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What is Consciousness

The Last Trip – Occurred in the early 1970’s – by Ean McClane

After one week of backpacking alone along the Coffee Creek trail into the Sawtooth Mountain range of the Trinity Alps of northern California, I hadn’t spoken a word for the whole week. The normal noisy chatter in my mind had quieted down into silence. My awareness was only of Nature and the sore legs and back of my body.

As darkness fall over my campsite that evening, I started a small camp fire to boil water for tea. I peaked at the dancing fire light striking my hiking boots, and suddenly I became aware that my consciousness was observing everything as if from a single point. I realized that I am that single point of conscious perception. I then saw as I looked up and around from the perspective of this single conscious point that all of creation was filled with and made from such points and I was aware that all these points were the same point. I then became all of these points and all of these points became me. I became omnipresent in the universe.

It seemed to me that a conscious light fills and saturates space as if it comes from everywhere, from all directions, from outside and beyond the edges of space time. As these beams of conscious light intersect and merge, they manifest and fill all of space-time with myriad individual points of consciousness. Since the conscious light is shining forth from One, all of these conscious intersection points are One and the same conscious point. I am that One Point. I perceive the manifested universe as if from this One point. This point is I am that I am.

A humble attempt at explaining and understanding this experience.

Ever since the Last Trip I have studied and built a mental model that would support the experience and realizations. The result follows:

Quantum Field Theory (QFT) as postulated by Julian Schwinger, suggests that the manifested universe that we are aware of consists of Collapsing Probability Wave Functions (CPWFs). These waves of probabilities create a quantum field by permeating and saturating what Einstein called space-time. These CPWFs carry information that affects their interactions and behaviors. Space-time is thus a quantum field of un-manifested probabilities, or as Maharishi and others call it: “The Field of All Possibilities”.

When the myriad CPWFs that permeate space-time intersect and interact, just as coherent light does in a hologram, they form what we perceive as atomic and sub-atomic particles. These particles are just the intersecting and merging CPWFs that have manifested a probability of One. These particles behave and move about in space-time according to the information contained in the CPWFs that manifested them . Mankind has labeled this information “The Laws of Nature”. Mankind has also labeled the movement and interaction of particles as energy.

The CPWFs move and assemble these particles in purposeful ways, in accordance with the information that they carry. We perceive these movements and assemblages of particles as matter. Matter is an assemblage of collapsing probability waves that manifest the information that they contain. These particles assemble into atomic elements which assemble into molecules which assemble into cells which eventually assemble into the bodies that we identify with. All of these assemblies are manifested in accordance with the information contained in the CPWFs.

The information contained in these CPWFs manifest what we perceive as the atmosphere, water, earth, fire, food, our bodies, the world, and the universe. It seems to us as if nothing exists ‘outside’ of this manifested universe. Since the information contained in the CPWFs is invisible to our senses, it seems as if there is no purpose to their manifestations. But when we are quiet and sensitive enough, and we pay attention, we can perceive the information that causes the CPWFs to move and assemble the known universe.

When we perceive the information in the CPWFs we become aware of the purpose of life. We become aware that mind is a manifestation of these CPWFs. We become aware that as an information-containing CPWF itself, the mind can modify and affect the Quantum Field and thus affect the information contained in the CPWFs. Mind can modify the probability functions and the information content of the CPWFs that permeate the Quantum Field. This is the source of miracles. This is also why scientists must perform experiments with double-blind participants. It’s also the Secret taught by all of the effective human potential teachings.

We thus become aware that our perceptions are actually the information flow contained in these waves. This means that consciousness is the flow of information in the waves. Awareness is the flow of this consciousness in matter. Perception is the identification of this consciousness as MY awareness due to the mind’s identification with a body. It is consciousness that informs the waves and thus it is consciousness that informs these waves with the purpose and direction of manifested existence. It is consciousness that is the basis of I am that I am.

The ancient Greeks referred to this kind of silent, invisible heart-based communication as aesthesis, which means “to breathe in.”

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What Happens During Meditation?

Meditation is the art and science of relaxing, quieting, and setting aside the mind. With practice we master this art just like a musician masters her instrument. We begin to notice that, what remains when the quiet mind is set aside, is a clear and peaceful space where Being resides. As we rest in this Being we start to recognize it as our true Self. We remember this place, it becomes familiar to us again. It is the Source and the root of our conscious awareness.

We knew and resided in this place when we were very young but forgot it as we gradually learned knowledge of the world. Language filled our mind and we attached words to everything. Eventually we started believing in things that were not true. Things like we are a separate individual apart from the rest of nature. This one erroneous thought causes most of our anxiety and depression. This one thought triggers loneliness, fear, helplessness, and even anger. The emotional flinch reaction from these feelings causes a contraction of the flow of life force that animates our being, our body. When this flow of Chi or Prana is diminished we lose consciousness. We meditate to relax the flinch reaction and to regain this lost consciousness.

Psychologists call this loss ‘unconsciousness’, ‘the unconscious mind’ or ‘the collective unconscious’. We discover that much of our suffering begins in this part of our minds that have become numb from repression, denial, and neglect. As we open up and embrace these lost parts of our mind we become more alive and aware again. We remember who we really are and that the Universe is actually a Benevolent place to live. There is nothing to fear, nothing to repair, nothing to improve. We regain our true nature which is Pure Being. We live in ever new conscious Bliss. We Love freely without fear, without conditions, without limitation. Time to Meditate now.

What is Meditation?

The classical description of meditation is that it is the relaxation of the mind and body and the expansion of the heart into intuitive awareness. This is a mental and verbal description using the symbols of words to describe a wordless and transcendental process.

The actual experience of meditation far surpasses what words can describe since it reaches into and affects the deeper wordless recesses of the mind. Much of our feeling sense is in the heart and when the heart expands during meditation we feel this expansion as a loving kindness. When this flow of the natural love of the heart is turned upwards towards the spiritual eye we feel spiritual devotion, upliftment, and ascension. This devotion into the cosmic flow is what liberates us from our small self definition that we refer to as the ego. We become aware of who we really are – a spirit without bounds.

The masters of this intuitive awareness have throughout the ages proclaimed that meditation is the most accessible way to realize this expansive spiritual oneness. There are other ways to achieve this awareness such as many of the shamanic practices, near death experiences, spontaneous and mystical realizations, various therapeutic modalities, etc. Meditation is a simple method that we can all utilize in the comfort and ease of our own home, in our own space and time.

It takes practice to master the art and science of meditation. While one can read about meditation and begin a practice based upon that understanding, it may be optimal to refer to a person that has meditated for a period of time so that the deeper understanding of the art can be conveyed. Meditation is an art because the process of deepening awareness and understanding is creative and intuitive in its nature. The scientific aspect of meditation is due to the actual practice itself, of preparation, sitting, breathing, focusing, and releasing.

Mind and Brain

The mind is the first manifestation of cosmic Consciousness.

Consciousness is one of the three identifiable aspects of the cosmic Trinity. Those three cosmic aspects are Sat, Chit, and Ananda – which translate into Being, Consciousness, and Bliss. The mind is a mirror that reflects the emanations of the cosmic trinity back to itself.

Cosmic Consciousness thinks or dreams the manifested world into apparent existence by reflecting thoughts in the mind. So all of existence, or the universe as we know it, is a projection of thought-manifestations and it is the Cosmic Consciousness that perceives or is aware of the reflection of these mental thought-manifestations. There is no actual separate existence. All of apparent existence is a reflection of projected and reflected thoughts in the manifested mind of cosmic Consciousness.

When the evolution of thoughts reflected in the mind finally projects a body of cells with a nervous system and a brain, it is only the universal Consciousness that is aware of the reflection of nervous impulses that this body and brain produce. There really isn’t anybody home in these projected minds and bodies, only  a cosmic Consciousness that is aware of the reflected thought-projections.

We as scientific-materialistic humans think that it is our brains that are conscious and aware, but it is actually cosmic Consciousness that projects and perceives the reflection of all atoms, molecules, and nerve cells. The body and brain are only an apparent pathway of sensation.

The “Fall of Man” that is spoken about in most of the Genesis stories on this planet refers to the process that has occurred whereby the cosmic Consciousness forgets that the reflections in the mind are its own projections and, just like watching a movie, thinks that it IS all of the thoughts in the mind including thinking that it IS the body. It then takes on a game of individuality we call the ego with all its limitations and fears.

It’s similar to when we humans go to the movies – we enter into the world of the story of projected images and sounds and we forget that we are actually in the audience watching a projection. The world around us is a similar projection and, by mastering our consciousness, we can return to being aware that we are only a witness of this projection. We as Masters can even control the projection of world-creating thoughts and thus perform so-called miracles.

Enlightenment is returning to the perspective where the Cosmic “I” remembers that it projects a manifestation of minds, thoughts, bodies, and brains, and lives as a projected thought in these bodies but no longer limits its identity to those bodies. Enlightenment is simply a change of perspective, a remembering of who we really are.