Unclogged Theology.
Consciousness died for your sins – well — for the few it’s trying to.
(And one chap said: “I feel much improved since I stopped taking drugs.”
“Which ones?” he was asked.
“The ones my automatic thoughts used to lay on me.”)

A true nervous system rebel can be quite lavish with his silence.

Inside of prison: even good news arrives on crutches.

As regards ordinary man’s many creation stories: The more accurate words to accompany the original appearance of god-cum-consciousness in this universe
would be: “Ipse dixit (sic).”

One member of the Really Cheap School Of Philosophy opines:
“If evil forces had their own union things would be quite different.”

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Consider the fact that physical skills can be learned without talk
(farming, fishing, carpentry, swordsmanship, pole vaulting)
all of which can be grasped from merely watching someone experienced in same engaged therein, but the remaining area of matters intangible which make up so much of a civilized milieu (religion, politics, morality, the arts, literature,
and all the social sciences) depend entirely on talk to be learned.
Without talk, simply by watching a woodsman, butcher or furniture maker at work,
you can understand what he is doing,
but if all were silent, what could you make of observing a priest, a psychiatrist,
a college instructor at work?
Without talk, a major part of a civilized man’s reality would either vanish,
or else make no sense whatever (and consider): the more civilized is the setting,
the more important seems the incorporeal, spiritual, intellectual and artistic activities.
In sophisticated conditions psychologists, historians, poets & political commentators
are held in greater esteem than farmers, plumbers or steel workers, and yet what the
former are engaged in is impossible to observe and can only be taught & learned through talk: take away talk and there is no religion, no politics, no art,
no anything civilized and uniquely human.
A man sincerely trying to get to the bottom of things would privately pursue this matter most vigorously.

The ole man reminded the kid:
“Pretending you’re awake is as good as being awake — (if you’ll just keep your mouth shut).”



Tape #3178 Recorded July 26, 2004 by Jan Cox, MP3 format; Transcribed by TomK, March 1, 2008, © Jan Cox Legacy Group, run time 35:58

00:00 Here’s my great, two-fold, current recommendation: 1) the only picture you should hold of what goes on in your head is “This is consciousness speaking right now, this is not me”. You’re not watching consciousness, you’re not studying consciousness. It is consciousness. 2) all of this from beginning to end can be seen, in the way I recommend, which after, not only most of a lifetime doing it, but as many of you know, 27 umpteen different ways of looking at it, here is the mother of them all: consciousness has two positions—running automatically, or, the other [non-automatic] position.

02:10 I know how easy it is to agree with me, but you’ve got to see it for yourself; and you’ll know it when you do, I promise you. It is a combination instantaneous enlightenment—even though you already knew it—and a great joy and relief…and a pretty good annoyance. When you realize how simple, how in your face, how unmistakable, how in-debatable all of this is, and that all the common distinctions of man as living in the dark, but can step into the light, as existing in an inner captivity from which he can escape—how fat they are! Wastefully hefty!

04:05 Consciousness—you—is running instinctively, like pulling away from fire or seeking food, and appears otherwise, that the inner life is a different story, but it’s not and it is nearly impossible, under ordinary conditions, for consciousness to see that it is [virtually] instinctive. Consciousness hears a statement like that but feels to itself to be without restraint, pursuing goals of its own making. But these goals are imaginary, composed of pictures and musings of another time and place.

08:00 99% of the time your consciousness is thinking about what?—itself, or, as civilians would call it, you. Once you see this, it can be seen in man’s history that sizable groups of men realized, though they didn’t describe as I’m describing it to you, you have to infer from what they did do, that their normal mode of consciousness was totally automatic, impersonal, unintentional in them.

11:00 All of you, when your consciousness is out of automatic mode for a second, have got to face the fact that consciousness does not know what it’s going to think next. You’re sure as hell going to think something next, another thought is on its way, they’re lined up, just waiting for this one to get the hell out of the way. But you know what it is: shouldn’t that scare the piss out of you? That alone, should wake you up…but it doesn’t.

11:50 Groups of men realized in some diluted fashion, once they’ve been conscious for a while, that consciousness ran automatically, that it’s a piece of machinery. We can tell this (where written history survived) by their complex myths [e.g.,] The Odyssey, philosophy, religion. These myths show that some groups of men knew this. They further realized that when this fact is remembered, it produces an interruption to that mechanical state.

16:00 They knew that this thing in their head, that made them almost gods, that made them singular, ran automatically. That their brilliant creations, drama, poetry, architecture, mathematics, philosophy, came about by a piece of machinery. But when they realized it, it produced a non-automatic state of consciousness.

19:55 They found out that only a handful of others were able to understand it and they had different ways of explaining it to themselves. Nobody left a record describing it like I do; mine is the stripped down, the unplugged version.

21:00 All of these stories, religions, philosophy, mythology, all of what we now call psychology, psychiatry can be seen as one thing: it was the attempt to get consciousness out of the automatic mode. They made up God, whereas if I had been there I would have said, “No, no; it’s the automatic mode”.

22:00 Here’s something that’s funny: all religion, philosophy, the oldest stories, that consciousness makes up were made up by men who realized consciousness had nothing to do with them personally. It just does it.

26:40 It required groups of people to create myths. No individual could have gotten the Iliad, the Odyssey off the ground. Groups had to be sharing this effort to come up with some system, a plan to detail this realization of the automatic nature of consciousness.

27:40 Idealists are those who know what’s best for themselves and for other people. Men who awaken are not idealists because what’s right for them they learn the hard way, [practically].

29:15 All religions, myths, stories, philosophies were invented by men to help them remember how mechanical consciousness is because it momentarily put them in the other condition, mode of it.

30:55 But, here’s the punchline: it’s all had the opposite effect. Culture has become a comforter of the fact that consciousness is mechanical. Initially, enlightened culture worked as a reminder for its creators, and even for those after them it was at least available to those so inclined, but soon it just became sleep inducing. It was a needle to prick themselves awake with but then became a comforter. Like a little old man or lady snoozing the day away in the sun.

34:55 That’s why religion is so downright intriguing. It was made to be a firecracker, but almost instantly became a lullaby! I like to imagine that Aristotle, Confucius lived long enough to realize what had happened, so that they could experience that combination of great joy and extreme annoyance…”So this is all it is, eh? Pfft!”