Chapters in the Story of Consciousness – Lecture Series, Vol 10 . read
Expanded consciousness

We will start with some practical ideas about how consciousness comes into our daily lives and then move on to explore a greater concept of it. The best source of information about consciousness in the world today in the opinion of many scholars is the Vedic and Upanishad literature from India, which dates back thousands of years. We will also explore some ideas from well-known physicists of the current, and last century. 

I will start by making a bold statement that everything in the universe is conscious and contains information or data that can be downloaded to us. We in turn can create information that is uploaded to the universal consciousness. We can also access the greater field of existence consciousness to retrieve information about anything we seek to know. This information can be beyond our experience, memory, or intellect in other words all new to us. 

I have had decades of experience interacting with existence consciousness (EC) as have millions of others around the world. It is a real concept available to all who seek it. My daily working definition of consciousness relates to our ability to make choices. Something that can choose between just two things is less conscious than a human being that often has far more than just two choices from which to decide. The more choices and the more complex the decision space the greater the consciousness. The greatest level of consciousness is being self-aware or sentient. Existence consciousness or the larger consciousness system gives us choices to evolve our consciousness in almost everything we think about. 

Now we will move from the simple practical application of consciousness to the philosophy of some spiritualists and scientists on this subject. Paramahansa Yogananda founder of Centers for Self-Realization and author of the book Autobiography of a Yogi, that has sold tens of millions of copies, said that “everything in the universe is thought in material form” he offers an example of condensation that by cooling returns to liquid water and by freezing becomes ice. Thoughts in this metaphor are like condensation becoming liquid water and when cold enough turn to ice and do manifest into physical form. 

Physicist Erwin Schrödinger is known for the phrase “The total number of minds in the universe is one. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.” Accordingly, he viewed consciousness as fundamental to reality and non-dual (it is foundational and exists in all things). There is just one single consciousness, that we are all part of. Said another way we as human beings are micro units of this of the larger existence consciousness system. We are it and it is us.

Einstein said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is really energy, whose vibration has been lowered as to be perceivable to the senses. There is no matter.” This seems to be in accord with Yogananda’s observations and other scientists of today.

My experiences in the non-physical consciousness reality puts me in agreement with the above observations of Schrödinger, Einstein and Yogananda. I would add that existence consciousness (EC) is the most subtle vibrational frequency and physical form is the lowest vibrational frequency. There are other vibrational frequencies in between these states such as experienced when exiting the physical body with your energy body (review the out of body blog for more on this). 

Learning to match the reality of what you want by aligning your intention with your desire is taught around the world every day and there are multiple methods. I have learned and used these techniques throughout the years. Many of these ideas about manifesting what you desire, originated with the wisdom traditions of India in seeking spiritual experiences.  

Einstein also said “Sound is a vibration and so are thoughts. Everything that manifests itself in your life is there because it matches the vibration from your thoughts. Just because we do not understand something it does not mean it is not true.” I call this thought matching that Einstein is referring to as the Being State. It takes place when we match our intention to a higher thought form like a  a state of love and gratitude. The state beyond point consciousness the meditator can reach when filled with love and gratitude, passion, and excitement or other genuinely felt emotions associated with their intention, is the place from which to manifest things we desire. When we reach the being level we are in a state of oneness with EC. From this state, requests through intention can be made of EC to receive information or help to manifest a Desire/intention. I give the readers of my book a road map for accessing this higher state of being and a method for understanding the laws of attraction.

Imam Ali, Ali ibn Abi Talib was a cousin, son-in-law, and companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He ruled as the fourth Rightly Guided caliph from 656. He said “Your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it. You presume you are a small entity, But within you is enfolded the entire universe. You are indeed the evident book, by whose alphabet the hidden becomes the manifest. Therefore, you have no needs beyond yourself. What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.”

I am in complete agreement with the idea that access to the universe is enfolded within in us and that we can find peace and mitigate much of our self-induced illnesses through meditation and reflection.

In the philosophy of mind, panpsychism is the view that mind or a mindlike aspect is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of reality.  It is also described as a theory that the mind is a fundamental feature of the world which exists throughout the universe and in all things even the inanimate.

 It is one of the oldest philosophical theories. In the 19th century, panpsychism was the default philosophy of mind in Western thought, but it saw a decline in the mid-20th century. Recent interest in the hard problem of consciousness has revived interest in panpsychism

Gregory Matloff, a veteran physicist at New York City College of Technology recently published a paper arguing that humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware and be a Participatory Cosmos, this idea is linked to panpsychism.

Which brings us to Roger Penrose a British mathematician, mathematical physicist, philosopher of science and Nobel Laureate in Physics and his theories linking consciousness and quantum mechanics. He does not overtly identify himself as a panpsychist, but his argument that self-awareness and free will begin with quantum events in the brain inevitably links our minds with the cosmos. Penrose sums up this connection beautifully in his opus “The Road to Reality”:

I would only offer a small disagreement with Penrose in that the quantum events of self-awareness and free will from my perspective emanate from our soul, which is outside the brain and that the brain is only a receiver for this information.

The general concept of panpsychism seems eloquently simple and supports my experiences of having connections and exchanges in consciousness with animals, trees, humans, and extraterrestrials. Consciousness exists in each of us and everything else. 

All things exist as an address point in space/time/consciousness that can be reached instantly by addressing our intention to the recipient while in point consciousness or the being state.

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