In a similar vein, I am having difficulty understanding the concept of consciousness "quality" as Tom describes it. If we are born into PMR with a nonphysical part (soul) already in place (hosted by a physical body, or constrained by a physical body within the PMR rule set), but without any PMR knowledge or memory of any previous PMR learning lab experiences, then of what practical value is this "quality"?
apart from the impressive postings above...let me add my two cents...rather switch it around slightly to expressing it as our nonphysical IUOC (the eternal you) being assigned a sensor platform to take the controls of, with quality of conciousness at the IUOC level remaining intact, sort of with a ratcheting up bias, but with PMR FWAU recollection virtually wiped clean to clear limiting belief (the downside to acquiring a left hemisphere), and then you ask, "what's in it for me, this quality of consciousness crap!"
firstly, you are not your PMR FWAU, you are "your" IOUC, you are your free will, initially dumped in the truck of speeding car with a crazy sociopath at the wheel. Mission one is to crawl out of the trunk and get into the back seat, so that you can at least start to orient yourself and become aware of the driver. Step 2 is to get into the front seat and occasionally grab the wheel, and step three is to have a personal arab spring and take over the drivers seat. Apparently, and the following is eluded to in the last page of the trilogy, ...you can end up worse than in the trunk, being pulled along at the end of a rope...which is a sobering thought (I think this is what happens if you do not play along with the game AUM has designed for you).
so there is the level of quality that you appear to inherit form the PMR FWAU perspective, and there is the delta or progress of quality, which actually where you and your free will come in. Initially, life is growing into the size of your paws, and there is a rapid movement through intense feedback and instinctively knowing what to do about feedback, as a high quality IUOC dude, toward your inherent set point quality of conciousness level, and beyond that it is bush whacking step by step as you forge new territory at the IUOC level
. Your manifest quality, that is, the quality that you have brought to the surface in phase I, impacts the quality of your intent, and good intent leads to a better environment, lessor intent leads to a more painful environment, over the medium term, in a self stablizing system. So there is this practical motivation to draw out your inherent quality as soon as possible, through meditation, study and reaching for better intent - and I would speculate...anything that stimulates your right hemisphere (creativity and mystical religion, "meditation light")
apart from your quality level, which is inherited and slow moving, there is the delta, or rate of change. It appears according to the model, that there is a feedback mechanism at the NPMR level that sends you positive feedback for forming better intent, which, depending on your effectiveness, translates into better decisions, actions, results, at the PMR level. So, in a sense, we are feedback grazers/hunters. I would assert that acting on this information is merely intelligent or big picture selfishness, and that ignoring it is actually pretty dumb. Caring more for others ends up building a better life, in every way. The monkey with his fist in the coconut monkey trap gives up on the banana, which releases the banana.
What features and function does this quality convey? Infants, it seems to me, exhibit very high entropy consciousness. They have dim awareness, a small decision space, are entirely self-centered and utterly helpless. So in what way is this quality, accrued from previous PMR incarnations and NPMR experiences, evident in a newborn infant?~ Icarus
an infant may have high quality, but it takes time for the IUOC to fully shift attention to the fresh PMR FWAU and then for the PMR FWAU to settle down, experience the emergence of the left hemisphere and frontal cortex, acquire PMR left hemispheric brain washing, and then hopefully overcome local materialist belief and discover that there is an AUMish IUOC (a world beyond the senses), and then gradually accept being piloted by the IUOC rather than their impulsive R-complex or more strategic ego elements of the left hemisphere
...sort of like the sentiment behind the song "Jesus take the wheel"... trying to run your life at the level of your mental faculties and ego is a step by step decent into PMR hell