It comes from the idea that life is greater than one's self and is beyond the threshold of consciousness
. Another is an interpersonal social network of family and friends with first-hand experiences that generate and sustain commitment more than do mass conversions since doctrine alone plays a secondary role when people convert to and retain religious choices.
Underhill, who called mysticism the "art of union with Reality," wrote: "Now in persons of mystical genius, the qualities which the stress of normal life tends to keep below the threshold of consciousness
are of enormous strength.
It remains to be seen whether lowhanging fruit (business opportunities), subliminal perception (something accepted at the threshold of consciousness
) and VALs (values and lifestyles) have a future.
These actions are below the threshold of consciousness
. Hence, the most important functions necessary to our survival are powerfully affected by smell--and we don't know it.
In 2040, when the Mars Pioneers won the first Olympic competition in solar sailing between Earth and lunar orbits, humanity seemed to pass some threshold of consciousness
. We became aware that we were no longer an Earth-only species but had become a spacefaring one.