In order to talk and think of consciousness as a 'thing', object, or process external to and separate from ourself we had to (believe we have) split consciousness, or split OFF from Consciousness as a segregative, private sense of control over a personal sense of limited and separated self.
So what we usually mean by the term 'consciousness' is the 'ghost in our (presumed) machine' rather than the always present context of every experience of anything on any level - however sensed, modelled, defined or interpreted.
The Universe is Conscious THROUGH YOU - and what you actually are has a foundation and a source nature that is one with whatever the Universe IS regardless anything we think and believe we are or believe it is.
Consciousness operates as a vehicle or focus of definition through which Life Experiences Itself. Our human consciousness is a filtered and many-levelled focus - within which the overlay of the personality operates a splitting and reversal lens by which 'effects' are assigned 'causation' of a limiting power OVER Life/Existence. True cause is rendered invisible by the usurping idea of independent cause, invoked upon the feared belief in attack, loss, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, as an evil or oppositional 'will' or mind accorded reality and thus assumed and acted upon as real.
The ability of consciousness at the level of Creation, is of experiencing the defining movement. In defining through conflicted or misaligned idea - the Universe is experienced as if separate from who/what we are - as a world of separate parts that all the king's horses and all the king's men (coercive and presumptive mind) attempts to re-unify under a narrative unity.
That which is being you is never absent - and yet it is not coercive upon you - regardless the purpose you elect to have and hold. But in the going forth and multiplying of the idea of self as power, is true power lost to the fear and pain of loss - regardless the intensity brought to force any issue - for the attack on one's being is simply the device of the 'Fall' into an unconsciousness of Creation as lost power, lost love and thus usurped by the power given fear and belief in loss - that seeks remedy in virtual re-enactment of its separation trauma.
That which is being All That Is - is in no way separate from All That Is - but the device of unconsciousness via conflict-conditioning allows the experience of a sense of being alone, apart from and threatened by - as the flip side to assertion of self over Creation. The attempt and intent of 'Lording it' over an UN-worthy miscreation also known as the power to judge good ...and evil. Such is the 'self' of the wish to be the determiner of 'reality'. But this is necessarily a private or subjective distortion seeking validation and reinforcement - and thus twisting or filtering all sense to uphold a narrative identity against change. Such is the world of death - because the investment in an unchanging self-concept is inherently conflicted with its true Source Nature AND itself by reflection in 'Other'.
So returning to the original theme - what we call conscious is in fact a surface facet raised upon a death or UN-consciousness. The assigning of 'dead' matter or empty 'space' to Our Living Field of Awareness is a projection of the idea of death, separation and otherness - such that the trauma of abandonment and rejection is covered over with the personality structure of a linear temporal-spacial unfolding of consciousness AS the exploration/experience of focus within infinite perspectives of expression.
The Unconditional love of One's Own is in no way coercive upon the 'What' of your chosen acceptance, but it is the undistorted clarity of being in which synchronicity of consciously accepted alignment reveals the expansion of perspective as a creative shift of focus within the timeless - so as to 're-focus' at a different vibrational 'location'.
Our projections of consciousness are overlay of a personified sense of power, but the true extension of Consciousness is a Felt Intimacy of giving, receiving and recognizing. Fear projects as if giving away is getting rid of in order to get. Love extends and recognizes itself brother in the other. This 'brother' is shared being and can also be called 'Self-aware' - not in concept - but as the living flow that is being - regardless 'high, low' or any assigned attributes. This can also be said as the Gift of Meaning rather than the presumed power to assign and determine and enforce 'meanings' that always render meaningless - but while 'augmented-meanings' are identified as self they run within the protection and defence of the mother/father aspects of love given to war or hate under a sense of righteous or justified grievance.
The structural abilities of the personality are purposed in defence - but can be re-purposed to serve the re-integrative wholeness of the 'homing' Call - for beneath the suppressed overlays of guilted fear is the Call of Self unto Its Own - and this is not an external 'god' so much as your own Call for the unconflicted - and hence unified inheritance of your being. Consciousness can and will structure the restoring of true Consciousness to a mind made 'legion' in whatever story form serves the need of the whole that seems lost to conflicted parts - but always through the release of the false to the acceptance of true. The first we have responsibility in, the second is a gift that any attempt to give ourself will restate the old 'mind' and its struggle in shadow self.
If all 'time' is Now - with past and future reference points as a part OF the chosen focus - then there is no time like the Presence. But the positing of a past given power over presence is the reaction to the present AS IF it is the past. But the past is a selection of focus for the purpose you set it. And if you would release and be released, you will not hold the past against yourself, your brother and your world - but listen and feel for the willingness for new perspective - regardless the experience of limitation set by a past made in anger, fear or loss.
You cannot separate from the act of Creation excepting as a purpose of denial given priority and allegiance. How might this be? Dwell overlong upon a simple joy and see that not only can you NOT grasp reality - but by your very attempt you unhome yourself to a hollow experience of loss, abandonment, rejection and betrayal.
The grace of noticing is nothing special - being the awareness of your being - but in the belief you already know you see nothing as it is and map out your world in terms of past 'conditionings'. Re-cognizing the always present 'field-awareness' rather than focusing exclusively upon the objects of a fleeting and shifting magic-trick is a shift of identification from something you took for yourself, to something revealed AS your true self - because you receive it OF the Living and not from dead concept or fixed image of wish to be 'more' or 'better' than your natural being knows wholeness in living.
What matters to you has all the life you give it - but what matters to joy is wholeness of being - and so matter is not at odds with mind - but for the purpose you choose to assign both. Let the visibility and tangibility of your world identify you truly... or mask and be hidden from feared truth by the power and protection of fear given reality by acting to hide or displace it in false flagged diversion. For there is no 'where' to hide but in devices of deceit from which truth must be banished that 'you survive'.
The use of deceit engenders a sense of unreality that can then be assigned to an associated form of experience as unworthy of existence... of love's recognition. The withholding of love is the forgetting to see - because fear cannot see anything but fear's dictate as if self-evident and unchallengeable 'reality'. But love CAN see fear - and recognize the call for Life beneath the forms of its displacement.
The Universe cannot NOT be modelled in terms of the self you accept yourself in any moment of relation, to be. Yet the Total Communication that Is the Living Universe cannot be participated in terms of the denial of your being without filtering through a lens of reversal. There is no sensing that unReason does not distort, and no apparent reason to intuit that our mind is such a distortion UNTIL the reflection of our world can no longer be fitted to a false narrative identity. The call to Sanity is the release of insane premises and the fruits thereof - also known as the call to war. But to the call to war - there is no other life, self or world than unconscious self-investment running on auto.
If you want to find out if the entire universe is conscious - start with the moment you are being the expression of, and allow the expansion of consciousness to reconfigure and direct the curiosity that is your native innocence of being. Idol curiosity killed the cat - but awakened purpose is shared or unified alignment that reveals more that lives to the cat that cannot completely un-know the source and nature of its being.
Universe wants to find out if physicist is conscious...
In A Course in Miracles there is the line - 'there is no life outside Heaven' - which is another way of saying that what seems to be alive in hell (guilt, fear, shame, separation, anger, hate, conflict, sickness and death) is a WAY of looking at 'One-Thing' through a belief in - or mind of - conflicting purpose. The result of looking through the lens of fear is a limiting and stepping down of Consciousness as a process of fragmentation and displacement - so as to no longer recognize Reality or Self due to the engagement of identity in feared and hated or shameful sense of reality of 'self' in image and form. The 'Fall' from a state of spontaneity and grace of being has a narrative symbolism - but the nature of the experience is the projection of feared and believed sin (persisting in guilt as a sense of personal 'independent' 'power') onto one's world of relations as if to mitigate it - and then to attack, deny and manipulate it as if to control or manage and check a sense of chaos or loss of 'power'. The projection, reflection and reaction to our own nightmare becomes the adversity of a lack of support - or misalignment - and the enmity, deceit and treachery of Others - seen unlike ourself.
The former results in a world of obfuscation in which the more we seek to define and control it, the further from recognition WITHIN it - for always it takes one to know one - and so the human personality is not equal to the Creative - as, being fitted or defined in form, it 'sees' reality only in terms of forms that are assigned meanings arising from its own internal architecture. But the 'naked' Communication of being - at any level is already a perfect 'language' of being that is not so much within (who you think yourself to be) as that you as your truly are - are within and OF it.
And can be re-Minded and re-Membered within a true belonging as the movement of being - not in form through time but as the extension of Consciousness unto its Own. In simple terms giving or extending true worth awakens the qualities of recognition of the worthy. False currencies of private agenda adulterate and usurp the innate Meaning that Is - wholly communicated in the giving and receiving as one - regardless the apparent forms of the embodiment in action. This is the Foundation in which we meet in like kind to our being - rather than the basis of social transaction based on fear or avoidance of what we fear or don't want.
Physicists seeking fulfilment in the desire for discovery and sharing of true - open intuitive pathways that then feed into their current themes of exploration with resonant and relevant insight. Thus the (non physical or trans-local) Universe reveals itself to Itself even within the forms of infinite levels and modes of expression and reflection.
Consciousness is reflective - but the belief the world is really OUT THERE is the rendering Consciousness invisible and ourselves (separate body-bagged consciousnesses) as a sense of dominion over - and subjection to. The usurping of desire for truth by the intent to define and control is the loss of Science to technologism - whether of inner manipulative thinking, or outer systems of asset acquisition, disposal and control. Truth is not data - for the gathering of data is already operating a desire and intention framed in thought and felt acceptance - as its its interpretation. But true being is the already existing capacity to discern true meaning, just as a masked or false sense of self must judge all things in the terms of its own conflicted meaninglessness - that the attempt to 'hold together' or re-unify asserts its meanings upon and seeks social reinforcement for.
I only dropped in to see if there were more comments - and drop the one liner of the opening - but pondering Consciousness as an Open Communication becomes an instrument of Its nature.
If the mask is the mind-in-wish - the unveiling of an un-masked reality is the revisiting or re-noticing of the wish - from a desire of a fresh 'take' rather than persisting the 'mind' of a mis 'take'.
The Universe - un-boxed is already Thought - but of an entirely different nature to that which we operate as the jamming, filtering and masking framework of a fig-leafed sense of 'survival'.
Who could 'meet' the Infinite and NOT 'die'?
But what could possibly separate from Infinity and truly live!
A concept? For its moment - with all the life you give it.
Let the dead bury the dead - and attend the Living - is aligning in the true of you - where you meet the true of Everything - in a timing that you can recognize and accept. For if truth were coercive upon illusion it would no longer BE, for illusion to seem real in passing off as, and in 'denial of awareness' - operating within awareness. Illusions battle only with themselves, but while we identify in opposition, we are taking symbol and system of 'true' and being phished by an identity theft of our own unwatched thinking.
Nedlud commented to the article:
Both 'skeptics' and 'believers' are largely part of the same class, our minds are unbelieveably conditioned by the effects (forces, if you will) on them, placed upon them, by our current highly programmed society, which is so utterly and 'militarily' (ie., illicit use of might and power and wealth and privilege) hierarchical, which causes individual minds to be programmed and to stay programmed.While societal mores are forcefully asserted - what we induce or pick up is part of our own theme - and when we wake to live the life we are rather than obey or react against the 'should' of anyone else's beliefs - the 'negatives' become the path.
If your mind is being hacked by Mindcontrol Inc - then your noticing when and where this occurs is the revealing of your 'backdoor' fears and thoughts that you can now release - or be curious as to why you persist in what you say you don't want - because there is always a pay-off at some level - that may be hidden within other beliefs - such as "If I show the true me I will be attacked and rejected'. That belief can persist a masked presentation even though it is painful, miserable and conflicted - IF the *belief* is that the mask protects you from a greater evil than being open would bring upon you.
Society is a mass of acquired and inherited beliefs given sacrifice to as a sense of relative power and protection - within a loveless world. Awakening does not withhold love - which is simply truly being with and not a social transactional manipulation by which to pass off as 'being with' when actually split or absent in one's attention.
If the mess of denied and masked off feelings operates a negatively reactive 'mindcontrol' the answer is to open honesty and curiosity of willingness to embrace and integrate - rather than a tempt to be in control over a sense of mounting (and exhausting) chaos. But no one engaged in struggle has any attention free to notice anything but what struggle dictates from a sense of reaction to the hated or feared - which takes different forms of entanglement among us all.
... oh and cynical and gullible people mask as sceptics when in truth a sceptic is OPEN to the possibility of discovering differently as a result of LISTENING or investigating - which is markedly absent from those who profess to be sceptic in self-righteous presumption to undermine and denigrate anything they do not feel reinforced and supported in believing. No one listens who believes they already KNOW. They are thus 'asleep' to a current update on anything while running on conditioned reactions of a past that is not here now.