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A spiritual reality may be considered as a single unified whole, wherein everything is interdependent with everything else. The character of the perception is one who perceives reality more in terms of the sensations and feeling of the general environment or the air, trees, grass and shrubs, birds, animals, insects or human aesthetic endeavors rather than the evaluative function of intellect. The condition of the environment is primarily sensory as it does not express itself in verbal terms. Symbolic Consciousness can be thought of something akin to what is called magical thinking in children. Magical thinking is possible where there are no limits placed by the individual upon what is and is not possible. If thunder is thought to be God bowling in heaven, then this can be accepted as a possibility, if the individual has not restricted the contingency with the limitation of impossibility. A starting point for the development of Symbolic Consciousness could be said to be where the limitations of the Mundane Consciousness or the restrictions of definitive, singular, finite or specific Interpretive Context are suspended or abandoned by the individual. Thus for instance if a person defines themselves by the singularities of name, family, possessions, religion, education or profession, all of which limit the individual to a very specific and singular identity, then that specific personality will determine what the individual will think say and do or attempt to do.

Symbolic Consciousness is the use of contexts such as statements or questions, or it can be roles or identities the individual assumes. Meaning may be found in almost anything and in any time or place. This meaning is derived from contexts that provide the manner of interpretation by the individual, for whatever happens in the reality of one's living. If ordinary reality is interpreted in the context of the mundane, as simply random events that are given no notice, credence or significance, then reality is commonplace and mediocre. On the other hand if what happens in the course of events is noticed and related to specific contexts as subjects, ordinary reality may become meaningful, significant and consequential, wherein the actuality of any given events or circumstances represents a symbolic reality. Any event or circumstance may be interpreted in many different ways and in particular construed in the mundane sense or symbolically.

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