The Consciousness End-Game
Nature links with human consciousness
An Age of Re-awakening
In the realm of the mind, nothing is impossible since the mind of man is a reflection of the Supermind of the Universal Creative. There has been so much concern today for anti-aging technologies, both natural and synthetic, but research has shown that the aging process is a result of the combination of factors such as our lifestyle, the impact of various types of pollution on our lives, the effect of technology, our diet, and sedentary living to mention a few.
Life expectancy is getting shorter compared to the ancient days, not only due to the combination of factors just mentioned, but also because man has forgotten to link himself to the Universal Creative, the source of all. Everyone is on a path towards the attainment of his full potential as a human being, as a future participant in the evolution of our Superuniverse. Each path is unique although all our paths are within the evolutionary design made by the Supreme Creator of the Universe.
Rediscovering High Consciousness
The Woodstock Festival held in Bethel, New York; in Sullivan County; and in Woodstock, New York in 1969, the three days of peace and music that captivated the attention of the world led to the “radicalization” of the human spirit that had in all likelihood inspired some individuals in the United States to undertake experiments in mind expansion through various means. This period also saw the rise of the counterculture movement and the widespread use of psychedelic drugs.
By the early 1970s, the influence of Eastern thought and religions (i.e., Vedanta Teachings, Buddhism and Taoism) through meditation and yoga was becoming more pronounced especially among the young people of the West. One New Age guru who attracted international following especially from westerners was Chandra Mohan Jain, popularly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
In 1972, pioneer inner space explorer Dr. John Lilly published two books out of his experience using LSD and ketamine in an isolation tank, titled, Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments and The Center of the Cyclone. His famous quote was, “In the province of the mind, there are no limits.” He later trained with a spiritual leader Oscar Ichazo in Chile, and Lilly claimed to have attained the highest spiritual levels of Samadhi-Satori, a spiritual state that is more or less parallel to the Christian experience of “rapture” or grace and enlightenment by the Holy Spirit.
American novelist Aldous Leonard Huxley who wrote Brave New World was a practitioner of Vedanta and an advocate of psychedelics and used mescaline, an active ingredient of peyote, and who described his psychedelic experiences in his book, Doors of Perception in 1955. But before John Lilly, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and the other American experimenters of inner space exploration came, Europe was already ahead by about 54 years when G.I. Gurdjieff and a philosopher associate P.D. Ouspensky organized the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man and emphasized a drug-free approach through the methods of self-observation, conscious labor and voluntary suffering
Gurdjieff published Meetings with Remarkable Men in 1917, while Ouspensky produced In Search of the Miraculous in about the same year. Before the 1930s, Gurdjieff published two books, titled, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson and Life is Real Only Then When ‘I Am.’ The mid to the late 1960s was a transition point in the evolution of human consciousness exploration with the publication of the experiences of American anthropologist Carlos Castañeda, the most prolific so far who wrote ten books on his research on psychotropic plants and his encounter with a Yaqui Indian in the Sonora Desert, beginning with The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge followed by A Separate Reality.
In the same vein, another American anthropologist from the University of California, Michael Harner wrote about his experiences with the Jivaro and Conibo Indians of the Upper Amazon, using the natural hallucinogenic concoction ayahuasca that led him to explore the “underworld” and discover the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC), quite similar to the “non-ordinary world” of Carlos Castañeda.
Harner wrote The Way of the Shaman and presently handles core workshops and trainings on shamanism and shamanic healing. In 2009, he was honored by the Institute for Health & Healing with the "Pioneers in Integrative Medicine Award." Today, we see a fusion of a number of philosophies, methods and (mostly ‘ancient’) practices in the field of high consciousness and the concept of “self-empowerment” has now become in vogue, as an alternative to “self-actualization,” a concept once advocated by the Human Potential Movement.
Re-awakening of consciousness is a cultural rebirth
A Changing Reality
Our reality is changing from a bio-engaged experience of natural and man-made events and structures to a reduced digital perception of "media" events where information technology is playing a major part.
In virtual reality, we become actors in an entirely new, radically altered field of experience and human consciousness. In VR, reality engagement by an active mind is done without moving the physical body in the usual way. Only the eyes, head and hands are most of the time doing the work of engagement.
But long before the introduction of the digital book, including the current Android phones, the iPods, tablets, smartphones and other mediapads, our reality was based primarily on the perception of discrete events, objects and processes. We view objects, persons and events as separate from our physical body and senses. Most important, we allow the body and mind to engage entirely with the event and later to reflect, contemplate and feel the personal engagement of the human self with someone or something that went into consciousness.
Our sensory experience before the coming of digital technology was far more palpable, heightened and rich in emotive experience, closely linked to an active body and mind.
Once, out on a beach, I went for a dip and floated like a raft on the emerald, warm sea with my face downward and arms spread outwards. For one moment, I felt like I was part of the consciousness of the sea. There was inner communication between me and the sea. It became for me a living thing similar to a human being who can perceive, think and feel. It was a unique consciousness-changing experience, as one’s entire body and mind syncs with the body and mind of the sea.
Back in the digital world, on Facebook, we push a notification to check a message or a friend. We click "Like" to create an ambience of friendship. We make friends with people we know, and even those whom we haven't actually met. It's easy to make friends in the digital world. The instant imaging enhances friendship expediency, but (like Twitter) also creates a community of people who can express their thoughts and feelings at any time on any topic. The personal engagement on Facebook however is in sharp contrast to a non-digital engagement.
The digital world is here to stay. While we can become creatively expressive in the digital world, our engagements are limited to digital information presented to our senses. The digital world belongs to fast-paced mass communication. The massive buildup in technological infrastructure and advancement in software applications has accelerated non-personal human engagement on an unprecedented scale. A friend expressed an apprehension, "How do we touch someone or make love on Facebook?"
Our senses have become attuned to digital perception, digital immersion and digital response. In this world, the electronic images and sounds are the reality. The problem has become existential, not technological. In the digital community, we exist in so far as we can connect ourselves to the internet, and when we have in our hands a device that could connect to the web, and a broadband connection to sustain our communication. Otherwise, we become anonymous or non-existent.