Based on “black box” analysis of life, its characteristics are modeled here as functional areas that help to explain the Implicit Cosmology. While they are not new, they are described in a way that may not be familiar to a biologist or psychologist and no claim of expertise in the academic view of life is made. As you read this essay, you will see references that should help to substantiate the model.
The idea of a life field also is not new. In this cosmology, fields are the basic building block and the life field is the basic building block supporting the intelligent core described here as personality.
The life field is modeled as a fractal which contains a set of functional areas and which adhere to a set of organizing principles. Life fields occur as a hierarchy of nested fields emanating from a first cause which is referred to as Source in this cosmology. As such, life fields in different parts of the hierarchy have the same functional areas but might express the characteristics of those functional areas more or less than life field in other parts of the hierarchy.
Source is used as a beginning point for reality. As the top life field fractal, it has all of the characteristics of a life field. The hierarchy of life fields are modeled as aspects of Source, and therefore, inherit an urge to understand based on Source’s (stipulated) curiosity about itself. In this way, progression of a life field is described as increasing understanding about the nature of reality (Source), and with increasing perceptual agreement with Source, the eventual return of that understanding to Source.
Functional areas of a life field
The functional areas of a life field are shown in the diagram at the right and are explained as:
Personality is modeled as the intelligent core of a life field. This is who a person really is and what survives after transition. It is also the link with the collective representing all of the personalities associated with a common source. (Likely some rounds of differentiation removed from (first) Source.
Personality is the intelligent core of the life field and the unconscious mind. Personality’s conscious mind (conscious self) is an extension of personality as it is projected into (entangled with) the human avatar. The Life Field Complex Diagram below shows the relationship between personality, conscious self, the human body and its body consciousness. See: Personality (essay)
Personality holds the initial imperative to gain experience, and this informs the rest of the life field in the form of attention. As such, attention is based on the decision to understand or take action. The Attention Matrix includes Worldview, the Perceptual Loop, the Attention Limiter and the intention field which includes Visualization and Perception. The complex of functional areas is modeled as the focus tool for sensing the environment and personality’s expression into the environment. Think of this as the ordering of potential to do work.
Personality’s awareness of the environment is based on attention on what is of interest to it. If an external input has no interest to personality or the avatar, it will probably be ignored. As such, an external threat perceived by the human would be of interest, as would something pertinent to personality’s objectives. All else is likely to be ignored.
Think of worldview as the life field’s database which contains personality’s perception of reality. When in an avatar relationship, it is shared with the human avatar and also contains the avatar’s perception of reality. This perception is modeled as the life field’s personal reality.
As this cosmology is written, personality is an aspect of Source, possibly many times removed. When personality was differentiated from its source (presumably not first cause Source), it inherited a subset of understanding from the worldview of its source and the urge to gain specific understanding related to the targeted venue for learning.
When personality is entangled with an avatar, conscious self is associated with its host and its worldview is modeled as being shared with the avatar. This relationship is shown in the Life Field Complex Diagram (below).
As shown in the Functional Areas of Perception Diagram, the only information from the environment that is passed to the Perceptual Loop is that which is passed by the Attention Limiter. Of that information, only that which agrees or mostly agrees with existing personal reality, as determined in the Perceptual Loop, is entered into worldview.
It is important to note that worldview can evolve if environmental information is sufficiently nonspecific to produce a “maybe” result in the Perceptual Loop.
Conscious self on the avatar side of the Attention Matrix and personality on the other are subject to the constraints of the Perceptual Loop. So in practice, it is felt that personality as the intelligent core of the life field is as blind to the unconscious processes of the Attention matrix as is the conscious self. The objective of increased understanding is gained by alignment of worldview (personal reality) with the actual nature of reality. Conscious self is the tool by which this is accomplished.
Avatar’s morphic memory: The avatar is an organism that has evolved in the physical, and following the Hypothesis of Formative Causation, as is shown in the Life Field Complex Diagram (below), it has a morphic memory “database” that is not shared by the personality-conscious self life field.
Based on First Sight Theory, perception (what a person becomes aware of) is the result of the decision made in the Perceptual Loop as shown in the Functional Areas of Perception Diagram (below). If the “Agree?” decision produces a “Yes,” the person will experience (perceive) the stimulus, probably more or less as it is. If the decision is “Maybe,” the person will more likely experience a version of what is intended based on worldview.
The Perceptual Loop acts as a filter that limits stimuli that might initiate the creative process. Once the decision to act is made, there is an iterative exchange between Worldview and the Visualization functional area which is driven by intention to act and directed toward a visualized outcome that agrees with worldview.
The process of perception is seen as an unconscious one and the Perceptual Loop is the governor that determines what emerges as perception. In First Sight Theory, it is proposed that the conscious self and body begin to respond to the Perceptual Loop even before a decision is made. This might be a tensing of muscles for the fight or flight response or something like dread of potential bad news.
In the same way, the Expression functional area of the Attention Complex may produce the outward expression of a psi influence of the environment that would be an unconscious part of the organism’s response to the intention to act.
Informed Visualization: It is necessary to have a clear idea of the desired outcome. More clarity in the visualization means a more specific outcome. Emphasis here is on the idea of “being informed” (below). The visualized outcome is always based on current understanding. The more this understanding agrees with reality, the more realistic can be the imagined outcome.
Intention is the motive force for expression, and based on a clear understanding of true desire (objective), can be a very powerful tool for living. An imagined outcome without the intention to make it so is just a fantasy. Think of this as the force which will drive the accumulated potential toward the desired result.
The visualization function is used to help identify information and formulate whole concepts based on worldview. At the “front end” of information acquisition, an initial attempt is made to visualize information that is passed by the Attention Limiter. The resulting formulation is submitted to the Perceptual Loop for comparison with the contents of worldview.
Here, “visualize” is used as a conceptual term that, if physically sensed, would be more a gestalt understanding rather than a mental picture or sound. “Render” might be a better term, but as “render the entire concept as one form.” Robert Monroe used “Rote,” which is a thought ball or packet of understanding. This includes the thought, associated memory, understanding, experience and history as a complete concept.
As is noted below, the Perceptual Loop is seen as an iterative process. As is shown in the Creative Process and Functional Areas of Perception Diagrams, when there is an intention to express something, it must first pass the Perceptual Loop. That process involves comparison between an attempt to formulate a representative “image” of what is planned and worldview. This process is imagined as a “render > reject > modify > reject (possibly many times) > finally acceptance” process. Ideally, the output is a clearly imagined rendering of what is intended. This then becomes perceived, and if there is intention to express it, then an external output.
If the rendering is fuzzy or too nonspecific, the output might be less than is intended. Also, if the visualization is not accompanied by intention, then no expression will occur. The visualization will be little more than fantasy.
Visualization can only be as clear or correct as worldview allows. If the personal reality contained in worldview is very different from local reality, the rendering will be equally incorrect and if expressed, my not even be possible. Think of this as rendering potentials.
Perception is the conscious part of an otherwise unconscious process represented by the Attention Complex. As such, the output of perception is conscious awareness of the environmental information that came through the Attention Limiter and that agrees with worldview.
As shown in the Functional Areas of Perception Diagram, the Perceptual Loop consists of a cycle in which environmental information that makes it past the Attention Limiter is first visualized and that visualized information is compared to what is in the worldview. If what is visualized agrees with what is already in worldview, then it is consciously experienced. However, if the information deviates from worldview, it will likely be translated into perception that agrees with worldview. This, for instance, is probably how a spoken language representation of external influences is developed.
If the Perceptual loop produces a “maybe worldview agrees” outcome, then the visualization might be included in worldview as an evolutionary influence.
Perception represents the person’s point of view, and from the perception of experience comes some degree of understanding.
The creative process manifests form into reality in some way. What is typically thought of as energy in the physical is better modeled as potential expression in the etheric, which is managed with attention, visualization and intention. Expression from the creative process is seen as the precursor to all physical energy, meaning that the imagined future exists as an etheric or conceptual thing that must be transformed into physical, objective form. During the physical expression of the intended result, physical action must be involved. The objective energy may be money, fuel or even labor.
The intelligent core of a life field is the functional areas called Personality. It is referred to as the intelligent core to indicate that the conscious self is the outward representation of an internal sentience which includes the reason for action. Personality is the “I am this” of a life field and as the Intelligent Core, it is the “I know why I am this” of the life field.