"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
“The world we have created is a product of our way of thinking.”
– Albert Einstein
“Basic Call to Consciousness”: Today the species of Man is facing a question of the very survival of the species. The way of life known as Western Civilization is on a death path… Our essential message to the world is a basic call to consciousness…The technologies and social systems which have destroyed the animal and plant life are also destroying the native people.
– Iroquois People to the UN
Consciousness is responsible for how we perceive, interpret and interact with our external world. It filters our reality based on the limitations of our senses, our beliefs and our memories from our prior experiences. Most of our actions are based on subconscious habits formed at a very early age from the authority figures in our lives, by early traumatic experiences, or by societal conditioning. These habits served our ancestors well in ancient times when change was very gradual or non-existent. In modern times where the only constant is change itself or adherence to long established beliefs, resistance to change and closed mindedness do not serve use well and are even leading to our eventual demise.
How can we change our consciousness (e.g. our thinking and our way of perceiving and acting upon the external modern world) that insures that we will have a sustainable and just world for all? Since all of our actions arise out of conscious intent, perhaps a good place to start is to look to our thinking and how we can better adapt it to the the constant barrage of change we now experience.
What is consciousness anyway? There seems to be no single or universally accepted view that adequately explains what consciousness is or how it works. Is consciousness merely the bi-product of physical brain processes or is it something that transcends brain functioning? Why is it that something we are all so intimately familiar with so difficult to explain?
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that a core aspect of our consciousness is much more expansive and transcends the natural boundary of our physical body and our normal sensory mechanisms. This "non-local" consciousness is based on evidence that is now available from contemporary science and medicine that suggests that consciousness is operates well beyond what the 20th century paradigm can account for using the existing world view of the nature of consciousness.
Since the 17th century science has been based on the belief that all phenomena are the results of blind but predictable interactions with matter and that consciousness has no direct influence on it. This concept has led to an external, distinct reductionist view of reality and a materialistic focus – one of consumption, competition, conflict and domination. However, by the end of the 20th century, new scientific evidence has emerged from several new fields of study from quantum mechanics to chaos theory and even the study of so-called supernatural phenomena that render the reductionist and materialist view of reality not only untenable, but incorrect as well. Instead, a new paradigm is surfacing which:
Places great emphasis on consciousness and its role in the creation, interaction and interpretation of physical reality;
Reality is not a separate external affair. Instead it is a holistic, interconnected matrix where all parts influence, interact and operate in harmony with one another;
Information and consciousness are key aspects of reality, They are never lost and meaning is assigned to this information by consciousness and not independent of it.
These concepts are true at a deep and fundamental level of existence.
Peter Russell on the mystery of consciousness
Throughout the ages great spiritual teachers from all traditions have spoken of reality being a limitless, transcendent, and interconnected wholeness. Partly as a result of the legacy of the French philosopher Descartes and the separations of the domains of religious and scientific thought, this expanded view of reality has been ignored by modern science. That view is referred to as the dualistic view. In contrast the new view is referred to as the non-dualistic view of reality where there is no distinction between subjective experience (self) and objective experience (external objects). Our spiritual teachers have taught us for millennia that we all have the ability to experience this non-duality including transcendent states of awareness, interconnectedness with all that exists, and accessing the inherent ability to operate from a place of agape love. All these phenomena are demonstrably resident in the human condition and are now being recognized as fundamental properties of our being.
Transcendent states have been visited and described for millennia by both our ancestors and contemporaries. These enlightened individuals have been called by many names including avatars, mystics, sages, saints, gurus and shamans. By whatever name they have been called, they all held a similar world view and advocated oneness, unconditional (agape) love, living harmoniously with nature and with one’s fellow humans, and recognizing the interconnectedness and interdependence of one holistic creation.
This hypothesis of interconnectedness, proposed by ancient sages from many pre-scientific cultures, is now beginning to be explored and tested. To create the fundamental shift in consciousness necessary to preserve civilization and all life on our planet, more experimental and theoretical investigations and practices are needed to fully understand and test the implications of these unifying approaches to Nature and our relationship to it. The goal is to fully integrate the reductionist, and purely materialistic view, characterized by classical Newtonian science, with the non-dualistic holistic view in a manner that addresses a consciousness of wholeness and one where transcendent states of awareness are easily obtainable. This holistic view can then be applied to the macroscopic world including all of earth's living systems and especially to humanity.
This practical and experiential approach to exploring consciousness as an instrument for the betterment of humankind is one of the primary goals of The Connection Partners.
For more information on the nature of consciousness and the larger reality check out the following papers:
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