We can narrow in on what consciousness appears to be from an introspective perspective. It is bubble-like with a finite central image surrounded by peripheral awareness of the body as a whole – all merged with the feeling that comes from deep within and which creates an overall sense of energy sufficiency. With enjoyable feelings, we are more completely immersed; that is, we feel big enough for our britches – “britches” being a metaphor for the body mass. Immersion” and “familiarity” are very closely related concepts. To be immersed into an image means that the image is comfortably familiar – thereby preventing too much arousal (and/or the seeing-of-too-much-self) as is triggered by the novel or unfamiliar. As explained in my two latest books (Click Home tab above), the anatomy of the brain accommodates this scenario.
These books analyze the way visual and many other sensory stimuli (qualia) enter into the various centers of the brain – just before being bound into a single, immersive image. But what illuminates the self to itself as finite unless God, not matter, is fundamental? The brain has no power apart from the immanence of God to create a conscious image. Indeed, the brain could not even exist were it not for the overseeing, anticipating mind of God who, it becomes apparent, created the Universe with us well in mind. Contrastingly, an atheistic conceptualization designed to explain how consciousness arose evolutionarily falls far short of explaining the mystery of self illumination, emergent from matter. Indeed, solidly based on the anatomy of the brain, the opposite is true: matter emerges from mind. Unequivocally given the supernatural cortico-limbic design of the human brain.
A full explanation of the anatomy underlying self illumination can be found in my book: Consciousness Finally Explained: A Perfect Synthesis of God and Brain. Click the Home tab at the top of this page to access this book — and an earlier book which analyzes every major brain center from the perspective of infinity and/or God “in whom we live and move and have our being.”