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CONSCIOUSNESS: WHAT IS IT?

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Where does one even begin to write on the topic of consciousness? The title of this post asks "How Conscious Are You?" Many might say you are or you aren't; either you're awake or you're asleep. Exactly! And yet how many think they are awake when in actuality they go through life in what is effectively a soul slumber.

Furthermore, how address the topic of consciousness unless there is at least a rudimentary understanding of what, in essence, consciousness is. Some say its simply being aware, but then, isn't that just another term for the same thing? 

One thing is certain though, without consciousness there would be nothing out there for us to experience, including ourselves. If it's true, that "to be is to be percieved," (Esse Is Percipi) as George Berkeley, the British philosopher suggested several centuries ago, or as physicist John Wheeer stated, "no phenomenon is a physical phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon" there would be nothing out there for us to be conscious of since its obvious we can only perceive and observe by means of consciousness.

Is it true that everything that is, and everything that happens to us, only exists in our mind, or the one Mind that we, in our individuated state, participate in? If so, what then could be more real than that which reveals the realness of the world to us. However, if we see life dualistically as subject/object, me and them and everything else out there, then what Berkeley and Wheeler declared, along with many other philosohers and scientists, doesn't make much sense. In fact, to our Western culture's sensibilities.  

It is only by means of consciousness that we can know ourselves and whatever else we experience 'out there.' This is why consciousness must forever remain a mystery. How is it possible to objectively discuss something as subjective as consciousness when all we have is consciousness to examine the very consciousness we are examining. Though we might discuss what consciousness does when we're thinking and observing life, that won't tell us what it is, where it comes from or where it goes.

This reminds me of a statement that Erwin Schrodinger made after winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933. "The show that is going on obviously acquires a meaning only with regard to the mind that contemplates it. But what science tells us about this relationship is patently absurd: as if mind had only been produced by the very display that it is now watching."

In other words, if it's only the consciousness of our mind's intelligence that can tell us what consciousness is, then how? -- is it from "the display" that observes itself by means of itself? Since this would be absurd, as Schrodinger states, perhaps the best we can do is observe our inward emotions. I mean, what else is there to go on? That, however, doesn't tell us very much about the essence of consciousness. But how can we measue something so subjective: Again, are we asleep or awake, reactive or active?

If you have read Elysium's Passage, you will know that the book's plot and themes are very much entanged with the topic of consciousness. James, the main character has had an accident and remains unconscious in a year long coma. And yet he, not his body, seems to be more conscious than ever before. How could that be? 

Though there are countless ways to examine the topic of consciousness, I decided to begin with something that might seem a rather surprising notion: What if there was an objective means of measuring levels of consciousness that's not related to once's Intelligence Quotient? Specifically, what if there' was a method to scale and calibrate conscious awareness? If so, we might think of this as our 'CQ' - Consciousness Quotient.

Before considering this intriguing possibility, I have selected some interesting insights on the topic of consciousness from a few enlightened scientists and philosophers. These might give some context and orientation to the questions we are considering. 

"We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Max Planck, Physicist

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Max Planck, Physicist

"In order to awaken, first of all one must realize that one is in a state of sleep. And in order to realize that one is indeed in a state of sleep, one must recognize and fully understand the nature of the forces which operate to keep one in the state of sleep, or hypnosis. It absurd to think that this can be done by seeking information from the very source which induces the hypnosis." G.I Gurdjieff

"In speaking of evolution it is necessary to understand from the outset that no mechanical evolution is possible. The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness." G. I. Gurdjieff

"Let us not forget this: mind is the first and most direct thing in our experience, all else is remote inference." Physicist Werner Heisenberg 

“No phenomenon is a physical phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon. The universe does not exist 'out there,' independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense, this is a participatory universe.” Physicist John Wheeler

"Because men believe they already possess consciousness they give themselves so little effort in acquiring it." Friedrich Nietzsche

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Physicist Albert Einstein 

"The less consciousness we have, the more our actions may be contrary to morality. In any case, the first necessity for moral action is that it must be conscious." P.D. Ouspensky 

“Culture is a plot against the expansion of consciousness.”  Terence McKenna


CALIBRATING CONSCIOUSNESS

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One of the pioneers in the field of examining consciousness was Dr. David Hawkins, MD. PhD (1927-2012). He was an acclaimed psychiatrist, psychologist and philosopher, (see credentials below). Over the years from the early 1950s he wrote extensively on psychiatry and psychology, particularly as it related to addictions. Then later, his focus expanded into the domains of spirituality, consciousness and enlightenment. I know of no one else, other than perhaps Jung, who had more to say on these topics, especially when approached from a non-dualistic perspective. Some of his books include: The Eye of the I; I: Reality and Subjectivity and Transcending the Levels of Consciousness.

I find his writings on non-duality uniquely advanced with their philosophical/spiritual insights. I recommend any of his books as a helpful compendium for Western thinkers wishing to understanding Eastern philosophical perspectives, such as those elucidated in the Bhagavad Gita and other ancient Vedanta writings. 

One of the reasons I bring up Hawkings research and writings on consciousness is because I make reference to him and his research in Book Two, Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures and in Book Three, Elysium's Passage: Mystical Romance. Over the years I've found his writings to be fascinating and at times revelatory.

I say revelatory because Hawkins was up to something far more interesting than what most academics writes about in their papers and textbooks on psychology. What he bacame involved with is a very unique, and often controversial, approach to measuring consciousness, taking the subject far beyond professional musings, to methods of empirical verification.

Specifically, he sought to prove that kinesiology muscle testing can determine the qualitative calibration of each person’s consciousness. Of course this is not the same thing as intelligence quotion testing, which might have little to do with consciousness except in a negative sense. 

Hawkins first popular book, Power vs. Force, became a bestseller that claimed to demonstrate how everything naturally calibrates at its own qualitative conscious level through the universal field of consciousness, as some say. He suggests that (most) anyone in a clear state of mind that calibrates over 200, (out of 1,000) can prove the validity of this methodology by determining levels of consciousness. This includes not just people but books, movies, nations, cultures, etc. One of his books called Truth vs Falsehood is full of tables of consciousness ratings on several topics. 

It’s not my intent to convince anyone of this methodology who might wish to dismiss the credibility of his research. In fact I know of several websites that identify significant problems with the results of the kinesiology methodologies. One of these more credible sites I would recomment for anyone looking int this, is at: http://www.spiritualteachers.org/david-hawkins/.

Many of their conclusions regarding Hawkins' work are not very supportive and often more negative than I would warrant. Nevertheless, I thought it may be useful to introduce these kinesiology procedures to this post should anyone be interested in experimenting for themselves. If there is something to these tests, as I believe there is, the implications for humanity could be enormous.

In any case, let me briefly outline Hawkins’ calibration methodology and the principle behind how these tests are to be conducted. For more detailed information, it is available in detail on the web. Over the years I have experimented with these calibrations, and now have plenty of experience with how it works, although there's more that just one methodology.

Typically, two individual face each other, one with an arm extended and the other interfacing with a couple of fingers on the subject’s wrist. First a statement is made by the tester who, within a second or two, quickly pushes down on the arm of the subject. If the statement is true, the arm remains strong and unmoved, if the statement is false, the arm goes limp after being pushed down lightly with the fingers.

By deduction, one is should be able to determine their level of consciousness by simply saying, "on scale of one to a thousand, such and such's consciousness is (for example) over (or under) 500. The ‘arm’ will respond accordingly by the muscles remaiing strong or going weak. By process of elimination, one finds out what the consciousness is of anyone including that of collectives such as nations.

In fact, Hawkins claimed that by this testing the truth can be determined about anything, not just people. Wouldn't that be great? But is it valid?

For my part, I can attest that I’ve experimented with some very strong men whose extended arms I couldn’t budge. And yet have repeatedly witnessed their arms go weak when a statement is false. They simply give away with very little downward pressure from my two fingers. For example, the statement "refined sugar is good for the body" will make the subject’s arm immediately go limp. I know this sounds incredible, but all I can say is that if it wasn’t for repeatedly experiencing consistent results, I might have long ago dismissed Hawkins calibration theory. After all, it seems outlandish.

To be honest, I’m still not sure how far one should go with drawing conclusions about these calibrations. I suspect the truth is somewhere in between since the calibrations can only be as accurate as the consciousness of those who participate in the tests. In fact, this is why it doesn't work for everyone, particularly those who calibrate below threshold of "200." (See the charts below).  

Even if these tests became accepted as true among professionals, I doubt if the powers of this world would be open to having their consciousnss calibrated, much less known to the public. It is posited by Hawkins that those who wish the most to be control of others have the lowest calibrations since that's always the prideful attitude of the low conscious ego. Under these circumstances, who would allowed themselves to be exposed as unqualified to lead as a consequence of low consciousness.

Thought the ego’s machinations are most obvious among tyrants, how about those in our lives that act under the ruse of ‘serving' but are actually living out their ego's need to control others? And if we are honest, I’m sure we too at times observe this trait within ourselves. It’s claimed in the research there’s always an inverse relationship between higher levels of consciousness and the dominance of the separated mind. But that I mean separated from the heart (soul) centre. The mind becomes darkly ego-centric when not tethered to the hearts conscious light. (See the post on THE EGO MASK AND YOU.)

Apart from whatever merits the calibration test might have, I still find much of what Hawkins pioneered to be enlightening, which is why I brought up this subject of calibrations with regard to consciousness. By the way, Hawkins as a professional should not be readily dismissed since his credentials are most impressive. I have listed at the end of this post some of these accomplishments, but for a more complete outline, go to the website at https://veritaspub.com/ where there is plenty more to read.

Below is a sample of charts that Hawkins represents as levels of consciousness. Several more charts of may be found on the web under David Hawkins Scale of Consciousness

MAP OF CONSCIOUSNESS

 

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CONSCIOUSNESS IN ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES

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To move beyond the discussion regarding calibrations, I have selected various excerpts from ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT to give a sample of the discussions on consciousness that are found throughout the ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE series. As you will notice, James, the narrator has much to learn about this topic even though he’s a professor of philosophy in London.

In sum, it is my opinion that consciousness is a divine quality of life and that we all have acces to, but have limited capacity to realize. This is primarily because our mind-dominated egos get in the way by resisting what is readily available in the universal field of consciousness, or as some religions call it: The Holy Spirit.

Unfortuantely his post on consciousness hardly scraps the surface of what should be considered on the topic. In the future I intend to post more material on this subject to discuss what we might do (or be) to lift the veil that shroads it's Source.

This is the primary theme of the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series, especially as it relates to understanding the necessity of uniting the heart with the mind to become consciously enlightened as admonished in the words of the ancients: KNOW THYSELF.   

There's one last point I wish to make: Along with British philosopher/writer Colin Wilson, I believe that the best way to understand philosophical issues such as the nature of consciousness is through dramatic illustration. He states:

Philosophy may be only a shadow of the reality it tries to grasp, but the novel is altogether more satisfactory. I am almost tempted to say that no philosopher is qualified to do his job unless he is also a novelist ... I would certainly exchange any of the works of Whitehead or Wittgenstein for the novels they ought to have written.” Colin Wilson, Voyage To A Beginning

This is why I have chosen to write philosophy through these narratives, which is way I have inserted the following dialogue quotes from the storyline of THE SUMMIT. I trust these will be of some assitence in understanding the topic of consciosness. Also I wish to give the reader an idea of what to expect while reading the Elysium's Passage novels. As I have the time to refine this blog in the future, I hope to give these quotes more context and commentary.

Chapter 9

‘… there is no basis for knowing anything other than what is processed by consciousness, since there is no evidence of anything out there without it first being perceived by the mind. What we assume to be without; is what’s first within. That’s why Mo and I continue to repeat our hermetic mantra: “as within, so without.”

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‘…many false and questionable beliefs continue to be projected and disseminated through the world. As long as that continues, earth’s consciousness will rise no higher than these collective thought patterns. Not unless there’s a revolution, a revolution not of the mind but of the heart; a new conscious awareness, not of the material, but of the spirit.

‘This is where you come in James,’ Eli said.

‘But what if I don’t want to come in Eli,’ I said.

‘I guess that’s your prerogative, but who would be better to bring spiritual awareness to the world than a philosopher such as yourself who understands he’s a spirit and not just a body. What if that’s the reason you’re here?’

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‘Even so, humans are of I Am divine essence, whether they acknowledge it or not, which is why they continually manifest the thought-forms they have unwittingly designed for themselves, both individually and collectively. Sometimes these creations are dark and sometimes light, but mostly they manifest somewhere in-between, depending on how much light dwells within each creator’s consciousness. Again: “as within, so without.”’ 

Chapter 10

‘For sentient beings, this uniqueness is experienced as individuated consciousness which is necessary for the existence of relationships, since it’s only in willful relationships that love can be expressed in any meaningful form. How could the Source express love outside of relationship since love is authenticated in its relationships regardless of its form, be it art, music or lover?’

‘And so here we are again,’ I said, ‘back on the topic of relationships where we started.’

‘Which is not surprising,’ Mo said; ‘considering how all creation is an expression of the one essence of love. Logically speaking, then, there can be no real separation since all essence is of divine consciousness. And yet we all remain configured differently in our individuated awareness and experiences of this universal Source consciousness. That’s why there can’t be both a material universe and a spiritual universe. The material manifestations are, in actuality, crystallized holons emanating and extending from Source essence.

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‘But apart from that astute, yet dubious, insight,’ he said, ‘it’s also easier to comprehend the nature of incarnating when you understood that consciousness is inherently divisible even while it remains whole. Even though each soul is individuated in its own awareness, it still remains connected to a greater whole, which in turn is part of a greater whole, all the way to Infinite Source.’

Chapter 14

Ah yes, I thought, the weird and whacky world of quantum super-positions. Who knows, perhaps the soul is like that too, where it seems to be an individuated unit of consciousness, and yet remains integrally entangled with a soul-group, or whatever it’s called. If so, then all singularities are united as one, enriched by the other’s unique experiences and qualities, ultimately residing in the transcending Source. Would such a supposition be too much of a quantum leap?

Chapter 15

‘Understand that form never forms of its own accord, but rather, manifests as an expression of an internal state of consciousness whether individual or collective. In other words, your form is an expression of your inward state, just as you extend your inward state into the creation of the forms you express.

Chapter 16

‘Likewise,’ Mo said, ‘a thought in the mind of God, when perceived through the filter of our consciousness crystallizes, by analogue, like an electromagnetic pattern of dense ice. In fact, this is what we do, whenever we collapse the wave into what many still believe are material particles. So now, try to imagine matter as being patterns of crystallized thought-forms we derive from our divine Source through the agency of our minds, which in turn, are derived from the divine Mind. When you think about this, it’s the only logical explanation there is to explain empirical reality.’

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‘Once again, let me emphasize that consciousness does not originate on earth, but emanates from Source Consciousness. This is why souls experience a heightened state of being-ness the further they advance towards their Source…

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‘Higher levels of communication can only function with nonverbal thought-forms. You haven't discovered how to do this yet, though it could happen when you least expect it. Your inward Christ consciousness requires no words, only knowingness because that’s what it is.’

Chapter 19

‘As you become increasingly attuned to what’s within, you will naturally experience your consciousness expanding to new highs without any external assistance. If it wasn’t for your body in London holding you back, you may never wish to leave this realm of existence.’

Chapter 20

‘Consciousness has no limitations since it’s of Source, as are you.’ Eli said. ‘That’s why you are essentially consciousness. At once and at any time, any number of souls on earth can communicate to whomever they wish and still be heard as if it was just one. You may have wondered how the saints do it. Does that help you understand how your prayers are always heard?’

‘Seems rather far out to me;’ I said, ‘I have trouble focusing on just one thing at a time. But if Jesus and Mary and various celestial beings can listen and respond to millions of prayers each day, then they are far beyond what I imagined.’

Chapter 21

‘Needless to say, certain words, sounds, depictions and music conjoined with low calibrations of consciousness are only found in the various strata below Elysium. No matter in which state we exist, we continue to manifest whatever gives expression to what we are within, that which we’ve become consociated with, be it the consciousness of heaven or hell.

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‘But then,’ he said, ‘transcendence never has been very acceptable among those who occupy the lower spheres of consciousness, particularly with those who remain most obsessed with having everything flat, as we see most evident in the Flatlands.

Chapter 22

‘First recognize your foes aren’t formidable,’ he said, ‘because once you get past the bluster, you’ll find their answers are as weak as them. So to begin with, ask the Flatlanders what is mind. That’s always a good question to start with to bring down their house of cards. Then, as a correlative, next ask what is consciousness and from whence has it arisen? If consciousness is only an expression of matter, then how do thoughts happen if matter is the cause that’s prior to the thought it expresses? And what is the nature of this amorphous cloud of awareness that somehow transcends and knows itself? How does that relate to the physical plane?’ 

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'Perhaps this is why time is as impossible to define as consciousness. How do you observe consciousness by consciousness? Then how is consciousness to be observed, or for that matter, God, if God is universal consciousness? How can you observe the ocean when you are immersed within it as one? To observe consciousness it would first be necessary to step out of it… but obviously you can’t observe it without first being conscious.'

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DR DAVID HAWKINS

To conclude my brief discussion about Dr Hawkins, I have listed just a sample of his prolific list of credentials and honours. undefinedThis may help you when assessing the integrity of his research that involves the calibration of consciousness.

Notwithstanding his several detractors, skeptics and naysayers, there's no doubt he was very highly regarded by many impressive authorities from diverse professions all across the world. You may read much more about these acomplishments and awards and his long history in the practise of psychiatry and psychology.

Go to the publishing website at: https://veritaspub.com/dr-hawkins/  

Biography Summary

Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. is a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, spiritual teacher and lecturer. 

Awards and Recognition

Huxley Award for “Inestimable Contribution to the Alleviation of Human Suffering,” 1979
Published Orthomolecular Psychiatry with Nobelist Linus Pauling, 1973
Published numerous scientific papers in the American Journal of Psychiatry amongst other fine publications, 1953 – current
Founder and Director, The Mental Health Center (largest practice in New York City), 1958 – 1980
Training Psychoanalysis by Prof. Lionel Oversey, M.D., at Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute
Supervising Psychiatrist, New York State Department of Mental Hygiene, 1957
Awarded Fellowship in Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, 1956
Intern, Columbia Hospital, New York School of Psychiatry, 1954
Mosby Book Award for Scholastic Excellence, 1953
Alpha Omega Alpha – National Medical Scholastic Honor Society, 1952

Founded

North Nassau Mental Health Center, Inc., 1958
Federation of Mental Health Centers, 1963
North Nassau Clinical Laboratories, 1970
North Nassau Research Division and Laboratories, 1971
An Integrated System for the Care of Schizophrenics, 1971
Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, 1971
Institute for Applied Spiritual Studies, 1980

Co–Founded

Schizophrenics Anonymous (Board of Directors; Medical Advisor)
Schizophrenia Foundation of New York State (Incorporator; Director)
Schizophrenia Foundation of Long Island (Board of Directors; Medical Advisor)
Institute for Scientific Communications (Incorporator; Board of Directors)
Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry (Editorial Board)
Journal of Schizophrenia (Editorial Board)
St. George’s Day Activities Center (Medical Advisor)
The Attitudinal Healing Center of Long Island (Board of Directors; Medical Advisor)
Christ Church Day Activities Center (Medical Advisor)
The Masters Gallery of Fine Arts (Co–Director)
Mental Health Fairs
The Gateposts Halfway House (Medical Advisor)
Garfield House (Halfway House)
Day Activities Center of Port Washington (Medical Advisor)
Brunswick House (Alcoholism; Psychiatric Consultant)
New York Association of Holistic Health Centers
Life Support Systems (Board of Directors)
Space Form (Ecologic Communities and Low–Energy Housing)
Became Director Emeritus of the North Nassau Mental Health Center in 1980 and gave up psychiatric practice to spend full time on spiritual research.

Memberships

American Medical Association (Life Member)
American Psychiatric Association (Life Member)
New York State Medical Society
Nassau County Medical Society
Nassau Physicians Guild
Nassau Academy of Medicine
New York Academy of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science
New York State Psychiatric Association
Qualified Psychiatrist, New York State Department of Mental Health
Nassau Psychiatric Society
New York State Clinical Directors Association
American Association of Psychiatric Administrators
Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry (Founding President; Chairman of the Board)
International Academy of Preventive Medicine
American Holistic Health Association
The Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research (Board of Directors)
Academy of Religion and Mental Health
New York State Association of the Professions
The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Schizophrenia Foundation of New York State (Board of Directors; Medical Advisor)
The Attitudinal Healing Center of Long Island (Board of Directors; Medical Advisor)
North Nassau Mental Health Center (Director Emeritus)
Medical Society of the Brunswick Hospital (Director of Psychiatric Research)
Attending Staff, Gracie Square Hospital
Youth Consultation Services, Episcopal Dioceses, Long Island (Psychiatric Consultant)
Editorial Board, Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry
Editorial Board, Journal of Schizophrenia
Editorial Board, (Alcoholism), Journal of Psychotherapy
American Schizophrenia Association (Scientific Advisory Board)
National Society for Autistic Children (Professional Advisory Board)
Long Island Council on Alcoholism
The Federation of Mental Health Centers (Co–founder)
American Medical Society on Alcoholism
Arizona Medical Society
Arizona Psychiatric Society
Brunswick House (Director of Research, Alcoholism)
The National Acupuncture Research Society
American Geriatric Society
International Council on Applied Nutrition
The Academy of Preventive Medicine
Canadian Psychiatric Association (Associate Member)
American Society for Psychological Research
Monroe Institute for Applied Science
International Kirlian Research Association
National Council on Alcoholism
The Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
The Society for the Study of Addictions
American Institute for Scientific Communications (Co–founder)
International Society for General Semantics
Consultant on Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
American Ontoanalytic Association
Consultant, New York Foundling Hospital
New York Paleontological Society
Consultant, Operation Hotline

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