We live in a physical world but where is our consciousness?
We are perhaps living mainly in the mental plane
Increasingly people live in a virtual world via internet, iPad, iPod, iPhone, TV, film, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, computer…. We have an electronic “presence” (or alias) which absorbs our attention for more waking hours than does the physical world. We are perhaps living mainly in the mental plane and have largely left the material world behind except in that it supports the mental realm where we dwell.
we are responding more often to wordless communications
As we live there in that more subtle world, we find that we are responding more often to wordless communications, expressions of ideas through images, graphics, film, abbreviated symbols, headlines and catchy sayings packed with unstated implications. Wikipedia tells us that: “The adage ‘A picture is worth a thousand words
’ refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.”
there is a conditioning, a fine-tuning process going on
We might criticise the apparent shallowness of the bits and bytes mentality that changes too quickly for deep (or even true) understanding and yet there is a conditioning, a fine-tuning process going on and it is changing the very essence of our experience of living.
Beyond words there is an immediacy of transmission. One “knowing look” between friends can convey so much more than words could ever express as it conveys all of thought, feeling and experience simultaneously and almost outside time. With the electronic means now at our command this simultaneity can embrace the planet as a whole.
Perhaps this might lead us to the question: As the race becomes more and more subtle, what is the next plane of consciousness where we will spend most of our conscious time?