To tell the tale of how we got into this mess - from a cultural and legal perspective - let's begin by understanding a brief history of what came to be known as the British Empire.
In sterilising and exposing different, inert materials like sand, earth and charcoal to extreme heat, Wilhelm Reich - and more recently Dr. Ochaa Pacheco - discovered some lively, animate, blue-bright particles.
These mobile molecules - 'bions' - spontaneously emerge from these materials within seconds of immersion in cold, distilled water. And within just 24 hours, these bions bond and rather magically give rise to conventional microorganisms.
Are these animate forms chaotically and randomly endowed with locomotion by a lifeless, unconscious environment? Or have they been considered in some way? Take a look at the following slideshow - what do you think?
Often, these little creatures come spontaneously equipped with bodies, appendages and mouths. If random, is this not a little convenient?
On basic observation alone, these detailed organisms certainly seem to have been considered. But by what or whom? That is the question. From where did their DNA emerge?
Some say 'God', but that's a loaded term. Today, 'nature' is a better and more credible name - at least for the hard nosed atheist.
Contrary to what most people think, consciousness is not solely located in the brain. It is an integral, infinite signal and aspect of nature that informs and animates matter.
Consciousness is everywhere in the universe, omniscient in its reach. Life is consciousness and consciousness is life.
"Life isn't something we possess. It's something we participate in, and we witness."
To lay the foundation for further discussion, let's first take some time to consider that which is invisible but we know to be there. Sound, for example, we know that some phenomenon is occurring between speaker and recorder, but it lies beyond the scope of human eyes.
Watch: TED talk describing the visualisation of sound using metal plates, sand and increasing vibrations to reveal hidden, complex geometric patterns. This field of exploration is known as cymatics.
What about WiFi? It's invisible yet all around us. You could break all the computers, radios or televisions in the world, but this invisible signal would remain.
And without the force that flows through our electrical items, they are all but seemingly dead. Some digital CPR, however, and a trip to the local repair shop often offers a new lease of life and electrical flow is resumed.
How are our brains any different? For example, how can you see this text right now? There's light, you have eyes and you have a brain, but if you weren't filled with the consciousness that operates it, none of this would matter.
So, as we were discussing, how did this come about? From where did our consciousness emerge?
Just like the bions, given the required climatic conditions, this universal conscious field can spark life into otherwise lifeless materials. And in achieving this, a code - DNA - is scribed into organic cells and a bridge is seemingly built from mind to matter.
These conditions are variable but fluid based and temperature depending - much like lightning. On receipt of such conditions, universal consciousness could now be said to 'remote control' matter and mind is primitively localised into organic materials.
In earlier stages, whilst the spark is faint, evolving organisms can move, consume and multiply, but that is all. They're yet to be individuated, do not possess a sense of self and most animals subsequently stare blankly at their own reflection.
Over time, however, this 'divine' spark begins to pave complex, neurological pathways and brains expand in response to ambition and increasingly intelligent ideas.
These lifeforms continue to receive and contain more and more light, until eventually, one day - albeit an illusion - they begin to feel separate from the infinite, conscious field that created them.
Although, to us, it appears to be true, our brains do not conceive awareness of a fixed, objective, 'outside' world. Conversely, they merely receive a malleable, universal awareness and rather cunningly, cement our impression of it. For example, we say that the sky is blue and that grass is green, but what colours are they rendered by the brains of other organisms?
The supposed, objective 'outside' world is, rather, entirely the subjective result of our internal neurology. And it's often western education and the limitations of language that assist in concealing this profound truth.
Mankind has coined many useful nouns to identify things: trees, leaves, clouds, and rocks, cats, dogs, birds and bees etc. But these are mere labels for the various animate and inanimate structures of our one, universal but differentiated mind. Let's consider some more examples.
We say that trees are made of wood, but trees aren't made of wood - they are wood. Wood isn't made of carbon, it is carbon; carbon isn't made of atoms it is atoms; atoms aren't made of energy, they are energy.
By removing these labels we reveal the eternal truth that everything is energy and there is, therefore, no real separation, only a strict sense of it.
As another example, let's take two 'bodies' that embrace. The actual reality is that energy is embracing energy - they are one and the same. There are no 'objects', everything is a process in consciousness.
Us physiological organisms see mediately. It is solely the faculties with which we're endowed that bestow a fixed, daily, concrete impression of this illusory reality.
Let's take another example. Say you take a 'dog' to the 'park', there's 'birds' in the 'sky' and 'ants' in the 'grass'. Although these organisms may never agree on the park's colour, tone or temperature, they'll unanimously accept the location of surrounding trees.
However, a shared visibility of such phenomena is granted only by way of a similar, physical perspective of the one, universal mind.
"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one."
In reality, everything vibrates. When we touch the things that, to us, seem definitive and absolute, we're merely contacting that which closely matches our own anatomical vibration. But even modern science accepts that what we call physical is mostly not physical.
To continue this exploration let's say that the universal mind is analogous to the water cycle. All snowflakes are unique but identical in vibration. If these snowflakes were us - filled with the light of mind - their perception of reality would be frozen and restricted to a narrow bandwidth of light.
As they slowly begin to melt, however, they're restricted atoms are liberated from the shackles of physicality. Their energy would be free to perceive whatever they imagine, and not restricted to the myopic perception of frozen forms.
"To the eyes of imagination,
nature is imagination itself."
In such an ethereal, light state, what the universal mind thinks is what the universal mind experiences. And after our dense, physical brains have slept all through the night, we may very well recall these daily, routine but ambiguous and transient dreams.
It is solely the physicality of our anatomy - which gives rise to the waking state - that perceives reality in this hard, concrete way.
Our hands pass straight through air, slowly through water, and scarcely through ice. But a temperature induced state change is all that's required to send the visible vibration of 'ice' back into the invisible vibration of vapour.
Is consciousness not attempting to penetrate matter in a similar way? What if our bodies could undergo a similar transmutation and themselves lighten up? Is this not enlightenment?
The slightest of chemical, cerebral alterations can, at once, alter the hue and saturation of an otherwise apparently objective reality.
And through dreams, meditation or psychedelics, our awareness can seemingly, at once, be transported to entirely other worlds.
Is this not a little strange? Are we really our brains? If so, then 'when the lights go out', for what reason do we not respond other than we were the light itself?
We are not our brains but the infinite field of consciousness that created them. We are mind not matter, we are the universe, we are nature, we are life itself. And a direct, personal realisation of this truth can be a rather spectacular but sudden event in ones life.
"Don't you know, you're life itself."
We call it a 'spiritual awakening', 'enlightenment' and the body is introduced to a much vaster bandwidth of the universal consciousness.
On receipt of this occasion - culture depending - one is said to have attained 'Christ consciousness', 'the blood of Christ' 'Buddha nature' or 'Chrishna Spirit.' And in other, more esoteric traditions, the 'baptism of fire' or 'chemical wedding' is celebrated.
So how does one go about achieving this? Why would we want to? How might it improve our lives and the world we live in?
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