impulsing in 4 linked areas = 4 kinds of conscious instants

When we follow impulse trails in the four linked areas of the the inner circuitry we call the conscious pathways, we can see how the 4 kinds of conscious instants are formed and enter an evolving conscious stream.

Area 1: sensation

Area 2: (as a conscious instant is recorded) recognition / orientation

Area 3: thought

Area 4:  forming and releasing the tension pattern we call feelings


a. sensation

b. (as a conscious instant is recorded) recognition / orientation 

c. thought

d. forming and releasing the tension pattern we call feelings

This is about: How cycling activity in the conscious pathways forms the stream of conscious instants that makes up everyday consciousness.

So in this step we see the majority of this model’s concepts. By using impulsing activity to propose the work done as each of the four (simplified) neuro-architectures making up the conscious pathways are energized–we see how impulsing in each area culminates with a particular kind of conscious instant–with a focus on the evolution of feelings and the terms of balanced feelings (Area 4).

So, this section contains the conceptual groundwork for any kind of conscious instant we may experience–a potentially massive list.

Reference: on the Impulsing Poster page (on this site) you’ll see a series of illustrations that show how the four kinds of conscious instants are formed … as impulse trails do particular work in the four areas on the conscious pathways … to makeup a stream of conscious instants, like frames on a reel of film.

The four kinds of conscious instants are: sensation; a sense of recognition/orientation; thought and the tension states (formed and released) that we call feelings.

~ what we get from this stage of the model ~

when we see the four mechanisms that maintain the conscious stream, including (especially) how feelings are formed and efficiently released, we have resources we can call upon as needed–especially when we experience intransigent stress or feel stuck and want to get past it.

with an understanding of how this system works in general (following impulse patterns/trails) we can relate current experience to its physical counterpart. So we can look at what is happening in terms the activity responsible and then, when it’s not healthy (i.e. stuck or intransigent activity) we can do what it takes to reverse that state or change our course … in order to get a resolution that leaves a sense of relief. This is the reversal of tension we feel as emotional balance. And seeing how it happens is a resource we can refer to, to help us keep it the norm.

so knowing how each conscious instant is physically formed by activity in our nervous system gives us confidence in understanding how we work at this level–in particular the confidence that comes with know that ultimately, we are designed to work well–we are designed to resolve–whatever states we encounter. We recognize we’re dealing with something tangible–something that has history and that moves forward–as a part of an ever-evolving ongoing conscious stream–consciousness.