Being vs. Doing
(Watch video) Consciousness research shows us that who we are in our Core consciousness is consistent with being in the moment. There are no thoughts about how we should act based on who we are relating to at the moment. We just are. We exist. That state of consciousness or Being is observable in the human being from birth. The infant looks around noticing what it sees, hears, tastes, smells, and feels. If what is observed is pleasant, the infant shows pleasure. If it feels discomfort, the infant cries. If what is noticed is novel, the infant becomes absorbed by what has its attention, soaking in the moment. In the infant’s sense of Being, it naturally observes its surroundings and responds according to its feeling state in the moment. This is Core consciousness.
As the infant develops, it becomes more aware of others in its environment. When others interact with the infant and have expectations of how the infant is to respond, the infant learns how to please. Those expectations may be the desire from others for the infant to respond in a cute manner to show friends the infant’s “cuteness.”
When our friends’ infant was learning to eat baby food, they discovered “cute” expressions to the different flavors. On the occasion of our visit, our friends called attention to how their infant reacted to strained peas by putting some in her mouth. The child’s response was a facial expression of utter disgust, followed by a whole body shiver, and then projectile spitting of the strained peas. The adults began laughing hysterically to the infant’s reaction. It was really funny. This became a form of entertainment that the parents used to show off their baby for their visiting family and friends.
After a couple weeks, the infant got use to the trick and when it smelled the strained peas, just tightly closed her lips, refusing to take it into her mouth. Mom and Dad soon realized that trick would no longer work. But the parents soon found their infant had other cute behaviors that they could share with friends. This is an example of how the Core consciousness of the infant could stop the Relational expectation on the part of the parents. The native intelligence of Core consciousness can become aware at a very early age when Core identity is not acknowledged. For its caregivers to have expectations of the child to respond in specific ways for the parents’ gain, Core consciousness may counter the expectations when Doing deprives it from Being. This is what most likely is meant by the Scripture that says out of the mouths of infants has God ordained wisdom. That is Core consciousness on steroids, even in a very young child.
What is Core Identity?
Being is that aspect of identity is not merely defined by actions observed by others. Being as the source of identity is expressed from within the person; in other words, it is best defined by the heart of the individual. Only you and I can truly know who we are. Core identity is not directly observable by others. As friends get to know us by learning what we value, what motivates us, what is consistent within our nature over time, only then can they truly know our Core being.
Such a friend would describe us, not by what we do but, by those inherent traits that come from within which they learned by sharing the moment with us. That friend would observe us in the moment, paying attention to how we respond without making a judgment about our actions or choices. Such a friend might ask about how we came to our choice to further understand our reasons. Such a friend would not criticize our choice or attempt to fix us if they if not agree. A true friend could understand because of being able to empathize, or envision what it might be like to stand in our shoes.
The Five Adjectives
This video explains Core identity by looking into five adjectives that describe our Creator. These are Goodness, Faithfulness, Patience, Loving-kindness, and Grace. What follows are verses that show these traits of the Creator’s Core identity. Please look them up and write out your observations.
Goodness – Psalm 23:6, 34:1-8, 100:5, 106:1, 145:7-9, Titus 3:3-7
Faithfulness – Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 7:9, 32:4, Psalm 31:5, 36:5, Lamentations 3:22-23, 2 Timothy 2:13
Patience – Exodus 34:6, Psalm 103:8, Nahum 1:3, Romans 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9 -15
Love, Loving-kindness – Psalm 6:4, 36:5-7, John 3:16, 17:24-26, Romans 5:5-8, Ephesians 1:4, 2:4, 1 John 3:1, 4:9-11
Grace – Psalm 84:11, Romans 3:24, 12:6, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 1:6-7, 2:5-8, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 3:15
Call to Action
Look at a list of positive adjectives such as the one at this link — Positive Adjectives. Identify five adjectives that you believe best describes how you see yourself throughout your life. This list of adjectives will reflect your passions, your values, and your motivations that have guided your expressions of who you are to others.
The purpose of this list is to give a tangible word picture of your Being in a moment of Core consciousness. You will find that I use these phrases interchangeably: Core consciousness, Core being, and Core self to distinguish who you are by the Creator’s design. This is unique to you as an individual. Along with this means to describe who you are, you could make other lists such as Core values or Core talents and abilities. You will find that there will be an integrity represented between such lists because that is how your Creator hard-wired us.
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