In this article we will now begin a 27-part series on aspects of consciousness. We will discuss consciousness and unity, mainstream ideas of consciousness, consciousness units, and the effects of a unified consciousness otherwise called the ‘non-local mind’.
From there we will go into a deeper discussion of various aspects of the mind and emotions from both a spiritual and a scientific viewpoint.
We will begin now with a look at consciousness as a unified phenomenon among all in reality, seen and unseen.
“For science the great miracle to be explained is the physical universe. For esoteric philosophy the great miracle is human consciousness.”1
As it is said in Sufism, “The Truth is also seeking the Seeker.”
Consciousness, in Cosmic Core, is based upon a few key premises:
The Universe is Infinite and Unified.
All in reality, seen and unseen, interpenetrates.
All points in space, time and consciousness are connected.
Everything contains consciousness, without exception.
Infinity is Unified
“The universe is infinite. This has yet to be proven or disproven, but we can assure you that there is no end to your selves, your understanding, what you would call your journey of seeking, or your perceptions of the creation. That which is infinite cannot be many, for many-ness is a finite concept. To have infinity you must identify or define the infinity as unity; otherwise, the term does not have any referent or meaning. In an Infinite Creation there is only unity. You have seen simple examples of unity. You have seen the prism which shows all colors stemming from the sunlight. This is a simplistic example of unity.”2
The Key to Unity is Infinity
Unity does not mean everyone becomes homogenized – a mass of undifferentiated clones.
Within Unity, individuality and freedom of choice is a universal right.
Unity alludes to a greater, deeper connection between all consciousnesses.
Unity does not mean all consciousnesses are the same, or need to be the same. Be different. Be unique. Be eccentric. Be who you want to be. Stay true to yourself at all costs.
Within Unity there is room for Infinite expressions.
Each expression is equal – equal in validity, importance and worth – equal but different.
Evolving towards Unity does not mean everyone must become the same; be the same; think the same; act the same. No – everyone must become more of themselves within the framework of knowing that everyone is connected to all else and then respecting that knowledge by acting ethically in all regards.
When you recognize the connection you recognize how your thoughts, words, and actions affect all others.
Would you cut off your own foot? So why would you cut down another human? Why would you insult and damn another human? Why would you hurt another person or animal? Why would you destroy life in whatever form it exists?
If you recognized the true meaning of Unity, you would not harm another, or take advantage of another, knowing as an individual each is a part of yourself.
This is Multiplicity within Unity – the Archetypal Principles of 1-10 that are covered in extreme detail in Cosmic Core.
Keith Critchlow writes in Time Stands Still, “The ‘concrete’ reality for traditional societies was metaphysical and grounded in the gods, whereas in our contemporary Western society it is literal and grounded in mechanisms. Hence our contemporary repetitive concrete ‘boxes’ – the tower blocks, flats and offices – proclaim an equality of identity to such a degree that they become mechanically identical and therefore anonymous, thereby denying the first law of the natural order of manifestation – variety and multiplicity in Unity, or uniqueness in unicity.”
We are meant to be unique individuals – rising to our own unique highest potential for the greatest good. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you need to be a conformist. Be yourself. Love yourself. Have compassion for others.
Many brilliant thinkers past, present and future spoke of the inherent oneness they knew existed among all things in reality. The saying ‘We are all One’ has almost become a trite spiritual saying because it has been said so many times without full comprehension. However it is not trite, it is truth, and in Cosmic Core we explore this idea from many angles, both scientific and spiritual, ancient and modern.
Bruce Rawles writes, “In nature, we find patterns, designs and structures from the most minuscule particles, to expressions of life discernible by human eyes, to the greater cosmos. These inevitably follow geometrical archetypes, which reveal to us the nature of each form and its vibrational resonances. They are also symbolic of the underlying metaphysical principle of the inseparable relationship of the part to the whole. It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.”3
In 1670 Leibniz stated, “Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another.”
John Donne spoke of this connection in his famous poem, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”
“The worlds are so composed that each one is a part of each other one, and there is no disconnecting. There is no place or space, psychological [or] psychic, where those worlds exist apart from each other.”4
Meher Baba says, “You and I are not ‘we’; you and I are One.”
And in 1947 the brilliant Walter Russell wrote, “This New Age is marking the dawn of a new world-thought. That new thought is a new cosmic concept of the value of human to human. The whole world is discovering that all humankind is one and that the unity of humanity is real – not just as abstract idea. Humankind is beginning to discover that the hurt of any human hurts every human, and conversely, the uplift of any human uplifts every human.”
So, “Let us remember that we are all one. This is the great learning/teaching. In this unity lies love. In this unity lies light. Unity, love, light, and joy; this is the heart of the evolution of the spirit.”5
As we see in Article 99 this “Unity Principle” has gone by many names:
|Idea of Unity||18th – 20th Century Researchers|
|Anamorphosis||Ludwig von Bertalanffy|
|Astral Light||H.P. Blavatsky|
|Biomagnetism||George De la Warr|
|Elan Vital||Henri Bergson|
|Eloptic Energy||Thomas Galen Hieronymus|
|Etheric Formative Forces||Rudolf Steiner|
|Gestaltung||Johann Wolfgang von Goethe|
|Integrative Tendency||Arthur Koestler|
|Lebenskraft (Vital Force)||Samuel Hahnemann|
|Life Fields (L-fields)||Harold Saxon Burr|
|Life Force||Luigi Galvani|
|Morphogenetic (M) – Fields||Rupert Sheldrake|
|Magnetic Fluid||Anton Mesmer|
|Magnetoelectricity||William T. Tiller|
|Negative Energy||Erwin Schroedinger|
|Noetic Energy||Charles Muses|
|Od, Odyllic, Odic Force||Karl von Reichenbach|
|Orgone Energy||Wilhelm Reich|
|Primary Perception||Cleve Backster|
|Psi Faculty||J.B. Rhine|
|Psi Plasma||Andrija Puharich|
|Psionics||John W. Campbell|
|Psychotronic Energy||Robert Pavlita|
|Synchronicity||Carl Gustav Jung|
|Unitary Principle in Nature||Lancelot Law Whyte|
|Universal Energy Field||Barbara Brennan|
|Will to Live||Western Medicine|
What we see is that “there is a Unitary Principle at work (which goes under various names) that counteracts entropy and is being mostly ignored by the mainstream. Many go through mainstream training in physics, they are informed there is no unified field theory and so some of them decide to go and invent their own pet theories; they do this rather than realize that there is an existing tradition that can be tapped into; merely their education system had decided to not mention it to them.”6
Furthermore, some would think the Principle of Unity was God at work. Others might think it is just a property of Nature. “All depends thus on philosophy. What is natural to one person because of their personal beliefs is not interpreted by another person with a different set of beliefs.”
Important Concepts in a Unified Reality
The visible, physical realm (the ‘real world’) is an emanation into 3D space/time of an invisible parallel universe of time/space.
We cannot fully understand reality without taking account of the invisible source realm it emerges from.
It turns out reality is not a fixed and firm, immutable construct that can be changed only by direct physical or mechanical action. It often behaves more like a lucid dream that can be changed by the power of thought, imagination and will.
‘Thoughts’ are therefore ‘things’. Thoughts have electromagnetic realities.
We should be aware that our thoughts can manifest tangible effects in the ‘real world’.
The Participatory Universe
“The word ‘participation‘ was very popular with the later Platonic philosophers such as Proclus, Iamblichus and Plotinus. This refers to practices – both theoretical and operative – where the human concerned becomes the instrument participating in an objective and philosophical proposition, not merely contemplating it or theorizing about it. This in turn implies that the human mind is capable of participating in a higher or superior intelligence.”7
“You are participators in an immense drama in which the main actions occur outside of your world, in those realms from which your world originated — and you are, foremost, natives of those other realms, as each individual is; as each being is.
Those realms are far from lonely, dark, and chaotic. They are also quite different from any concept of nirvana or nothingness. They are composed of ever-spiraling states of existence in which different kinds of consciousnesses meet and communicate. They are not impersonal realms, but are involved in the most highly intimate interactions. Those interactions exist about you all the while, and I would like you in your thoughts to aspire toward them, to try to stretch your perceptions enough so that you become at least somewhat aware of their existence.”8
Implications of Infinite Oneness
Here are more key aspects of the esoteric stream of knowledge that we are attempting to bring to light. Each of these are discussed in detail throughout the entire Cosmic Core series.
- Reincarnation/life after death/immortality and evolution of the soul
- All points in space and time are connected. This explains telepathy; teleportation; time travel; telekinesis; psychokinesis; psychometry, precognition; retrocausality.
- Every thought, word and action affects all other people and things in life throughout the infinite universe. This explains the idea of creating your own reality; healing with consciousness; and transformation of the spirit and soul.
- If you harm another, you harm yourself. If you judge another you judge yourself. If you lie to another, you lie to yourself. If you shame another, you shame yourself. If you hate another, you hate yourself…etc.
- Karma is real. It is akin to inertia. Forgiveness is the eradicator of karma. None is a victim to their karma once they learn to heal and transform. This involves forgiveness.
- Infinite possibilities/probabilities form layered time. This explains multiple timelines & alternate realities in a multidimensional universe.
- You create your own personal reality through your beliefs, thoughts, and expectations.
- Everyone together creates the mass shared reality.
Consciousness, Energy and Matter are One.
“Scientists say now that energy and matter are one. They must take the next full step to realize that consciousness and energy and matter are one.”9
British physicist and astronomer James Hopwood Jeans writes in The Mysterious Universe, “The stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter…we ought to hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.”
“In the Hindu cosmogony it is matter that has emerged from consciousness, and not the other way around. Or as the Vedas put it, the physical world is brought into being through both the “veiling” and “projecting” powers of consciousness.”10
The brilliant German theoretical physicist Max Planck said, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness… Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
James Hopwood Jeans adds, “I incline to the idealistic theory that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, not consciousness from the material universe…In general the universe seems to me to be nearer to a great thought than to a great machine. It may well be, it seems to me, that each individual consciousness ought to be compared to a brain-cell in a universal mind.”
Keith Floyd, psychologist at Virginia Intermont College agrees, “Contrary to what everyone knows is so, it may not be the brain that produces consciousness, but rather consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain—matter, space, time and everything else we are pleased to interpret as the physical universe.”
“In a universe in which all things are infinitely interconnected, all consciousnesses are also interconnected.”11
Consciousness is the Building Block of the Aether
The Aether is a fluid-like crystallized medium of consciousness.
The fundamental fluctuations of the Aether that create photons are fluctuations of consciousness.
Consciousness is the origin of the universe.
Consciousness is the Divine Thought – the Word – the Logos – Geometric vibrations in ratio.
The universe is the natural extension of divine creativity and intent, lovingly formed from the inside out. There was consciousness before there was matter, not the other way around.
There is no point at which consciousness emerged. Consciousness always was.
Consciousness is within the tiniest particle.
This applies whatever its life conditions seem to be, or however it might seem to lack those conditions we think of as ‘living’. This is called panpsychism.
Before the smallest cell appeared there was the consciousness that formed the cell.
Consciousness predates the physical universe.
Consciousness predates physical forms.
Consciousness predates all of its manifestations.
Consciousness and matter and energy are one, but consciousness initiates the transformation of consciousness into energy and energy into matter.
Consciousness is the agent that directs the transformation of energy into form and of form into energy.
Your consciousness is a part of an infinitely original creative process. Remember, matter, energy and consciousness are one.
Physical reality arises from consciousness, not the other way around – Consciousness forms matter. This really cannot be stressed enough.
Due to consciousness’s role in forming matter every entity (be it human, plant, animal, mineral, photon) is a participator in the creation of the universe, not just an observer.
We create our reality by using our consciousness.
Movements of consciousness include: thoughts, emotions, feelings, beliefs, expectations, intentions, intuition, reasoning, imagination, awareness…etc.
The nature of consciousness is geometric.
Consciousness creates vibrational patterns – oscillating ripples in the Aether. The interference patterns in the oscillating ripples form geometric standing waves. Matter is built or coalesces upon the Aether flow force lines of the geometry.
This relates to the Hermetic principle in the Kybalion – The Principle of Mentalism. Mentalism and Idealism are exchangeable in this regard.
The Kybalion tell us, “The All is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”
“This Principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”; the “Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; “Energy”; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND.
It also explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we “live and move and have our being.
Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental Universe, and to apply the same to his well-being and advancement. ”12
“Physically and psychically the species is connected with all of nature. The species itself arose newly from the womb of timelessness into time. There are channels of interrelatedness, connecting all physical matter – channels through which consciousness flows.
As you live in an obvious physical universe, sharing in its reality, so each of you exists in a far vaster psychological or psychic universe – surrounded by, supported by, and part of psychic or psychological entities infinite in their variety.
Simply enough put, there are as many kinds of consciousnesses as there are particles, and these are combined in infinite fashions. Your consciousness is not one thing like a flashlight, that you possess. It is instead a literally endless conglomeration of points of consciousness, swarming together to form your validity – stamped, as it were, with your identity. Whether dispersed, concentrated in a tight grouping, appearing “alone” or flying through other large swarms, that particular organization represents your identity.
Consciousness itself is independent of any of the forms that it may at one time or another assume. Your recognized consciousness operates as it does because of immense information gathering procedures – procedures that unite all species.
When you ask what is the purpose of consciousness you take it for granted there must be one purpose – where the greater truth and creativity must be that consciousness itself cannot be aware of all of its own purposes, but ever discovers its own nature through its own manifestations.”13
Keith Critchlow writes, “A traditional psychology is one, as defined by F. Schuon, which locates humankind’s consciousness in a spectrum of consciousness, taking into account expressions more subtle and dense than those studied by other psychologies. It incorporates the most inclusive possibilities as well as limitations and accidents, and its aim is unitary consciousness, the fullest realization of potential. This latter has been given many names such as pure being, or enlightenment.”14
The reaching of unitary consciousness is done through four stages or levels.
The four levels also refer to the four levels of knowing. They are:
- Sense data – ‘a confusing multiplicity of sights, sounds, feelings, smells, tastes and so on, pure difference’.
- Recognition – to acquire information
- Knowledge – the ability to recognize or distinguish and agree shared knowledge in order to establish truth.
- Wisdom – the disciplined fourth stage – the distillation of knowledge that refers to seeking the essential values which offer unifying wholeness.
“Sense data is immediate and constantly changing. Information works on a somewhat longer timescale…Knowledge is of a much longer timescale and usually refers to qualities that can be referred to over many, many years. Finally, true wisdom refers to the unchanging qualities that are timeless or as Socrates called them the ‘ever true’.
Such tools at this level are the ‘universal languages’…arithmetic, geometry, harmony or music, and astronomy. They are essential for finding wholeness, the purpose of life and existence itself.”15
In this article we have covered some of the broad, poetic aspects of a unified medium of consciousness that is the source of reality.
We have discussed these concepts in the 137 articles leading up to this one, and we continue to do so, always looking at these themes from various angles and various sources.
If it had to be said, these ideas of unity and consciousness as the creative source of reality would be the absolute most important concepts to understand in all of Cosmic Core.
- Booth, Mark, The Secret History of the World, The Overlook Press, 2010
- Elkins, Reuckert, McCarty, The Law of One, Session 1.7, http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=1
- Rawles, Bruce, The Geometry Code, https://www.geometrycode.com/sacred-geometry/
- Roberts, Jane, The Magical Approach (A Seth Book), Amber-Allen Publishing, 1995
- Elkins, Reuckert, McCarty, The Law of One, Session 52.11, http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=52
- Anderton, Roger J., Lancelot Law Whyte Unitary Field Theory, Proceedings of the NPA, 2010
- Critchlow, Keith, The Hidden Geometry of Flowers: Living Rhythms, Form and Number, Floris Books, 2011
- Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (A Seth Book), Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
- Roberts, Jane, Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume One (A Seth Book), Amber-Allen Publishing, 1986
- Talbot, Michael, The Holographic Universe, Harper Perennial, 1991
- The Seven Hermetic Principles, http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/kyb/kyb04.htm
- Roberts, Jane, The Nature of the Psyche: Its Human Expression (A Seth Book), Amber-Allen Publishing, 1979
- Critchlow, Keith, Time Stands Still: New Light on Megalithic Science, Floris Books, 2nd edition, 2007
- Critchlow, Keith, The Hidden Geometry of Flowers: Living Rhythms, Form and Number, Floris Books, 2011