Normal Consciousness refers to the everyday waking consciousness of your "average," disconnected modern citizen.
Peter Berger distinguishes between "paramount reality," which is the
"One would begin with an understanding of the ordinary everyday "life-world," the taken-for-granted world of commonsense which Schutz aptly called the "paramount reality." This is the reality that we apprehend when we are "wide awake," when we go about our various mundane project (Schutz also called this the .. world of working"), and which we presuppose as the common context of almost a1J social interaction. This is the reality that we massively bare with our fellowmen, and which therefore is the most massively plausible to ourselves: Almost everyone around us, almost all the time, confirms and reconfirms the basic contours of this reality. It is thus a domain of familiarity and of safety-indeed it is the principal domain of reliability in our experience."
William James: "Our normal waking consciousness is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence, but apply the requisite stimulus and at a touch and they are there in all their completeness..."
Normal consciousness is not healthy consciousness. Normal consciousness is damaged consciousness. Normal consciousness is disconnected consciousness. Normal consciousness is limited consciousness. Normal consciousness is reflective of a physical unit and Bodily Ego damaged by Toxic Socialization.
There is nothing salutatory about normal consciousness. Normal consciousness, especially at the lower end of normal, is generally insufficient to the achievement of goals and basic maintenance of bodily and mental health.
Transitory moments of strong Connection (e.g. Peak Experience, Pure Conscious Events, Transcendence, etc) may be experienced as a result of trauma, forms of meditation, the ingestion of Connection Supplements, rituals, etc. A more permanent expansion of Consciousness in the body may only be attained via a process of spiritual and psychological healing and connection.
- Berger, Peter L. “Some Second Thoughts on Substantive versus Functional Definitions of Religion.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 13, no. 2 (June 1, 1974): 125–33. https://doi.org/10.2307/1384374. p. 129.
- James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study of Human Nature. New York: Penguin, 1982. https://amzn.to/2l4UyR7