May 10th, 2011 – An observation.
(sharing this from my personal archives. wasn't written as an article, or for the masses.. was a personal journal entry)
There is a sense, we have, that we get when we feel extra connected to someone. This someone doesn't have to be alive. They could have existed many centuries before us. Nonetheless, through reading about their thoughts, and beliefs, and ideas, we can feel a kinship with them. There are kindred spirits that run through various groups of humanity. These kindreds span time and space (distance). One can have a kindred bond with a poet or author from another country that has long ago since deceased.
No contact with a departed spirit or “reincarnation” of an old soul is required. This explanation does not need either of those beliefs. Our thoughts are not just thoughts spawned by a cascade of firing neurons in our brain. Our neurons form neural circuits and these circuits form patterns. The patterns they form resonate together to produce an ad-hoc key that enables us to unlock a stream of consciousness that is outside of us. This allows us all to process our thoughts with data from outside. This is the “how” of creative genius. We often see this in history – as if “something is in the air” and simultaneously two inventors in two different parts of the world invent the same thing. We have experiments showing a member of a species learning something new and immediately all members of the same species has access to the new information. This is a “species” key (perhaps involving DNA patterns) used to unlock and tap into the stream of species specific consciousness. The keys you hold (however you got them as now evidenced in your neural circuitry) unlocks the consciousness streams you presently operate from within and have access to. As representations of knowledge, belief and various states -- many of your circuits are ever changing. A slip into ego and pride will lose access to one stream and gain access into another. A new insight can re-contextualize previous understandings and one door opening can give access to entirely new worlds. Creativity comes from within only because the thought patterns formed by your neural circuitry comes from within (your head). Creativity does not reside within the individual human being; unlocking it and gaining access to it comes from within but it exists itself outside of us in the stream of consciousness with which we gain access to via our resonating circuitry (keys). What feels as a kindred spirit or a deep immediate understanding of an unspoken thing is actually an internal recognition that the other person is (or was) operating on a very similar consciousness level that you are. They have core neural patterns in their physical brain that qualify and contextualize their thoughts due to the consciousness streams they have access to. Further data from the stream continues to build more similar circuits, further keys are gained, and the bond deepens. Your neural circuitry and the way you have tied concepts together in key areas is very similar to theirs. You have both reached specific circuitry states. The feeling of kindred spirits is an internal recognition that you both “get it”. Once you know they “get it” you can already predict what they will think or feel about a new idea or topic because they think and feel just like you do. That's why it feels like they “get it”. Those whom with which you resonate, you feel connected to. A deep kinship is the bi-product or essence created from having access to the same consciousness streams. Consciousness by the individual is like tuning into a radio station. Being on the same channel means that your thoughts are fed and powered by the same consciousness stream. Literally, part of who you think you are is exactly the same part that you recognize in those you feel a kinship with. Another analogy would be a stream of encrypted internet data. Tapping in to the stream requires a secure key, or code. After supplying the code, you gain access to the stream. This stream of data then flows to you. Having the key, unlocking the stream, and the stream itself changes our mind with new data (from the stream) and constantly gives our mind access to vast amounts of data and insight from outside of our own mind. As these example are, so it is also with consciousness, and all those who came before you who also had the neural resonating keys to tap into the same consciousness streams that you are connected to at this very moment.
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