Subject: Conscious and unconscious responses
“People are often unaware of their own unawareness” ― Thomas Gilovich, Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment
“and somehow, the more we would face our own demons of pride, greed, and lust, the more gentle and kind we would become toward others, the less judgmental, the less harsh, the more empathetic, because we realize as never before that everyone is pitched in an invisible inner battle, and the battle isn’t easy for anyone.” ― Brian D. McLaren, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices
I was at Central Park in New York City with my 3-year old granddaughter. She was playing in the sand with other children.
There was a water spigot, from which the children would fill pails of water.
“Wait,” I told my granddaughter who was edging her way to the flowing water. “This girl got to the water faucet first, you need to wait.”
A head of curly longish hair, turned quickly to me and said, “I’m not a girl. I’m a boy.”
I said, “Thank you for telling me, now I know.”
And then thought, kudos to the parent who put this child in pink shorts.
My first response was unconscious. I made a quick judgement based on long curly hair and pink shorts, that the child was a girl.
My second response was conscious. I was grateful for the boy’s correction toward me.
The boy’s response could have been unconscious or conscious. It didn’t matter because my granddaughter waited her turn, and the boy got his water before rambling off to continue having a hee-haw heck of a time with his buddies.
This whole episode resembled stories told in the Bible, of a patient God caring for everyone, turning anger away, yet fulfilling the truth.
Please read in your Bible Psalm 78:1-29
Online at Psychology Today, David Ludden Ph.D. posted, “The Psychology of First Impressions, August 8, 2017. Ludden describes 4 facial features, as reported on by psychologist Leslie Zebrowitz of Brandeis University, that affect our first impressions when meeting others.
As reported, “Although first impressions are notoriously prone to error, we just can’t stop ourselves from making them. It only takes a tenth of a second to form a judgment about another person’s character, even from a still photograph.”
However, Ludden also wrote, “As Zebrowitz points out, incorrect first impressions can have significant social consequences.”
The social consequences can be positive when our impressions are filtered with a knowledge of a compassionate understanding God, also known as divine Mind. We know God through our spiritual senses. Having a God makes me aware of my human unawareness. I can better stop myself from making quick bad judgments.
Spiritual senses don’t make judgments based on physical appearances, but on a pure God and on our ability to stay connected to that God. We can correct and be corrected without too much a-do. Spiritual senses allow us to judge or read thoughts.
Christ Jesus read the thoughts of others and found those who were willing to follow his faith.
Please read Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus was even able to know the thoughts of a man before he laid eyes on the man.
Please read John 1:43-51
The term “sixth sense” has been used to describe intuitive vision, or knowingness, when more accurately it could be called “first sense.” Our intuitive perception discerns essential facts. Science enables a person to read the human mind, but not as a clairvoyant. Science enables one to heal through Mind, but not as a hypnotist.
Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove our self from biased personal perceptions.
The first impression, made on a mind, whether good or bad, is a capable detective of individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary offence.
It is needless for the thought or for the person holding the thought to be individually and consciously present. Although individuals have passed away, their mental environment remains to be discerned and described. Even when someone has moved far away and has been forgotten, their vibrations or whisperings are still in the general atmosphere of human mind.
The computer doesn’t know what software programs are installed on its hardware. Outer-space isn’t aware of the comets propelling through its atmosphere. The sea is unaware of the oil buried under its waters. Yet this stuff is all there. Do not assume that any mental concept is gone because you do not think of it. The strong impressions produced on human mind by friendship or by any intense feeling are lasting, and mind-readers can perceive and reproduce these impressions. The true concept is never lost.
We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of human mind (or body) is a false impression, possessing no reality or identity, although it seems to be real and identifiable.
Flesh. An error or mistake of physical belief; misinterpretation of life, substance, and intelligence; a false impression; a belief that matter has sensation.
When the first symptoms of disease appear, resist the assertions of the fleshly impressions with divine Science. Let your higher sense of justice destroy the false process of human opinions which you name law, and then you will not be confined to a hospital room, or checked into a hospice facility, to suffer paying the last penalty demanded by error. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court.” Do not let your thought become a captive audience to the demands of sin or sickness. Turn away from that which falsely pressures us, with the enduring conviction that those pressures are illegitimate. God is no more the author of sickness than of sin. You have no law of God to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.
Jesus demonstrated Christ. Jesus proved that Christ is the correct impression or interpretation of God—the Holy Spirit, or Counselor, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.
When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind, then Being will be understood and found to be harmonious.
The nature of spirituality is peaceful and blessed. In order to enter into the realm of Spirit, the anchor of hope must be thrown past the veil of matter into the Shekinah that Jesus showed us. This advance beyond superficial thinking comes through the joys and triumphs of the righteous, as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. We must leave mortal impressions of fleshly being, and advance into immortal expressions of spiritual being.
Divine Love corrects and governs.
The human body and consciousness are temporal, but the real substance and consciousness are spiritual and eternal. Spiritual consciousness is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible for us to lose anything that is real, when God is all and eternally ours.
 Matt 5:25