Consciousness is the way in which we think. And also the way in which we feel. It is the way in which we look at the trees, the ocean, the way in which we observe other human beings.
And as Man develops from child to full grown, his mind gradually becomes warped, or it stiffens in a particular pattern.
It is this development, which do, that we gradually begin to place ourselves outside life itself.
As desirous beings we want something, we are burningly longing after it, we desire to become something, and this desire leaves a particular pattern; that is to say: our mind produces a pattern, and is thereafter being caught by it.
The thinking´s production of a self-image creates the desire, and this desire makes our mind stiffen. Herewith the reason, the clearness, is lost; life is sucked out of the present, past and future are transformed into reality, while reality becomes emptiness.
Our vitality, and urge to live, are reduced; they crumble, they dissolve.