Originally Posted by Anagogy
And, I gather, you see consciousness as the initiator of manifestation? Or am I wrong? And if so, does this "initiation" or causation take the form of "intent" at some level or is it something more random, with less intelligence involved?
Yes, consciousness is the chooser. In reality there is no time and there is no cause and effect.... it all happens simultaneously. But to keep it simple let's use cause and effect.
I'd say something with huge intelligence is at work here. The complexity and ever changing details of our universe are being held in manifestation constantly. My mind is not responsible for this world, it helps me perceive it though. I like to play the game that my mind is responsible and makes things happen, but my mind, being on the effect side of the equation, is always playing catch-up.
I have to invent some really great stories as to why this or that happened instead of realizing there is no reason (logic) why anything happens.... my consciousness chooses it, that's the only reason. My consciousness also chooses to use a scary amount of denial in all it's creative aspects. I can say that's wrong and it should know better, and if it's so all-encompassing and all-knowing, why would it choose to fool itself so often? I can't answer that, because anything I say would be a story my mind made up.
Some things to ponder:
So, does the meat just appear in the store, wrapped in plastic, or did some huge chain of events happen first to get it there?
If meat just appears in the store just as effortlessly as the store appeared there, where did the factory farms come from?
Could my consciousness's addiction to denial be creating this huge "back-story" for this one little tray of beef?
Is the reason why I see factory farms an effect of my unconsciousness?