OUR INNER STORYTELLER


@ Consciousness – Our Innate Storyteller

Our entire life is put together in a story told to us by ourselves. Circumstances, emotions, and thoughts all influence this great tale which is put together by our conscious self through the left brain and ego. We tell ourselves what happened to us in the past, and come up with rationalizations as to why these things in our life happened. We also tell ourselves who we are today and come up with reasons as to why we are the way we are. Finally we have a story of how we think our future will be, which very much depends on our story of our past and our story of who we are in this present moment. In essence our conscious self tells the story of our life in one big cosmic narrative.This story however, is a story of fiction. The tales we tell ourselves as to how we interact with the world is told to us by our conscious self, and our conscious self is very limited in the amount of information in which it can access not only about the world, but also about ourself. A wild and preposterous accusation you say? This most likely is your conscious self yelling out trying to protect its precious story, however there are valid reasons to believe the story we have regarding our life is for the most part a fictional story.

Our conscious self does not have the capacity to obtain all the information needed to describe all that occurs within us behind the veil of our consciousness. Our conscious self, which has evolved to trick us into believing that it is in full control of our lives (why this is the case is one of the many million dollar questions in the study of the human mind), automatically tells stories and tales as to why things are the way they are and why we act and feel the way we do, even though the majority of these motives and answers lie in our inaccessible unconscious self.

I believe this “ability” of consciousness to tell fictional tales about our self in relation to the rest of the world is a natural and required ability in order for us to function in the world. This fictional story telling is not only performed by our conscious self, but by our entire self when we perceive and sense external stimuli.

We do not experience the world “out there” as the way it actually is, instead we simulate it. Our entire experience is an illusion, a simulation. There is too much information in the world in order to perceive and sense it the way it actually is. The way we experience the world involves raw data entering our senses, followed by a simulation of the raw data performed at an unconscious level in our brains, finally followed by our conscious experience of “out there”. So in a sense we naturally experience a “fictional story” that represents the world outside of ourselves. There are no colours, smells, or sounds out there in the world, these are just things we experience and simulate within our brains, a sort of cosmic fictional story.

Perhaps it is our innate nature to construct a fictional story on all levels of our knowing. In the same way that our experience of the world is an illusion that enables us to understand and interact with the world “out there”, our consciousness weaves an illusionary story so that we can believe we understand our behaviours, emotions, and thoughts. We have an innate nature to be in control, and within us this is accomplished by the production of illusions, by fictional stories of the universe, ourselves, and our interaction with the world. As the author of the book “The User Illusion” Tor Norretranders says so eloquently; “The conscious I (in which we identify as ourself) is merely a piece of will-less driftwood, an innocent victim of wind and weather: and what is more, a piece of driftwood that constantly reassures itself, “I am keeping my course””.

As Shakespeare’s famous quote goes “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts”. We are involved in a cosmic play, and we are the director, actor, and observer in this play.Our consciousness merely interprets the play with the small amount of information it is given, yet it does not see the massive amounts of behind the scenes detail that is involved in this production. Acknowledgment of the limited ability of our consciousness in this sense is important if we are to lift the curtains and see the deeper side to ourself and the universe. For many people go through life only seeing the stage, and the stage is where our consciousness comes up with its fictional stories about our life, yet it is behind the stage where life’s true meaning is waiting to be found.

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