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What Is Consciousness?

What Is At The Center Of Reality?

What is consciousness? How are we having this experience that we appear to be having?

What is the fabric of the universe? What is the fundamental building block of creation? For centuries, philosophers, scientists, kings, and influential folk have sought to determine the answer to this question. Dating back to ancient Greece, there have been theories of a fundamental form such as an atom that is at the basis of reality. Indeed, Democritus and Leucippus were two ancient Greek philosophers, predating Socrates, who theorized accurately about the existence of atomic particles.

In classic philosophy, the idea of “The Monad” has been thrown around for thousands of years. What is a “Monad”? Essentially, it is the fundamental and absolute foundation of reality… The Monad is basically the divine origin of all that we experience. The idea of a Monad was conceived and developed in part by the Pythagorean sect of ancient Greek philosophy (the same followers of Pythagoras, the founder of modern day math). In later philosophy, the idea of a Monad was further developed and embraced by Leibniz, one of the creators of calculus and a contributor to modern philosophy.

The idea of a Monad further speculates on the original state of the universe. Essentially, trying to answer the question of “What is the fundamental building block of reality?” Research and philosophical work around an atomic or sub-atomic structure (such as in modern day quantum physics) generally takes a more scientific and rationalist approach to the question whereas theorizing around a Monad generally takes the approach of believing in some sort of divine force that is at the center of reality. However, that being said, those who speculate around a Monad are oftentimes quite rational and tend to approach the question from a basis of scientific thinking. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of a work that has spanned thousands of years of complex philosophical and scientific study.

Let’s explore this topic in detail and see what can be discovered!

Here’s an episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast where I explain this theory in some detail:

DISCLAIMER: This is a theory I’m actively developing. I’ll be adding more to this post over time… If you would like to contribute to this theory, send me a message and let’s brainstorm together!

Thought As The Fundamental Building Block:

It is my contention that thought is the fundamental building block.

When we examine and explore how our world is created, it is important to take both a philosophical (or even spiritual) perspective and combine with the rational and “scientific” thinking that is being developed and understand. When combined, the multitude of different fields will illuminate the truth. When considering how religion, esoteric teachings, and science overlap, it is important to remember that for thousands of years the various fields were indistinguishable. It has only been a creation of the previous centuries that the fields have been separated. For instance, in ancient Greece, all thinkers around math, astronomy, religion, esoteric teachings, and more were called “philosophers”. Modern day science was called “natural philosophy”. As these various fields of thinking developed, they began to branch off into their own fields. In today’s world, the idea that religious beliefs could influence scientific thinking is discouraged by thinkers on both ends of the spectrum (for the most part). However, throughout history, true genius seems to emerge when folks combine the various fields into one.

Isaac Newton is a prime example. Did you know that Newton spent the majority of his time studying alchemy, astrology, and other “occult” practices? He is only one example. In fact, many great thinkers throughout history who have shaped the course of history have been intense disciples of spiritual and esoteric practices such as alchemy, channeling, psychedelic studies, and more. In their minds, these concepts are not separate but instead feed one another with inspiration and increased enlightenment.

When considering the fabric of reality, it seems unwise to discard millennia of spiritual teachings and esoteric practices that could provide “clues” to our answer when combined with modern day “rational” scientific study.

Following this train of thought, if we study Hindu beliefs, we learn that Hindus believe that the universe is “consciousness vibrating”… It is a mistake to think that Hindus believe in a pantheon of many gods. Actually, Hindus believe in one god… One source… One divine being. This being manifests itself into infinite forms. One aspect of “god” is you, another is me, another is the keyboard I’m using to type these ideas, another is Shiva, another is Vishnu, etc.

Hindus believe that the universe is generated by the aspect of god known as “Shiva”. They believe that Shiva is constantly changing “Om” to generate the universe into reality. Essentially, Shiva is what’s keeping the video game running by his constant divine chant. This is “how” the consciousness of the universe continues to vibrate.

When we learn about these spiritual teachings, we have two options: we can discard them as some “weird belief” or we can say “maybe this system of belief that has existed for thousands of years is hiding some basis of truth?”

Personally, I believe religious doctrines are discarded because they are taken too literally. These ideas make a bit more sense when we ask “What ideas and hidden secrets could be behind this belief system?”

If we examine the “common denominators” of all these esoteric teachings and spiritual practices, we identify thought and consciousness at the core. Everywhere from Christianity to Hinduism and all occult practices in between, we are continually introduced to this idea of the power of the mind, the creative ability of belief, the power of our thoughts, and more.

Could it be that all reality is formed by thought? That everything at its core is composed of an original thought?

“The Universe Is Consciousness Vibrating”

What does it mean for consciousness to be vibrating?

That sounds like a bunch of hippy woowoo buzzwords thrown together. However, in our modern world, scientists at the forefront of quantum theory are struggling to identify the answer to the question of “what is consciousness?” As we make advances in Artificial Intelligence, and other new technology,  we begin to ask ourselves questions about when these advanced machines will become “conscious”… You see, if we closely examine the nature of our experience, we grow all the more confusing. In other words, what is actually going on here? How is it possible that I am typing these words? WHO is typing these words? As understanding of anatomy and human physiology advances, we understand that many of our decisions are controlled by the bacteria in our gut and the various substances we consume. Is this blog being typed by those microscopic bacteria? Who am I? Who are you? WHY is this all possible?

As our understanding of the brain develops, we grow all the more confused. Essentially, our brains are a connection of transmitters that radiate throughout our body to drive how we perceive and operate in this ever more confusing world. In his book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari expresses this conundrum and why it is so confusing to modern science:

When thousands of cars slowly edge their way through London, we call that a traffic jam, but it doesn’t create some great Londonian consciousness that hovers high above Piccadilly and says to itself ‘Blimey, I feel jammed!’ When millions of people sell billions of shares, we call that an economic crisis, but no great Wall Street spirit grumbles, ‘Shit, I feel I am in crisis.’ When trillions of water molecules coalesce in the sky we call that a cloud, but no cloud consciousness emerges to announce, ‘I feel rainy.’ How is it , then, that when billions of electric signals move around in my brain, a mind emerges that feels ‘I am furious!’? As of 2016, we have absolutely no idea”

(Yuval Noah Hararis, Homo Deus, Pg. 110-111)

The past two years have only been more confusing with no real answer emerging to this question.

If purely rational scientific thinking struggles to explain the origin and reason for consciousness and the human experience, perhaps it is logical and recommendable to copy Isaac Newton, Pythagorus, and other great thinkers as we turn towards a more spiritual explanation for the basis of reality.

What if there are some clues?

Here’s the challenge: obviously religion and spirituality in general are pervaded with mis-translations, misunderstandings, biases, crazy teachers, and a whole lot of quackery.

In order to find some semblance of truth, we should study a wide spectrum of religious or spiritual beliefs and ask ourselves “what is at the foundation?”

From my own foray down these spiritual rabbit holes, here is what I have found: consciousness IS somehow the fundamental building block. There seems to be no other explanation.

In other words, the very fact that we are alive and having this experience IS the “monad” and the very basis of reality itself. If we were not here to have this experience, there would be no experience to have. As a combined and collective whole, we are the “great being” that is generating this reality.

Essentially, we are collectively Shiva chanting “Om” to keep the whole video game going.

If we were to stop, the video game would get unplugged and there would be nothing to see.

We Are A Great Mind:

What I’m trying to express makes the most sense if I use some examples or parables. Personally, I think there is a reason Jesus and other spiritual teachers use parables and stories to explain their points: sometimes that’s the only way that things make sense!

Let’s use the example of Jeff Bezos founding Amazon.

In the year 2018, Amazon is a corporation that runs most of the “developed” world. In Europe, North America, and many other places around the globe, it is possible to receive just about anything via Amazon within a handful of days… Whether that be a book, a bookshelf, or hammer and nails to assemble the bookshelf. In many cities, a person can even have food delivered over Amazon.

However, all of that was made possible by a complex series of thoughts that had to emerge in the minds of many people before it was made possible.

For example, in order for Jeff Bezos to create the idea for Amazon, he had to first imagine (in his own personal mind) the general framework of the plan. This involved a complex equation that he personally began to sort out in his mind before ever taking action and bringing this idea to fruition.

Creating Amazon involved some of the following and much more:

  • Examining a need in the “market” that Jeff and his team could solve.
  • Evaluating the power of this new technology called “the internet” and how it might help solve this problem.
  • Identifying “things” that could be “sold” over “the internet”.
  • Choosing Books as a potential item that could be sold.
  • Discussing with “like-minded” individuals about holes in the plan, ideas to improve, and refining the concept.
  • Assessing the shipping system in the USA to assist in sending Books all over the country and, later, the world.
  • Jeff conducting an extremely personal journey of overcoming limiting beliefs such as “I’m not good enough to do this”, “this won’t work”, “I am not made like those who succeed”, and many more which had to be overcome before this idea could ever be actioned. In other words, Jeff had to establish a certain degree of self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth to even be able to begin actioning this plan.
  • A risk/reward evaluation of going forth with this idea despite potential failure. If you read Jeff Bezos’ biography, you learn that founding Amazon was his answer to the question “what would I regret never doing when I’m on my deathbed?”… In other words, Jeff had to come to terms with his own mortality to begin actioning this plan. Again, a personal and spiritual journey of self reflection and the human condition.
  • Discussing with his mate (his wife Mckenzie) the whole concept, plan, and execution. Thankfully, she was “like-minded”. However, for many humans, it is difficult to speak with our sexual partner about such a risk because we are tapping into extremely primal and evolved systems of survival, risk/reward, and questions such as “will I be able to provide for the family?”… “Will this venture be enough to prevent my sexual partner from leaving me for a ‘stronger and more capable male’?”

Many of these thoughts and beliefs were formed at the subconscious level. Nevertheless, they were questions which needed to be answered either consciously or unconsciously. All of the above and much more had to happen in the minds of Jeff Bezos and the others who supported him in the early days of Amazon. At this point, Amazon is still just a thought in the minds of these individuals. However, as these questions are answered, this thought begins to take form.

Conscious Evolution:

What is conscious evolution? Higher consciousness is the idea that the human experience will begin to shift as we collectively increase in our awareness and personal development. We begin to shift into a higher collective experience because we are beginning to recognize and utilize our abilities as creative forces here on earth.

Conscious evolution is the idea that it is possible to have a more enlightened and “awakened” experience here on earth. For example, a person who has been able to shift their emotional states to a point where they no longer experience fear has effectively achieved a “higher consciousness” and exists in a new state of reality. Their reality has shifted to support their new internal states.

If we believe that we exist in an infinite living mind, the idea of conscious evolution has much to do with our expanding experience. How is this the case? Well, let’s say that hypothetically there are 100 people living on an island. As these people collectively begin to align their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs more with love, courage, and optimism, the “universal consciousness” of that 100-person island will shift. The 100 people will collectively have a better experience because the collective whole has achieved a state of higher consciousness.

These ideas of a “higher consciousness” make more sense when we consider ourselves living in a universal and collective mind. In the same way that a person’s individual situation improves when they shift from being afraid to being courageous, the collective consciousness will shift into a higher state of being when we collectively rid ourselves of beliefs, thoughts, and “vibrations” that are not serving of where we want to go.

Conscious evolution is a confusing topic with a lot of “fake gurus” peddling confusing answers.

On this episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast, I talk to Lucas Heisserer about conscious evolution and we get to the bottom of how this might actually work in the “real world”.

You see, here’s the issue: if the idea of a universal mind is indeed factual… If we all really do exist in an infinite living mind… It should be somehow logically provable. It should explainable. In today’s world, it is so easy for folks who are uneducated to create misleading content that fails to actually explain and explore the realities of our situation. This comment is not intended to put others down but instead to encourage a greater depth of questioning when it comes to the topic of universal mind, consciousness, the law of attraction, and other universal laws.
In order for these theories to be taken seriously by the mainstream world, it is necessary to have a logical answer to the question “what is consciousness” that relies on greater explanation than what exists on the average Instagram user’s feed.

If we consider that we do in fact exist in a sort of infinite living mind, this could dispel much of the confusion around the topic of spirituality in general.

For example, is god real? Honestly, in the modern “spiritual awakening” crowd, “the universe” is often used as the new name for god. Even if the user of this phrase does not actually mean for “the universe” to replace the word “god”, this often seems to be the case.

Growing up in the Christian fundamentalist church, I’m quite familiar with the type of vocabulary used in those circles… The types of quotes and explanations that are used to describe complex situations and scenarios:

“God has got your back”

“God is watching out for you”

“Trust in God and he will provide”

“You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength”

etc. etc. etc.

I cannot tell you how many times i’ve seen almost those exact phrases but replaced with “the universe” instead of “God”.

For example, the Instagram page “Healing Energy Tools” provides a daily update on what “the universe” would have you do… Take this example from their “October 10th, 2018” post:

“The universe is saying to you today: Look within and find what warms your heart and allow it to lead you towards joy, accomplishment and happiness. You have within you the power to choose and create the kind of life that you wish to experience”

What the hell is actually being expressed here??

Please do not mistake what I’m saying: I certainly agree with the overall theme of this message.

You do indeed have the power to choose and create the kind of life you wish to experience.

However, the reason for that is not because “the universe” authorizes or approves you to do so… Thinking and reasoning along these lines is how we will create new explanations that continue to not make any sense, not persuade anyone at the collective level, and not make any real impact on the world.

For these ideas of universal consciousness to have impact, they have to make sense.

Superfluid Vacuum Theory

Are you familiar with Superfluid Vacuum Theory (SVT)?

Basically, the theory that space is a sort of superfluid. The fluid would have to have a viscosity (aka a “thickness”) of zero, meaning that it is not exactly noticeable… Effectively, this theory suggests that space and “the universe” is primarily a sort of watery substance.

Sound a bit crazy? Here are two videos to get you thinking about this theory, presented by folks with way more knowledge of traditional physics and quantum theory than I possess here today in December of 2018:

Here’s a link for an in-depth theory relating to this idea.

Is space water? Sounds a tad crazy, doesn’t it?

Let’s give this a bit of thought. Honestly, I’ve been exploring this narrative for several months now and have been attempting to take a layman’s perspective on this theory. In other words, I know almost nothing of physics, quantum theory, complex mathematics, biology, or chemistry. However, what I can offer is an “Average Joe’s” analysis of this theory and how it might factor into the larger universe. Could it be possible that we are neglecting logic in the favor of complex sounding theories with difficult descriptions? Only one way to find out…

So let’s try assuming that the Universe is water and see where it goes.

What would also have to be true?

If the Universe is fundamentally water (again, a superfluid with a viscosity of zero), then you and I can act as stones in the pond. In other words, in the same way that we might throw stones in the pond, we could similarly have an impact on our surrounding world through the universal law of cause and effect. For example, if we want to “manifest” a certain outcome, perhaps taking action towards achieving that goal via changing our thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs about the world could result in the intended effect because we are behaving like the rock in the pond? Is this why the Law of Attraction seems to work?

To further illustrate this point, let’s take another example:

Think about the Butterfly Effect… Namely, that small changes in the universe can have a “ripple effect” that eventually turns into a much larger change further down the chain of cause and effect.

The example we use is the meeting of my Mom with a person named Lee Garth. Long story short: when my Mom was attending college, she entered an elevator to find herself with Lee Garth. A conversation broke out and my Mom found herself getting invited to a local church. This church would eventually lead my Mom to meet my Dad, resulting in me. The birth of me resulted in my parent’s decision to homeschool me, bring me to church, and do other parent things. Their decision to raise me in that environment would ultimately lead to me leaving the church  and later on attending Lycoming College in PA where I would enroll in ROTC. I would join the Army, move to Germany, marry a woman, consume psychedelics discover that I’m gay, start podcasting, begin sharing wild and crazy ideas, and perhaps influence some people to think more openly about human evolution.

All of this (and much more) because my Mom entered that elevator with Lee Garth and they began talking.

And what prompted that discussion?

Well, obviously, Lee Garth had to first find Christianity, become a pastor, start a church, enter an elevator, speak with my Mom, invite her to church, etc. etc… Each of those incidents had to involve its own set of causes and effects that stretch backwards in his own timeline. Similarly, my Mom had her own story of how she found herself in that elevator. Likewise, my Dad would have his own series of causes and effects to spur him towards meeting my Mom at a Christian conference in Indiana.

What is the “cause” of these ripples? Again, we have thought at the center of it all. Thinking about our lives and how to improve them… Thinking about choices and changes in directions that potentially alter the course of history when they all begin to interconnect and morph with one another.

Could it be that our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and action are like ponds in the pool?

Thought is the originator of that great chain that eventually leads a person to take action and impact the world around them… To become a stone in the infinite pond that is the universe. If space is indeed a superfluid of sorts, then perhaps our thoughts are the wavelengths that create ripple effects on the world. In other words, that’s WHY the world seems to respond to our minds. That is the reason behind why the Law of Attraction and similar modalities “work”… We are literally bending reality around our minds through use of projecting wavelengths out into the universe. These wavelengths are what cause the ripples that produce cause and effect at massive scale. When we create a large enough ripple, we successfully influence the world by creating enough of a “cause” to have a massive effect.

Of course, this is all just going off assuming that it is true that the universe is a superfluid. Obviously, that is still being determined. However, if we begin to conduct a few thought experiments around this idea, it could explain some of the phenomenon in our world that defies our current models of explanation and understanding.

Esoteric tradition has been saying for millennia that “All is Mind” or that “the universe is mental”. In many of these texts, the universe is referred to as a “living brain” or an “infinite living mind”.

Perhaps we exist in the brain fluid of that infinite mind?

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a moment and consider the Water Molecule.

I am about to take a side-step away from logic and science and crossover into “hippy woowoo spiritual land”…

In early January of 2019, I had a dream. In that dream, I was told to take a look at the water molecule because it has some clues to this question. I woke up, filled with skepticism, and quickly Googled “water molecule”… here is a photo of what one looks like if you’re not too familiar:

A water molecule looks quite a bit like the top of the Inverted Tree of Life… Essentially, the Chakra system of Kaballah:

 

Kaballah is an ancient Jewish branch of the mystic and occult tree. Allegedly, it comes to us from Moses. The story is that when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments for the people, he also gave him the Kaballah for the initiated priesthood under his brother Aaron. The traditions of Kaballah can be explored at-length through The Zohar and other holy texts of Jewish mysticism.

Kaballah revolves around the Inverted Tree of Life system. Essentially, the teachings argue for the existence of a chakra system inside every human. This is our connection with the divine world and the heart of our spiritual power. Kabbalists teach that becoming aware of this power and our innate connection to the divine world is our ultimate purpose here on the earth… By connecting with our divine origins, we self-realize into our full spiritual power, thereby empowering us to have the most impact in the world.

The Inverted Tree of Life contains three pillars. There is the right pillar of justice, the left pillar of mercy, and the central pillar of neutrality. The right pillar is associated with masculine energy, the left with feminine energy, and the middle with neutral energy.

Perhaps there are clues hidden here? Maybe this slight connection between Kaballah and the idea of water could give us a clue of where to look? Maybe there’s some keys in the principle of gender to be understood?

Principle Of Gender And Consciousness

So what is consciousness?

It appears to be a connection created by thought. Again, when we examine our reality, thought is at the core of everything. If we believe in some sort of divine creator, we could imagine that this divine being thought us into creation. The Hermetic Principle of Correspondance tells us that “as above, so below” meaning that the laws on the higher planes of reality are reflected in the lower planes of correspondance on this plane where we find ourselves. Worded simply: heaven and earth operate on the same laws… The difference is a matter of degree, not a matter of type.

Is thought where this conversation ends?

Upon further consideration, thought appears to be half the puzzle. When we examine the Principle of Gender, we remember that there are two halves to all coins. All truths are but half-truths. Everything in the universe exists along a polarity. When it comes to the framework of reality, we might consider that this Principle of Gender must be expressed. What is the Principle of Gender? It is the idea that there is a masculine and feminine aspect to all of creation… There is a “yin” and “yang” expressed in everything we observe.

When it comes to deciding upon a set framework of reality, it would be logical to presume that there is a masculine and feminine form. If we explore the Principle of Gender, we find that the idea of thought is associated with masculine energy. Emotion is the primary force of feminine energy. When we consider feminine force, we are discussing ideas of creativity, nurturing, self-care, emotion, generation, daydreaming, and passive energy. Inside of every human is both sides of the Principle of Gender… Both men and women contain feminine and masculine aspects. When these aspects are out of balance, they can result in trouble. For example, a man who refuses to take a break, consider his emotions, or be nurturing to his family might find himself suffering from family or health concerns. Similarly, a woman who exists only in her feminine energy might never execute her business ideas, become disciplined enough to maintain a workout regime, or might fail to meet deadlines for getting into university. These are just some simple examples but it is important to understand that the Principle of Gender has nothing really to do with sex… It has everything to do with how the energies in our bodies are balanced.

Similarly, we see the Principle of Gender reflected in the natural world. We observe masculine energy at-work when the waves of the ocean crash onto the shore. We see the feminine energy at-work when the waves return back to the ocean, gathering energy to make their next crash. In the esoteric tradition, the atom is understood to be a manifestation of this principle: the proton is associated with masculine energy and the electron is feminine. Again, “as above so below”… The reason we observe the Principle of Gender existing in the universe is because it can be expressed through the very fundamental building blocks of reality.

However, this still does not answer our question… What is consciousness?

Thought Vs. Emotion

The Principle of Gender expresses that feminine emotional energy is combined with the thinking masculine energy in all aspects of life.

Therefore, it must be true that this is expressed in all aspects of creation down to the very foundations of what we observe.

If thought is the divine masculine force behind creation, what is the divine emotional force?

Maybe it is just… emotion?

Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”… but couldn’t we also say “I feel, therefore I am”? Two sides of the same coin… Both are reflected in reality: thought and emotion.

When we are answering the question of “what is consciousness”, perhaps it is a two-pronged approach? It is not “this or that”… Just as we disregard our own emotional intelligence and live in our masculine energy, we oftentimes act too emotionally towards one another. Instead of regarding a person with love and compassion, we lash out in anger or frustration during an argument. Instead of approaching a person with compassion, we respond from our own insecurity and fear. Similarly, instead of utilizing the divine gift of our minds to accomplish our goals, we fall prey to our own fears. You see, everything is a spectrum:

Fear ———————— Courage

Hate ———————- Love

Masculine ————– Feminine

Balance ————– Instability

This is the Hermetic Principle of Correspondance expressed… Everything in the universe exists along a spectrum. All truths are half-truths.

So perhaps we could say that thought and emotion are two sides of the same coin?

Is thought the opposite of emotion or are they two separate spectrums all together?

It would seem they both fall under the idea of “experience”. Again, to paraphrase Descartes: “I experience, therefore I am”.

We are having this experience of our thoughts and emotions at-work.

This experience is what connects us with our world, reality, and ourselves.

Universal Consciousness

So what does this mean for consciousness? Has our question been answered?

All this post has proven to do so-far is to loop back to “yes, we appear to be having an experience”. What does this have to do with consciousness? Again, this is the basic framework that philosophers and scientists have questioned for thousands of years. At the end of the day, it has proved difficult to break free from Descartes original notion of “I think, therefore I am”… In other words, this idea of our own experience of the world being all that we can really be “sure” exists. How can we somehow prove our experience? How can we validate scientifically that we are, indeed, conscious?

How can we prove that reality is more than meets the eye? That there is more going on here than just what our experiences and sense would suggest… That consciousness might even exist after death or perhaps that there is some divine purpose behind all that is going on in this reality. How can we get to the bottom of consciousness and what it is all about?

Is it even necessary?

Well… frankly… seemingly No!

The whale does not care if the Homo Sapiens ever figure out what’s going on here. How can it benefit the monkey or the rabbit if we deduce the true meaning of reality? Do the aliens in outer space give a damn? If we never answer this question, won’t the universe just keep going on?

I propose that it does matter.

Why? Because we hold onto this selfish idea that we have to know what is going on around here. For our own sake, it is an important question to answer. Even if the whale, the monkey, and the rabbit could care less, WE care. Why? Why do we care?

Going back to Descartes, one of his theories was that BECAUSE thought is our validation of our existence, anything that we comprehend is possible, important, and worth considering. He tried to use this line of reasoning as a “proof” for the existence of God: namely that because humans have a comprehension and curiosity around this idea of God, there must be something there to explore, right? If there was simply no God, then it would not be an idea in the back of our collective mind. He tried to use this reasoning to prove the existence of an actual deity. Personally, I think he’s mis-aligned. We cannot use that line of reason to prove the existence of a bearded God living up on a cloud… The two ideas are not co-dependent. However, he is onto something.

I would argue that it MUST be important to answer the question “what is consciousness” precisely because it has stuck around for so long.

Obviously, it is a question we value…

There is some hidden importance in this question that we intuitively know is important beyond our scared selves wanting to figure out what’s going to happen after we die… For some reason, we feel it has global significance that extends beyond the human species. For some reason, this idea seems paramount to the human experience.

Who are we?

Why are we here?

Where are we going?

These questions all remain unanswered. These questions are not going anywhere which speaks to their significance. Perhaps there is a divine purpose behind the answering of these questions and that somehow their answering will bring us in closer connection with ourselves, the planet, the animals, the plants, and all of the universe. Could it be the case that answering these questions will somehow allow the planet to come together and journey into the stars? If we discovered the truth of this question and answered “what is consciousness?”, maybe the answer will be more impactful than we know? If we knew that answering this question somehow saved our world and perhaps the universe itself, would we be more motivated to find the answer?

Here’s what I think: the reason these questions stick around is because we are attempting to solve our divine connection with one another.

Answering these questions about consciousness extends beyond ourselves. The answer to this question is that our thoughts and emotions connect us together in a global or perhaps universal consciousness that extends out infinitely in all directions. The implications of this being true are profound and of vital importance to the human experience. Understanding our divine connection with one another could mean the end of war, famine, and our extension into the stars.

The truth is that if we exist in a divine mind, that means our minds are one.

If our emotions are tied to the emotional divine mother, then our hearts are one.

We are all of us one.

We are one with the universe and all of creation.

This is different than us being connected… Obviously we are connected.

We are much more than connected… We are literally the same. Every fiber of our being speaks to this divine oneness. We exist in a world of our own collective thoughts, powered by our collective emotion. The two are symbiotic and they exist at scale.

This is why it is paramount to have balance and health internally… Our internal struggles are magnified out into the collective consciousness. By overcoming internal adversity, we contribute to the whole. When we help someone less fortunate, we help ourselves. By loving and respecting one another, we are loving and respecting ourselves. If we fail to love and accept each other, it is only because we fail to love and accept ourselves. If we fail to help each other, it is because we often fail in helping ourselves.

When we change on the inside, everything on the outside changes to reflect.

We are all of us one.

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