Aspects of consciousness are briefly discussed below.
1. All in the mind
Scientific evidence indicates that our entire experience is a construction in our mind (consciousness or awareness).1 There is no external ‘reality.’ It has been suggested, “Everything we know, including space, time and matter, manifests from consciousness.”2
2. Everything has mind
It has been proposed that consciousness is an intrinsic property of creation. Therefore it is in everything, from atoms through to creatures with complex nervous systems such as ours. This does not mean that simpler systems have thoughts or feelings, or any of the other mental functions that we associate with consciousness. It only implies that everything in the universe has the capacity for consciousness in some form, however faint.3
3. Same mind
A person’s sense of inner ‘me’ (constant regardless of age, experience and location) is pure consciousness and it is the same for all of us. “The light of consciousness shining in me is the same light that shines in you.”2
4. Source of mind
Consciousness streams from the physically real virtual energy field known as the vacuum state (also called the vacuum),1 called Akasha by ancient Indian philosophers and the Akashic field or A-field by Ervin László.3,4,5 The vacuum is beyond time and space and the source of everything that exists. Other names for the vacuum include Allah, God, Jehovah and Collective Unconscious.1
5. Nature of mind
The vacuum consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present (collectively, the “Metaverse”).4 The vacuum can explain why our universe appears to be fine-tuned as to form galaxies and conscious lifeforms; and why evolution is an informed, not random, process.4 The vacuum is the constantly updated holographic memory of the universe, holding the record of all that ever happened in life, on Earth and in the cosmos, and it relates this to all that is yet to happen.3 Names for the records include Akashic Records, Cosmic Consciousness, Collective Unconscious, Hall of Records, Matrix and Book of Life.4 The Bible refers to the records as the Book of Life in both the Old Testament (Psalm 69:28) and the New Testament (Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 20:15 and Revelation 21:27)7 We access our personal Hall of Records through archetypes (the dynamic principles that organize the material of the collective unconscious) and our genetic encoding.4
(i) Barcode access. It has been suggested that our genome serves a ‘barcode’ function: “a new organism opens an ‘account’ on the ‘Internet’ of the physical universe using the DNA structure as an access code . . . . Due to the activities of individual organisms the species data warehouse is transformed.”8 The effects of foreign DNA on a person’s consciousness support the barcode theory. In several publications 9,10,11 it has been reported that following a heart transplant sometimes the recipient experiences thoughts and feelings that are totally strange and new, and later it becomes obvious that they fit with the character and consciousness of the deceased donor. The DNA in the donor heart seems to give rise to fields of consciousness that are received by the organ recipient.
(ii) Evolution. It has been suggested12 that the vacuum develops consciousness over the course of many universes that arise from and return to the vacuum, until eventually the vacuum’s consciousness will be fully developed. This process necessarily involves suffering in the universe, as one region in the mind field perceives another and consciousness interacts with consciousness.1 The laws of “physics” can be thought of as “the laws governing the unfolding of a mental field” and “how perturbations in this field interact.”1
(iii) Thinning of energy. The universe is much less energetic than the vacuum. Therefore the universe is not a solid condensate floating on top of the vacuum, but like a set of bubbles suspended in it. In terms of energy, the material world is a thinning of the vacuum.6
(iv) Light. The physical world and the world of mind share a common ground that we experience as light. Physical light has no mass, is not part of the material world, seems to be fundamental to the universe and does not exist in space and time (it is absolute). Similarly, the light of consciousness is immaterial, fundamental (without it there would be no experience), and originates beyond the material world where there is neither space nor time (it is absolute).2 Mystics have spoken of this inner light as the Divine Light, the Cosmic Light, the Light of Light, the Eternal Light that shines in every heart and the Uncreated Light from which all creation takes form.2 Similarly, according to the Bible “God is Light” (1 John 1:5) and “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12 and John 9:5).7
(v) Beauty. The process wherein the vacuum clarifies, understands and assimilates the akashic records is beautiful as beauty characterizes truth, e.g. aesthetic considerations such as symmetry and simplicity are used in theoretical physics and cosmology to define truth, outside of empirical considerations.13 This is consistent with numerous biblical passages indicating that God’s purpose is glory (defined in Christianity as “the beauty and bliss of heaven”14), e.g. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever!” (Rom 11:36).7
(vi) Love. This process involves love because beauty is associated with love. Plato explained that love is an appreciation of the beauty of the subject, or even appreciation of beauty itself.13 Indeed, it has been found that the EEG patterns of a couple deeply in love are closely synchronized,6 i.e. the beauty of symmetry underlies their feeling of a deep oneness. Further, a view common in both Eastern and Western religions is that love is the ‘ground state’ or essential foundation of the entire universe, e.g “God is love” (1 John 4:16) and “If I have . . . but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).7
6. Continuity of mind
“You take the life inside you with you when you go” said cardiologist and near-death experience (NDE) researcher Pim van Lommel.15 Research into NDEs indicates that consciousness continues beyond death of the body.16,17 Quantum mechanics can explain this continuity of consciousness; when we die our consciousness only has an eternal aspect of waves.18
Effects of supporting / not supporting evolution
Consistent with the concept of karma, evidence suggests that the vacuum tends to support or extinguish behaviour in the universe according to its compatibility with the evolution of light and love. This evidence is (a) biological, e.g. the superior health outcomes of non-smokers versus smokers (lack of respect for self); (b) psychological, e.g. the superior psychological outcomes of assertive (respect for self and others) versus aggressive (respect for self but not others) or submissive (respect for others but not self) patterns of behaviour; (c) social, e.g. the importance of nurturance (love) in interpersonal relationship satisfaction and continuation; and (d) environmental, e.g. the increased risk of flood disaster in areas of deforestation. Moreover, research indicates that meditation, which increases spiritual awareness, leads to more effective coping and improved mental wellbeing.13 Conversely, behaviour which is at odds with vacuum evolution (a lack of spiritual awareness) could be expected to elicit a Divine response ranging in scope from the premature death of a substance misuser, for example, through to the current mass species extinction — expected to include humans — as a result of humans’ catastrophic destruction of Earth’s ecosystems.
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2. Russell, P. (2005). From science to God: A physicist’s journey into the mystery of consciousness.
3. László, E (2006). Science and the reenchantment of the cosmos: The rise of the integral vision of reality. Inner Traditions.
4. László, E. (2004). Science and the Akashic Field: An integral theory of everything. Inner Traditions.
5. László, E. (2009). The old and the new concept of a self-renewing universe.
6. László, E. (1996). Subtle Connections: Psi, Grof, Jung, and the Quantum Vacuum. The International Society for the Systems Sciences and The Club of Budapest.
8. Berkovich, S. (2005). Prediction of the Virgo axis anisotropy: CMB radiation illuminates the nature of things.
9. Sylvia, C. & Novak, W. (1997). A change of heart: A memoir. New York: Little Brown.
10. Pearsall, P. (1998). The heart’s code. New York: Broadway.
11. Pearsall, P., Schwartz, G. E. R., & Russek, L.G. S. (2000). Changes in heart transplant recipients that parallel the personalities of their donors. Integrative Medicine, 2 (2-3), Spring, 65-72. Also available here.
12. László, E. (2009). Science and the akashic field: An integral theory of everything. The Great Rethinking: Oxford.
15. Neimark, J. (2003). New Life for Near-Death. Spirituality & Health, September-October.
16. van Lommel, P., van Wees, R., Meyers, V., & Elfferich, I. (2001). Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands. The Lancet, 358 (15 Dec), 2039-45.
17. Fenwick, P. (2004). Science and spirituality: A challenge for the 21st century. The Bruce Greyson lecture from the International Association for Near-Death Studies Annual Conference.
18. van Lommel, P. (2004). About the continuity of our consciousness. In: Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness, 550: 15-132. Machado, C. and Shewmon, D.A., Eds. New York: Academic/ Plenum.