There has always been a dilemma among the most educated people as to how consciousness works. This is despite them doing extensive research on this domain to know more about it. To put it in simple words, consciousness has to do with the co-ordination of the brain with the body. Even people like George Northoff had told that he has a tough time understanding everything about consciousness. He is known the world over as one of the most famous neuroscientists as well as a philosopher. The brain is said to possess a spontaneous activity apart from just being a passive recipient is what he explains in his forum. He goes on to say that meditation has a lot to do with how the body reacts and is conscious. Apart from this, the external sounds that we have when meditating have a role to play when it comes to answering the question of how consciousness emerges.
Stages of consciousness
The Australian who was a famous neurologist, as well as the founder of the science behind psychoanalysis, divides consciousness into three stages. They are namely unconscious, preconscious, and conscious. However, many people further divide it into many different stages or divisions. The common man understands six types of consciousness and they are named as follows:
However, to put it more into perspective others describe consciousness in seven stages. They are as follows:
- United State of Cosmic Consciousness
- Cosmic Consciousness
- Glorified State of Cosmic Consciousness
- Dreamless Sleep
- Transcendental Consciousness
With so many people giving their opinions about consciousness there have always been many debates on what exactly the term stands for. The oscillation of the brain waves at different frequencies is said to determine our state of consciousness. However, there has been no particular person who has able to definitively determine the stages or how consciousness emerges for a particular person.
The state of unconsciousness
Unconsciousness is commonly described as a state where a person is not completely aware of what is happening in his or her surroundings. However, they can regain consciousness either by themselves or with medical help. It depends completely on what led to them losing their consciousness in the first place.
How meditation helps in understanding consciousness?
Meditation has helped many people understand about not just themselves but how consciousness revolves around them. When you are surrounded by mild music which is relaxing and in a serene environment it helps you understand your inner self. Some famous people have said that although most people do not understand everything while meditating they understand something. George Northoff himself had said during a lecture that he does not understand everything either. This can stand as a good relief to common men and women that they fail to understand how meditation can help them.
Rather than going deep into the subject of understanding consciousness one can just meditate and help themselves understand their inner mind better. It would awaken them to the various potentials and possibilities that they were not aware of before they had started meditating.